Friday, August 28, 2015 | By EarthShare | No Comments
8 Ways to Celebrate Climate Week
The next three months will be pivotal for the climate. In December, world leaders will gather in Paris at COP21 to hash out a plan to cut carbon emissions. Will it be enough to solve the climate crisis? It remains to be seen, but as citizens, we have power too. We can take action and hold our leaders accountable.
Participating in Climate Week from September 21-28 is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to a healthy world. In New York, leaders and citizens from business, government and nonprofits will gather to talk solutions but even if you don’t live in New York, you can still get involved. Here’s how:
Attend a Climate Week event in New York City. NYC is the place to be during Climate Week. Last year, the city saw the largest ever climate march with over 400,000 people calling world leaders gathered at the UN to take action on climate. While we won’t see a major climate march this year, there are events taking place around the city. Check out the calendar here.
Host a film screening for friends and family and use the event as an opportunity to call your representatives or donate to a climate advocacy group. There are lots of great movies to pick from. Our favorites? Chasing Ice, Years of Living Dangerously, Disruption, and Merchants of Doubt.
Volunteer. Want to help install solar in your community, join a demonstration, or press your member of Congress to act on climate? Sign up to volunteer with organizations like the Sierra Club, Grid Alternatives, 350.org or Citizens Climate Lobby.
Throw an assembly on climate change at your local high school. Alliance for Climate Education has reached over 200 million students with their engaging and inspiring climate presentation. Want them to come to your school? Fill out this form.
Read our tips on switching to renewable energy, investing in a clean future through your retirement fund, biking to work, and weatherizing your home.
Commit to joining the National Day of Action. People across the world will draw attention to the climate crisis on October 14. Start planning your action now! The People’s Climate Movement has lots of ideas on their website.
Brush up on COP21. Can nations keep carbon emissions in check to save the climate? All eyes will be on Paris in early December 2015 when the city hosts the 21st annual UN climate conference (COP21). Not sure what COP21 is and how you can participate? Watch the Climate Countdown video series and browse the UN Paris Portal to get up-to-speed.
Get your workplace to offer Earthshare @Work. EarthShare charities like NRDC, EDF, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the World Resources Institute and many others are fighting for a clean future every day of the year. Make it possible for them to continue their work by enrolling your workplace in the Earthshare @Work program.
Friday, August 28, 2015 | By EarthShare | No Comments
A 30-Year Quest for Trash-Free Seas
Guest post by Nicholas Mallos, Director of the Trash Free Seas program at Ocean Conservancy
This September, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (Cleanup) celebrates its 30th anniversary. Over the past three decades, the Cleanup has seen more than 10 million volunteers remove nearly 200 million pounds of trash from 350,000 miles of coastline. The time, energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by these volunteers are a true testament to the devotion so many people feel for the ocean.
As legwarmers were replaced by skinny jeans and Walkman Radios became iPhones, the Cleanup evolved into something new. With ocean plastics increasingly at the forefront of public concern, the data collected during the Cleanup sparked a global dialogue on developing solutions to keep debris out of the water. Ocean Conservancy recognized that the cleanup is just one piece of a greater strategy for keeping our ocean trash free.
This need for new and innovative solutions was recently underscored by a study in Science, which estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic debris enters our ocean each year from land-based sources—primarily due to a lack of fundamental waste management systems. Without steps taken to manage this waste, it is estimated that there will be 1 ton of plastic in the ocean for every 3 tons of finfish by 2025. This is simply not acceptable.
The problem of plastic in the ocean is a global phenomenon; no country or region can claim to be untouched by the issue. But we now have research that suggests a significant proportion of this plastic enters the ocean from a relatively concentrated geography. The majority of it comes from rapidly growing economies, where there is a mismatch between the amount of plastic being used and the capacity of the in-country waste management system to handle this greater influx of waste.
Cleanup volunteers have witnessed this mismatch for decades. They have been the ones who have scoured beaches and waterways around the world tirelessly working to prevent as much debris from entering the ocean as possible. Their efforts have not only kept more than 200 million pieces of trash from entering the ocean; the data they have collected during the Cleanup has been instrumental in informing policies at the local, national, and international level ranging from bag bans to product redesigns to zero waste communities.
The ocean plastic challenge facing our marine environments is immense, but solutions built on the actions of individuals, companies and elected officials are at hand. What remains is the will to build a collective movement to make a lasting difference. Doing so will not be easy, but enhanced individual responsibility, new industry leadership, innovative science and smart public policy represent the needed components of a comprehensive solution to the ongoing challenge of marine debris.
The International Coastal Cleanup continues to be a critical part of the solution for ending marine debris. The global volunteer effort for our ocean is unparalleled by any other. After 30 years, our Cleanup volunteers are still going strong. We certainly could not have reached our many milestones without them.
Join Ocean Conservancy and the millions of volunteers around the world this September by cleaning up your local beach or waterway.
Together, we can make the 30th International Coastal Cleanup the most effective Cleanup yet. And if all goes well, then in a not-too-distant September, we can celebrate our greatest milestone of all: gathering at the beach for the International Coastal Cleanup only to realize that there is no trash to pick up.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | By EarthShare | No Comments
DotGreen & EarthShare
Internet Company Behind .Green Partners with EarthShare on Initiatives Benefitting Global Sustainability
Inaugural Grant of $10,000 goes to Surfrider Foundation to Support Clean Water Initiatives
LARKSPUR, CA /CSRwire/ – DotGreen Community, Inc., stewards of the Internet’s new .green Top-Level Domain (TLD) and EarthShare, a non-profit federation that partners with business and employees to develop innovative programs offering dynamic environmental philanthropic and learning opportunities, today announced a $10,000 grant to the Surfrider Foundation based in San Clemente, CA. The grant is to support the Surfrider Foundation’s Clean Water Initiative, a suite of complementary programs, campaigns and tools that the network of Surfrider chapters use to improve ocean water quality in coastal communities and ecosystems in the U.S.
The funding for the grant was provided by DotGreen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2008 to receive a percentage of revenue from the sales and renewals of .green domain names by DotGreen Community, Inc. DotGreen has partnered with EarthShare to collaborate on a grants program to support sustainability projects around the world.
“It’s critical to the ultimate success of the green movement that the global environmental community, including the organizations, scientists and educators on the front lines, is able to participate in the economic benefits of the growing green economy and the expansion of the Internet,” said Annalisa Roger, DotGreen Community’s Founder and CEO.
Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative provides ways to protect local water supplies and prevent pollution from reaching our ocean, waves and beaches. Upstream, Surfrider works in communities to educate and advocate for sensible and effective water management solutions like water conservation and water recycling. Downstream, Surfrider focuses on water quality by testing the waters for bacteria and toxins, raising public awareness and finding real solutions to ocean pollution.
“DotGreen’s grant is important support for our work in protecting our coasts, so it is safe to surf, swim and play in the ocean,” says Steve Blank, Director of Development for Surfrider. “And their broader mission of connecting the green community by harnessing the power of the Internet with .green will give us all on the environmental front a more powerful voice.”
About EarthShare: EarthShare helps strengthen corporations and organizations by connecting hundreds of thousands of individuals, companies and public agencies with environmental and conservation groups through employee engagement and giving campaigns at workplaces across the United States. In the past 20 years EarthShare has raised $300 million for more than 500 national and local member charities. Connect – Contribute – Volunteer
Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. With 84 chapters, plus 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists around the country, the Surfrider Foundation is working on about 100 different campaigns in four core areas: beach access, clean water, coastal preservation (coastal development) and ocean protection.
DotGreen Community, Inc., with roots in the Northern California environmental movement and Silicon Valley innovation and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded in 2007 to support the green movement. DotGreen Community, Inc. manages and markets the new domain address, .green, and donates a percentage of the sales and renewals of ,green domain names to organizations supporting sustainability around the world. Visit www.dotgreencommunity.green for more information. Follow us on Twitter @DotGreenTLD and like us on Facebook at DotGreen Community, Inc.
The DotGreen Foundation is a California based US tax exempt 501 (c)(3) Public Charity focused on supporting global projects and education aimed at sustainability. DotGreen Foundation has partnered with both The DotGreen Community, Inc. and with EarthShare for trusted global distribution of .green domain name registration contributions. Donations from the public can also be made directly at www.foundation.green.