[1THING] Blog: Archive for March, 2017

[ Wilderness bills would protect Alaska’s Arctic Refuge ]

Tim Woody

Led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a bipartisan group of senators and representatives today introduced bills in Congress to protect the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a designated wilderness area.

[ What you should know about this little-noticed Trump order on methane pollution ]

Buried in the sweeping energy executive order was a methane provision that could have major implications for our climate and public health.

     

[ Featured For April: Friends of the Earth ]

Friends-o-the-Earth591x218Friends of the Earth is an international environmental protection organization that “strives for a more healthy and just world”. Their work pushes for reforms politically on a large scale as well as smaller community networks focused on the preservation of shared Earth resources.

“We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.” – FOE

Together they have 75 national member groups collaborating for the international conservation effort, representing more than two million activist in more than 60 countries. In the United States, FOE works with Congressmen, state authorities and community groups in all 50 states to urge policymakers and community leaders to “work towards a healthy envirornment for all people.”

Throughout their 47-year history, Friends of the Earth has been working “to change the perception of the public, media and policy makers” and institute global environmental protection efforts. Their main efforts go specifically to curbing the environmental degradationon drivers like public investment, granting corporations the right to pollute, or other factors on federal and state levels.

What Makes FOE Different:
– They fight for what’s needed over the longer term for all creatures on our planet, not for what is easy or popular in the short term
– They are a loud and fearless voice for the environment and have been for 47 years
– They act globally and locally, with a worldwide networks of activist in 75 countries (and counting)
– They know that solving deep-rooted environmental problems requires exposing and fighting the economic forces that fuel them
– They employ a variety of tactics such as policy analysis, grassroots activism, litigation and creative communication to win their campaigns fairly.

What FOE Has Achieved:
– Limits the Air pollution from Ships
– Persuaded Thousands of Grocery Stores to Commit to Not Selling Genetically Engineered Salmon
– Stopped Construction of Dangerous Nuclear Reactors
– Exposed Corruption in the Review of the Keystone XL tar sands oil Pipeline.

On an international level they have collaborated to bring projects like the Climate Justice and Energy Program giving communities the right to choose thier own sustainable energy sources, and working with the UN negotiators to agree on climate finance and ending deforestation.

They also have started a Food Sovereignty program aimed to halt genetically modified organisms from human consumption. FOE is also responsible for the Forest and Biodiversity program that campaigns against illegal logging and deforestation and works with communities to manage their forest as well as opposing and exposing the negative impacts of monoculture plantations of cromps like sugar cane, palm oil and soy.

In a statement on their website FOE describes their battles to protect the environment as, “Hard work. But the pressures facing our planet and it’s people are too important for us to compromise.”

Find out more about ‘Friends of the Earth’ here.

[ Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s “Opening Day for Trails” Unites Americans Nationwide ]

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s “Opening Day for Trails” Unites Americans Nationwide

Over 120 Events Planned for Fifth Annual Kick-Off to the Trail Season

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WASHINGTON—On Saturday, April 8, 2017, outdoor enthusiasts and families across all 50 states will unite to kick off the spring trail season for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) fifth annual Opening Day for Trails.

Opening Day is expected to bring together more than 20,000 people nationwide for shared hiking, biking and running events, and other outdoor activities, to celebrate treasured trails in their communities. These family-friendly—and often free—events are intended to inspire trail use across the country, and all participants who pledge to take part in any Opening Day activity are eligible to win prizes from event sponsors Fuji Bikes and Performance Bicycle.

“Trails connect people—whether it’s getting together with friends and family on the trail or using trails to get where they want to go,” said Brandi Horton, vice president of communications at RTC. “On Opening Day this year, we expect a record number of participants will bring that spirit to life at events across the country. We will celebrate the appreciation we share for trails and the connections they create in our communities.”

Those interested in participating can find or register events via Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Opening Day website. Featured Opening Day events on April 8 include:

  • In the Washington, D.C. region, “Opening Day for Trails Fun Run 5K” from 8 a.m. to noon at Bluemont Park Picnic Pavilion in Arlington, Virginia. The event is a free, family-friendly way to explore nature in the nation’s capital and will feature live music by the Capitol Hillbillies and a chance to win an AlterCycle bike.
  • In Pittsburgh, “Three Rivers Art Drop: You Were Made to Bloom” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 33 Terminal Way. Opening Day participants will be invited to discover—and keep—original art by former NFL player and artist Baron Batch along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.
  • In Philadelphia, the Circuit Trails invites people to join the quest to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ for the longest fist-bump chain. Fist-bumpers will gather at Penn Treaty Park at 2 p.m.
  • Every Performance Bicycle store nationwide will participate in a special “Great Ride Series” event to celebrate Opening Day.

For more information about Opening Day, and to enter the giveaway sweepstakes, visit rtc.li/Opening-Day-2017 or follow #RTCOpeningDay on social media.

 

Opening Day is an annual celebration organized by RTC that kicks off the spring trail season. RTC, a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation’s largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share Opening Day stories by using #RTCOpeningDay.

[ Earth Month Roundup 2017 ]

Earth Month Roundup 2017

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The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was the catalyst that helped jumpstart the modern environmental movement, inspiring citizens around the world to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. Earth Day is just one day, but there are opportunities to get involved all month long, thanks to EarthShare member charities and affiliates.  

Here’s our roundup of some of the activities you can join this April. If you don’t see an opportunity in your area, visit VolunteerMatch or Idealist to search for additional events.

 

Nationwide & Online Opportunities:

Whether you need help organizing your own event or want to join an existing opportunity, Earth Day Network offers tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community – or get your community involved in Earth Day. Find out how you can participate.

April 22’s March for Science is an international movement, led by organizers around the globe. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally. Find one near you.

April 29’s People’s Climate Movement is also taking place in locations around the world. Find an event near you.

Visit the Nature Conservancy's Volunteer Calendar for a list of Earth Month activities by state.

Beach cleanups for all! Surfrider Foundation and its Chapters, Save Our Shores, and Heal the Bay are sponsoring cleanup sites around the country throughout April. Visit their sites for more info and find out if your favorite beach is on the list!

Show your love for America’s national park system throughout April with National Parks Conservation Association. From the Everglades to our nation’s capital, there’s a way for people everywhere to celebrate these special places. And don’t forget National Park Week – admission to our country’s many national parks is free from April 15-16 and April 22-23.

The Environmental Protection Agency offers lots of great resources for Earth Day activities you can join or start in your community.

California:

San Diego's annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world, drawing around 60,000 visitors. This year it takes place on April 23.

On April 23, thousands will converge on the Mission to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco. The event will feature entertainment, speakers, workshops, green businesses, and more.

Washington, DC:

The March for Science kicks off on the National Mall on April 22 at 9 am with a teach-in and rally and end with a march through the streets of DC. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives.

Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit from April 21-23 will celebrate conservation solutions with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media.

Join the People’s Climate Movement march on April 29 in Washington, DC and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. The People's Climate Movement is a project of over 50 organizations working together to solve the climate crisis and address the growing pollution of our air and water, while also ensuring the creation of good jobs in our communities.

Florida:

Join Sarasota's Earth Day Celebration on April 22. Event includes a plant sale, music, food, guided walks, and more

Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 22. Admission is free.

Illinois:

Join Illinois environmental organizations in Springfield for their Environmental Lobby Day on April 6.

Spend April 22 exploring Mary Mix McDonald Woods, a 100-acre rare remnant of the oak woodlands that were once common in northeastern Illinois. Sponsored by Chicago Botanic Garden.

Georgia:

EarthShare Georgia has engaging opportunities for businesses, individuals and communities in the Metro Atlanta area – there’s something here for everybody! Events range from a Corporate Green Day Challenge on April 1 to a Water Symposium and Career Expo on April 13.

Maryland:

Check out this calendar from Chesapeake Family Life for a list of Earth Month events throughout Maryland in April.

Massachusetts:

Visit the Framingham Earth Day Festival on April 29 to learn about ways to make sustainable choices all while having a great time with your friends and neighbors! Live music, kids activities, and yummy local food are included.

Join the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust throughout April and May for an environmental film series.

Michigan:

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council invites you to West Michigan’s signature Earth Day event, the Blue Tie Ball in Grand Rapids on April 20. This formal event will feature cocktails, dinner and an auction.

On April 22, a flotilla of small boats will ferry volunteers out to various islands to clean up the Lower Detroit River with Friends of the Detroit River.

Missouri:

St. Louis Earth Day organizes one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the nation on April 22-23.

The Green Homes Festival on June 3 at the Missouri Botanical Garden presented by the EarthWays Center will be a fun, hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging in sustainability.


New Jersey:

For a full list of Earth Month events happening in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.


New York:

Don’t miss Earth Day New York’s events at Union Square in Manhattan on April 18 and an Earth Day 5k Walk and Green Tour on April 21.      


North Carolina:

Go Green at Durham’s Earth Day Festival on April 23. Participants will enjoy activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!


Ohio:

During the week of April 8-22 at projects across central Ohio, thousands of neighbors will pick-up shovels and hoes, grab garbage pickers and honeysuckle poppers, and put in the hard work needed to keep our communities clean and green.


Oregon:

Join the Bicycle Transportation Alliance on April 12 for a free “Rules of the Road” clinic for new and experienced bicyclists.

Creativity, imagination and joy will be on display during Olympia's Procession of the Species on April 28 and 29 as people of all ages take to the streets wearing costumes depicting Earth’s remarkable biodiversity.

Marion County's annual Earth Day event takes place on April 22 at The Oregon Garden in Silverton featuring exhibitors, entertainment, and activities for all ages.


Pennsylvania:

Over the past 35 years, the Clean Air Council’s 5K Run for Clean Air has grown into Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day Celebration. Located on the beautiful banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, the Run is a celebration of sustainability, clean air, and improvements in the region’s environmental health. The run happens on April 9.


Texas:

Earth Day Texas is an annual, outdoor festival in Dallas seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. This year, it’s happening from April 21-23.


Washington:

Help maintain the trails and parks of Washington throughout the month of April with EarthCorps, the Mountains to Sound Greenway, and the Washington Trails Association.


Wisconsin:

Celebrate Earth Month in Milwaukee with the Urban Ecology Center with events throughout April, including a day of service on April 23.

 

Photo: Kevin Gill/Flickr 

[ Following Trump’s marching orders, Zinke resumes coal leasing ]

Anastasia Greene

Following yesterday’s executive order, Secretary Zinke announced he is lifting the moratorium on federal coal leasing and reinstating an internal advisory commit

[ Trump wants to end the Clean Power Plan – but we can push back ]

Presidents have lots of power, but citizen activists – and our nation's laws – are even stronger.

     

[ Don’t open Washington’s scenic Methow Valley to copper mining ]

Until March 30, the Bureau of Land Management will accept public comments in support or against mining in Washington’s Methow Valley.

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[ Trump lashes out at climate and planet with sweeping new orders ]

Almost exactly a month before Americans are scheduled to convene in Washington DC and demand climate action, President Trump served up a resounding notice that he will do the exact opposite.

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[ Trump opens up lands for coal leasing, puts fossil fuels before climate action ]

Effective immediately, lifting the moratorium allows new coal leasing on public lands and unravels progress in policies to fight against climate change.

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