[1THING] Blog: Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

[ San Diego Airport’s Good Traveler Program Receives Sustainability Award ]

(Times of San Diego)dreamstime_xl_92745789 (2)

San Diego International Airport‘s so-called “The Good Traveler” program won the Best Innovation in Sustainability award Friday.

The program received the award from the Airport Council International-North America at its Airport Concessions Awards.

The Good Traveler program was launched in 2015 to encourage sustainable travel by enabling travelers to offset the environmental impact of their journey in an affordable, easy and meaningful way, according to a statement released by airport officials.
Through The Good Traveler, passengers can purchase carbon offsets and merchandise online at the goodtraveler.org or at select locations, with proceeds going toward conservation projects that help counteract the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

To Read the entire article from Times of San Diego…Click Here. 

[ Balboa Park LEEDing on sustainability ]

Balboa Park has reached its 10-building goal in making San Diego’s crown jewel environmentally sustainable.dreamstime_xl_4547788 (2) (600x401)

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership announced Wednesday that it had certified the buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The latest two buildings to gain recognition for saving energy, reducing waste and water use and other factors were the San Diego Museum of Man and the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Inamori Pavilion.

Jessica Travis, the partnership’s director of sustainability and community relations, said more than 100 volunteers helped fill out the paperwork to confirm the institutions’ progress. The city of San Diego, SDG&E and three paid experts also helped.

For the entire story…please go the San Diego Union Tribune website by CLICKING HERE. 

[ Electric Vehicles 101 ]

The I Love A Clean San Diego website always has the best artiles. We recently found this one on their site about electric vehicles. There is a lot of information here that can benefit and educate.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-compact-electric-car-image8170883

Electric vehicles are the way of the future. They’re more efficient, better for the environment, and give their owners some great perks. According to the EPA, the transportation industry accounts for 26% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, with 61% of those emissions coming from light-duty vehicles. By choosing an electric vehicle, you help reduce your carbon footprint and support positive change for the transportation industry. Learn the basics about electric vehicles in this guide.

What are Electric Vehicles?

There are two types of electric vehicles.

All-Electric

All-electric cars are powered by an electric motor using rechargeable batteries. There’s no conventional combustion engine and no tailpipe emissions.

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrid cars are a great mid-point between an all-electric car and a car running solely on gasoline. They have an electric motor and an internal combustion engine so they can run on a battery charge but can switch to the conventional engine if the car runs out of charge.

To read this full article….CLICK HERE. 

[ Food: Too Good to Waste! ]

We often do not realize the amount of food that is thrown away every day. In 2013 in the U.S., we disposed of over 35 million tons of spoiled and leftover food. This food ends up in landfills and produces methane and dreamstime_xl_43160600 (2) (300x203)other greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

But the news is not all bad! With a little effort and planning, we can significantly cut down the amount of food waste and create economic, social and environmental benefits.

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has created a food recovery strategy to help us do so. It includes 5 simple steps in the following order: Source reduction, feeding the hungry, feeding animals, composting and finally landfilling what cannot be used.

Click on the link below to for a really neat page that allows you to click on a certain food, to see ways that you can stop wasting that particular food.

REDUCING FOOD WASTE

The three steps are easy: Reduction, Donation and Processing.

Reduce: The best way to cut down food waste is to reduce the volume of food disposed. This can be done by tracking where and how food is wasted, reducing the number of menu items and portion sizes, providing self-serve options, discounting products that are close to their expiration date and using proper food storage techniques.

For all 3 stips and TONS of great information…CLICK HERE!

[ Conservation International ]

ConservationIntnl-FliprAn acre of rainforest contains up to 86 different species of tree, with the amphibians, birds, insects and mammals that depend on them.

Forests are our respite. Our places of peace. Our natural air filters. Our water factories. Our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them. Despite their immense value, nearly half of the world’s forests have been lost.

What’s worse, we’re cutting them down at greater rates each year to plant crops, graze cattle and generate income from timber and other forest products.

No matter where you live, forests make your life possible. When a forest is lost anywhere, people feel it everywhere.

Conservation International’s Mission:
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International(CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

CI’s solutions:
For nearly three decades, CI has worked to ensure the world’s most important forests are protected for future generations. That work has helped to place nearly 40 million hectares (nearly 99 million acres) of forests under protection.

CI has been working to make the sustainable use of forests the foundation of healthy societies around the world. They’re carrying out science that’s helping to better understand forests’ value, and they’re working with local communities to test new ways of conservation that provide more benefits to people.

Find out more about Conservation International and how you can help create a healthier, more prosperous, more productive planet here.

[ 10 Easy, Everyday Things Kids Can Do to Help Save the Planet ]

When it comes to helping our planet, chances are you are already recycling, composting, ridding your house of paper towels and plates, etc. But what else can we do? We can ask for help – from our kids.dreamstime_xl_34170512 (2) (300x200)

From one-time projects to ongoing efforts, there are many ways to inspire and enlighten kids about making our world a cleaner, healthier, happier, and safer place. Earth Day happens once a year, but you can do these any day!

For instance:

  • Photography

Yep…you heard right. Kids care more about the environment when they have a relationship with the great outdoors. Help them to explore your local parks, woods, beaches, mountains, and more by taking them on hikes designed to introduce them to the animals and plants in your area — and be sure to snap a lot of pics!

 

  • Farmers Markets

Words like “sustainable” and “local” might not mean much to your kids in the abstract, but a trip to the farmers’ market can show them just how much different (and better) organically grown produce from small farms can be. If possible, introduce your children to some of the vendors and ask questions about how and why they grow food the way they do — and what it means for the planet!

 

For the rest of these great ideas….CLICK HERE!

[ Love Your Mother! 9 Earth Day Events for Tiny Tree Huggers ]

Earth Day is near and even the tiniest of mother earth’s enthusiasts are gearing up! Let’s get our kids involved. Let them know how we treat out mother earth now, will make a huge impact on them and their future .dreamstime_xl_38353936 (2) (200x300) After all…there is no plan B. This is the only earth we have. Let’s love her.

Take a look through this list of events you can attend with your little one’s.

Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Gardens
Mother Nature shines her beauty every day at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. This Earth Day, connect with nature in the fun-filled children’s and music gardens, paint a special rock to bring home and add to a mini-fairy garden with succulent planting. While kids frolic with face painting, hands-on worms and story time with Roxy the Recycling Robin, parents can browse the extensive plant and pottery sale, get gardening advice and browse the many vendor booths that will share earth-friendly ideas.

Date: Apr. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Alta Vista Gardens
1270 Vale Terrace Dr.
Vista, Ca
Online: altavistagardens.org

 

SEA Days: Party for the Planet
Birch Aquarium is already an awesome spot to remember that Earth Day is every day with its gorgeous views of the ocean and terrific interactive exhibits featuring clean energy and climate change. Visit on Earth Day and join in the free SEA Days fun with an Oceanographer and learn about watersheds and how our actions affect them. Little naturalists will love checking out the scientist’s interesting tools, photos and specimens. Finish off the day with a fun conservation craft.

Date: Apr. 15, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $12.50 – $17/person; SEA Days free with admission

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, Ca
Online: aquarium.ucsd.edu

For the FULL list of Mother Earth Events…CLICK HERE!

[ 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.

[ The Global Environment Facility ]

The Global Environment Facility

We frequently say going green will only work when it helps save the “green” – as in cash. The GEF is uniquely positioned in that space where financial investments are made to help the environment.

TheGef_591x218About The GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a catalyst for action on the environment. Through its strategic investments, the GEF works with partners to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues.

• A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP of 18 agencies — including United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, national entities and international NGOs — working with 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues. The GEF has a large network of civil society organizations, works closely with the private sector around the world, and receives continuous inputs from an independent evaluation office and a world-class scientific panel.
• A FINANCIAL MECHANISM for 5 major international environmental conventions: the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
• AN INNOVATOR AND CATALYST that supports multi-stakeholder alliances to preserve threatened ecosystems on land and in the oceans, build greener cities, boost food security and promote clean energy for a more prosperous, climate-resilient world; leveraging $5.2 in additional financing for every $1 invested.


Achievements

Over the past 25 years, the GEF has supported a range of notable achievements:

• Creation of more than 3,300 protected areas covering 860 million hectares, an area larger than Brazil.
• Conservation-friendly management of more than 352 million hectares of productive landscapes and seascapes
• 790 climate change mitigation projects contributing to 2.7 billion tons of GHG emission reductions.
• Sustainable management of 34 transboundary river basins in 73 countries.
• Improved cooperation and governance of one-third of the world’s large marine ecosystems.
• Sound management and disposal of 200,000 tons of highly toxic Persistent Organic Pollutants.
• Climate change adaptation to reduce the vulnerability of more than 15 million people in 130 countries.

The Future

• Environmental threats are growing on a global scale. Although the GEF has had a huge impact in addressing these threats, it recognizes the need for a more comprehensive vision.

• The 2020 Strategy positions the GEF as a champion of the global environment. It sets out a blueprint for tackling the root causes of environmental degradation through core projects and innovative pilots, while delivering cost-effective, high-impact results. To do all this, the GEF will mobilize local and global stakeholders — from national and local governments to the private sector to civil society, including indigenous peoples and research institutions.

Get more information at https://www.thegef.org

[ Polar Bears International ]

Our 1THING featured organization for February, 2017, Polar Bears Intenational is made up of volunteers and scientists working together to inform about the plight of the polar bears and the environment they live in.

Vision

We envision the long-term survival of polar bears and the unique part of the world they call home. We see this iconic species roaming the sea ice for generations to come.

Mission

Our mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate.

Strategic Objectives

  • Serve as the global resource for information regarding polar bears and their habitat.
  • Be the leading voice on climate warming impacts to polar bears and their Arctic home while actively seeking solutions through education, advocacy, and action.
  • Conduct, support, and share scientific research that informs polar bear conservation.
  • Educate an international audience about polar bears conservation and provide mentorship for the actions that will help ensure their survival.
  • Proactively and effectively communicate science-based information on polar bears and their conservation.
  • Maintain transparency in fiscal management and sound business policies and practices.

You’ll find more information on their web site, http://polarbearsinternational.org