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[ Polar Bears International ]

The organization is made up of volunteers and scientists working together to inform about the plight of the polar bears and the environment they live in.

Information from their website – http://polarbearsinternational.org/

 

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.
  • Follow best environmental practices as an organization, including minimizing our greenhouse gas footprint.
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[ Defenders of Wildlife ]

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

 

Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a major national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. They believe in the inherent value of wildlife and the natural world, and this singular focus defines their important niche in the environmental and conservation community and serves as the anchor for our organizational values.

 

Defenders’ approach is direct and straightforward – They protect and restore imperiled species throughout North America by transforming policies and institutions and promoting innovative solutions – and this approach makes a lasting difference for wildlife and its habitat:

 

  • On the ground at the state and local level, developing practical, innovative programs that protect and restore key species and habitats and inform our national policy work.

 

  • With state, national and international policy makers to secure laws and policies that protect animals and their habitats. They are widely recognized by their peers and policymakers for the effectiveness of our advocacy work, particularly with the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture and are known for being the most effective advocate for wildlife funding in the federal appropriations process.

 

  • In the courts establishing legal safeguards for native wildlife and fighting efforts to roll back environmental protections. They act as legal counsel on behalf of a population segment that cannot act for itself, North America’s wildlife.

 

For more information, visit their website at http://www.defenders.org.

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[ Green Tips for the Holidays ]

So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low-emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!

* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.

* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.

*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association (www.realchristmastrees.org) and learn how to recycle it.

*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!

*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, jeans, tissue boxes, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one will appeal to you and your skill level.
Upcycle Candles
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life 

*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming 
Sierra Club 
Nature Conservancy 

*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community and spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.

*Eco-friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles. Coupons to exchange for your time (ie babysitting or sharing a meal). Donate time to a local environmental group.

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Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts 
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* December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Otherwise known as ordinary baking soda, bicarb has so many uses it belongs in every green house. Surely you have used it for your baked goods….but have you tried it as a facial scrub? Toothpaste? Or even deodorant? A paste of baking soda can relieve the itch from bug bites, and putting it in a bath can help relieve itchy skin and help you relax. Use it as a scrub to remove burnt on stuff from your pots and pans, mix it with vinegar to clean your sinks and tub, or even sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming to remove odors. And if you overindulge this season, use half a teaspoon in a glass of water to help with heartburn and indigestion.

51 Uses for Baking Soda

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[ Bee Helpful ]

Honey bees support billions of dollars in agriculture. But today, a major decline in honey bee health has put agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security at risk.Many of the nutritious fruits and vegetables we enjoy require honey bee pollination – approximately 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat!  The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, growers, conservation groups, manufacturers, consumer brands and other key partners with the goal of reversing recent declines in honey bee health and ensuring the long-term health of honey bees and other pollinators.

 

More information is available at http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/how-you-can-help-bees/

 

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[ Stand For Trees ]

Stand For Trees is an innovative grassroots campaign that enables individuals – all of us – to take real action to stop forest loss: the number one cause of species extinction and second-leading cause of CO2 emissions globally. Although we know stopping deforestation is critical to curbing climate change, we continue to lose a forest the size of New York City every 48 hours. And deforestation and forest degradation are now larger contributors to climate change than every plane, train, car, and ship on the planet combined.

Fortunately, we have the solution. Since 2007, the international community has been working together on the REDD+ program to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Now, for the first time, the Stand For Trees model allows individuals to be part of this solution by harnessing the power of technology and social media so we can all support local communities who are implementing REDD+ practices on the ground in tropical forest countries. When you Stand For Trees, you stand for investing in communities who are pursuing new economic opportunities — creating the economy of tomorrow where trees are more valuable standing than cut down.

Learn how you can help by visiting https://standfortrees.org

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[ ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN ]

ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN FEATURING DON CHEADLE

 

PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 15, 2016 – Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) – Entercom is launching a nationwide public service announcement (PSA) campaign on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), for which the company is donating $1 million worth of free airtime. The PSA will feature Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle discussing the importance of stabilizing the global climate for our children and grandchildren. The PSAs will run across 124 of Entercom’s stations in 27 top markets in the country beginning in August.

 

“I’m happy to help introduce more people to the great work of EDF,” said Cheadle, a film and television star and climate activist who donated his time to the project. “We’re in the fight of our lives against climate change and EDF has been a real leader in that struggle. So I hope this helps.”

 

The campaign is part of a larger Entercom initiative, 1THING, committed to promoting good environmental practices both externally among listeners and business partners and internally among employees.

 

“Entercom is deeply committed to reducing our environmental footprint and working to be a good corporate citizen to help ensure a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren,” said David Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corp.  “We are proud to partner with the Environmental Defense Fund and help support their mission of solving the most critical environmental problems facing our planet.”

 

“I am grateful to David Field and Entercom for this generous donation that will help build our impact and bring our work to the attention of so many Americans,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “And I’m grateful to Don Cheadle for the incredible gift of his time and talent. Without this kind of powerful support, we would not be able to do what we do.”

 

Entercom has previously partnered on PSA campaigns for Conservation International (CI), featuring Harrison Ford; 350.org, featuring Ellen Page; and most recently the Wilderness Society, featuring Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick.

 

Founded in 1967, EDF builds lasting solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems, finding the ways that work so people and nature can prosper. Learn more at http://www.edf.org.

 

 

CONTACT:

Esther-Mireya Tejeda

610.822.0861

Esther-Mireya.Tejeda@entercom.com

@Entercom
About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its 124 highly rated stations in 27 top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports, and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities.  Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its SmartReach Digital product suite.  Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).

 

 

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[ Last Chance for Animals ]

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention.  The organization believes that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter.  LCA therefore opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment.   Instead, it promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings.

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[ Conservation International ]

For nearly 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all​.  In 2016, Entercom Communications partnered with Conservation International to protect 150 acres of valuable habitat for bees and other pollinators.

Pollinators like bees and birds are responsible for about one in every three mouthfuls of food we eat — which makes their recent population collapse a major cause for concern. Without bees, yields of crops like almonds, apples and avocados would collapse, or possibly disappear altogether. In addition, a recent study found that because pollinators support certain crops that provide important nutrients to malnourished countries, a decline in pollinators could worsen global malnutrition.

The importance of bees means we should heed their recent dramatic declines. Although there are likely numerous causes of this collapse, protecting bees from known threats like pesticides is an essential step in maintaining our food security.

Conservation International’s success protecting nature around the world stems from the generous support of donors. Help ensure that flowers, plants and trees continue to provide food, medicine — and inspiration for all.

Find out more about Conservation International, including how to donate, at www.conservation.org

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[ SaveOurMonarchs Foundation ]

Ward and Ann Johnson launched SaveOurMonarchs Foundation as a Minnesota 501©3 charity, solely dedicated to saving the Monarch Butterfly by distributing milkweed seeds for their survival.

The Monarch Butterfly is  endangered.  Monarch population is down an alarming 80% since 1992.  Much of the decline can be attributed to the Milkweed population, which as also down 80% since 1992.  The principal cause is the extensive use of  herbicides and  pesticides on agricultural crops.

So we are helping to rebuild the habitat for the Monarch.  You can help, by joining us and plant more Milkweed.    Milkweed Seed Packets can be ordered at  SaveOurMonarchs.org/store/c4/Get_Seeds.html

Milkweed is the only sustenance for the Monarch’s caterpillar.  So our mantra is     No Milkweed, No Monarchs………………….

In 2015, over 1 million Milkweed Seed Packets were provided.

In 2016, we expect to ship over 2 million.  They are the Asclepias incarnate, or Swamp Milkweed.

If you are  interested in becoming a Monarch Evangelist, please send an email to Ward@SaveOurMonarchs.org, for more informatiion

The website is SaveOurMonarchs.org   but the best place to find out what is transpiring in the Monarch community is    Facebook.com/SaveOurMonarchs.   At any given time there are several conversation going back and forth between our various members.  So it is quite interesting to learn of the Monarch experiences across the US.

We wish you all the best,  Please join in!

Ward Johnson

PO Box 390135

Minneapolis,  MN  55439

 

Ward@SaveOurMonarchs.org

952-829-0600

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[ American Rivers ]

American Rivers is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s rivers and to fostering a river stewardship ethic.  American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.  Through their river conservation work, American Rivers ensures clean drinking water supplies, revitalizes fish and wildlife, improves recreation and leaves a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.  Since 1973, they have raised awareness of how global warming impacts river health, clean water and water supplies.  They advocate for and negotiate removal of outdated dams on rivers across the country to help trigger resurgence of fish populations and revitalize river communities. They protect vital wetlands and spearhead river cleanups across the country.

For more information about American Rivers, visit www.americanrivers.org.

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