Monday, October 30, 2017 | By awasserman | Comments Off on November 1Thing Featured Organization: Earthjustice
True and lasting change happens when the power of the law is on your side. That’s why the earth needs a good lawyer.
Today’s environmental challenges are greater than ever. But we live in a country of strong environmental laws—and Earthjustice holds those who break our nation’s laws accountable for their actions.
We’ve been the legal backbone for more than a thousand organizations across the country, large and small. And we represent every one of our clients free of charge.
Behind nearly every major environmental court battle—from protecting gray wolves from slaughter to representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline- you’ll find an Earthjustice attorney.
As the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, we’re committed to the vision of a just and sustainable future. Join us.
Monday, January 2, 2017 | By awasserman | Comments Off on January 1Thing: The Celebration of the Sea Foundation
The Celebration of the Sea Foundation works to inspire, educate and engage people around the world to protect the ocean and its resources. A specific focus of all their initiatives is STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts & Music) education for children and families.
The Foundation’s programs focus on ways in which each of us can make a positive impact on the environment while placing specific emphasis on the world’s ecological systems. Additionally, emphasis is placed on developing and supporting educational and environmental programs for inner city students and families.
The Celebration of the Sea Foundation is also proud to have developed the World Ocean Watch (WOW) Environmental and Educational Marine Science Program & Eco-Link™ to train students around the world to serve as ambassadors for our planet’s oceans. The Eco-Link Challenge is an open call for students to serve as Eco-Reporters and submit environmentally based Public Service Announcements and short form informational videos to engage and educate the public on critical environmental issues around the world.
“Watch It Don’t Botch It” video produced for the Celebration of the Sea Eco-Link Challenge by brothers Christian Petrisko (age 16), Derek Petrisko (age 14) and Landon Petrisko (age 12):
To promote a sense of global stewardship towards the environment and the living things that inhabit it.
To produce engaging and educational programs for families, teachers and students.
To make the world of science, exploration and the arts exciting and interesting to both children and adults.
To utilize interactive technology and outreach programs to motivate everyone to want to learn about the environment and protect the animals that inhabit it.
To emphasize ENTERTAINMENT, EDUCATION and TECHNOLOGY in the production of the following – all of which promote the theme of community (how all aspects of the environment, including human activity, are intricately related) and all of which strive to motivate people, particularly children, to improve current environmental conditions:
Educational programs and ancillary support materials for classrooms and families.
Live and recorded video content for television and social media networks as well as custom apps and web based interactive broadcasts for schools and family home viewing.
Traveling exhibitions to be showcased at high profile public forums, leading aquariums, maritime centers, museums and entertainment facilities.
Concerts, festivals and special events.
Field expeditions (in-reach/out-reach programs) for students, teachers and families. (Many expeditions have a diving/snorkeling and exploration component).
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | By awasserman | Comments Off on 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.