In this issue:
► Welcome new EarthShare Oregon Members!
► Burgerville pledges $22,000 to our Member Groups
► Do it for the bees, please. Be pesticide free this Spring.
► Change the way you think about charitable giving. (Video)
► Like to read? Purchase your books from Powell’s and give to EarthShare at the same time.
Community Gardeners Needed–Corvallis
Plant trees at Rooster Rock on Earth Day.
Willamette River Water Monitors Needed
Participate in a Portland SOLVE-IT Earth Day project.
Find our complete list of volunteer opportunities here.
Submit a public comment against the KeyStone XL pipeline.
Are you a foodie? Get your friends together for a series of lively discussions about food and sustainability. Take the new NWEI course, Menu for the Future.
Drink wine and learn about solar energy on the Solar Winery Tour, April 27th.
Stock up on native plants for your yard and garden at the Trillium Festival, April 6-7, at Tryon Creek State park.
Learn about the continuing problems for dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP Gulf Oil Spill three years ago and speak up on their behalf.
We hope you are excited about spring as we are. Over the last month, we’ve welcomed seven new member groups to our list of outstanding Oregon environmental nonprofits, and given our website a much-needed spring makeover. We also put together a comprehensive list of all of the exciting things our member groups are working on this spring so you can volunteer, hike, garden or just get outside and enjoy the beauty and warmth of spring.
| Welcome, New Members!
|Seven environmental groups – Bark, Beyond Toxics, Columbia Land Trust, Growing Gardens, Institute for Applied Ecology, McKenzie River Trust, and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund – are new members of EarthShare Oregon.
The first Oregon-based and SW Washington-based groups added to EarthShare Oregon since 2008, they bring geographic and programmatic diversity to an already stellar line-up of 80 of the best environmental organizations working in the state, across the country, and around the world.
These groups are working in areas and on issues we believe will engage even more employees – endeavors from forest habitat protection to organic gardening to toxic pollution prevention.
Read the full story here.
|Burgerville Employees Pledge $22,000 to EarthShare Member Groups!
Burgerville and its 39 restaurants’ employees hit new heights of generosity this year. They pledged almost $22,000 to EarthShare Oregon’s and Washington’s nonprofit environmental groups – 34% more than they donated last year! Burgerville leaders and staff deserve a big “THANK YOU” for the care, planning and heart they put into their EarthShare giving every year.
Burgerville became an EarthShare Business Partner in 2008 and since that time, Burgerville employees have given almost $80,000 to EarthShare Member Groups. Thank you for contributing to our community!
|Do it for the Bees. Be Pesticide Free this Spring!
|Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you and I eat is pollinated by honeybees? In fact, bees and other pollinators are necessary for about 75 percent of our global food crops.
As you may have read in the news, these critical pollinators are in trouble, victims of Colony Collapse Disorder — or CCD, a phenomenon in which bee colonies have been mysteriously collapsing when adult bees seemingly abandon their hives.
A growing body of scientific evidence is pointing to a key factor, a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics. In fact, a January 2013 European Food Safety Authority report labeled neonicotinoids as an ‘unacceptable’ danger to bees. And a new report from the American Bird Conservancy provides compelling evidence that neonics are also harming birds.
In Eugene, EarthShare member group, Beyond Toxics, is working with the City to find an alternative to neonic pesticides used in public parks and open spaces.
Read Friends of the Earth’s full blog post: Worst Bee Die Off in 40 Years.
Meanwhile, choose to buy organic food as much as possible, and, as you plant your spring gardens, be sure to say no to the neonics [see list] and choose certified organic seeds and plants to help protect bees and other pollinators! You can also take the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, Pesticide Free Pledge.
|“Do we really want a world that works for everyone?”
This TED Talk will change the way you think about charitable giving and nonprofits. When you have some time, sit down and mentally hang on to your seats.
|Buy or Sell Your Books Through Powell’s and Help EarthShare at the Same Time!
Are you an avid reader who like to shop locally? Did you know that when you buy or sell your books through EarthShare’s link to Powells.com, EarthShare receives 7.5% of your transaction? You can purchase any book from Powells (and help EarthShare) by using this link to make your online purchases. (Don’t forget to bookmark the page for future reference!)
View our Green Bookshelf for reading and gift ideas or sell your used books by clicking the button below.