MEC Outdoor Nation is a national movement to inspire young people to live and play outside. At three weekend summits in Vancouver 2014, Toronto 2015 and Montreal 2015, 450 people age 18 – 27 will come together to dream big, innovate solutions and create launch-ready, MEC-funded projects that address the barriers to getting young adults outside and active.
Outdoor Nation was founded in the United States in 2010 by the Outdoor Foundation, and since then has funded more than500 youth-inspired projects engaging nearly people and has invest $4 million to encourage millennials in America to get active and get outside.
MEC is committed to inspiring everyone to lead active outdoor lifestyles. As today’s young Canadians approach adulthood, their level of physical activity declines the fastest out of any other age group. MEC brings Outdoor Nation to Canada in hopes to help start a movement of young adults sharing their love of being active outside with other young adults.
At each summit, 150 delegates create and pitch grassroots projects that address barriers to getting outside (eg: access, safety, education) to implement in their communities. The top three projects (as voted on by delegates) receive funding from MEC. After the summits, more funding for projects will be available from MEC. Summits are facilitated and working sessions are interspersed with outdoor activities, hands-on workshops and inspiring speakers.
Delegates camp overnight, with gear provided by MEC and their sponsors. Evening highlights include live music, socializing and sleeping under the stars. MEC Outdoor Nation summits are free to delegates, thanks to MEC’s commitment to 1% for the Planet and sponsors.]]>
Du Land art au théâtre, en passant par des œuvres environnementales, l’art et l’EEDD ont entamé depuis quelques années un dialogue mutuellement enrichissant.
Éducateurs à l’environnement, animateurs, techniciens de collectivités, artistes, et toute personne concernée par cette thématique, le Graine Île-de-France vous propose une initiation aux démarches artistiques en EEDD.
Pénétrez les coulisses d’un programme alternant entre découverte de techniques, méthodes, projets et temps d’expressions.
Mercredi 8 octobre 2014 de 9h30 à 17h30,
au Centre Nature de Colombes
Inter-Fluve is an engineering firm with a pretty simple goal: we fix rivers. Joining 1% has been an opportunity for us to support non-profit leaders that are playing critical roles in advancing river restoration policy discussions and completing on-the-ground work. Since joining 1% in 2007, we’ve supported over a dozen organizations; here’s a little something about three of them.
• American Rivers is a leader in the grassroots charge to protect, restore, and conserve rivers across the US. They’ve been especially successful in dam removals, where they’ve led the way in removing 147 outdated dams. Including most recently the Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River – a stretch of Wild and Scenic river minutes from our Hood River, Oregon office where we fish and kayak.
• At a more local level, we’ve been supporting River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) since 2007. With a threadbare budget, RRNW is a conduit for exchanging ideas, reflecting on lessons learned, and promoting responsible practices like ensuring that all engineered large wood placements in our rivers not only perform their objective – e.g., stabilizing banks or improving fish habitat – but are also safe for recreational activities like swimming and kayaking.
• We’re also proud to support the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (LCFRB). Established in 1998 by the Washington Legislature, the LCFRB’s mission is to return endangered salmon and steelhead in the Lower Columbia River to healthy and harvestable levels. The Lower Columbia is largely estuary –150 miles of slow, wide river that ends at the Pacific. Wetlands in the estuary are extremely important to baby salmon and steelhead who spend days or months feeding and gaining strength before venturing into the ocean. Yet, about two-thirds of historical estuary wetland habitat has been lost to development. LCFRB’s one-the-ground wetland restoration projects are showing significant increases in not only new habitat, but also young salmon and steelhead preparing for life at sea.
To all three organizations: Thank you. You provide a vote voice for aquatic environments that otherwise have no voice or vote. Without the awareness you bring to these issues we would not have the work we do, and more importantly, our environment would be much less rich. Everyone that values rivers should appreciate your contributions. We certainly do.
For many, sugar is seen as the key to future African bioenergy. The sugar cane juice or molasses can be used to produce ethanol, which can then be used as a clean fuel for both transport and cooking. Sugar is an efficient crop that is well-suited to the environment and climate. Sugar is also important for its ability to act as a multiplier of economic growth.
At present, South Africa, Mauritius, Swaziland and Zimbabwe account for more than half of Africa’s sugar. However, the sector is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, with Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia representing the countries with the most potential for growth.
Within the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, PANGEA is working to support the sustainable development of this sector, as it has a key role to play in increasing energy access and energy security across Africa.
Further information can be found on our website: http://www.pangealink.org/what-is-bioenergy/
Or feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Brewing Baird Beer is resource-intensive. Key ingredients like malted barley and hops cross oceans to reach our brewery. The manufacture and recycling of glass consume significant amounts of energy. Fresh water, an increasingly scarce resource globally, is a primary input.
For both business and philosophical reasons we’re committed to making continuous improvements in our operations that will allow us to use resources efficiently and sustainably.
To help us achieve our goals we’ll “stand on the shoulders of giants”. Craft beer industry peers Sierra Nevada and New Belgium have particularly rigorous company-wide sustainability initiatives. Both, for example, have made the use of renewable energy a priority. Accordingly, in moving to Shuzenji one of our first steps was to install a 49 kW solar array on the roof of our new brewery.
More generally what Sierra Nevada and New Belgium demonstrate is that with teamwork, effort and imagination, there are hundreds of ways, big and small, that craft beer can be brewed, packaged, marketed and distributed more sustainably.
We also admire both the sustainability programs and the energetic environmental advocacy of outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Patagonia, whose founder Yvon Chouinard has preached – and practiced – sustainability for decades. It’s with a real sense of inspiration and excitement, therefore, that we’ve decided to participate in 1% for the Planet, a global, business-led sustainability initiative that he co-founded in 2002.
Sea Shepherd BCU@ Bodensee/Friedrichshafen.
Parkplatz Seestraße, Ecke Östliche Uferstraße
88046 Friedrichshafen am Bodensee
ab 13 Uhr.
Sea Shepherd Beach Cleaning Aktion@ Düsseldorf
Ort: Düsseldorf – Bremer Sandstrand
Zeit: Treffen 10:30Uhr, Beginn 11:00Uhr
Sea Shepherd Beach Cleaning Aktion@ Losse/ Kassel
12:00 – ca.16:00 Uhr
Treffpunkt: Am Lossewerk 16
Sea Shepherd Beach Cleaning Aktion ” Main Clean Up”
Ort: Seilerbahn, Ecke Amtsgasse
65929 Frankfurt am Main
To learn more about how you or your organization can participate in, host, or sponsor a National Estuaries Week event, please visit http://www.estuaries.org/national-estuaries-day.html or contact Lance Speidell at lspeidell(at)estuaries(dot)org.]]>
I watched them from afar all summer long. The not-so-old grandma J10, born around 1962, who always led her family northbound along the shoreline, was followed on the outside edge by her adult son J18. Next swam her eldest daughter J20 with her young calf J32. I liked J32 from the start, primarily because her dorsal was rather distinct like that of a shark; wide and pointy. This was atypical of these resident fishing-eating whales and I attributed a sort of spunkiness to her look. Lastly swam J10’s youngest daughter J22 with the ADD newborn known as J34. J34 was a hyperactive whale and it was lucky for him that his mother was so patient when he was splashing around and constantly breaching alongside her.
Each morning they arrived in the same formation. I enjoyed the often flat calmness of the hillside overlooking HaroStrait. The clear skies would lighten the mirrored waters as the sun rose from the east behind me. Listening to the explosive “Whoosh” sound of the killer whale breaths and checking individual IDs from my powerful scope held a Zen-like peacefulness for me.
As a sub-group of the J pod and one I would track on a regular basis, I felt close to this group. I admired the way J10 would swim ahead only to wait for her family to catch up. Often she did this while floating at the surface, termed “logging” by researchers, and turn back lifting her head slightly up from the water. J10 was what I would call an aloof whale. If she didn’t want to be bothered she would ditch you and your vessel, leaving no trail to follow. Once while trying to get her photo-ID picture, we had trouble lining up the vessel. She was constantly switching sides on us each time we approached to take the photo. Then suddenly she breached on the port side within a few feet of our vessel, dove and then reappeared far up ahead. We had just been told off by a killer whale matriarch.
When all the pods returned the following spring and the Center for Whale Research announced its official whale count of the season, J32’s mom was not among those listed. As these resident pods do not separate from each other and both males and females stay with their maternal family for life, she was deemed deceased.
We all wondered what would happen to the newly orphaned four-year-old whale, J32. Having been weaned of mother’s milk at two-years old, we knew she could feed herself, but there were so many other lessons to be learned; could she in fact survive? Our best guess was that grandma or auntie would adopt her as their own. That summer I again tracked the whales from the hillside. We saw J32 return without her mother and to our surprise it was uncle J18 who took on the role of caregiver. In the mornings J10 would go by and then J18 with his new sidekick J32, would follow behind. For months J32 shadowed her uncle’s every move. When he would lunge, she would lunge. He showed her how to circle and corral fish. When they would somehow swim ahead of J10, it was the pair that would look back after her and wait until she caught up to regain the lead position.
I was intrigued of their relationship and only came to admire them more as I was out in a boat one day. We wanted to check on J32 and see that she was indeed a robust and healthy calf, so we motored the boat in close to her for observation. Immediately J18 repositioned himself in-between us and his young ward. He shuffled her on up ahead and outside of our range. This was indeed a whale with a purpose.
That winter, in early February I was with a friend on one of his rare winter whale watching trips. My study had been over for months, but like a true junky, I could never pass up a free boat ride with the possibility of seeing whales. The day was clear and the water flat calm as we headed far south into HaroStrait. The J pod was spread out over miles. I remember seeing J18 alone, about 200 yards away. We did not see his mom, J10.
It has often been the case that when an elder female whale dies, their closest adult son passes on within six months. No one knows for sure why this happens; we do know that these are highly social and stable animals in constant contact with each other for the duration of their lives. Older whales, grandmothers though no longer reproductive still hold a purpose in this whale culture. and continue to lead their family through the perils of an environment fraught with human impacts.
Before spring arrived, I was watching Canadian TV. The Vancouver news ran a clip of a large adult male killer whale that had washed ashore. The camera panned the length of the whale’s body and upon seeing the distinctly identifying grey saddle patch, tears came to my eyes. J18 was dead at only 23 years of age.
Ever the survivor, little J32 returned that summer with the rest of J pod, having lost three of her closest relatives in less than two years. I’m grateful that J18 stepped in when he did. Maybe he taught her some valuable lifelong survival skills. Today J32 is still going strong. She continues to hang out with her aunt J22 and cousins, the surviving members of her family.
These whales are known to live into their 80′s and 90′s. However they have been slowly declining leading to their ENDANGERED status in 2005. This year the endangered population fell down to 78 whales; losing a 37 year old female and a 13 year old male.
Will J32 die at a young age like her mom and uncle? Will you help us save her extended family?
We are looking to provide valuable insight to this populations wintering habits off California. In order to do that we need a research vessel. Will you help us raise the funds in order to figure out these questions and help save an apex species? If you can, please donate to the cause and help save this species before it’s too late.
Please if you can, DONATE HERE. The money goes to the whales and recovery research, not to us.]]>
Fish Princess Farm:
“Our handmade goat milk soap is prepared in an Old World style known as Cold Process, using the finest locally sourced ingredients and milk from our precious herd of Swiss Alpine goats. Every Fish Princess product is handmade using our own original recipes, which have been tested and loved by our family and customer friends for many years. All soaps are preservative-free and packaged in our farm workshop using beautiful, sustainably sourced papers. Along with our milk goats, we grow produce for restaurants and farmers markets, and sell eggs from our free-range chickens and ducks. Sustainable living and ethical farming practices form the core mission of Fish Princess Farm, which shares the nickname my husband gave me for my love of fishing. Living on the edge of Monterey Bay, we see the negative impacts that industry and population growth have on our oceans every day. We joined 1% for the Planet in order to give back to non-profits that are working to preserve our planet, starting with the seven seas.”
“ImageMILL is a new-age branding agency, evolved from deep experience in traditional media. For over 20 years we have been crafting images for some of the worlds biggest (and smallest) brands. Our mission is to build and promote brand cultures of sustainability and ethics, working together to create prosperity for all. Our passion and focus is on being a catalyst for change in brand and corporate structures to become more sustainable, environmentally friendly and do good in local and global communities. ImageMILL is a social business, set up to create not only a financial return, but also a social dividend. Sustainability is not for trendy niche brands anymore, it’s a vital business pillar needed in all business and brands. We seek to make changes in companies core business’ to create real stories that will influence their consumers, not just an advertising campaign thats runs for a short period of time.”
“CuttingBoard.com features the web’s best selection of curated cutting boards and butcher blocks. We have personally selected and chosen our products after handling and seeing each piece with our own eyes. Many of our products are sourced from independent artisans and woodworkers that only make limited runs of each product. In addition, we carry high quality knives and kitchen accessories that will embellish the kitchen of any home chef. We are proud to source products that are certified sustainable, renewable or reclaimed. CuttingBoard.com is dedicated to quality and environmental stewardship, so all of the products in our store adhere to these principles. One of our core values at CuttingBoard.com is respect – for our customers and our environment. We are excited to become part of 1% for the Planet and commit to continue protecting and restoring our natural world.”
Sustainable fashion is on the rise and Meamode would like to inspire people to become aware of the impact fast fashion has on the environment. That is the reason Meamode believes that 1% for the Planet’s mission aligns with their company values of giving back and is doing what they can to help the environment.
“Working with 1% for the Planet and buying from designers who focus on fair trade practices or use natural materials for their products lines is a great way to make a collaborative impact. 1% for the Planet’s commitment to creating a healthy planet is leading the way to help socially conscious businesses to expand their reach and to provide solutions for a wide range of environmental issues. We are happy to be a part of this international movement that will encourage others to realize that our planet is important and needs help.” Stephanie Marie Glover, Founder/Owner]]>
“At Ākāśa, we believe that the next generation of young people is our best hope for the future, so we have set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £11,000 to help us provide scholarships to each of our twelve Young Pioneers who are passionate about changing the world. You can find out more about our Young Pioneers Programme by downloading our detailed brochure.”