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[1THING] Blog: Archive for October, 2015

[ Did you know about Polar Bear Week? ]

There is such a thing. It’s November 1st – November 7th.  Shannon passed it to me, and I wanted to share w/ you.  There are events each day you could check out from the comforts of wherever you are.

Polar Bear Week provides polar bear enthusiasts with seven full days of celebrating their favorite arctic animal. The event coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears gather to wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During Polar Bear Week, we focus on how longer ice-free seasons are straining the limits of the bears’ fat reserves, threatening their survival.

The 2015 event is November 1-7. Here’s your day-by-day invite: Click here for the list and more! 



HEY ATX NOV 15 591 X 218Sunday, November 15, 2015 is ‘AMERICA RECYCLES DAY’.  Keep Texas Beautiful has lots of 411 to share w/ you on what you can do that day to make all 365 days a year more special for Mama Earth.  Recycling is a HUGE part. Be part of Keeping Austin & Texas More Beautiful….

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

Through ARD, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling, are able to support local communities and raise awareness among all segments of the population.

America Recycles Day registration is officially open! Click here to find out more!


[ Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary Awareness… ]

flip-BoonsLottEach month one of the Entercom clusters picks a featured organization to share with all the other Entercom Clusters. Here’s a 1thing featured organization that was chosen by Tani & the Entercom team in Wichita, KS.

Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary

Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary(BLES) is passionately devoted to creating a safe and natural home for Thai elephants. Boon Lott cares for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within 500 acres of forested land. There are no performances – just elephants.  BLES strives to rescue and protect the elephants of Thailand from abuse and ultimate extinction.

BLES is on constant alert to investigate any reports concerning elephants in need, providing relief to these animals, and when possible, arranges for their retirement to the Sanctuary.

When rescuing an elephant in distress, BLES organizes transportation, communicates with qualified veterinarians, finances medical aid, and provides support to elephant owners. BLES takes full responsibility of a rescue from inception to completion.

As the natural habitat of the Thai elephant is rapidly diminishing, BLES seeks to purchase land as it becomes available near the Sanctuary, striving to create space for elephants and recognize their need for variety in diet and exercise.

When complete, the BLES clinic will offer opportunities for veterinary students to study elephant care and medicine, where such hands-on experience is scarce.

Get more information about the Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary and find out how you can help at http://www.blesele.org/


[ Renewable energy advocates call for guidelines to spur clean energy and avoid conflict on public lands ]

The wind and solar leasing rule would improve how wind and solar energy projects are approved on public lands – and ultimately establish a framework for a stable and long lasting program for clean energy.



[ Progress toward Budget Agreement Can Help Our Public Lands ]

Michael Reinemer

“Today’s announcement of a bipartisan budget agreement is a welcome development after a long partisan standoff over how to fund federal programs in the coming year,” said Alan Rowsome of The Wilderness Society.



[ President calls for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund ]

President Obama used his weekly radio address to call on Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


[ Local and National Parks Lose Millions Each Day that Congress Neglects the Land and Water Conservation Fund ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement about President Obama’s weekly radio address



[ Trick-or-Tree! ]

TreeFolks are giving away 400 trees to Austin Energy customers on Halloween.  Very nice treat for  Mama Earth and you! It’s a win for all! Here’s the 411!

Logo web siteTreeFolks will give away 400 trees to Austin Energy customers this Halloween (10/31) to help shade your streets and neighborhoods. Bring a copy of your electric bill to prove eligibility and get up to two trees depending on the space available at your home.

You don’t HAVE to wear a costume…but it is strongly encouraged. Executive Director, Thaïs Perkins, has graciously volunteered to don the retro Barkley costume and pose for photos with kids and their trees!

Saturday, October 31, 2015
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Sustainable Food Center’s Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market
Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, Austin, TX 78745

Available Species for ‘Trick-or-Tree’


[ Bad bill would put national forests at risk from reckless logging ]

Legislation being considered in the U.S. Senate would undermine important environmental laws and increase unsustainable logging in our national forests–unless you speak out against it.



[ Report Shows BLM’s Prized Conservation Lands Struggle without Adequate Funding ]

Michael Reinemer

Managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Conservation Lands were established in 2000 to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant lands recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological and scientific values.