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[ Protect Your Favorite Hiking Trails for the New Year with AHS ]


Here’s an easy 1THING you can do more Hiking during 2018 which will help your health, and can also keep Mama Earth healthy. Thanks to the American Hiking Society. AHS supports First Day Hikes, January 1st, a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. Find out more here…and what AHS does throughout the year! Try doing 1THING to help out the ATX area, which is part of the Big World we all live and share. Mama Earth is extremely important! Let’s do what we can to make her healthier! american_hiking775x515


Amercian Hiking Society was founded in 1976, and it’s the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, the natural areas surrounding them and the hiking experience. AHS is the national voice for hikers. Hitting a trail is good for your health, and connects you with the natural environment. AHS represents millions of hikers who believe the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a legacy worth leaving for future generations.

American Hiking Society is a supporter of First Hikes Day w/ the America’s State Parks. It’s held each year on New Year’s Day (1/1/18) with hundreds of free, guided hikes happening in all 50 states. Find out more about the AHS Mission, Core Values and First Hikes Day and other events AHS supports throughout the year.


Mission: Protect the Places You Love to Hike
AHS champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails.


The Intrinsic Value of Hiking:
Hiking has long been an important outdoor activity, whether as a means of exploration, exercise or reflection. The act of setting foot down a path through natural areas provides unparalleled opportunities to build the human spirit, improve physical fitness and increase environmental awareness. Hiking offers all Americans a healthy, enjoyable and relatively simple way to deepen their connections to nature, people and place.

Conservation through Recreation:
As a national conservation-based recreation organization, AHS work in partnership to build, maintain and protect hiking trails and their natural corridors. This allows current and future generations to experience the many joys and benefits of hiking and are inspired to protect this legacy.

AHS programs are built around the concept of fostering and supporting trail stewardship and the public lands through which they travel. AHS accomplish this by promoting a sense of responsibility and culture of service among their individual members and member organizations and in the hiking community at large.

AHS support construction and maintenance of trails that limit hikers’ impact on the land and require minimal attention to maintain the integrity and safety of the tread. They promote Leave No Trace ethics to ensure that natural ecosystems and trail environments remain viable and healthy.

Through adaptability, responsiveness and a commitment to continuous improvement, AHS will remain a dynamic and relevant national organization. Their work is results-oriented, partnership driven and integral to the viability, success and future of their constituents – the hiking community.



Since 1976, American Hiking Society has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience Click here


American Hiking Society are part of the First Day Hikes nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On January 1st, New Year’s Day hundreds of free, guided hikes happen in all 50 states. Kids and adults across American will participate, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Click here for more and to find a Hike closest to where you live.

National Trails Day on June 2, 2018! Another one of several successful events the American Hiking Society supports! Click here for lots more. https://americanhiking.org/



[ Get To Know Pure Earth! ]

PureEarth_930x2181THING featured organization for the month of December is Pure Earth. Thanks to our sister cluster Entercom Seattle. Pure Earth helps bring attention to the growing problem of ‘Pollution’, and raises awareness and ways to help stop the waste. Here’s the breakdown of what we’re all up against, when it comes to ‘Pollution’ and how it’s harmful to our lives… literally….

What’s the Problem?

Toxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk suffering neurological and immune system damage and an early death. The number of people affected is comparable to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Plus, solving pollution problems usually promotes, rather than inhibits, economic growth. Yet, pollution is one of the most under-reported and underfunded problems in the world.

Why Support Pure Earth?

Pure Earth is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is most affected by pollution. Pure Earth devises clean-up strategies, empowers local champions and secures support from national and international partnerships. Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 80 clean-up projects in 20 countries. This has reduced exposure to toxins for local populations, especially children.

Pure Earth’s Current and Completed Projects

How can you help?

  1. Share Pure Earth’s posts on social media. Use Twitter @PureEarthNowFacebook, and LinkedIn to raise the profile of toxic pollution, which disproportionately kills those in low and middle-income countries.
  2. Make a donation. Better yet, organize a group of coworkers to make donations. Ask your employer to match it.
  3. Join the Pure Earth Corps of volunteers. Work solo, with a group of colleagues or friends, adopt a project, and raise funds.
  4. Host a “Toxic Cocktail Party” educational event. Pure Earth does the work; you create the guest list. Artisanal “toxic” cocktails are created just for you!
  5. Stay informed. Read The Pollution Blog and sign up for Pure Earth’s Newsletter.



[ Keepin’ Holiday Travel Green! ]

Grassssuitecase 775x515You can have a Happy Holiday while making Mama Earth Happy too! Pick Greener ways for holiday travelling to see family & friends like a train, bus ride and carpooling which many times saves on fuel, money and emissions. It’s #1THING that’s a Fantastic Thing to do! Have a Happy & Safe  Green Holiday Season!

EarthShare friends share several tips you can try this holiday season:

  • Choose the greenest travel method: Visit the Sightline Institute to learn about the best travel modes for saving emissions.
  • Pack light
  • Driving? Avoid peak travel times
  • Drive defensively:
  • Maintain your vehiclevehicle maintenance is important for safety, saving Green & being Greener during your travels
  • Flying? Avoid layovers and redeyes.
  • Offset what you can’t avoid:  Calculate your carbon footprint with carbonfund.org
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Find a ride share group near you Try erideshare.com or shareyourride.net

More here…


[ Earthjustice Standing Up for Mama Earth ]

Every month, Entercom features an organization that fits great w/ the 1Thing Initiative. The November organization was chosen by our sister market Entercom San Francisco. Their pick EarthJustice. Find out more about Earthjustice and what they do to help out Mama Earth. 1Thing always helps!

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.



[ 9th Annual Amazon in Austin Celebration ]

Amazon in Austin 775x515Rainforest Partnership is hosting an extraordinary Thursday night (10/26) of soul-soothing rainforest sights and sounds, mouthwatering food, and revitalizing drinks. Expect the unexpected at the beautiful and historic 800 CONGRESS! Enjoy a delicious dinner, auction and entertainment by Andean Fusion and Tony Morris, all in support of this amazing locally-headquartered global organization!

Mayor Adler, climate champion, will inspire w/ a speech on importance of Tropical Rainforest Protection. Austin filmmaking legend and Academy Award nominated director Richard Linklater’s video interview on the reality of climate change.

Enjoy mouthwatering South American cuisine served by Lima Criolla, with elegant dessert by Barr Mansion and drink from  Tito’s, Materra and Holy Kombucha.

Silent Auction that includes:

  • Walk-on role in a Richard Linklater film
  • Week’s stay at a luxury vacation cottage in Kauia, Hawaii
  • -Week’s stay at a gorgeous Tuscany ranch style home near Marfa, TX
  • Kendra Scott mystery  boxes
    and more..

A  Fabulous #1Thing you can do to help Rainforests and Climate Change.   Get Tickets

Rainforest Partnership’s mission:
To protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.

Climate Change & Rainforests
are the lungs of our planet. Rainforest Partnership joins 90% of scientists who believe in climate change and are concerned by what the future holds.



[ Air Pollution Becomes Art ]

carpollution 591x218I never knew this could be a Thing, but it’s definitely a #1Thing. Thanks to friends from the MIT Media Lab in Boston, Anirudh Sharma and Nikhil Kaushik invented Air-Ink, a professional art supply made directly from car exhaust and soot.

  • cars release about 20% of the world’s carbon dioxcide
  • people breathe in an average of 2 gallons of polluted air a minute

Sharma, Kaushik, and the rest of their team at Graviky Labs have cleaned 1.6 trillion liters of air since officially capturing pollution last June. This is impressive and what they do w/ the exhaust and soot turn it into a work of art literally. Environmental Art... “The more Air-Ink we use, the less pollution we breathe—simple,”  Click here to see some of the Amazing art and how it’s done! #1Thing that is helping Mama Earth and getting lots cool points too!


[ Summertime Tips to Recycle in ATX ]

ATXTakenUMF780x520 Keep ATX Beautiful 591x218Happy Summer! Here are some Summertime Recyclng Tips! #KeepAustinBeautiful  It’s a#1Thing we can all do.

Many will be packing a bag to head out to the beach, pool, hiking, camping… getting out to enjoy the Summertime heat. Recycling and waste reduction is an important part of Summertime fun. Keep Mama Earth as clean as you can while having fun outside. It’s #1Thing we can all do.

Here are some tips for a successful 1Thing way to #KeepAustinBeautiful :

*Bring reusable bags to pack Thingies in. If you get plastic bags, bring them home and recycle them at a local drop-off location.
When I go to Omaha, NE w/ honey Ted to visit family, we use our reusable bags for shopping and just carting our stuff around. It’s starting to catch on up there. They aren’t as #1Thing cool as the ATX area!

#Pack meals, snacks and drinks in reusable containers. Cut down on plastics, styrofoam and paper, especially when road tripping. Pack it with you. If you run across some trouble, it could also come in handy.
My honey Ted was coming from Omaha, to Austin a couple of winters ago, and ice/ snow packed up on IH-35, which brought traffic to a standstil outside of Dallas. A semi was stuck in it, and blocking traffic. He had to sit on the road for about 18 hours. He was thankful he brought his reusable bag/ cooler which had sandwich makings and drinks in there. He was set for the emergency as far as nurishment. A #1Thing that really can be a lifesaver for everyone including Mama Earth.

Keep 2 bags w/ you to separate trash and recyclables. Something you might not think about, but extremely helpful while road tripping, camping and long event activities. it’s done and you won’t have to worry about doing it later.

Click here for more tips / ideas how to #KeepAustinBeautiful! Keep Rockin’ the #1Things y’all!



[ Asking Celebrities What’s Your 1Thing ]

LiamPayne1DUSAToday 775x515It’s #1Thing Liam Payne & friends do for Mama Earth that help keep her waters clean…. What’s your #1Thing? Click here!







[ Ocean Conservation is very Important for a Healthy Earth! ]

ThingDentalTips.psdOceana, is an Entercom Featured 1Thing for July! Find out what you can do to help Mama Earth’s Ocean w/  Oceana! 

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. 


Unfortunately, our oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago.

Fortunately, Oceana knows how to fix things.  Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life.

The good news is that we can restore the oceans to their former glory. Oceana is…


They channel their resources towards strategic, directed campaigns to achieve MEASURABLE OUTCOMES that will protect and restore our oceans to former levels of abundance.


Oceana believes in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions for the oceans.

Multi-disciplinary and expert

Their scientists work closely with teams of economists, lawyers, communicators, and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Learn more at http://oceana.org/.


[ Thursday Dump the Pump ATX! ]

gaspumpdumpingoutgas with X 591x218Thursday (6/15) is  National Dump The Pump Day. A day to give the car / vehicle a break and try using public transportation. This can help several areas in your life

4 Great reasons why Dumping the Pump is a good thing for you, others and Mama Earth!

1.) Riding public transportation can save you money.  A study showed a 2 person household that went from 2 cars to using 1 saved more than $9,700 a year

2.) Using public transportation also helps ATX grow and prosper. Every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.

3.) It’s a Big #1Thing too. You cut your carbon footprint by not driving and also helps air quality. Lots of #1Thing goodness for Mama Earth, cutting down the amount of vehicles on the road.

4.) It can help your health too especially when it comes to Stress. Not having to bother w/ driving in traffic yourself, you aren’t as rung up. You can chill and leave the driving to the city. Less Stress is does the Body & Mind good

Click here for more! Try it out on Thursday‘Dump the Pump ATX!’ If no on public transportation,  maybe carpooling….