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[ Great American Campout! Take the Pledge to Camp! ]

June is Great Outdoors Month! The Best way to celebrate is #GoCamping, and become one w/ Nature. Of course being mindful of 1THINGs such as not polluting and ruining the area you are Camping in. Be respectful of Mama Earth’s land & the animals.  It makes for a much Happier Camping Time.

Take the pledge to camp  -Be part of the Big Event on Saturday June 23rd. The Great American Campout.  It’s backed by the National Wildlife Federation. Pick your spot in your backyard, your neighborhood, local parks, state parks, and national parks, cabins, RVs, treehouses … Pick a place where you’re comfortable and can have fun! You are also encouraged to keep re-living the Camping Fun throughout the Summer. Enjoy the Great Outdoors of Mama Nature. The word is hanging out in Nature can make you a Nicer person. I figure as long as you are prepared.

Whether you’re a 1st time Camper or have been on several Camping Trips .. Here’s lots of helpful 411 to prepare you for a Fun Camping Experience.

If the goal of 200,000 Campers is reached, the National Wildlife Federation will donate 5,000 trees to its ‘Trees for Wildlife’ program. Your Campout pledge helps make sure American wildlife survives. Take the pledge here!

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[ ENTERCOM’s 1THING for a Happier 2018 Earth Day and beyond… ]

ENTERCOM has teamed up w/ Conservation International to save 400 acres of Elephant Habitat in Africa.  Click the photo to find out more! Have a Happy Earth Day and make each day a Happy Earth Day! The Happier the surroundings around us, the Happier we all can be!  It just takes #1THING 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[ A Yummy Sustainable Chocolate 1THING ]

Big Green Love to Hershey for a Big #1THING for taking a stand for Sustainable Farming of Cocoa, the Environment in which it grows and for the People whose livelihood depends on it.

Cocoa For Good, a strategy for Sustainable Cocoa while investing half a billion dollars by 2030 to nourish children, elevate youth, build prosperous communities and preserve natural ecosystems

 

 

Cocoa For Good Mission: 

  • Increase access to nutritious foods. Families need access to nutritious foods to live healthy lives and avoid issues like anemia, which affects 1.6 billion people worldwide.
  • Eliminate child labor. A symptom of poverty in cocoa communities, children aged 14–17 are at the greatest risk.

 

  • Economically empower women. West African women are 45% of cocoa farm labor, but have less access to training, financial services and land than men.
  • Increase agroforestry and shade-grown cocoa. Cocoa grown in the shade is productive for up to 15 years longer than cocoa grown in full sun.

Cocoa For Good builds on the work they’ve already done in cocoa-growing communities by helping to feed families, equipping young people with the skills to succeed, empowering women and men to prosper, and protecting our forests. More here

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[ Help Stop Plastic Pollution! ]

April is Earth Month with Earth Day happening Sunday, April 22, 2018. The Earth Day Network is working on securing a Future Free of Plastic Pollution. Your help can start w/ the Stop the Plastic Pollution Pledge and using the resources available to help with the journey of stopping here!  Doing your part to Stop Plastic Pollution is 1THING that will help the environment in which we all live together.

PLASTIC POLLUTION FACTOIDS WE SHOULDN’T IGNORE:

  • 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and 90% of that is thrown away. A huge percentage of those plastics end up in our landfills, our oceans, our wildlife and our bodies.
  • Plastic breaks down in our environment it can mimic human hormones and is linked to everything from breast cancer to early puberty
  • Corporations are making billions of dollars selling their products in disposal plastic containers but are refusing to take responsibility for what happens to the 100s of millions of plastic containers and bags that move through our global economy every single day
  • Governments are unable or unwilling to take the health risks of plastic seriously and are not moving to ban single use plastics and non-recyclable products.
  • We are also at fault because we haven’t made the break from single use plastics even though alternatives are now on the markets

If enough of us get behind a global ban on single use plastics, we can begin to heal our oceans, our wildlife, and our children. Click here for more and the petition to Help Stop Plastic Pollution!

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[ It’s Take a Walk in the Park Day ]

Friday (3/30) is officially  National #TakeAWalkintheParkDay. I like to think of it as the official kickoff of taking a Walk Any Day in one of the many beautiful parks in the ATX area! Click here to find one close to you. Or venture out in the ATX area to experience parks in areas in ATX that are new to you. Walk rather than drive, which helps w/ the carbon foot prints in ATX and on Mama Earth! Great for your health and #1THING too! 

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[ EarthDay 2018- A World w/ out Plastic Pollution ]

Earth Day 2018 happens on Sunday, April 22nd. The Earth Day Network is centering on Plastic Pollution and the need to stop using plastic to save Mama Earth from being destroyed and engulfed in nothing but plastic.

According to the Earth Day Network, Plastic Pollution is poisoning and injuring marine life and disrupting human hormones. It’s littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. Click here for more! 

Join the MovementSign up to Join the Earth Network Movement! Be part of the world’s largest environmental movement.

Donate – Earth Day Network’s Mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.

Spread the Word 
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If we all do 1THING to help stop Plastic Pollution, our home ‘Mama Earth’ will be so much better because of it.  Make it a point to STOP USING plastic straws , baggies, shopping bags… Go for reusable containers / bags. Doing 1THING will make a Big Difference! Let’s make Everyday, Earth Day! ‘Mama Earth’ is our Home! Let’s Protect her! Click here for more! 

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

Here’s the 1THING JANUARY 2018 FEATURED ORGANIZATION CHOSEN BY ENTERCOM AUSTIN! 

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

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:

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.

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:

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.

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY’S CORE VALUES:

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.

Stewardship:
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.

Sustainability:
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.

Relevance:
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.

 

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY ADVOCACY:

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

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/

 

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[ Think ATX can #StopSucking ]

StopSucking 930x218I didn’t realize that plastic straws are so scary, until I saw these numbers.

  • Americans use over 500 million straws every day. And a large portion of those straws end up floating in the ocean’s giant garbage patches, or eaten by animals.
  • An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs

Those numbers are Scary and Sad… But something Happy has happened in Seattle thanks to the #StopSucking campaign. In September, Seattle became the 1st major city to ban plastic straws.  By next summer the city won’t allow restaurants and other business to offer them. This change, just in Seattle, is expected to keep around 1 Million plastic straws out of the landfills, beach and waters per month!!!

#StopSucking campaign which has helped create a law in Seattle to ban plastic straws is backed by the  Lonely Whale Foundation. #StopSucking is a similar idea as banning plastic bags, which is the case in ATX. It’s so much nicer not seeing plastic bags in trees and all over the place flying around! What if we could do the same #1Thing w/ plastic straws.  There are such things as reusable straws, which you can use, wash and reuse.  You could keep it in your car like you do the reusable bags. When you order that Whataburger Thick Chocolate Shake, you are prepared w/out trashing up Mama Earth!

The Lonely Whale Foundation has ways we can #StopSucking to help ATX stop trashing our landfills and waters w/ plastic straws.

  • You can vote for which city you would like to see do this. ATX is on this list. I voted. You can too.. right here.
  • You can challenge your family & friends to ‘#StopSucking through social media . Click here.
  • Send a #StopSucking tool kit to managers / owners of your favorite bars, restaurants and businesses in the ATX area that use plastic straws.  Find out why #StopSucking is important and other options that can be done & used to replace the plastic strawless.  Go Plastic Strawless! Click here.

I didn’t think much about using a plastic straw and tossing it until I saw a video that showed some researchers who were trying to save a turtle by getting a straw that was stuck in his nose out. It’s hard to watch, but it does make you realize where plastic straws can go, and the harm they are doing. Click here!

Not having plastic straws lying around in our landfills and floating around in our waters, will help a whole lot. A huge 1THING  in ATX that can be done. An easy one too! #StopSucking!  #GoPlastciStrawless #SpreadtheWord 

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[ Keep Autumn 1Thing Green ]

How to Make the Most of Your Autumn

The leaves outside may be red and gold, but autumn is a great time to be green.  The Sierra Club’s Green Your Autumn page has plenty of tips, recipes, and a nature slideshow to help inspire you to make the most of the season!

Here are a few fall activities to add to your list:

1.) Visit a farm. Take your family to the nearest organic farm to stock up on pumpkins and apples for Halloween. (Preserve biological diversity by supporting rare-fruit orchards whenever possible.)

2.) Enjoy seasonal recipes. It’s time to eat pumpkins, squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, leeks, cranberries, apples, and pears. Start with roasted pumpkin seeds and work your way to butternut squash enchiladas and homemade cranberry sauce.  If possible, shop your local farmer’s market.

3.) Make decorations. Autumn holidays offer a chance to entertain guests and show off your eco-friendly DIY style. Opt for crafts that utilize items you already have on hand or that serve a dual purpose, such as edible table displays.

4.) Take a hike. Gaze upon the brilliant fall foliage as you inhale the crisp, cool air. Or, if your region has more palm trees than poplars, get out there and enjoy the unique sights and smells of your corner of the world.

5.) Winterize the home. OK, this task might not sound as fun as eating a pumpkin pie, but saving money on heating bills during the colder months sure feels good.

6.)  Put on a sweater instead of turning up your heat.  Fall is the perfect season to feel comfortable in a sweater.  So, wait until winter to turn on the heat.  Be extra green and purchase a sweater from a thrift or vintage store instead of buying a new one. Recycling and reusing clothes save resources and cuts down on pollution.

7.) Buy Organic Candy and Avoid Palm Oil.   Since Halloween & Thanksgiving both occur in fall, this is the season of sweet treats.   We all know kids want candy come October 31st so read the labels on the candy you purchase. If possible and affordable, stick with organic candy that doesn’t contain palm oil or at least uses sustainably grown palm oil. For more information on palm oil, visit The Rainforest Action Network’s website.

Source:  The Sierra Club

 

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[ Save The Turtles ]

Our sister cluster from Entercom Sacramento chose Save The Turtles for the featured #1Thing organization for the month of September.  Helping the Sea Turtles is just a piece of the puzzle that makes the environment in which we all live a better place.  If they were to become extinct it would cause harm to the eco-system. Find out more… 

Extinction is not a new concept.SeaTurtles

In fact, species have been going extinct for millions of years from geological and climate changes. The issue now is from overconsumption, pollution, and habitat destruction brought on by humans causing more species to needlessly become extinct.

So why should we care about sea turtles extinction in particular?

For starters, sea turtles help maintain the health of sea grass by eating it. Healthy sea grass allows other oceanic species such as crustaceans, fish, and shellfish to be able to breed. This would impact a huge source of food for humans.

In addition, when sea turtles lay eggs in dunes, the shells and unhatched eggs left behind provide nutrients that facilitate vegetation growth. This strengthens the beach’s ecosystem as a whole and helps prevent erosion.

So help save sea turtles around the world by donating or purchasing some adorable sea turtle pillows here:

http://costaricaturtles.com/how-to-help/

Donation not enough for you? You can always become an alliance partner!

For more information, visit: http://costaricaturtles.com/

 

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