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[ Give it up for the Polar Bears ]

PolarBear_FlipperEntercom sister cluster in Milwaukee wanted to show Spread the 1Thing Love for Polar Bears during the month of February with  Polar Bear International. Here are some things you may not have known about Polar Bears and this organization …

 

Polar Bears International:

The organization is made up of volunteers and scientists working together to inform about the plight of the polar bears and the environment they live in.  http://polarbearsinternational.org/

Vision

They envision the long-term survival of polar bears and the unique part of the world they call home. We see this iconic species roaming the sea ice for generations to come.

Mission

Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate.

 

Strategic Objectives

  • Serve as the global resource for information regarding polar bears and their habitat.
  • Be the leading voice on climate warming impacts to polar bears and their Arctic home while actively seeking solutions through education, advocacy, and action.
  • Conduct, support, and share scientific research that informs polar bear conservation.
  • Educate an international audience about polar bears conservation and provide mentorship for the actions that will help ensure their survival.
  • Proactively and effectively communicate science-based information on polar bears and their conservation.
  • Maintain transparency in fiscal management and sound business policies and practices.
  • Follow best environmental practices as an organization, including minimizing our greenhouse gas footprin=

More here: http://polarbearsinternational.org/

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[ This could be a Lifesaver… ]

TOUCHDOWN LIFESAVER 591X218Really? YES!!!  According to this story I ran across.

It’s got all the elements to it:
1Thing enjoying Mama Nature walking / hiking
* Fitness w/ all the walking & hiking
* Animals – Something you might run across during a walk / hike
* Football – The season is kicking in with lots of touchdowns to be made!

The story has you out enjoying Mama Nature and thinking about other things like football. Suddenly! You feel like someone/ something is looking at you. You turn to see a Mountain Lion. How do you make a Moutain Lion go away? RUN! NO WRONG ANSWER!  SCREAM & JUMP UP & DOWN and the M-Lion walked away in this story. Let’s hope you won’t ever have to try this, but no harm in practicing Since you were thinking about football, it’s only natural you would be screaming this…  Click here for a couple of ways you could do it.

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[ July 1Thing organization is Last Chance for Animals (LCA) ]

lca_591x218Thanks to Sara and the crew at Entercom ATX’s sister cluster Entercom Greensboro, NC the organization that is getting Love for the 1Thing month of July is ‘Last Chance for Animals’ (LCA).  It could be a 1Thing that you could find dear to your heart to help out Mama Nature and her animals the best way possible.

Last Chance for Animals (LCA)  is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention.  The organization believes that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter.  LCA therefore opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment.   Instead, it promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings.

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[ Good Environmental News.. ]

Heather Climatechange profile photoThere are tons of news that comes out about how bad things are environmentally.  Shannon sent me an article that actually is GOOD NEWS! I wanted to share on a M-Day!

For the 1st time in 100 years, the Tiger Population has increased. 

“According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010.

We can attribute this updated minimum number—compiled from national tiger surveys—to rising tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal, and Bhutan; improved surveys; and enhanced protection of this iconic species.

“This is a pivotal step in the recovery of one of the world’s most endangered and iconic species,” said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation at WWF. “Together with governments, local communities, philanthropists, and other NGOs, we’ve begun to reverse the trend in the century-long decline of tigers. But much more work and investment is needed if we are to reach our goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022.” More here..

Let’s keep it going! Find 1Thing to help out Mama Earth and all that are enjoying her. It’s way more enjoyable when she’s healthy & happy. The other is a scenario we never want ot see at it’s worst.

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[ 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! 

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[ Taylor’s 1 Thing … ]

Taylor Swift’s new video premiere was right before the VMA kick off last night. Taylor has all the video proceeds going to a great cause. It’s 1Thing that helps wildlife, us and Mama Earth. Watch the video (click the black box below), and know if you decide to buy it, know the gift of music can save lives.  www.africanparks.eu/home.html

Taylors video

Taylor Rocks!

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[ September 1 Things … ]

SEPTEMBER 1 THINGS ART NO CH

Looking for a  September 1 Thing? Here are several that can use your support and help for Mama Earth!

Celebrate September Green Things:

9/4- National Wildlife Day

9/13- KAB Underwater  & Shorelines Cleanup

9/16- International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

9/19 & 9/20- Clean Up the World Weekend

9/21- Zero Emissions Day

9/21- International Day of Peace

9/22- World Car Free Day

9/26 – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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[ Please Recycle… ]

This makes me sad..  :(

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[ What I discovered this morning… ]

GREEN GORILLA MOVERS GREEN IN ATX 591 X218When I was  heading to work this morning, I saw a moving truck that said ‘Green Gorilla Moving’ w/ the statement of how green they are to the Biodiesel fuel they use in their trucks. So I had to look into them a bit more and they are BIG TIME MAMA EARTH FRIENDLY!

They have a lot of stats & interesting factoids that I didn’t know.   Did you know there are over 40,000,000 moves in the United States annually, which makes for a lot of paper, boxes, fuel and other wastes in Mama Earth’s Environment.  Green Gorilla Movers does things different as far as the materials they use and packing for the move compared to most.

Here are a few things:

PACKING SMART – We use reliable eco friendly packing materials that get your belongings moved safely with the smallest carbon footprint possible. Nobody wants their plastic wrap or Styrofoam peanuts hanging around 500 years after their move, so lets pack smart. Below are the packing materials we will use during your move:

GEAMI GREENWRAP:special type of packing material that’s biodegradable and compostable to wrap your belongings in. It’s cheaper than bubble wrap, provides more cushion than regular paper, and doesn’t leave behind a mess for you or the environment.

BIODEGRADABLE CELLULOSE TAPE – The tape  is made from pure plant pulp and has an all-natural rubber based adhesive. It’s strong enough to get the job done while being eco-friendly.

OXO-BIODEGRADABLE STRETCH FILM – Plastic wrap is one of the tricks of the moving trade. It keeps things from opening and protects large items from getting damaged. The only problem is that it winds up sitting in landfills. Not ours, OXO begins to biodegrade within a few days in the ground.

POWERED BY BIODIESEL -100% biodiesel (B100) sourced from DieselGreen Fuels. DieselGreen collects used cooking oil from restaurants all over central Texas and offers B100 at two locations in Austin and one in Dallas. Clean-burning biodiesel reduces our dependence on foreign oil, reduces emissions dramatically, and keeps our fuel spending in the local economy. To think that plants, recycled oil, and waste could power our trucks

CARBON NEUTRAL SUPPORT – We are proud to offset our carbon footprint with the help of some friends: Native Energy, the leading authority on carbon offsets that helps us track and reduce our impact on the environmentmakes us feel all fuzzy inside.

PAPER CUTS – Digital technology saves paper and ink.  Tablets on the job site and email to present, sign, and send all paperwork to you. In the few instances that we do use paper, we only use 100% recycled or compostable stock. Our business cards are printed with soy and vegetable zero-VOC inks.

JOhn Shelia VivianaIt was started by these 2 high school sweethearts John and Sheila Flores. Click here for their story.

“At Green Gorilla Movers, we care about more than the environment. We care about you and your move. After nearly a decade of first-hand experience in the industry, we have a good handle on what it needs, what it is missing, and what works….Green Gorilla Movers is committed to being Austin’s most environmentally friendly moving company. We are at the forefront of green moving. Not only are we the best movers in Austin, but we are the best at being gentle on the planet. We keep Austin moving by using 100% biodiesel to run our fleet. All of our packing materials are biodegradable and/or recyclable and we do all of our paperwork electronically to reduce waste, save trees, and streamline the moving process. We even wear organic cotton t-shirts on our backs. … We also give back to our community locally and volunteer our time to a lot of great local environmental organizations, keeping our backyard beautiful. A portion of our proceeds go towards saving the Gorilla species and for every move we also plant a tree in the rainforest through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion project…”

Green Gorilla Movers are GREEN IN AUSTIN!!! Click here  to find out all about it! Something to keep in mind for a next move.

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[ Ready for June 12th? ]

Maudies 10th Margarita run10th Anniversary of Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita run and Party! On Thursday, June 12th at 8pm. A 5K course traveling along the streets bordering Lady Bird Lake finishing in front of the American Legion Hall on Veterans Drive. Proceeds go to benefit The Trail Foundation

Free Margarita at the Finish Line Party for all Runners! (21 and over)

Click here for more 411!

The Trail Foundation:
Protecting and enhancing the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake.  We work in cooperation with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to close the gap between what the City provides and what the Trail deserves.

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