A $2.5 Million gift has been announced to establish a permanent White House Kitchen Garden to maintain and further develop an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama. The donation will be made by the home gardening company, W. Atlee Burpee, and The Burpee Foundation.
#LandIsMy Encourages People to Reconnect with Land
The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America,announced a video contest supporting local land conservation.
From our friends at Food Tank:
If you're craving good films on the food system, Food Tank has put together a list of documentaries and films to inspire, educate, and give viewers some food for thought. Each film explores a different topic in food and agriculture, some with a dash of social equality or a splash of health awareness. Whether you're a social activist, small farmer, or sustainability advocate, or you just enjoy food, we're sure you'll find a food film to further inform and interest you in all things food.
This year’s ELEVATE public art festival will feature work by some Atlanta’s most interesting and thought-provoking artists. Adding international flavor to the festival, France-Atlanta is partnering with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to bring in some special guests. French choreographer and dancer Noé Soulier will perform with his troupe on Saturday, October 15 at 5 pm. Throughout the festival there will an exhibition entitled “The Art of Democracy” which will include work by Cartooning for Peace cartoonists Jean “Plantu” Plantureux and Michel Kichka, along with Atlanta’s Mike Luckovich. The festival will take place primarily on Broad Street, in Atlanta’s emerging cultural district downtown, from October 13-21. It is free and open to the public.
Shoppers can now directly aid those impacted by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador this April by purchasing single stem roses at Whole Foods Market.
Simple Fixes Can Save Lives
Migratory birds are on the move, winging their way from nesting and breeding grounds in North America to winter habitat in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It’s a spectacular journey—but it’s one that many of them will never finish.
Habitat loss, outdoor cats, and pesticides all take their toll, but one of the biggest threats to the birds’ safe travels is one they can’t see. Hundreds of millions die every year in the U.S. when they collide with glass windows. High-rise offices create an obvious threat, but about half of collisions occur at private homes. Several birds of conservation concern are among the species most vulnerable to window collisions, including Golden-winged and Canada Warblers, Painted Bunting, and Wood Thrush.
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is taking an ecosystem-based approach to bird conservation that is benefiting birds in ways that help other species - including people. In recognition of this work and for partnering with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and many others who care about birds, ABC received the SFI President's Award at the SFI 2016 Annual Conference.
Newell's Shearwater Chicks Successfully Moved to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
A project years in the making took place on Kauaʻi’s north shore on Monday when eight threatened Newell’s Shearwater (‘A‘o) chicks were flown by helicopter from their montane nesting areas to a new colony protected by a predator-proof fence at Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. There they will be raised to fledging from the same site where 10 Hawaiian Petrels were successfully translocated last year in the hopes of starting new colonies of both species.
Every person, regardless of age, can help to make the world a better place. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes names this year’s winners as it continues to celebrate inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. The top fifteen winners each receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education.