Getting kids to put their cell phone away for a few minutes is difficult enough for a parent, but to get them to literally "jump in the creek" to study water quality takes a village. Roanoke Cement Company (RCC) tapped into the local brain trust of water knowledge and ecology to teach Central Academy Middle Schools' sixth grade students – all 130 of them – what it takes to improve water quality and the environment at Catawba Creek. RCC's "faculty" is listed below.
Climate/'Play-In' Protest on Capitol Hill - 700+ Moms and Kids Urge Congress to Act on Climate, Air Pollution
Diverse Group of Concerned Moms Urge Federal Action on Climate Change at Unique, “Family Friendly” Event
Raising the alarm about asthma attacks, infectious diseases, premature deaths, and other health impacts of climate change, an estimated 700 moms and kids gathered in a park on Capitol Hill today to hold a “Play-In” protest. Organized by Moms Clean Air Force, the families called for action climate change and air pollution, and also demanded climate solutions like renewable energy and federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
For 10 years, EWG has evaluated sunscreens based on how well they protect against skin cancer and whether they have ingredients that could harm your health. But there's another risk worth consideration: Recent studies show that some of the sunscreen chemicals people should avoid may also endanger coral reefs.
Butterfly Has Declined by 80 Percent Over Past Decades
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now legally bound to determine whether to protect imperiled monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act, according to the terms of an agreement reached with conservation groups. The agreement with Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity requires the agency to decide by June 2019 whether the butterflies will receive federal protection. The two conservation groups and allies petitioned in 2014 for protection of the species, which has declined by 80 percent over the past two decades.
Sun, Fun, Circus, Music, Fireworks and More
Callaway Gardens is eagerly anticipating the Fourth of July weekend celebration! Join us for three days filled with a ton of fun in the sun culminating with a fantastic fireworks show. Bring the entire family and enjoy a myriad of beach activities throughout the weekend.
Each day will feature a variety of events to entertain all ages including a deejay and bands such as The Chris Collins Band (Sat., 5 p.m.), Daniel Lee Band (Sat., 7 p.m.), Final Answer (Sun., 5 p.m.), The Regulars Band (Sun., 7:30 p.m.) and the Swinging’ Medallions (Mon., 7 p.m.).
Thousands of Protected Bald and Golden Eagles May Be Threatened by Industry
A new eagle-management plan proposed by the federal government would give wind energy developers 30-year permits to “take” or incidentally kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles, without requiring the industry to share mortality data with the public or take into consideration such critical factors as proper siting. The so-called Eagle Take Rule, proposed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, puts many thousands of the nation’s protected Bald and Golden Eagles at unacceptable risk.
American Bird Conservancy successfully sued the government over a previous version of the rule, which a federal judge agreed violated federal environmental laws. Unfortunately, the updated rule, open for public comment until July 5, 2016, is as problematic as the previous one.
United Fresh provides perfect timing for in-person Tour de Fresh fundraising one month prior to event
As the 2016 Tour de Fresh approaches in four short weeks, riders are in the final leg of fundraising to place 60+ salad bars in schools across the country. To encourage additional fundraising efforts, California Giant Berry Foundation hosted a stationary bike ride and photo opportunity at United Fresh with the goal of earning an additional $2,500 toward the cause. Sponsors, riders, and tradeshow attendees rallied behind the effort by bringing industry colleagues and partners to participate, resulting in $4,115 raised to support Tour de Fresh.
2016 Carton2Garden Contest Winners have been announced. The contest is presented by KidsGardening.org. The entries were inspirational. The Science Club Chargers from The Champion Theme Middle School of Stone Mountain, GA were the grand prize winners and won $5,000 for their project.
The students used over 1,000 cartons and joined small projects together to create one large program. (Get full details from AJC.com)
Environmental writer and photographer David FitzSimmons is on a mission to connect children with nature. With his naturalist wife and three children of their own—not to mention a job that gets him into the wild frequently—he’s an expert on immersing kids in the natural world.
“Starting local is the key,” says FitzSimmons. “Learn about what’s in your own backyard.” While many kids get excited about lions and tigers and giraffes and zebras, learning about what is right around your house is the best way to get kids to feel connected with their surroundings.
Organizations urge U.S. government to exert influence during visit of Japanese President Shinzo Abe
In a letter to President Obama dated March 31, 2016, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Humane Society of the United States called for an end to Japan's commercial whaling and urged the U.S. federal government to take additional steps to address this critical issue.