Campaigners' Edition - December 2009
A Few Successes of 2009
Many EarthShare member nonprofits have some wonderful stories of success to show for their 2009 work. Just a few recent accomplishments include:
- American Rivers cleaned 2.3 million pounds of trash from rivers in 47 states via its National River Cleanup (TM) program. U.S. rivers also saw 58 dams removed, which restored rivers to their natural flow so the communities and wildlife that depend on them can thrive.
- Bicycle Transportation Alliance got 30,000 Oregon students participating in its Walk + Bike To School program this fall. And the adults did their part, too -- 11,000 Oregonians (including 2,640 NEW bike riders) rode our bikes to work in September's Bike Commute Challenge. The BCC riders put in 1.2 million bike miles just during this challenge!
- Oregon Wild, Pacific Rivers Council, and other EarthShare groups were part of the breakthrough negotiation of the "Oregon Eastside Forest Restoration, Old Growth Protection and Jobs Act", which will allow for logging in Eastern Oregon that will protect old growth forests AND improve opportunities for logging in the region.
Zero Net Energy Home
From Union of Concerned Scientists
Union of Concerned Scientist member Jane Bindley has been deeply concerned about global warming for many years, and has lived by the guiding principle, "Look at your life -- all of your daily actions -- to see what you can do to reduce your carboon footprint." So when she bought a family vacation home in Holderness, NH, Jane set a goal of renvating it to be a "zero net energy" home -- one that would consume less energy over the course of a year.... Continue>
January 2010 Events:
Now - Jan. 3: Take part in the Christmas Bird Count! - all over Oregon!
Now - Dec. 31: Classes still available for - NW Portland
Jan. 13: White River Snowshoe Hike - Mt. Hood National Forest
Jan. 13: Special film screening: Lords of Nature - Hollywood Theater, (4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland)
Jan. 23: Diamond Creek Falls Snowshoe Hike - Beginner - carpools leave from Eugene
Jan. 23: Volunteer Event: WET PRAIRIE RESTORATION - Knez Wetland Preserve, Tigard