The Valentine Issue: Chocolates, Love Your Rivers, Date Ideas
Passion for cocoa and forests
From Rainforest Alliance
Did you know that cocoa flourishes under the shade of the forest canopy, making it an ideal crop for conservation? EarthShare environmental charity Rainforest Alliance released an excellent video on how they are helping farmers grow cocoa in harmony with nature. Tour the Cocoa-Producing Villages of Cote d'Ivoire, and find out how sustainably produced chocolate can be so much better this Valentine's Day.
Cocoa farming supports an estimated 40 million people
in the tropics.
Photo from Rainforest Alliance.
LoveYourRiver (dot) org
From Oregon Environmental Council (OEC)
When you love something, you appreciate and enjoy it, care for it and protect it. Our rivers need some love. Every one of Oregon's major rivers fails water quality tests designed to protect human health and fish and wildlife. We can change that. Love Your River unites Oregonians working for clean and healthy rivers. Check out Oregon Environmental Council's LoveYourRiver.org website
Get to know your river. When you enter your zip code on the home page, OEC will show you which watershed you most likely live in. (Zip code lines don't exactly match the natural ridges that form watersheds).
Show your green side on your next date:
Feb. 11, 19 & 25: February Eco-Film Festival and Children's Eco-Film Fest - Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis; and Oregon State University
Feb. 12: Hedges Creek Marsh Volunteer Work Party - Tualatin, Oregon
Feb. 12: Marilyn Lakes Snowshoe Hike - carpools depart from Eugene
Feb. 23: Residential Basics of Going Solar - SolarWorld - 25300 Northwest Evergreen Road, Hillsboro OR 97124
Feb. 25: Mountainfilm Festival - Tower Theater, Bend
Feb. 25: reTHINK with The Freshwater Trust at the 28th annual Gala & Auction - Portland Art Museum
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