Archive for the ‘enviro advocacy’ Category

The 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners were announced last week. The winners—they could be your neighbor or a friend’s daughter or a colleague’s father—are doing amazing work around the world to make their communities better, safer places. Or as the Prize’s website states:

Grassroots environmental heroes too often go unrecognized. Yet their efforts to protect the world’s natural resources are increasingly critical to the well-being of the planet we all share.

The winners include:

Be prepared to be inspired!

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In a TEDTalk earlier this year, artist Dianna Cohen, co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, challenges us to add refuse to the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra:

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Many of you probably know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or gyre, but you may not know that up to 11 plastic garbage gyres have been found in the world’s oceans. The folks at 5Gyres are committed to eliminating the five largest subtropical garbage patches. And Cohen argues that the only way to achieve this is to stop generating the tons and tons of single-use plastic that we consume each day. The solution starts with consumers; the solution starts with each of us.

What will you refuse today?

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If you need a little inspiration as end of the semester work intensifies, head on over to the Goldman Environmental Prize website, where today the 2010 winners were announced:

Thuli Brilliance Makama, Swaziland
Tuy Sereivathana, Cambodia
Małgorzata Górska, Poland
Humberto Ríos Labrada, Cuba
Lynn Henning, United States
Randall Arauz, Costa Rica

“Grassroots environmental heroes too often go unrecognized. Yet their efforts to protect the world’s natural resources are increasingly critical to the well-being of the planet we all share. Thus, in 1990 San Francisco civic leaders and philanthropists Richard N. Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman (1924-1996) created the Goldman Environmental Prize. The Goldman Prize continues today with its original mission to annually honor grassroots environmental heroes from the six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. . . . The Goldman Prize views “grassroots” leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world.” —Goldman Environmental Prize

Every year the winners remind us just how much can be accomplished by individuals committed to protecting the environment and their communities. They also remind me of folks in our own community doing great work providing psychological services to communities in disaster areas, establishing environmental studies education in Rwanda, helping small businesses develop sustainable practices, among so many others.

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I think many folks at ANE would agree with the premise of the video below–especially our solid waste coordinator and vermicomposter extraordinaire, Jess Skinner.

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Celebrating its 20th year, the Goldman Environmental Prize has announced the 2009 winners, selected for their grassroots activism in “protecting endangered ecosystems and species, combating destructive development projects, promoting sustainability, influencing environmental policies and striving for environmental justice. Prize winners are often women and men from isolated villages or inner cities who chose to take great personal risks to safeguard the environment.”

This year’s winners are:

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The New York Times Magazine has published their 2009 green issue. Articles include, “Why Isn’t the Brain Green?” and “Natural Happiness.”

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The Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes and honors grassroots environmental activists:

The 2008 Goldman Prize recipients tackled some of the most pressing environmental issues of the day through grassroots efforts, helping to educate and motivate local communities to get involved in the effort to protect the natural environment around them and to stand up for their rights.

The 2008 recipients were announced on April 13:

Their stories are inspiring and uplifting.

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David Cooper’s “Mountaintop Removal Road Show” is coming to Keene this
Wednesday Night, April 16th, 7pm
At Antioch University New England’s Community Room

The Road Show is a 70-minute presentation by David Cooper, which includes a stunning 25-minute slide show about the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on residents, communities, and the environment in the southern Appalachians. It also features traditional Appalachian mountain music, a focus on alternative forms of energy and economic development, and storytelling about the grassroots citizen movements working hard to save the Appalachian mountains from corporate pillage driven by short-term profits.

After 20 years working as a mechanical engineer, most recently at the 3M plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky that makes Post-it notes, Cooper decided to devote his full attention to environmental activism. What changed his life was seeing a mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia. He is now a member of the Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and has worked as a coalfield organizer for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

The program, sponsored by Antioch New England’s Department of Environmental Studies, is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Steve Chase at 603-283-2336.

And here are a few resources available in the library:

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Have family, friends, or colleagues who you know aren’t yet using compact flourescent lightbulbs (CFL)? Try sharing CFL love with this 3-minute video:

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A Boston Globe article highlighting the Town of Peterborough’s efforts to green government mentions ANE ES student Mindy Pistachio. Mindy conducted the research that convinced officials to help cut carbon dioxide emissions by requiring town vehicles to be turned off.

Go, Mindy!

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