September is Coastal Cleanup Month with a new look for 2020

September 15, 2020 by  
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Beach and coastline cleanups have been a focus of many caring citizens and environmental groups for decades. The most-publicized beach cleanup effort, Coastal Cleanup Day, is typically slotted for a day in September. This year, the event has expanded into an entire month with the goal of involving more people at every level and from every community — not just those near the beach. According to Surfrider Foundation , “International Coastal Cleanup Month (formerly International Coastal Cleanup Day) is one of the world’s largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves and beaches.” Register your own coastal cleanup — wherever that may be One conservation organization, Heal the Bay in Los Angeles County, serves as an example of this campaign by helping citizens coordinate their own cleanup efforts with a centralized registration system. As residents register events, other volunteers can join the effort to coordinate larger cleanup activities. Related: Atlantic has 10 times the microplastics previously thought The centralized information also allows organizers to track the amount and types of garbage removed. Knowing what has been collected is an effective way to identify the source of the pollution and provide data for policymakers. Save Our Shores recommends downloading the Clean Swell App to keep track of the items in your trash pile. “Data collection is an important part of Coastal Cleanup Day,” Save Our Shores explained. “The data that is collected about the types and quantities of debris picked up can be used for outreach, policy and advocacy, and more!” Further, the organization suggests that one member of the cleanup party be in charge of data collection to reduce the spread of germs. Safety tips for your beach cleanup To support community efforts, Heal the Bay provides tutorials and tips for safe and effective cleanups with information on how to dispose of collected trash and abide by LA County Public Health guidelines along with details regarding supplies and parking. Each region has varying needs, so participants can access specific information for their neighborhood. During this time of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the organization encourages social distancing during cleanups as well as the use of masks and gloves. Participants should only work with members of their own household and stay home if they feel ill. If you are in an area impacted by the ongoing wildfires, Heal the Bay advises you to also stay home to minimize your exposure to the smoke. Why is Coastal Cleanup Month important? The primary goal of Coastal Clean Up Month is to reduce the amount of debris that ends up in the waterways, including the ocean. Ocean pollution, particularly plastic from inland as well as boating activities, has become a massive environmental issue in recent years. The cycle is toxic. Animals are harmed by items like six-pack rings and plastic bags. Plastic in the waterways begins to break down into microplastics, which marine animals ingest. This comes full circle as seafood that may contain microplastics lands onto our dinner plates. In addition to waste removal, a secondary goal is to educate communities about the hazards of ocean pollution and share the importance of marine life and aquatic biodiversity. In addition, the event promotes more sustainable activities such as recycling and minimizing waste. Make a difference one small step at a time To support these educational efforts, Heal the Bay maintains five programs that, “allow citizens to explore and learn about the various issues facing the diverse regions that make up Los Angeles.” Volunteers can facilitate touch tank visits at the aquarium, participate in a beach cleanup , spread information through the outreach program, contribute to community science by collecting data or register middle and high school students as part of the youth program. The coordination in Los Angeles is just a sampling of similar events across the nation and around the world. In fact, Coastal Cleanup Month is a global movement that includes 6 million volunteers in 90 countries. Even though the efforts are widespread, coronavirus restrictions have resulted in several canceled events and made it difficult for organizers of various organizations to spotlight the effort this year. With that in mind, the push is for more of a grassroots coordination of many small groups rather than fewer large ones.  Related: How to volunteer during COVID-19 That means the entire month of September is prime time to get out and lead your own cleanup crew, whether that’s a party of one or up to 10 people within the same household. With 30 years behind this organized beach cleanup movement, organizers report disappointment in not being able to host large events. However, they say this is an opportunity for every citizen to tackle the garbage in their own area, whether that be the street, park, mountain, sides of the roadway or parking lot. Although that may feel a little off-point, the majority of the garbage that ends up in the ocean stems from further inland, so you can think of it as confronting the problem at the source. While it might seem that a neighborhood pickup isn’t enough, individual efforts make a huge impact. As an example, Heal the Bay provides inspiration in the fact that, “In 2019, the Ocean Conservancy reports that nearly 800,000 volunteers collectively removed more than 20 million pieces of trash from beaches and waterways around the world. That’s 20 million fewer potential impacts on whales, turtles and other beloved ocean wildlife.” So whether in groups of 1,000 or one, those same hands can make a difference for the health of our planet. + Heal the Bay + Surfrider Foundation + Save Our Shores Images via Adobe Stock

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Detroit nonprofit seeks crowdfunding for new East Side community garden

August 11, 2016 by  
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Community gardens have been popping up all over Detroit in recent years, as local residents work cooperatively to reinvigorate their struggling city. A new project planned for the city’s east side will take the trend a step further. In a partnership between a local nonprofit, two state government agencies, and the community at large, a nearly abandoned plot will be transformed into a community herb and vegetable garden with an adjacent building for community events and classes. True to form, the project can’t take off without healthy community support, and a crowdfunding campaign is underway to raise half of the money needed to build the much-needed resource. Wolverine Human Services is the nonprofit organizing the project for the Jefferson-Mack neighborhood of east Detroit, near its addiction recovery facility Wolverine Center and the John S. Vitale Community Center. The East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market’s crowdfunding campaign , launched on Patronicity on July 25, aims to raise $50,000. If that goal is met, two state agencies (Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority) will double the funds through their Public Spaces, Community Places grant match program for a total project budget of $100,000. In a neighborhood on the brink of blight, the project seeks to add a community garden and training facility where residents can tend crops, learn about sustainability and farming, and build strong relationships with their neighbors. Related: Detroit’s largest urban farm to grow 60 acres of fresh produce The garden will include a series of 4-foot by 8-foot raised beds, with paved pathways that meet ADA Accessibility regulations so that all Detroit residents will be welcome and able to participate in growing their own herbs and vegetables. The site will also be home to a mixed-use building, which will host farmers’ markets, retail events, a classroom, and act as storage for agricultural equipment. Wolverine promises the center will be a safe place for residents to work and learn, with abundant lighting and security. Crowdfunding will continue until September 22, 2016. At the time of this report, the campaign has raised more than half of its $50,000 goal. + Support Detroit’s East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market Via Crain’s Images via Wolverine Human Services

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

February 9, 2015 by  
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Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to save endangered indigenous bears. The project will have a huge benefit to the local community as well as local wildlife, and volunteers will gain an insight into a number of building techniques and architectural styles. Work will take place in the protected Tat Kuang Si Park ,  alongside the internationally acclaimed Free the Bears Fund Rescue Centre , which rescues and cares for moon bears that are often captured for traditional medicine. The building project will be the construction of a new, sustainably built merchandise store, which will enable FTB to sell items to fund their ongoing bear protection efforts. The build workshop takes place from Sat 18th April – Sat 2nd May 2015, and there are limited spaces available, so sign up soon! + Building Trust International + Free the Bears Images from Building Trust International and Free the Bears ‘ Facebook pages The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bear rescue Laos , Building Trust International , free the bears , Free the Bears International , Free the Bears store , Laos , Laos design , Laos sustainable building , sustainable building volunteers , sustainable design , volunteer building , volunteer design experience , Volunteers

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Passively-cooled Termitary House in Vietnam is wrapped in perforated brick walls

February 9, 2015 by  
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This sea slug steals genes from algae so it can photosynthesize like a plant

February 9, 2015 by  
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Scientists have confirmed for the first time that one extraordinary species of sea slug ‘steals’ genes from the algae it eats , which enables it to photosynthesize like a plant and gain energy from sunlight. This exceptionally weird phenomenon is one of the only examples of inter-species gene transfer, and it could lend us clues for future research into gene therapy techniques. Read the rest of This sea slug steals genes from algae so it can photosynthesize like a plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , Elysia chlorotica , gene therapy , gene transfer , photosynthesis , photosynthesize , sea slug

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Orkidstudio’s 10 Handpicked UK Students Build a Zambian Community Center in Just Seven Weeks

October 21, 2013 by  
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Large-Scale Sierra Nevada Clean-Up Sees 90,000 Pounds of Trash Collected

September 19, 2012 by  
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This year during the Great Sierra River Clean-up , over 2,500 volunteers banded together to collect discarded junk and rubbish that made its way on to the picturesque California landscape. According to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy , the Great Sierra River Clean-up, which is now in its fourth year, saw the collection of about 90,000 pounds of trash! Read the rest of Large-Scale Sierra Nevada Clean-Up Sees 90,000 Pounds of Trash Collected Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , conservation efforts , Great Sierra River Cleanup , recycling , rubbish , Sierra Nevada , Sierra Nevada Conservancy , trash , trash clean up , Volunteers

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MIT Study Predicts Every 1-Degree Increase in Temperature Will Cause 10 Percent Increase in Rainfall Extremes

September 19, 2012 by  
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Climate scientists have long projected that increases in global temperatures will result in higher rainfall and flooding in tropical regions. But now a MIT study has put some numbers to the prediction. Writing in Nature Geoscience in a September 16th letter titled “ Sensitivity of tropical precipitation extremes to climate change ,” Paul A. O’Gorman, professor of atmospheric science at MIT, said that for every one-degree Celsius increase in global surface temperature, there will be 10 percent heavier rainfall extremes in the tropics. Photo: Bangladesh flooding by  Richard P.J. Lambert , CC BY 2.0 O’Gorman tells MIT News that “The study includes some populous countries that are vulnerable to climate change, and impacts of changes in rainfall could be important there.” Extreme rainfall in the tropics responds to climate change in distinct ways from that of other regions. He added, “It seems rainfall extremes in tropical regions are more sensitive to global warming. We have yet to understand the mechanism for this higher sensitivity.” For more details, read his letter here . + MIT News Lead image: Tropical Hurricane via Shutterstock    

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Eco-Baroque’s Unique Land Art Gilds Boulders in the Gobi Desert

September 19, 2012 by  
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City University London’s giCentre Visualizes 10 Million Bike Trips in a Blaze of Blue Light

September 19, 2012 by  
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City University London’s giCentre , which is part of the City Collaborative Transport Hub , has created several visualizations that show the behavior and route preference patterns of the capital’s bike riders. Using Geographic Information (GI) and working with Transport for London (TfL) , Professor of Visual Analytics Jo Wood and PhD candidate Roger Beecham analyzed data from the London Cycle Hire scheme  to create these eye-catching visuals. Read the rest of City University London’s giCentre Visualizes 10 Million Bike Trips in a Blaze of Blue Light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bikers , biking , City University London , City University London giCentre , commuting , cycles , cycling , giCentre , London , urban

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