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Gardens at NYC Public Schools

There’s a cool new initiative in New York City and it’s for the school kids. Grow-to-Learn is a school garden program offering mini-grants to public city schools. These grants are for the students to learn how to build, grow, and manage a garden. All of which requiring a hands on experience and teamwork. Not only getting them outdoors but also building their connection to earth—away from technology.

Living in the city makes a hobby like horticulture seem difficult. Most city natives have this misconception because we imagine a garden needing a lot of land. Rather, we just haven’t tried it on this scale yet. Gardens are actually easily adaptable into any landscape.

The Grow-to-Learn program allows public schools to start a new garden or expand on an existing one. They provide free material for building and maintaining gardens and they also have a lot of great resources for garden maintenance. From tips/guides, to training videos, to toolkits of larger projects that’ll really give kids a hands-on learning experience. Grow-to-Learn’s online curriculum is for grade school through high school.

Click here if you would like to introduce this to your children’s school or parent committee, please visit their official page to register, apply, and get more information.

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10 Necessary Factors for a Sustainable Environment

1. Combating poverty is a central goal because poverty reduces access to healthcare, education, and other essential components of development.

2. Reducing resource consumption is a global consideration, but wealthy regions are responsible for most of the world’s consumption. For example, the United States and Europe have less than 15 percent of the world’s population, but these regions consume about half of the world’s metals, food, energy, and other resources.

3. Population growth leads to ever-greater resources demands, because all people need some resources. Better family planning, ensuring that all children are wanted, is a matter of justice, resource supply, and economic and social stability for states as well as for families.

4. Healthcare, especially for children and mothers, is essential for a productive life. Underdeveloped areas can lead to disease, accidents, respiratory and digestive impairments, and other conditions. Without health, economic security is a risk, and poverty can persist through generations.

5. Sustainable cities are key because over half of humanity now lives in cities. Sustainable development involves ensuring that cities are healthy places to live and that they cause minimal environmental impact.

6. Environmental policy needs to guide decision making in local and national governments, to ensure that environmental quality is protected before it gets damaged, and to set agreed-upon rules for resource use.

7. Protection of the atmosphere is essential for minimizing the rate of climate change and for reducing impacts of air pollution on people, plants, and infrastructure.

8. Combating deforestation and protection biodiversity go together because much of the world’s biodiversity is in forests. We also depend on forests for water resources, climate regulation, and resources including food, wood, medicines, and building materials. Other key zones of biodiversity include coral reefs, wetlands, and coastal areas.

9. Combating desertification and drought through better management of water resources can save farms, ecosystems, and lives. Often removal of vegetation and soil loss make drought worse, and a few bad rainfall years can convert a landscape to desertlike conditions.

10. Agriculture and rural development affect the lives of the nearly half of humanity who don’t live in cities. Improving conditions for billions of rural people, including more sustainable farming systems, soil stewardship to help stabilize yields, and access to lands, can help reduce populations in urban slums.

– Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry & Application
Cunningham/Cunningham, 8th Edition

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March for Science on 4.22.17

This Saturday, April 22nd, protests continue as scientists (and science enthusiasts like myself) from all sorts of backgrounds, professions, and walks of life, come together to March for Science. This march starts at the National Mall of Washington D.C. and is, appropriately, taking place on Earth day. 🌳

While this march is made up of regular people embarking on a journey to spread awareness of science’s accomplishments, it’s also important in terms of our current political office. It is the reason why it’s happening! The Trump administration is challenging & ignoring that environmental policy is critical. Their upcoming federal budget cuts completely debilitate the EPA and their potential as our environmental protectors. These same people (the Dump admin.) are completely ignoring scientific evidence for the sole purpose of creating short term profit.

Avoiding to take care of our environment is also avoiding the earth that nourishes us as people, nourishes our plant-based foods, and animal counterparts. Marching for Science supports the scientific community and all of their findings. It shows this political office that we’re aware of the bullshit profit for short-term benefits! (For example: Dakota Access Pipeline) Empower & teach our youth to think for themselves… this world is ours to save from monsters driven by money.

Please visit March for Science for more details!

You can use their site to find and register for a march local to you. Follow their social media accounts:
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Also visit their online store here where you can purchase this cool $5 button (shown below) to support the cause.

#MarchForScience