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Sunday, December 17 2017 @ 07:15 PM PST

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Rise Above Plastics

Take the Plastics Pledge

There is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!

This plastic ends up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die globally each year due to ingestion of or entanglement in plastics.

Plastic is forever, with virtually every piece of petroleum based plastic ever made still in existence. That's why it's so critical to our oceans and beaches that we dramatically reduce our use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, starting today.

You can make a difference for our world's oceans, waves and beaches -- pledge to rise above plastics today.
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UNEP - GRID-Arendal - Environmental Knowledge for Change

GRID-Arendal is a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Established in 1989 by the Government of Norway as a Norwegian Foundation, our mission is to communicate environmental information to policy-makers and facilitate environmental decision-making for change. We are located in Arendal, Southern Norway, with outposted offices in Ottawa and Stockholm.
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Edgar Wayburn dies at 103; longtime Sierra Club president helped double U.S. parkland

The physician turned conservationist was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts in preserving open spaces in California, Alaska and elsewhere.
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Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency

The Department of Energy is committed to reducing Americaís dependence on foreign oil and developing energy efficient technologies for buildings, homes, transportation, power systems and industry. The mission of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is to strengthen America's energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships that: enhance energy efficiency and productivity; bring clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace; and make a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.

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Eric Garcetti

A true pioneer, Eric Garcetti is hitting Los Angeles by Storm. Young, energetic and native Angeleno Eric is really taking charge in making a difference in our city. This type of forward thinking attitude needs to be adopted by every person in this city. Eric Garcetti, son of Gil Garcetti, sits on the City Council and is the leader of District 13 here in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Council District 13 covers Silver Lake, Echo Park and Hollywood. His bold actions include the revitalation fo the LA River, the conservation the Silver Lake River Water Eco-System. He's also built new parks and initiates wonderful educational youth programs that really shows his compassion towards humanity and his city.
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Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.
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What a great group of individuals. Common Vision is a tour group that travels all throughout California planting fruit trees in communities and schools. Now in it's 5th year commonvision has had a great positive influence to all they come in contact with. With their love and understanding of being one with nature truly inspires many.

"Fruits of your labor" is understanding and respecting your planet, your surroundings and how it gives back to you when you take care of it. From apples to oranges, your back yard, school and community can yield much wealth.

Abiding by the age-old proverb "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" will no longer have to mean a trip to the supermarket for those who decide to plant fruit trees in their surroundings.

Support Common Vision by inviting them in your school or community. Talk to your teachers and/or community leaders.

Common Vision Mission Statement

Our programs primarily offer earth education to underserved communities in urban and rural areas focusing on healthy food access, tree canopy cover, relationship with the environment, local action in a global ecosystem, and cultivation of a modern earth care culture.

Our courses offer training in permaculture with the goal of developing leaders with the scope, context, and experience to champion solution-focused strategies in the fields of global warming, renewable energy alternatives, and rainwater harvesting for structures and landscapes.
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Abengoa Solar

At Abengoa, we believe that it is time to create a sustainable model of economic development
Our World Today

The overwhelming weight of scientific opinion is that climate change is a reality.At Abengoa Solar, we believe that it is our responsibility to develop and apply solutions that solve this major problem facing mankind.

Climate change is intensifying weather extremes, such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and desertification, and is radically changing ecosystems.If we do not develop alternatives to existing patterns of energy use, the consequences of climate change will get even worse.
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Yogi Times

Lifestyle for the Modern Yogi

Yogi Times Lifestyle Media Group is an influential, public forum designed to share ideas, expand and awaken the creative spirit in everyone. The essence of Yogi Times brings inspiration, education and entertainment to our readers by presenting content with a modern, urban edge. They strive to unite communities and enhance each individualís lifestyle in areas of conscious health and sustainability.
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Earth Day Footprint

Earth Day Network is the nonprofit coordinating body of worldwide Earth Day activities. Our goal is to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, just, sustainable world by spreading environmental awareness through educational materials and publications, and by organizing events, activities, and annual campaigns.