The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations observe Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2011, to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.
To date, the Endangered Species Act, which became law in 1973, has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
For further information, podcasts, and to find a sponsored event near you: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/2011.html
Yesterday morning I had the unique opportunity to attend the Climate Solutions 2011 breakfast, featuring a conversation with Bill Gates.
I was sitting at the “Mellem/Macfarlane” table—coined the Vanity Fair table by Dennis Hayes of The Bullitt Foundation —with Tom Skerritt, Bill Gates, Sr., and SF Giants owner Bill Neukom. Other attendees were Dr. Leroy Hood, Science Educator Valerie Logan, Bryan Weeks, Jim McCurdy, Greg Landis, Roger Mellem, and Ross Macfarlane.
The search for clean energy and solutions to climate change is more critical than ever and innovation in this area must not be crippled by bipartisanship.
In conjunction with Phase One Digital Artists Series (PODAS), Michael Reichmann and I will be leading a much-anticipated workshop to Washington’s Palouse region this summer. The Palouse is a remarkable agricultural area in eastern Washington, and one of my favorites places to photograph in my home state. The landscapes are varied, full of sagelands, wheatfields, empty roads, and deep horizons.
This is a rare opportunity as this is the only field workshop that Michael will be doing this year. And since it is a PODAS workshop, each participant will be provided with a IQ160 60 Megapixel back, a Phase One DF camera body, and a 75– 150mm lens. Other lenses from 28mm – 300mm will be available to participants as well.
You can learn more about the workshop and PODAS here:
Every day is Earth Day!
Here are a few suggestions of ways to celebrate all year:
- Plant a tree
- Go for a hike
- Compost and Recycle even more and reduce trash output
- Take children out to experience nature
- Develop a global green economy inclusive of women
- Celebrate environmental artists
- Volunteer to improve trails and parks and waterways
- Take your footprint test (very sobering) and pledge your “Act of Green” visit http://www.earthday.org
Please keep up to speed with all things going on at iLCP. Let’s not lose our focus on our planet. Follow the photographers that are keeping an eye on the beauty of the Earth and the atrocities occurring way too frequently .
I am very proud to announce that the Urban Forestry Project, created by the Green Seattle Partnership in conjunction with Regalis, has won Environmental Education Association of Washington’s Community Catalyst Award. I worked on and photographed for this wonderful project with the students of Gatewood Elementary School and Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle, my alma mater. The catalyst project for the Urban Forestry Project was cleaning up and planting trees in the Pelly Place Natural Area with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai. It was truly inspirational.
• The Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) is composed of Seattle-based entities including the Cascade Land Conservancy and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Under their leadership, grant funds were acquired from the US Forest Service with the stated purpose of creating a compelling program that would model educational learning objectives of the Seattle School District and integrate with Seattle Parks’ Environmental Learning Centers.
• The Urban Forestry Project (UFP) is a groundbreaking program that educates and empowers high school, middle, and elementary school students to explore urban forestry issues on lands adjacent to their schools and improve the health of their forests in a sustainable way. Students participate in real-world science by evaluating the habitat, forming a study hypothesis, designing their study, and implementing field investigations based on their research. The UFP provides significant and innovative opportunities for schools to meet state standards, especially in the STEM disciplines. The Urban Forestry Project incorporates multi-grade teaching that begins with high school students conducting scientific investigations that analyze the health of their local forests.