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Thursday, 08 November

03:54

Fuego volcano enters new eruptive phase, Guatemala The Watchers Latest articles

Guatemalan Fuego volcano has entered its 4th eruptive phase of the year on November 6, 2018. The volcano experienced weak to moderate explosions, with ash plumes rising up to 4 800 m (15 700 feet) above sea level and traveling 12 - 15 km (7 - 9 miles) to the west...... Read more

In funding palm oil giants, banks may share in sins of the companies Conservation news

On Sept. 19, Indonesian President Joko Widodo slapped a three-year moratorium on the issuance of new licenses for oil palm plantations. The moratorium was introduced to improve governance of sustainable palm plantations, provide legal certainty, maintain environmental sustainability and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, a senior official told AFP. President Jokowi, as he is popularly known, has also ordered a review of existing oil palm licenses, to assess compliance with prevailing laws. The announcement has been welcomed as a move in the right direction by watchdog groups in Indonesia, though with some reserve. Arie Rompas, forest campaigner at Greenpeace, says that while its a positive step, its marred by inconsistencies and loopholes. Most concerning, he says, is that it exempts large tracts of forest controlled by district governments in land zoned as other-use areas, or APL, outside of the state-controlled forest zone. According to the State of the Forest 2018 report published by the Indonesias forestry ministry, there are 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) of natural forest (defined as primary and secondary forests) in APL where oil palm can continue to expand. For communities like Long Bentuk, a village inhabited by indigenous Dayak people in eastern Borneo, who are locked in a struggle to protect their ancestral forests, the moratorium offers little protection. Despite its once-extensive forests, Long Bentuks land is zoned as APL in government maps. This allowed the district government to hand out concessions for much of the land belonging to Long Bentuk and surrounding

Invisible plant-enemy interactions drive diversity in forest fragments Conservation news

Very few tropical forests around the world enjoy uninterrupted contiguity. Most are divided into uneven, small fragments, cut off from each other, their boundaries marked by roads or farms. But as forests get fragmented, the diversity of plants within them shifts, changing with distance from their ragged edges. What drives these changes? Light, for one. Then theres humidity, soil moisture, or human disturbance. But theres another important, yet cryptic, interaction that influences diversity in fragmented forest patches: plant-enemy interactions. The constant tussle between plants and their natural enemies things like fungi and insects play an important role in determining which seeds actually grow into seedlings, and which ones dont, a new study published in Nature Communications has found. I wanted to see if some of these cryptic interactions are changing due to fragmentation, and if that is what might be affecting diversity [of plants], lead author Meghna Krishnadas, who recently completed her Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, told Mongabay. To see how natural enemies of plants regulate their diversity, especially when seeds transition to seedlings in fragmented forests, Krishnadas set up sampling stations across a 35-square-kilometer (13.5-square-mile) fragmented forest in the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India. In the stations placed within relatively undisturbed forest fragments, right from the edge of the forest patches to about 100 meters (330 feet) inside, she monitored both the seeds that fell into her seed traps and the seedlings that actually grew from those seeds. Then she sprayed insecticide and fungicide on some

Are deep sea reefs really a lifeboat for our vanishing corals? Conservation news

When Luiz Rocha, a fish biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, goes scuba diving, he tacks on one and a half times his body weight in specialized diving gear. Once he submerges, he cant spare a moment to take in the vibrant corals just beneath the surface he has greater depths to plumb. Rocha is headed toward what Smithsonian Institution fish biologist Carole Baldwin calls a very diverse and productive portion of the tropical ocean that science has largely missed: mesophotic reefs. Mesophotic is Greek for middle light, referring to the intermediate amount of sunlight that can penetrate to depths of 30 to 150 meters (100 to 500 feet) below the oceans surface. The dives required to reach mesophotic reefs are as technical as they are deep. Strapped to a larger-than-average gas tank, Rocha uses the rebreather method, recycling the air he breathes as he goes. A diver fitted out with rebreather equipment explores a reef. Image courtesy of Luiz Rocha. The coral species from shallower reef communities begin to taper off around 30 meters into Rochas dive. At 100 meters (330 feet), the water chills significantly. This is the thermocline, defined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the transition layer between the sunlight-warmed water at the surface, and the colder water below. From this depth on, Rocha has just 15 minutes before decompression sickness becomes a risk. In the liminal space of the mesophotic zone, with all the time it takes to unload a

03:21

Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 3) Unlearning Sun Tzu Fire Earth

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] TNWG [October 22, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION 110702 Thermonuclear War Games: Unlearning Sun Tzu  The Games were designed and will be supervised by FEWW-UUT. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Related Links: Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 2)  Postmortem All Groups []

02:48

The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses STOPGETREES.ORG

The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses Over 115 Organisations from 40 countries hold day of action to reject the BioFuture Platform   (November 7, 2018) An international coalition of more than 120 organisations from 40 countries today warns that the rapid global growth of the so-called []

The post The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses appeared first on STOPGETREES.ORG.

02:09

Guest post: Combining renewables with direct air capture for net negative emissions Carbon Brief

Jan Wohland is a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jlich, Dr Dirk Witthaut is a junior professor at Forschungszentrum Jlich, and Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner is head of climate science and impacts at Climate Analytics.

The recent special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown that limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, but that it requires rapid and stringent cuts to global CO2 emissions.

Modelling pathways that achieve the Paris Agreement goals rely on swift decarbonisation of the power sector and scaling up of negative emissions an array of techniques to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it on land or underground.

However, both tasks have challenges to overcome. Shifting away from fossil fuels and towards renewable electricity requires accommodating the variable nature of, for example, wind and solar power. Negative emissions techniques, meanwhile, face challenges of cost, scale and acceptability before being ramped up.

For example, Direct Air Capture...

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Wednesday, 07 November

22:50

Spoofed Elections Oh No Here we go again Head Space

He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.  ~Ludwig von Mises Understanding the Socialist Delusion On one occasion, so it was narrated, Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen. Forcefully clutching the chicken in one hand, []

22:04

Protection flip-flop leaves rare Indonesian shrikethrush in harms way Conservation news

MANADO, Indonesia  Wildlife photographer Henri Hebimisa remembers the excitement of his first encounter with an elusive songbird inhabiting the montane forest of his hometown in the Sangihe islands of Indonesias North Sulawesi province. The voice was so loud. I got very excited, he recalls of the Sangihe shrikethrush (Coracornis sanghirensis), a species also known as the Sangihe whistler. Henri says he was lucky to see the bird, a species found only in the primary forests of Mount Sahendaruman and Mount Sahengbalira on Sangihe, an island of just 461 square kilometers smaller than the city of Los Angeles near the southern Philippines. He says it took more than 10 treks into the shrikethrushs habitat before he first encountered the bird. Camping for one night is not enough, he says. The Sangihe shrikethrush is an elusive songbird found only in the montane forest of Sangihe Island, North Sulawesi province, Indonesia. Image by Henri Hebimisa. While little is known about the species, its clear that the wild population is small and declining. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates the current population at fewer than 255, and has since 2000 classified the Sangihe shrikethrush as critically endangered, or a step away from being extinct in the wild. Its a species that doesnt migrate. And as its habitat is lost to logging and plantations, its population has taken a hit. In light of these conditions, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) recommended the bird be named a protected species, which would

19:58

Threat Assessments for Cross-border Invasion and Homeland Defense The Making of a Low Intensity Conflict or Worse. Head Space

The key to understanding what is going on, is to get educated about the truth of who is behind these groups, who they really are, and what their ultimate goal and purpose is, then decide what can be done about it. It is doubtful there will be a second warning. Be prepared, because this is []

19:55

'Barbaric' rituals of recent stag hunt What's new

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Sailing for change What's new

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19:36

'Nature' prescriptions improve wellbeing What's new

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Becoming a conscious company What's new

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19:27

Remember Obama's 2008 climate promises? What's new

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18:24

Parrotfish, critical to reef health, now protected under Mexican law Conservation news

Mexico protected 10 species of parrotfish in October, a move that conservationists say will help the countrys coral reefs recover, in addition to safeguarding the species numbers. Its really good news for Mexico, Mara Jos Gonzlez-Bernat, a marine biologist and scientific adviser to the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, said in an interview. A midnight parrotfish (Scarus coelestinus), one of the species now protected by the Mexican government. Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Known by the acronym for its name in Spanish, AIDA backed a proposal to the Mexican government from the Healthy Reefs Initiative to codify the legal protection of these 10 species, which argued that they are critical to robust and resilient coral reefs. The group has also launched a three-year project to shore up populations of parrotfish and other plant-eating fish that live in the waters off Mexico and five other Latin American countries. The health of many of the coral reefs in these places has declined, Gonzlez-Bernat said, and AIDA believes that safeguarding herbivorous fish is crucial to allowing coral-anchored ecosystems to come back. They graze on the algae that, left unchecked, can blanket reefs and choke off corals supply of oxygen and light. These algae inhibit corals growth and their ability to withstand the damaging effects of climate change, such as bleaching. Mexicos registry of protected species now includes the princess parrotfish (Scarus taeniopterus). Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Until recently, parrotfish and other herbivores werent traditionally high on

Face-to-face with what may be the last of the worlds smallest rhino, the Bornean rhinoceros (insider) Conservation news

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17:17

DRC communities file complaint with German development bank to resolve century-old land conflict with palm oil company grain.org - english

Nine communities from the DR Congo took a historic step this week by filing a complaint with the complaints mechanism of the German development bank (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft DEG). The communities of the DR Congo want a resolution to a land conflict that dates back to the Belgian colonial period with a palm oil company that is currently being financed by a consortium of European development banks led by DEG.

 

16:36

Passengers See Dog Riding Bus Alone Then Discover The Sweet Reason Why Thrillist

Last week, Tet Tapuyao and her friend were on a jeepney bus heading home from work in the Philippines when, much to their surprise, an unlikely passenger hopped aboard at one of the stops a big black dog.

"I asked a recent passenger if he was the owner," Tapuyao told The Dodo. "To my amazement, he said no, he wasn't."

What the solo-riding pup was up to, however, soon became crystal clear.

Credit: Clarissa Carillo

Neither Tapuyao nor her friend had ever seen a dog traveling by bus alone before. They were smitten by his initiative, and speculated about where the pup might be headed. "We kept laughing," Tapuyao said, "amazed and charmed by the dog and by the situation's peculiarity. We were really fascinated at the sight."

Tapuyao decided to take out her phone and record a video, hoping to see how the whole thing resolved. Not long after, the bus pulled up to a stoplight next to another public transport vehicle, called a multicab, filled with people. And that's where things got really interesting.

"One of the kids in the multicab shouted, 'Oh my! It's Vince!'" Tapuyao said. "Then another, 'Mom! It's Vince,' pointing at the dog."

Sure enough, the dog had found his family. Here's footage of that big surprise:

Turns out, Vince the dog's family had left him at home while they headed on an outing that day. But, evidently not thrilled at the thought of being left out, Vince decided to trail them on their journey and by bus must have seemed a good way to do it.

In the end, he got to join them after all.

"They didn't have any choice but to bring Vince together with them," Clarissa Carillo, a niece of the dog's owner, told The Dodo.

Vince's plan had worked.

Credit: Clarissa Carillo

The dog's family does sometimes take him on errands with them by bus, so he already had a basic understanding of how the system works. But...

15:11

Wildlifes greatest spectacle is critically endangered (insider) Conservation news

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15:09

Exhausted Carriage Horse Collapses On The Side Of The Road Thrillist

Charlot the carriage horse was desperate for help.
 
Standing on the cobblestone street after giving a ride to passengers, the exhausted horse coughed and gasped for air as concerned passersby looked on. After a few minutes of wheezing, he collapsed onto the ground.
 
People called for SPCA officers, but it was too late. He was gone and animal advocates are certain he wont be the last of Old Montreals carriage horses to die right on the streets.

Credit: Facebook/Julie Ducharme

This summer, the Canadian city announced plans to ban the carriages, also known as calches, by December 2019 due to a long-running history of animal welfare violations. After this incident, proponents say the ban cant come soon enough.
 
Nobody is overseeing the situation, Mirella Colalillo, coordinator for the Anti-calche Defense Coalition, told The Dodo. Its good that there is going to be a ban in a year, but in the meantime, nobody is protecting the horses and the laws are not being enforced.

Warning: Graphic footage of the incident below

This incident especially hit home for Chris Romanyk, who lives in the apartment building that Charlot collapsed and died in front of. "Even in our apartment, you heard the horse crying," Romanyk told CBC News. "It was gut-wrenching. It was screaming in pain. It is really hard to actually describe. It was really an upsetting sound."

According to Colalillo, its currently harder than ever to keep track of and document welfare concerns throughout this industry, as the city has not kept advocacy groups up-to-date on the records of individual animals whom the companies own. She also said the company owners regularly change the horses names to make it harder for groups like hers to monitor them....

15:04

Woman Checks Security Camera To Find Huge Animal Visiting Her Porch Thrillist

A little snow on the sidewalk was no match for this giant houseguest.

Last week in Wasilla, Alaska, homeowner Summer Hooke woke to find some footprints on her snow-covered front porch. When she checked her security camera recordings from the night before to see who had been there, she recovered some surprising and hilarious footage.

Standing on her doorstep at 3 a.m. was a female moose, happily munching away on some plants sitting on a table. She stood there eating for a few seconds, and then tossed the flowerpot onto the floor before making a run for it.

But she wasnt alone.

A few minutes later, the hungry assailant returned with a partner to help ambush some other potted plants on the porch. The sneaky pair crept up to some flowers and nibbled on them for a bit before walking away.

It was the perfect crime except they werent very good at covering their tracks.

Watching the footage, Hooke and her husband couldnt believe how nonchalantly the hooved visitor helped herself to the free snacks on their porch.

She was basically looking in our front door windows, Hooke told The Dodo. We get them in our yard regularly, but they dont usually come that close to the front door.

Apparently, this isnt the first time the moose has visited the neighborhood.

My neighbors said they named her Twiggy, Hooke said. Shes a smaller female and has been hanging out in the area for about three years now.

Credit: Facebook/Summer Hooke

If theres still any question as to why Twiggy likes this neighborhood so much, well, Hooke might have the answer: The moose is a big fan of potted plants.

We were laughing, Hooke said. Its always a surprise living in Alaska! You never know what youll run into next....

08:50

Asteroid 2018 VX1 to flyby Earth at 0.9 LD on November 10, 2018 The Watchers Latest articles

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 VX1 will flyby Earth at 0.99 LD / 0.00255 AU (381 474 km / 237 037 miles) at 18:21 UTC on November 10, 2018. This asteroid was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on November 4, 2018, 6 days before its close approach to...... Read more

Deadly floods hit Indonesia, more than 1 400 homes flooded The Watchers Latest articles

At least 4 people have been killed over the past 4 days in Indonesian provinces of West Sumatra and West Java after heavy rain caused severe flooding and landslides. First flood reports started coming in on November 2 from areas around Padang, West Sumatra where...... Read more

The ongoing trade in conflict timber (commentary) Conservation news

November 6 is the UNs International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. A decade after a tragic war in Liberia that was largely financed by the looting of its forest, and with 2017 ranking as one of the most violent years since the end of the Cold War, today is an important day to consider the ongoing trade in conflict timber. Last year, the 28 Member States of the European Union imported 260 million-worth (about $296 million-worth) of timber from countries that the World Bank considers to be fragile and conflict-affected, according to those countries own statistics. Thats an increase of almost 20 percent in reported trade since 2014. Moreover, although there is significant variation in import levels across the EU, eighteen of the twenty-eight Member States reportedly increased their sourcing from fragile and conflict-affected states in 2016. While there is no doubt that countries in these desperate states are in need of income and investment, there is also an extremely high risk that the revenues associated with the sale and export of natural resources, including timber, are used to finance and exacerbate conflict. And similarly, it is reasonable to assume that the political and practical chaos associated with conflict and fragile political situations undermines rule of law and results in illegal logging. Importers need to recognize that operating in these countries requires sufficient effort to ensure that their buying does not contribute to, benefit from, or result in the commission of the

07:37

Preserving Natural Streams Should be the Business of the WV-DEP Frack Check WV

There are diverse views of the Greenbrier River over its long length

Its the Greenbrier River; Not the Greenbrier Ditch

From the Indian Creek Watershed Association, November 4, 2018

Mountain Valley Pipelines plan to cross the Greenbrier River at Pence Springs has been in the news recently, and in the courtroom. On Tuesday, October 23rd, arguments were heard by Judge Robert A. Irons in the Summers County Courthouse about whether the WV Environmental Quality Board (EQB) erred in upholding WVDEPs approval of a West Virginia Natural Streams Preservation Permit for MVP to cross the GreenbrierRiver. No ruling was made at the hearing.

In August 2017 Indian Creek Watershed Association (ICWA) joined the Greenbrier River Watershed Association (GRWA) and three landowners as a party to this appeal. ICWA is writing now to update our members and friends on the case and to explain why we think its important.

As ICWA members and other local residents sat in the courtroom last Tuesday, we realized that this case is really about three questions: 1) What defines the natural character of a river? 2) Did WV-DEP fail to do its job? and 3) Is MVP being granted undue entitlement not only to blast ditches through private land seized through eminent domain, but to treat the Greenbrier River like just another ditch?

1: What defines the natural character of a river?

The West Virginia Legislature clearly expresses its intent in establishing the West Virginia Natural Streams Preservation Act: In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not impound, flood or divert all streams within the State of West Virginia, leaving no streams designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition, it is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state to secure for the citizens of West Virginia of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of free-flowing streams possessing outstanding scenic, recreational, geological, fish and wildlife, botanical, historical, archeological or other scientific or cultural values.
WV Code 22-13-2.

In another section it says: these [protected streams] shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the citizens of West Virginia in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as free-flowing...

07:08

Baltimore Healthy Communities Spring Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spring Internship Opportunity: Work with CCAN to fight incineration and fossil fuels,  and to expand renewable energy access in Baltimore

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This spring, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is working to stop incineration and fossil fuels in Baltimore while increasing renewable energy access across the city. From fighting for a just transition from incineration to zero waste to expanding community solar and offshore wind, this spring will be filled with opportunities to fight for climate action in Baltimore.

Were hiring smart, motivated students for spring internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

CCANs Healthy Communities campaign is focused on spurring a just transition in Baltimore City by moving the city away from failed polluting development and toward clean energy and fair development. The campaign works to fight fossil fuel pollution in the city, particularly incineration, while increasing access to solar power in low-income neighborhoods and advocating for the creation of clean energy jobs such as offshore wind manufacturing.

We are also core members of the Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement and regularly engage in grassroots outreach, town halls, art builds, and coalition building with our partners across the city.

As we face Trumps rollbacks on climate change policies and face dire warnings from the IPCC, we must continue to act on the local level.  You will be at the forefront of these efforts to fight climate change in Baltimore!

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

What you will learn:

  • Learn to organize campaign events and creative actions
  • Help conduct outreach, including tabling at events, phone banking and collecting petitions
  • Participate in coalition meetings and learn how to work collaboratively
  • Help recruit new volunteers to the campaign
  • Write and publish your own letters to the editor
  • Conduct campaign research
  • Support constituent lobby meetings with elected officials and legislators
  • Learn grassroots campaigning from an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben called the best regional climate organization in the world.

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR

  • Someone with a driving passion to change the world for the better and who sees climate change as an urgent...

05:53

FIRE-EARTH Conference 110602 Fire Earth

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05:02

On the bad side, stupidity is dangerous, so is cluelessness and magical thinking. Head Space

Ocasio-Cortez calls question about how to pay for Medicare for all puzzling New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [who supposedly has degree in Economic (History)] had a quick answer when asked how Americans would pay for the Medicare for all plan she and other socialist-leaning Democrats favor: Just pay for it. In an interview with []

04:49

Virginia No New Fossil Fuels Spring Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spring Internship Opportunity: Work with CCAN to fight climate change in Virginia

DESCRIPTION

This spring, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), is working on a campaign to stop two fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia, incentivize clean renewable energy, and hold dirty polluters accountable for the damage that they do to our climate and communities.

Take part in this visionary campaign to grow grassroots and grasstops power across the commonwealth: all the while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

Were hiring smart, motivated students for spring internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

We are leaders in the national clean energy revolution. Not only did we help make Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking and lead the public battle against Dominion to the political frontlines in Virginia, but we have consistently pushed Virginia to keep up with its neighbors in cutting greenhouse gases and fighting for electricity from renewable sources.  We are seeing a rising tide of public support for transformative energy policy in the Commonwealth, but we need to continue pushing forward with a bold vision if we want to win.

The campaign is called the No New Fossil Fuels Campaign and the primary components are below

  • Stop two massive fracked-gas pipelines that are proposed to be constructed in Virginia
  • Shift the political climate in Virginia to not welcome further fossil fuels infrastructure projects
  • Grow grassroots power across the commonwealth to counter the tremendous influence that the fossil fuels industry wields in Virginia

As we face Trumps rollbacks on climate change policies, we must continue to act on the state level.  You will be on the front lines of this statewide campaign!

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

What you will learn:

  • Learn to organize campaign events and creative actions
  • Help conduct outreach, including tabling at events, phone banking and collecting petitions
  • Help recruit new volunteers to the campaign
  • Write and publish your own letters to the editor
  • Conduct campaign research
  • Support constituent lobby meetings with elected officials and legislators
  • Learn grassroots campaigning from an org...

04:02

Melbourne floods: More rain in 2 hours than September and October combined, Australia The Watchers Latest articles

A slow-moving storm system dumped heavy rain over parts of southeastern Australia on November 6, 2018, causing power outages and traffic chaos. The city's northwestern suburbs suffered worst of the storm. Thousands of homes and businesses were left without power...... Read more

Research finds humans across the globe have microplastics in their stool Conservation news

A study conducted with participants from across the globe found that every single stool sample collected tested positive for the presence of microplastics. Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria monitored eight people in eight different countries Austria, Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the UK and presented their findings at the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week held in Vienna late last month. Microplastics are small plastic fragments that are less than 5 millimeters (about 0.2 inches) in length. Sources of microplastic pollution in Earths environment include cosmetics, clothing, and a variety of other products; they can also be created when larger pieces of plastic, like water and soda bottles or plastic bags, are released into the environment and subsequently break down into smaller pieces through natural weathering processes. A 2015 study found that about 8 million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way from land into Earths oceans every year. Scientists are studying the effect this plastic pollution has on marine animals and ecosystems for instance, research released earlier this year found that microplastic particles can block nutrient absorption and damage the digestive tracts of filter-feeding marine life, while the toxins and persistent organic pollutants found in plastic can change biological processes such as growth and reproduction and even lead to decreased fertility as it accumulates in the bodies of marine wildlife over time. Food processing and plastic food packaging are major sources of microplastics in human diets.

Savanna fires, a boon to grazers, cast rhinos into a food desert Conservation news

When it comes to protecting the critically endangered black rhinoceros, the focus tends to be on preventing the animals from being poached. But insidious threats like fire could be affecting their long-term survival too, a new study warns. In African savannas, natural resource managers frequently use fire as a tool to manage wildlife habitats; fire can help regenerate grass for grazers, reduce encroachment of bushes, and control ticks and diseases. But how fire affects rhinos and their food has remained unclear until recently. T. Michael Anderson, an associate professor of biology at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, who has been working in Tanzanias Serengeti National Park for decades, was especially concerned when six critically endangered eastern black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) were reintroduced to the park as part of the Serengeti Rhino Repatriation Project in 2010. The project aimed to bolster the dangerously low population of black rhinos in the park by moving in 32 rhinos over time. I had been doing research in Serengeti for nearly ten years at that point, so I was aware of the high frequency of fire in the national park, Anderson told Mongabay. It seemed that no one was talking about the potential costs or benefits of a high fire regime on the reintroduction effort of black rhinos. Anderson saw the reintroduction as an opportunity to seek some answers. Unfortunately, poachers killed four of the six introduced rhinos in 2011, and the Serengeti Rhino Repatriation Project stalled. This meant that the remaining rhinos would no longer be moved

03:21

Maryland Clean Energy Spring Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spring Internship Opportunity: Work with CCAN to fight to double renewable energy & clean energy jobs in Maryland

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This year, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), along with the Maryland Climate Coalition, is working on a campaign to increase Marylands RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard), the states requirement for utilities to garner their energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. This spring, we look forward to more exciting campaign events.

Take part in this visionary campaign to pass legislation that dramatically reduces climate change pollution in Maryland, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

Were hiring smart, talented students for spring internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Not only was Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking, we overrode Governor Hogans veto thereby expanding Marylands requirement of electricity from renewable sources to 25 percent! We have made great strides in clean energy in Maryland so, lets keep pushing forward with bold vision to attain a cleaner and more just state.

The campaign is called the Clean Energy Jobs Campaign and the primary components are below:

  • Increasing Marylands RPS law for electricity to 50% renewable energy by 2030, which will bring 20,000 clean energy jobs to Maryland.
  • Investing in clean-energy workforce development while targeting economically distressed parts of the state and individuals who have historically experienced barriers to employment.
  • Making more funding available for investment capital and loans to help minorities, veterans and women grow within the clean energy economy.
  • Phasing out incentives for the incineration of trash under Marylands current RPS law for renewable power.

As we face Trumps rollbacks on climate change policies, we must continue to act on the state level. You will be on the front lines of this state-wide campaign!

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR

  • A driving passion to enact structural change to address the causes of climate change and win
  • An eagerness to learn new advocacy and organizing skills and put them to work right away
  • A willingness to work hard
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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'Zeitgeist of mistrust' undermining institutions What's new

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The Paris climate gang is breaking up What's new

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Avoiding Amazon in our online lives What's new

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How free markets will cost the earth What's new

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18:42

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Head Space

Third World armies of criminal and unlawful immigrants are marching on Americas Southern border from Central America  in hopes of finding Utopia. Has anyone asked Why these third-world undesirables and feral youth who refused, or wouldnt work to change things for the better in their own countries, and are now deceptively being coaxed, []

16:02

Zoos: Why a revolution is necessary to justify them (insider) Conservation news

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15:40

Viral Video Of Baby Bear Climbing Back Up Mountain Is Actually Kind Of Sad Thrillist

A video has been making the rounds in recent days showing a young bear cub scaling the side of a mountain after sliding away from his mother. But while many have interpreted the scene as an uplifting one, highlighting the little bear's perseverance, there's more to the clip than meets the eye.

In reality, it's an example of human behavior at its worst.

Credit: YouTube/ViralHog

The footage, taken by an aerial drone in the Magadan Region of eastern Russia, begins by showing a mother bear and her cub scrambling to reach the top of a steep, snowy incline. The climb is a difficult one for both, but even more so for the cub. He is seen sliding down after his first attempt at the ascent. 

It's unclear at first if the bears are in a panic to escape the drone buzzing in front of them and racing in for a close-up but as the cub finally nears the top, his mother suddenly takes an aggressive stance against the airborne intruder.

And that causes the little cub to slip yet again, this time even farther down.

The video contains a curious jump cut following the mother bear's swipe and cub's subsequent slip. Turns out, the cub had slid near the top yet again, but the lead-up to it has been edited from the clip.

One can only wonder if the drone operator's actions contributed to that slip, too?

Credit: Twitter/StormHuntley

Fortunately, the dramatic footage...

14:54

Rescued Dolphin Has Spent The Past 10 Years In A Swimming Pool Thrillist

In 2007, a 6-month-old common dolphin named Martinha got stranded on the Portuguese coast. Local rescuers rushed to her aid, taking the distressed dolphin to a local rehab center run by Centro de Recuperao de Animais Marinhos de Quiaios (CRAM-Q) so she could regain her strength.

But instead of returning Martinha to the ocean where she belonged, the CRAM-Q team did something unexpected they kept Martinha in captivity, and in very poor conditions. In fact, animal welfare advocates believe Martinha has been stuck in the same tiny pool for about 10 years.

Credit: Martinha.org

After a short rehabilitation period, Martinha was moved to a tiny tank in the outside yard of CRAM-Q, according to Martinhas Rescue Coalition, a group of organizations advocating for Martinhas release. The pool is only about 23 feet wide, 42 feet long and 6 feet deep, which doesnt give Martinha any space to dive, let alone swim in a straight line.

She was held in conditions that were arguably amongst the worst in the world, Liz Sandeman, programs manager at Marine Connection, a marine animal protection group thats part of the coalition, told The Dodo.

Credit: Martinha.org

Five years later, Martinha was still languishing in the same tiny tank  and no one really knows why she remains in captivity. For a while, a second common dolphin, Barra, joined Martinha in her tank after being rescued from some tangled nets. While Martinha may have enjoyed the company, the pool was too small for both dolphins, and Martinha and Barra had to swim in their own waste, according to Martinhas Rescue Coalition.

In 2014, several cetacean experts and animal welfare advocates were allowed to visit the CRAM-Q facility and photograph the living conditions of the two dolphins.

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14:43

Kim Kardashian Posts Photo Of Herself Riding An Elephant In Bali Thrillist

Its a star-studded photo op that has animal advocates around the world fuming.

In photos shared this week from her family vacation to Bali, reality star Kim Kardashian poses in a bikini while riding on an elephant's back. In another shot, her sister, Kourtney, is shown straddling another elephant in the background while in a pool.

The animals in the photos dont necessarily look stressed but its what happens to them behind the scenes that has people blasting Kardashian on social media.

Warning: Graphic images below

Such ignorance and such a lack of care, Peter Egan, actor and animal advocate, said on Twitter. Doesnt she understand the cruelty inflicted on these poor elephants in order for her inane photo shoot?

The cruelty Egan refers to is known as crushing" or "breaking, which is the process of beating young elephants into submission until they obey their trainers. In preparation of giving rides to people and performing in shows, the handlers often tie elephants up and hit them with sharp metal rods. For most elephants, this abuse begins as babies after theyre torn away from their mothers.

Credit: Wild Animal Awareness

The sad effects of these trainings is something rescuers with Wildlife SOS, an India-based animal rescue and sanctuary, see far too often.

The elephant spends the rest of its life in constant fear and...

13:47

People Find Dog Living In The Dirt After His Family Moves Away Thrillist

To the person passing by on her delivery route, the yellow Labrador was just another poor old boy in need of help.

The 8-year-old dogs family had moved away and left him behind. With nowhere to go, the dog, known as Larry, took up residence in the parking lot of a landscaping business across the street from his former home.

For months he lay in the dirt, surviving on the goodwill of passing truckers, who would occasionally toss him something to eat or drink.

Credit: Love Leo Rescue

It became clear to the delivery driver that the dogs family wasnt coming back so she made him a profile on Instagram.

That seemingly small act helped bring Larrys story to the attention of Sasha Abelson, president of Love Leo Rescue, who reached out to local volunteers. As soon as we saw [the posts] we said, Just get the dog to us, well take care of the rest, Abelson told The Dodo.

Credit: Love Leo Rescue

Volunteers were able to coax Larry into their car, and drove him two hours to Los Angeles.

They noticed the old dogs stomach was bloated, despite having no regular access to food or water for months, and he was missing patches of hair on his legs and was having difficulty walking.

Credit: Love Leo Rescue

Though the dog looked sad, he still wagged his tail for his rescuers.
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13:19

Man Drives 200 Miles To Save The Life Of A Dog About To Be Put Down Thrillist

Royce was found living as a stray in Miami, Florida, and was taken in by a local shelter. He was bruised and cut when he was first found, and had clearly already been through a lot in his short life. Not long after he arrived at the shelter, Royce was adopted, but unfortunately was soon returned. After that, Royce was adopted again and was returned again, just like before.

Credit: David Sebba

I am guessing he was adopted because hes got such a handsome face, but unfortunately, with that face comes a lot of energy, David Sebba, Royces new dad, told The Dodo. He is very impulsive and is extremely smart. Thats the formula for a dog that needs a lot of supervision and boundaries! 

Credit: David Sebba

After Royce was returned for the second time, it seemed to the shelter that he may be unadoptable, and he was soon in danger of being put down. A volunteer posted about Royce and his plight on Facebook in July 2017, hoping that someone would see the post and want to help and luckily, the post found its way onto Sebbas feed. 

He has this natural smile to him that really struck me, Sebba said. Its hard to explain. I knew that as a returned dog his chances of getting out again were slim, so I made the decision to add him to our family.

Credit: David Sebba

Even once Sebba had made the decision to add Royce to his family, that was still easier said than done. Royce was at a shelter in Miami, while Sebba lived in Orlando hours away. Sebba was determined, though, so he called the shelter and asked...

08:12

AI simplifies statewide study of leopards in south India Conservation news

An extensive study of the leopard population in the wildlife-rich southern Indian state of Karnataka has indicated that these big cats are thriving there, buoying hopes the species genetic pool is stable in the region. Researchers from the Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) and the independent research organization Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) jointly surveyed the cats in protected forests, private lands, rocky outcrops and non-protected natural areas spanning a diverse landscape covering roughly 27,000 square kilometers (10,400 square miles). They used grids of motion-sensor camera traps to better understand leopard distribution and habits in a variety of landscapes. A large leopard crosses between a pair of camera traps at sunset. The Karnataka study surveyed leopards in a variety of vegetation and land use types. Image copyright of Nature Conservation Foundation. Karnataka is the first Indian state to scientifically estimate the population of leopards (Panthera pardus) over such a large area, following similar studies for tigers and elephants. The project took six years to complete and identified 363 individual leopards based on the rosette patterns on their bodies, which, like human fingerprints, are unique to each individual. The cameras captured more than 1.5 million images at sites across the state. Using statistical extrapolation from this sample, the researchers estimate that Karnataka is home to 2,500 leopards. Algorithms speed image analysis To aid such a large-scale survey, the researchers applied artificial intelligence to examine the collection of camera-trap images. This significantly reduced the time and human resources needed to complete the analysis. Using

Local fishers oppose $2.7 billion deal opening Madagascar to Chinese fishing Conservation news

Life on the coast of Madagascar is increasingly precarious. In recent decades, the overexploitation of marine life has made it difficult for hundreds of thousands of small-scale fishers to make a living. So its no surprise that they are vocally opposing a new agreement to bring hundreds of additional Chinese vessels into their waters. Two months ago, a little-known and ostensibly private Malagasy association signed a 10-year, $2.7 billion fishing deal the largest in the countrys history with a group of Chinese companies that plans to send 330 fishing vessels to Madagascar. Madagascars president at the time, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, was in the room when the deal was signed in Beijing on Sept. 5, although he later claimed not to be familiar with it. No draft of the deal has been made public, and its opacity has drawn media attention in the run-up to the presidential election on Wednesday. Rajaonarimampianina stepped down as president on Sept. 7, two days after the deal was signed, to comply with Malagasy law that requires a sitting president to leave office 60 days before an election in which he is running. He is a leading candidate in the election. On the Madagascar side, the Agence Malagasy de Dveloppement conomique et de Promotion dentreprises (AMDP) made the deal, which the group says was designed to promote the countrys blue economy. It did so without consulting the fisheries ministry, the national environment office, or civil society groups, many of which are now calling for the

07:25

Prison is Shit, but Its Worth It: Freed Fracking Protester Jailed for 16 Months Vows to Keep Fighting Injustice Earth First! Newswire

Simon Roscoe Blevins was sentenced to 16 months in prison after spending 75 hours on top of a lorry in an attempt to delay the delivery of equipment to the controversial Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire ( Angela Christofilou )

by Colin Drury / The Independent

While in prison, Simon Roscoe Blevins and his two co-convicted, Richard Roberts and Rich Loizou, were given nicknames by the other inmates: the frackers. We said to them anti-frackers, surely? he says today. But it stuck.

In September, the trio were jailed after protesting against the development of the UKs first shale gas wells since 2011 by the company Cuadrilla. Their crime was to climb on to a trio of lorries, delaying equipment being delivered to the hugely controversial  and vehemently opposed  Preston New Road site in Lancashire. They caused no damage and came down three days later voluntarily. They didnt even leave litter. For this, Blevins and Roberts were sentenced to 16 months in jail, and Loizou to 15 terms that sparked astonishment among environmentalists, academics, human rights activists and, it seems, those inside HMP Preston.

 

One guy...

07:04

Call for Submissions for the Yule/Winter Issue of the Earth First! Journal Earth First! Newswire

Dearest readers and inspired fanatics of Earth First!,

We, your humble Journalistas, have been hard at work on the Mabon/fall issue of the Earth First! Journal, and were aaaaalmost done.  Well be putting the finishing touches on it and sending it off to the printer within the week.  To make up for us being a little off schedule (we did uproot ourselves and move all the way across the country, remember?), were hoping to have a pretty quick turnaround on the next issue.  With that in mind, its time to get those biocentric gears and creative writing muscles turning and flexing, yall. We want YOUR submissions for the Yule issue by November 30th!  Were looking for articles, essays, biocentric think pieces, artwork, poetry, reviews, campaign updates, action reportbacks, Dear Shit Fer Brains, and more. If you think it has a place in the Earth First! Journal, send it to us and it very well might! Our team of sharpshooting editors will take care of spelling or grammatical errors, so dont let those fears keep you from sending us something!

Please keep submissions under 3200 words (500 for a review or 300 for DSFB), and please please please get them to us no later than midnight on November 30th!

Submissions can be sent to us at collective[at]earthfirstjournal[dot]org, or physical submissions can be mailed to us at Earth First! Journal, PO Box 1112, Grants Pass OR, 97528.

We look forward to reading your submissions, keep up the fight for all that is wild!

Love and rage,
the Journal Crew

PS. If youre thinking of subscribing to the Journal, now is your last chance to receive the Mabon issue with your subscription! You can snag it in our online store, here!

04:23

Evidence in The Case of The Feral Imbeciles and Useful fools. Head Space

Maxine Waters: Trump Placing a Target on My Back Hes Promoting Violence ( but Protests Is About Making You Feel Uncomfortable). I told someone the other day who is trying to say were violent when we protest, protest is about making you feel uncomfortable. Im not supposed to come to you and say []

04:13

Support for Livestock Sector is Subsidising Forest Destruction Global Justice Ecology Project

GLOBAL FOREST COALITION Aichi Target 3 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) states that subsidies and incentives that are harmful to biodiversity must be phased out or reformed by 2020. With discussions on the elimination of... Read More

03:43

Nuclear Power Will NOT Save Us From Climate Change DiaNuke.org

How the IPCCs solutions for reversing the Earths warming encourage business as usual.

The post Nuclear Power Will NOT Save Us From Climate Change appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

03:13

Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 3) Fire Earth

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] TNWG [October 22, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION 110502 Thermonuclear War Games: Scenario No. 3 The Games were designed and will be supervised by FEWW-UUT. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Related Links: Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 2)  Postmortem   All []

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Saturday, 03 November

02:38

Virginia Hampton Roads Spring Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spring Internship Opportunity: Work with CCAN to protect Virginias coast from rising seas

DESCRIPTION

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, or CCAN, is working to protect the Hampton Roads region from the catastrophic impacts of climate change.
Climate Changecaused primarily by the burning of of fossil fuelsis the major driver of sea level rise globally and in Hampton Roads. The impacts of flooding are here now, and its only getting worse. Scientists say our coast could be inundated by as much as six feet of sea level rise within this century.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

While the impacts of climate change are at our doorstep, so are the solutions. CCAN is working to help adapt our coast to rising tides, reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the root of the problem, and tap into Virginias vast wind and solar energy resources that means taking on the states biggest utility, Dominion Virginia Power, and stopping its dirty energy projects, like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in their tracks.

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Learn to organize campaign events and creative actions
  • Help conduct outreach, including tabling at events, phone banking and collecting petitions
  • Help recruit new volunteers to the campaign
  • Write and publish your own letters to the editor and blog posts
  • Conduct campaign research
  • Support constituent lobby meetings with elected officials and legislators
  • Learn grassroots campaigning from an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben called the best regional climate organization in the world.

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR

  • A driving passion to combat causes of climate change, fight big polluters and win
  • An eagerness to learn new advocacy and organizing skills and put them to work right away
  • A willingness to work hard
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A sense of humor

LOCATION

Norfolk, VA.

DETAILS

Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week from late January through early May, exact timing to be determined based on your course schedule.

Internships at CCAN are primarily education-focused, to arm you with experience toward your career and life goals. Interns receive a limited...

Thursday, 01 November

08:45

Communications and Social Media Spring Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spring Internship Opportunity: Communications and Social Media Internship

DESCRIPTION

With a Trump presidency, state-based climate action has never been more important. Its the collective fortress of the environmental movement. And state-based, people-powered, climate action is what we do here at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN).

Were the largest and oldest grassroots group fighting for bold and just solutions to climate change in the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland.

Weve put a stop to new coal plants in Virginia, expanded clean energy in Washington DC, and pressed the pause button on fracking in Maryland.

OUR CAMPAIGNS

In 2019, were going to keep fighting: to stop massive fracked-gas pipelines across the farms and forests of Virginia, to double wind and solar in Maryland, and to make DC a national leader on climate action right in Trumps backyard.

We and our 40,000 supporters surrounding the nations capital are going to keep building the powerfully diverse grassroots climate movement our region needs building local resistance, raising our voices, acting.

And under a Trump presidency, well be fighting for more than just energy justice. Trump is a threat to all of our progressive values and we will work with our progressive allies across the region for paid sick days for all workers, an increased minimum wage, an end to racial profiling by police, fair laws for transgender people, and more. We will pitch in wherever we can.

OUR COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

Interns at CCAN work side-by-side with our experienced communications experts to create compelling content and run impactful media campaigns across our region. They gain valuable experience for careers in the communications and media industries.

SPECIFICALLY, YOUR TASKS WILL INCLUDE

  • Learning the ins-and-outs of managing media lists and reaching out to reporters
  • Developing fluency in a website management system for creating and sharing content on multiple websites
  • Drafting social media posts and analyzing social media content
  • Researching best practices for social media and search engine optimization
  • Conceptualizing, editing, and/or drafting blog posts and language for the website
  • And having an amazing opportunity to learn what its like to work at an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben has called the best regional climate organization in the world.

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR

  • A driving passion to combat climate change despite a climate denier in the White House, and secure clean energy victories
  • A commitment to a fair and equitable energy future
  • A keen eye for new technologies and computer systems
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal ski...

08:26

Non-Profit Management and Fundraising Spring Intern Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spring Internship Opportunity: Non-Profit Management & Fundraising

Are you interested in the management side of nonprofits? Have a good idea for a project, but keep thinking where would I find the money to do that? Or do you find yourself wanting to help out a good cause, but just dont know how best to help?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, our non-profit management & fundraising internship might be for you! CCANs non-profit management & fundraising intern works closely with our Donor Engagement Coordinator as she builds our fundraising program. S/he will gain valuable experience in fundraising and nonprofit management that can be used to launch a career in fundraising or simply to gain skills that will help you succeed in the nonprofit industry in general.

DESCRIPTION

The non-profit management & fundraising intern will help us build up our individual fundraising program to diversify CCANs revenue streams and provide long-term sustainability within our funding sources. As our individual giving program grows, our ability to respond to threats to climate progress with big, creative actions will increase. The non-profit management & fundraising intern will get to be involved on the ground floor of this process and will get an inside view on how to start an individual donor fundraising program.

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

SPECIFICALLY, YOUR TASKS WILL INCLUDE

  • Managing data and updating information in our database.
  • Writing fundraising collateral, from brochures to email appeals to thank you notes.
  • Assisting with donor events.
  • Leveraging your own creative thinking to build CCANs fundraising program.
  • And learning the ins and outs of the organization that climate activist Bill McKibben has called the best regional climate organization in the world.

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • An interest in nonprofit management and donor development
  • A commitment to a fair and equitable energy future, and a desire to combat climate change, despite the obstacles presented by the new administration.
  • Prior database use and/or research skills are preferred but not required.

LOCATION

This internship will be based in our office in Takoma Park, Maryland.

DETAIL...

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