With Earth Day coming up, we are challenged by a lot of "you can do." Individual efforts matter, but how much?
Earthworms endorses two challenges that WILL have an impact, in our lives and for our planet.
The DRAWDOWN Eco-Challenge, running nationally April 4-25, builds on ten years of eco-challenge experience from Northwest Earth institute to engage individual actions. Multiplying impacts, this 2018 challenge correlates our actions to the measures mapped, measured and prioritized by Project DRAWDOWN for collective capacity to pull climate-changing carbon out of Earth's atmosphere. Lacy Cagle, Director of Learning for NWEI, shares these potentials with Earthworms host Jean Ponzi.
Then from April 27-30, residents of the St. Louis region - and 65 other cities around the WORLD - can contribute to understanding about local biodiversity by participating in the City Nature Challenge, as described by Earthworms guest Sheila Voss, VP of Education at the Missouri Botanical Garden .
Using the (totally terrific!) app iNaturalist, humans of all ages can log observations of plants and critters as communities "compete" to gather intel about local biodiversity. In St. Louis, observations logged during City Nature Challenge days will establish a baseline of biodiversity data crucial to address regional nature-preservation goals.
In Earthworms' opinion, these are two Challenges WORTH TAKING!
Music: Rearview performed live at KDHX by Belle Star
THANKS to Anna Holland, ace Earthworms engineer Related Earthworms Conversations: DRAWDOWN Solutions to Reverse Global Warming (March 2018)
Learning Green: Northwest Earth Institute (October 2017)