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    The People’s Climate March


    The People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, in New York City will be the largest demonstration yet for climate sanity. We hope you can join us there that day.

    Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) have been working in coalition with hundreds of other groups to make this important event an impactful assembly of those who do not want to stand by passively while our global environment is being destroyed.

    We at the NSP believe that there are three things that can be done right now to begin the process of preventing global environmental disaster:

    1. Plan local and national demonstrations to call attention to the urgency of the problem

    2. Launch local initiatives to stop the wide variety of ways that the climate and the earth are being assaulted and undermined.

    3. Campaign for an Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment To The U.S. Constitution (ESRA), which would dramatically reduce the distorting impact of super-rich donors and global corporate capitalism on elections by banning not just corporate money but also all private sources of funding in elections. The ESRA would instead mandate that national and state elections be driven only by public funding. The ESRA would also require large corporations (those with incomes over $50 million a year) to get a new corporate charter once every five years. To renew their charters, corporations would have to prove a satisfactory history of environmental and social responsibility to a panel of ordinary citizens whowould receive testimony from people around the world impacted by those corporations. The ESRA would also prohibit corporations from moving their assets and resources and jobs from any community where they have functioned in the past without first paying reparations to that community for any damage their moving those assets and jobs would cause to the people of that community. And it would mandate environmental education at every grade level from kindergarten through college, as well as in graduate and professional schools. You can help by getting your local church, synagogue, mosque, ashram, civic organization, political party, social change organization, college or university, elected officials, city councils, state legislatures, or congressional representatives to publicly endorse the ESRA.

    4. Campaign for a Domestic and Global Marshall Plan, which would eliminate poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, and inadequate health care, as well as repair the parts of the global environment already destroyed by corporate avarice. We cannot expect people facing extreme poverty and diseases caused by malnutrition to choose to preserve the environment at the expense of the immediate survival of their children. Only when we show real caring for the well-being of all people will it be possible for all of us to collectively prioritize the environmental survival of the planet. Hon. Keith Ellison has introduced a house resolution endorsing the GMP (Global Marshall Plan), and we need your local elected officials to do so also.

    Sadly, the organizers of the climate march have not created a space for a community discussion of strategies of this sort to become well known even among the demonstrators on Sept. 21. This was a large opportunity lost. It’s a similar opportunity as has been lost at anti-war rallies throughout the decades—it’s important for people to come together at these large rallies, but if the protest space does not transition into an organizing space, many people go home afterward with few ideas about what national strategy to pursue.

    That’s why it’s important to join the NSP and become active with us in encouraging this kind of discussion as well as in implementing our specific strategy articulated in the above paragraphs. Or help us continue this work by sending us a tax-deductible contribution to Tikkun/NSP at 2342 Shattuck Ave., #1200, Berkeley, CA 94704.

    Now the details: the “Communities of Faith and Spirit” contingent will gather on 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues before joining the March. If you come at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be an interfaith service. The Faith and Spirit contingent will join the larger march sometime between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.

    And now, a note from peace and climate activist Rae Abileah, who will be speaking at the Beyt Tikkun High Holiday services in Berkeley:

    The Manhattan Coastline. Next year’s harvest. Clean air and water. Toxin-free communities. The bees. The future of your children’s children.

    What do you love most in your life that you stand to lose—or, maybe, have already lost—to Climate Chaos?

    In preparation for the People’s Climate March, thousands worldwide are sharing their stories. Here’s how you can, too:

    1. On a ribbon about two feet long, write what to you is most #worthsaving. Consider recycling old ribbons from gift wrapping, or ripping an old sheet or piece of fabric into strips (ideally, the less imported new materials, the more eco-friendly, the better). Pick a ribbon that is wide enough to write on. ?On the far right side, add your name, where you live and your age. Some examples we’ve received:

    “The coastline of Manhattan. Andy, New York City, age 25.”

    “The hope that my children can live healthy lives. Jon, Milwaukee, age 34.”

    2. Bring your ribbon with you to the People’s Climate March on September 21 in NYC, or mail your ribbon to:

    The Climate Ribbon
    PO Box 370450
    Brooklyn, NY 11237


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    The Emissary: Foreshadowing the Fate of our Oceans


    Los Angeles, CA, May 29, 2014 – Fans of Animal Planet would likely call bestselling author, Patricia Cori, the "whale whisperer.” However, Cori's fans deem her a "real-life Indiana Jones.” One thing is for sure. Cori's debut suspense book, The Emissary (North Atlantic Books) is action-packed and will soon be gracing the big screen in partnership with Global Universal Entertainment.

    Since its release, The Emissary has garnered positive attention around the globe. Within the pages of The Emissary, Cori artfully engages her readers with fast action and profound, thought-provoking ideas. "Readers will definitely think about the Earth in a different light after reading The Emissary,” says Cori. "One of the key ideas explored is how our actions today impact the environment tomorrow. We've already seen some of this come to reality, however The Emissary explores this idea and the findings are quite unsettling.”

    Three events take place nearly simultaneously: People in Los Angeles witness hundreds of birds dropping from the heavens; Beaches in Maine are covered with tens of thousands of dead fish; and a New Zealand beach resort is devastated with dying whales and dolphins. In the aftermath of this chaos, a strange, grid-like pattern forms in the clouds. Readers soon learn that this is not a coincidence, but part of an evil plan to destroy all life on Earth. Enter, the emissary – a leading psychic, who understands and identifies secrets in the songs of the dying whales. She then uses what she learns in her dangerous journey to avert a global disaster.

    "The Emissary gives readers the thrills and action-packed adventures that we all thrive upon,” says Patricia Cori. "But it also offers something more, awareness of our oceans and the changes that have come about, due to man's interference in nature.”

    Meet Patricia Cori. Cori is a bestselling author, screenwriter, public speaker and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and television programs including CNN and Coast to Coast. She's credited with founding the global non-profit, Save Earth's Oceans, Inc., whose mission is dedicated to restoring the balance of the ocean's ecosystems. Cori's the former host of Beyond the Matrix (BBS Radio) and she is deemed a visionary to her fan base.

    The Emissary
    The Hidden Trilogy (Book 1)
    by Patricia Cori
    North Atlantic Books
    ISBN-10: 158394706X
    ISBN-13: 978-1583947067
    Softcover Price: $17.95 US, $21.50 CAN
    ebook Price: $13.99

    www.TheEmissary.net

    David William Gibbons, broadcaster, writer, and historian: "The Emissary may well become one of the greatest literary contributions of our times in healing the world's oceans, raising humanity's thirst for marine knowledge, and discovering its sublime secrets.”

    Beau Bridges, Actor: "…A uniquely exciting adventure that capture the heart and the soul of the reader.”

    Pen Densham, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director, producer, author, artist: "I am a giant fan of creativity that takes us out of our daily thinking. Patricia Cori has penned just such a tale. A broad fantasy adventure that speaks to those who want to think differently and challenge the daily onslaught against nature and our own future.”

    Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel prize, Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Chancellor of the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University, and best-selling author of 83 books and publications: "The Emissary is that rarest of books: it entertains, indeed, it fascinates, and at the same time conveys a message that we should not forget. Indeed, once we have opened this book, we never will.”

    Jim Marrs, New York Times Best Selling author of Psi Spies: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program: "The Emissary' brings us government skullduggery, sexy agents, catastrophic events, high-sea adventure, singing whales and a cosmic secret — what's not to like in this fast-paced page turner?”

    New Consciousness Review: "Patricia Cori has done a great service to us all, and I believe the majestic creatures of the sea as well, by turning her skill, passion, and intelligence toward understanding and protecting them, and simultaneously illuminating a path for human transformation.”

    Elisabeth Rohm, actor, author, activist, mother: "The whales and dolphins of this planet need our help – and Patricia Cori is their Emissary!”

    Lawrence Bloom, Recently retired Chairman of the UN Environmental Progamme, Green Economy Initiative Council on Green Cities and the World Economic Forum at Davos Global Agenda Council on Urban Management: "It's a brilliant story – it reads with the pace of a Bond novel, and it's based in reality. You may not sleep well after you read it! I could not put it down….

    Donald Newsom, President, BBS Radio Network, Inc: "Phenomenal! Her extraordinary vision and the way she communicates her truth to her readers will make Patricia Cori a staple in every library.”


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    Restoring Nature to City Living:
    “Urban” Wildlife Refuges Find New Enthusiasts


    
 “Urban”
    Philadelphia school students take a lesson in bird watching at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, located within Philadelphia city limits. With four-fifths of Americans living in cities, urban refuges are filling a greater need. (USFWS)


    Think you have to travel to the hinterlands to see nature in the wild? Think again. Residents of Boston, New York, San Diego and other U.S. cities are discovering great wildlife viewing surprisingly close by at urban national wildlife refuges.

    The label might appear an oxymoron. But urban refuges protect wildlife habitat just like their country cousins. And with four-fifths of Americans now living in cities, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, these urban green zones are finding new audiences and gaining a higher profile in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

    Urban wildlife refuges aren’t new. Since at least the 1930s, some refuges – such as Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge, near Atlantic City, N.J., and Patuxent Research Refuge, outside Washington, D.C. – have been established near big cities to provide feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds and other creatures.

    But these days, urban refuges are filling a greater human need, says Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the Refuge System. “People are hungry for connections with more than their smartphones,” he says. “They are starting to realize that living in cities needn’t mean leaving nature behind.”

    More than 100 of the country’s 562 national wildlife refuges qualify as urban: located within 25 miles of a population center of at least 250,000 people. Some refuges, such as Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Refuge and Great Meadows Refuge, near Boston, serve denser areas, with populations in the millions. Refuge visitor numbers (800,000+ a year for Don Edwards; 400,000+ for Great Meadows) reflect that proximity.

    Some new visitors – particularly people who haven’t grown up near woods and creeks – approach refuges with apprehension. “They don’t know what to do at first, because [visiting a refuge] is a new experience for them,” says Sandy Perchetti, volunteer coordinator at Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge. Staff and volunteers don’t rush them. When youngsters and their families show up for campfire sing-alongs in spring and fall – added to refuge event offerings to appeal to urban audiences – refuge volunteers lead them on guided mini-hikes. “If hike leaders see a toad, they pick it up and let children hold it if they want. Then the kids start realizing it’s not scary. It’s fun.”

    Many urban refuges offer a busy calendar of free or low-cost public events to introduce adults and kids to nature. On a recent Saturday, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Refuge hosted a bird hike, advertised on an online meet-up site. Among participants were some refuge newcomers. “Fantastic,” wrote Lori. “One of the best birdiest spots I’ve ever seen.” Agreed Darren, “Wonderful to discover so many different species together, hidden just behind a business park.”

    The increased emphasis on urban refuges – known within the Refuge System as the Urban Refuge Initiative – is part of the agency’s vision for the next decade. In line with this initiative, the Refuge System has drafted Standards of Excellence to help staff better engage urban visitors.

    The Refuge System has also established Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships with community groups in Baltimore, New Haven, Los Angeles and other cities where few nearby national wildlife refuges exist. The newest two such alliances are the Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership and a partnership in Lake Sammamish, outside Seattle, announced this spring. Through these partnerships, the Refuge System aims to bring nature to the city while drawing nontraditional audiences into the conservation fold.

    How will urban refuges measure success? In return visits, for one thing. Less measurable – but no less valued – are anecdotal accounts about igniting sparks of wonder.

    “At our last campfire sing-along,” recalls Perchetti, “a volunteer pointed out a bald eagle flying around. And it wasn’t just an eagle. There was also an osprey that was upset that the eagle was getting too close to its nest. Oh, my gosh! It was better than a TV show, and it was happening right in front of all these fourth graders. They were staring with their mouths open.”

    The National Wildlife Refuge System protects wildlife and wildlife habitat on more than 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. Refuges also improve human health, provide outdoor recreation and support local economies. Visit our home page at www.fws.gov/refuges. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit www.fws.gov, or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr.


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    (BPRW) Climate Change Debate Inspires American Writer Jarid Manos To Launch Two-Year Blogstory

    Fear & Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Miami, FL -- What does it mean to be alive right here, right now as warnings increase global warming, sea-level rise and collapse of the oceans threaten our way of life and future? American writer and Miami Beach resident Jarid Manos [Ghetto Plainsman, 2010] delves into life beneath the news with an intensely beautiful and danger-filled online adventure Fear & Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets.

    In a twist to a classic literary approach, Fear & Loving is a two-year blogstory offered free online at www.jaridmanos.com. Each week Manos will share his experiences with the world. Fear & Loving explores life at sea level in Florida and Texas, states cited as “vulnerable” to rising seas in the new scientific report, the National Climate Assessment. Fans will follow Manos as he learns to become a skilled scuba diver. The journey is a parallel exploration of why we are afraid to go deep in our own lives.

    “I would never admit it, but as tough as I like to think I am, I have this almost mythical fear of the deep, unknown ocean,” explains Manos. “Meanwhile, I wear the streets like I wear my senses and skin. What’s the connection?”

    A free subscription to Fear & Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets is available online now at www.jaridmanos.com

    “There are all these hidden moments going on at ‘street level’ that tell a larger story before climate change hits in a big way. What are the other forces we are caught up in?” says Manos.

    Powered by two literary grants, the Fear & Loving journey is garnering Manos national recognition. “With a distilled and starkly lyrical style, Jarid Manos unpacks a world that often goes unremarked upon: the interactions taking place in urban back alleys, and exploring the ocean blue,” says William Johnson, Managing Editor at Lambda Literary Foundation.

    The C.E.O. of the nationally acclaimed Texas-based Great Plains Restoration Council, and regular contributor at Huffington Post Black Voices, Manos is currently finishing his second book, Her Blue Watered Streets: An American Novel.

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    (BPRW) Black Environmental Educator Tapped as Greencorps Chicago Keynote Speaker: "Why We Care,” with Author Jarid Manos


    Author Jarid Manos
    Jarid Manos, CEO, Great Plains Restoration Council


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX -- Acclaimed American author, environmental activist, national speaker and ecological educator Jarid Manos, President of the Fort Worth and Houston-based Great Plains Restoration Council, will present the Keynote Address to Greencorps Chicago at the Professional Development Empowerment Day 2013 panel “Restoration: Self, Community and Environment,” Friday, December 13, 2013 during the Lunch and Learn series at 12:30 P.M. at the Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

    As a leading American voice in the Ecological Health movement, Jarid Manos brings more than a decade of experience in motivating and inspiring young people to care for themselves and the living land to the Chicago audience. The Keynote Address comes as Greencorps Chicago has expanded training in the area of ecological restoration yet has encountered challenges assisting trainees to understand their personal connection to the environment.

    “To our great peril, we treat the Earth like it’s ‘just there,’ much like how - if we are honest - we treat our own bodies and lives,” says Manos.

    During his Keynote Address and subsequent panel discussion to Greencorps Chicago, Manos will share his story of how he came to care – from angry devastated youth and drug dealer to vegan athlete plainsman – and actively engage graduating Greencorps Chicago trainees to connect on a deeper personal level with the ecological issues facing their communities and lives.

    “Greencorps Chicago heard wonderful things about Jarid, the work he is involved in and his life's mission,” says Monique Ellington, Case Manager of Greencorps Chicago. “We thought he would be a perfect fit to speak with our trainees because there are many synergies between Greencorps Chicago and Great Plains Restoration Council missions.”

    Manos will share success stories in guiding hundreds of youth of color around the country into paths of self-acceptance and a deeper health through taking care of the Earth, as well as highlight educational and professional careers in environmentally related fields, building the next generation of environmental stewards.

    “My entire adult life and work has been guided by the realization that the violence we do to the Earth mirrors the violence we do to each other and often accept into ourselves,” explains Manos. “In training ourselves to become unbreakable, we can have the most exhilarating life by getting healthy and giving back.”

    Jarid Manos, Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 12:30 PM for “Restoration: Self, Community and Environment,” during the Lunch and Learn series at the Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612. This event is open to the public by invitation only.

    ABOUT JARID MANOS
    Jarid Manos is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction book, Ghetto Plainsman (2010, Tembla House Press) and the upcoming novel Her Blue Watered Streets. He is also the founder and CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council, a Texas-based non-profit organization that has developed the Ecological Health movement and the three programs, Plains Youth InterACTION™, Restoration Not Incarceration™, and Your Health Outdoors™. GPRC projects are based in Texas, New Mexico and South Dakota. A regular contributor to Huffington Post, Manos has also appeared in the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, USA Today, Smithsonian and appeared on New York Nightly News, and NBC-5 Dallas. Manos is a nationally recognized speaker at universities, businesses, conferences, churches, jails and more. www.jaridmanos.com

    ABOUT GREENCORPS CHICAGO
    Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Greencorps’ mission is to promote environmental stewardship and improve the quality of life in Chicago by establishing, maintaining and restoring natural and public spaces that are safe, healthy and sustainable through hands-on involvement with trainees. Greencorps Chicago

    ABOUT JULIA YARBOUGH MEDIA GROUP
    Julia Yarbough Media Group, LLC (JYMG) is a South Florida-based media firm specializing in documenting Corporate Social Responsibility activities via video storytelling, creating press release documentation, providing speakers for events and representing those with positive stories and activities which impact their communities. JYMG produces videos for corporate and internal organizational use, fundraising, awareness and website visibility. JYMG offers hosting, emcee and moderating services for public and private events.


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    Service Receives International Innovations in Diversity Award Top honors for partnership work in Africa and Latin America


    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received first place honors in the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 10th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Awards competition for its creative work with communities in Africa and Latin America to conserve species and their ecosystems, while also supporting local economies. The awards recognize organizations and institutions that develop innovative solutions in the area of workforce diversity and inclusion. The winning organizations are highlighted in the July/August 2013 issue of the Diversity Journal.

    For example, the Service’s Great Apes Conservation Fund has helped build the capacity of governments and private organizations to address threats to great apes such as poaching and illegal trafficking. As part of the program, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo provides an ecotourism destination to view gorillas in their natural habitat.

    Another initiative, Managing for Excellence, has trained 500 conservation personnel in Mexico to manage critical protected areas. The university-certified program encourages trainees to replicate the training locally and maintain a network of trained personnel. Species benefiting from the program include jaguars, monarch butterflies, migratory birds and Mexican wolves.

    In northern Colombia, 15 women from the Los Límites community came up with an innovative entrepreneurial project that generates income and protects the critically endangered cotton top tamarin monkey and its forest habitat. These women joined forces with Proyecto Tití, a local conservation group, to launch the eco-mochila project and the plush toy project. With the help of the Service’s Wildlife Without Borders program, the women transform discarded plastic bags into colorfully designed, hand-crocheted mochilas (tote-bags) and hand-made cotton-top tamarin plush toys for sale in national and international markets.

    For more information on the Service’s International activities, visit http://www.fws.gov/international/

    The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws

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    Green For All Releases New Music Video Dedicated to Disaster Survivors

    - Winner of “Dream Reborn” Song Contest, “Ima Push” is about Resilience -


    OAKLAND – Today, Green For All released a new music video, “Ima Push” by Pocono, Pennsylvania-based hip-hop artist Gallo. The song is about resilience, and the video is dedicated to the survivors of recent disasters like the tornadoes in Oklahoma, storms in the Midwest, Superstorm Sandy, and wildfires in California and Colorado. “Ima Push” is the winner of Green For All’s 2013 Dream Reborn Song Competition.

    “The song is about when you’re down to that last piece of energy you’ve got, and you reach deep inside and decide to keep going hard,” Gallo explained.

    “Every day, more Americans are having to dig deep and find the strength to keep going,” said Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. “It’s not just disaster survivors. It’s all the folks feeling squeezed by shrinking paychecks, scarce jobs, health problems, and poverty. Our vision is of a world in which all of our neighborhoods are safe, healthy, and prosperous. And the green economy offers the best path to get there.”

    Green For All is working to promote community resilience by expanding investment in green infrastructure, which minimizes the damage from floods and storms and, creates jobs. By promoting wind, solar, and energy efficiency, the organization is fighting back against climate change and protecting vulnerable communities from pollution-related health problems like asthma.

    “As some leaders pretend like climate change isn’t real, those of us working for a healthier planet are having to dig deep, too,” Ellis-Lamkins said. “While President Obama’s recent climate plan includes real and effective solutions that will help fight climate change, we have to fight harder than ever to make sure that those most vulnerable are out of harm’s way. We have to push.”

    To watch the “Ima Push” music video, click HERE.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST: Gordon “Gallo” Nance is a producer and songwriter from Pocono, Pennsylvania. As a father, he knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle to support a family in this economy. And as someone who suffers from asthma, he understands the importance of protecting clean air.

    The direction for the song “Ima Push,” and his new album stems from what he calls PEM—Positive Energy Movement. “It’s a way of living, it’s about being positive, no matter what’s going on, even if the situation looks crazy, if it seems real negative, you feel like there is no way out. It's about staying positive throughout all that. It's a mentality,” Gallo explains. WATCH the interview with Gallo to learn more.

    ABOUT THE DREAM REBORN SONG COMPETITION: Green For All’s annual Dream Reborn Song Competition offers talented musicians from around the country a chance to create an inspiring soundtrack for our movement. Winners receive a professionally-produced music video. For more information about the contest, click HERE.

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    Obama Says Keystone XL Should Be Rejected if It Contributes to Climate Change

    - WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to President Obama’s remarks on the Keystone XL pipeline during his speech on his climate change plan, Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins issued the following statement: -

    Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins


    The president's remarks today on the Keystone XL pipeline are deeply encouraging. He'll say no to the pipeline if it proves to not be in America's interest, and it is not. The evidence is clear—the pipeline would contribute to climate change. Saying yes to Keystone would put the health and safety of our own communities at greater risk. America needs to reject Keystone and instead lean into the president’s plan to invest in the kind of clean energy that will help fight climate change, keep our air and water safe, and create good jobs.

    Alyssa Cocchi
    Press Secretary
    Green For All
    1101 17th Street NW - Suite 250
    Washington, DC 20036
    e: press@greenforall.org
    p: 202-828-0940
    w: http://greenforall.org/

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    Green For All Celebrates National Small Business Week

    - Green Businesses Owned by Women, People of Color Thriving -


    OAKLAND – As we mark the 50th Anniversary of National Small Business Week, Green For All is celebrating the gains of small green businesses—especially those owned by historically underrepresented Americans.

    “Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit have always propelled our country forward, even in tough economic times,” said Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. “Today’s small green businesses play a key role in creating a healthier, more sustainable economy. Companies that provide services like wind and solar power, weatherization, and sustainable food do more than generate profits. They’re putting people to work and building a better future for our kids and grandkids.”

    Green industries are growing faster than the rest of the economy. In the midst of the economic downturn, states with more green industry fared better. Sustainable businesses offer tremendous opportunity for communities who’ve often been left behind in the old economy, including women, people of color, and low-income Americans.

    “From manufacturing solar panels, to weatherizing homes, and cleaning up environmental hazards—we’re seeing more and more underrepresented Americans play a leading role in building the new green economy,” Ellis-Lamkins said.

    Green For All’s “I am the green economy” campaign features business owners who are creating jobs and cleaner air and water for all of us. You can read the profiles HERE.

    In an effort to spur growth of small green businesses, one of Green For All’s focus areas is Business Engagement Strategies. The group’s Business Coaching and Mentoring program has helped hundreds of small businesses, supporting more than 1,000 jobs.

    Alyssa Cocchi
    Press Secretary
    Green For All
    1101 17th Street NW - Suite 250
    Washington, DC 20036
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    Keystone Bill Won’t Create Jobs; Green Investment Will

    - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House passed the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3), which authorizes construction of the first leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, designed to carry toxic tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. The bill is sponsored by Representative Terry Lee (R-Nebraska). -


    Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

    For members of Congress who think allowing the Keystone pipeline will bring jobs to their communities, it won't. What it will bring is a greater vulnerability to the effects of climate change, along with polluted air and water and risks of oil spills like the one we saw recently in Arkansas.

    The oil industry has grossly exaggerated estimates for the number of jobs the pipeline would create. They’ve even counted dancers, manicurists, and bartenders in their numbers. In reality, the pipeline would open up just 20 permanent jobs, according to the State Department. The pipeline would do nothing to help lower gas prices or increase our energy independence. Much of the oil it would carry is destined to be shipped abroad.

    We shouldn't have to choose between jobs that put food on the table and clean air and water, and thankfully, we don't have to. Instead of allowing this pipeline, we need to accelerate investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, and green infrastructure. Unlike the Keystone pipeline, these industries will create real, family-supporting jobs right here at home. Dollar for dollar, investment in clean energy creates three times as many jobs as investment in fossil fuels, according to a national study by the University of Massachusetts.

    What America needs right now is investment in clean energy and green infrastructure that will truly create jobs and spur economic growth—not dirty oil pipelines that put our air and water at risk.

    http://greenforall.org

    PEOPLE OF COLOR: ON THE FRONT LINES OF CLIMATE CHANGE - http://greenforall.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Keystone-XL-Fact-Sheet-Final1.pdf

    Contact: Alyssa Cocchi
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    Los Angeles Green Business Academy Strengthens Local Green Entrepreneurs

    - Business Experts Connect With Entrepreneurs to Grow Area’s Green Business -


    Gardena, Calif., May 3, 2013 – Today, Green For All and University of Phoenix’s Los Angeles Green Business Academy (#LAGreenBizAcademy) brought skilled business professionals and green entrepreneurs together to help Los Angeles-area small businesses thrive.

    During the daylong workshop, business leaders, business support organizations, and capital providers discussed sustainable business resources, working with the government and finding business capital in a tight capital market.

    The Los Angeles green business community is already booming, enjoying the largest cluster of green employment in the United States. According to a Californians For Clean Energy & Jobs Network study, green jobs accounted for approximately 178,500 of the roughly 4.5 million employed people in the Los Angeles region during 2010.

    “As the Los Angeles green economy continues to develop, we need to not only provide small business owners with the resources to grow, but connect them with local organizations and community stakeholders,” said Green For All’s Senior Associate Business Engagement, Khary Dvorak-Ewell. “Since 2010, we’ve been working with University of Phoenix on a series of Business Academies to do just that.”

    The Los Angeles Green Business Academy is Green For All and University of Phoenix’s 12th business academy event and first one in the Los Angeles region. The academies support green entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, especially businesses located in underserved communities.

    “University of Phoenix is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen by serving communities and individuals across the country in the areas of education, workforce readiness and sustainability,” said Apollo Group’s Director of Sustainability Melissa Antone. “The movement towards local business is becoming more and more important. We’ve globalized. Now we need to localize. We are proud to work with Green For All on this event.”

    Speakers and panelists that attended the event included: Khary Dvorak-Ewell, Senior Associate Business Engagement - Green For All; Melissa Antone, Director of Sustainability - Apollo Group (University of Phoenix); Rada Chanmugathas, Campus College Chair - Apollo Group (University of Phoenix); La Ronda Bowen, Ombudsman - California Air Resources Board; Elizabeth Topp, Co-Founder - shiftalliance; Kira Hudson, Go Green 4 Good; Clando Brownlee, President - Go Green 4 Good; Barbara Voss, Senior Regional Manager - Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Kecia Washington, Mayor's Office of Contractor Relations, Office of Economic and Business Policy - Executive Director; Marcia Davalos, Small Business Majority - Southern California Outreach Manager; Yolanda Lewis, Black Economic Council – CEO/ President; Hassan Nicholas, Community Financial Resource Center (CFRC) - Senior Program Officer, Consumer Financial Services and Education; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital – CEO.

    You can also find out more about what Green For All is doing for green businesses here - http://greenforall.org/programs/business-engagement-strategies/ or via Twitter @greenforallBiz.

    About Green For All
    Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.greenforall.org.

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    As we await Spring, we have launched a Kickstarter Campaign to take Tosheka Textiles to the next level. The importance and impact of our “Creating Recycled Treasures Project” has been widely acknowledged & publicized but remains substantially unfunded. As you can imagine getting banks to back such projects can be a rather difficult task.

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    Please urge your friends, family and support networks to support this worthy project. Your support will demonstrate your commitment to improving the environment, health and providing sustainable incomes for hundreds of people in rural communities.

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    SURVEY: LATINOS REJECT RUBIO APPROACH TO CLIMATE CHANGE, CLEAN ENERGY


    - Poll Shows Latinos Overwhelmingly Support Obama Call For Action on Industrial Carbon Pollution -

    WASHINGTON (February 19, 2013) – About three out of four Latinos believe that climate change is a serious problem and a substantial majority support President Obama using his authority to reduce its main cause: dangerous carbon pollution, according to a national poll of 1,218 registered voters conducted after last week’s State of the Union speech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The poll included an oversample of 183 Latinos.

    The survey findings are a clear rejection of the dismissive tone taken by Senator Marco Rubio in his response to Obama’s State of the Union address. Rubio shrugged off the need for action on climate change, saying “our government can’t control the weather.”

    Latinos clearly disagree with Rubio, with a strong majority convinced that action is needed soon to reduce a real threat of climate disruption.

    Released on the heels of the hottest year ever in the U.S. and one marked by extreme weather, the poll of Latinos conducted by Public Policy Polling for NRDC found:

    * 74 percent of Latinos believe climate change is a serious or very serious problem, a higher level than the 65 percent among all American adults.

    * 68 percent of Latinos support the president using his authority to reduce dangerous carbon pollution, including 60 percent of all American adults.

    * 69 percent of Latinos agree with the president’s statement that “for the sake of our children” and our future, we must do more to combat climate change, compared to 62 percent of all American adults.

    Adrianna Quintero, director of Voces Verdes, said: “These poll findings clearly show that President Obama speaks for Latinos on climate and clean energy issues. Latinos do not agree with Sen. Rubio that we should stand by and do nothing in the face of the ravages of climate change. The best way to strike back is to reduce the dangerous carbon pollution from our dirtiest power plants, the single greatest threat to our climate’s future. Latinos are counting on bold action and leadership– for the sake of all of America’s children.”

    Other key poll findings include the following

    * 64 percent of Latinos agreed with Obama’s promise to make addressing climate change a priority in his second term.

    * 74 percent of Latinos think that climate change is already a problem or will become a problem in the near future.

    * A clear majority of Latinos (65 percent) agree with the vast majority of scientists that Superstorm Sandy, drought and wildfire are the effects of climate change. More than two thirds of Latinos (67 percent) said the country should do more to address climate change, including 51 percent of independents, while just 14 percent said we’re doing enough already.

    Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, said: “This survey certainly debunks any notion that Sen. Rubio is the voice of Latinos on climate change. What is perhaps most striking in the findings is that Latinos back President Obama’s climate change and clean energy agenda even more strongly than it is embraced by the broad cross-section of American adults. Right across the line, Latinos see climate change as a serious problem happening right now that requires an engaged President who takes the initiative to crackdown on industrial carbon pollution.”

    The extreme weather events of 2012, from record heat waves to large-scale drought, from raging wild fires to Hurricane Sandy, raised public awareness of climate change and public support for taking action to address climate change and one of its chief causes: industrial carbon pollution from power plants.

    Last year, the president started down the road to addressing climate change by announcing standards for cleaner cars and trucks, and by proposing carbon pollution limits for new power plants. More than 3.1 million Americans submitted public comments last year in support of strong limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. Polling by Small Business Majority found 87 percent of small business owners supported adopting stronger fuel standards, and by a 3:1 margin, small business owners across the nation support the EPA regulating carbon emissions that cause climate change.

    Today, the hundreds of power plants across the country have no restrictions on the carbon pollution they emit into the atmosphere. NRDC has offered one way for President Obama to use his authority to significantly cut carbon pollution by 26 percent by the end of this decade.

    The low-cost, high-benefit plan would create thousands of clean energy jobs making homes and buildings more energy efficient while protecting people from asthma attacks and heart ailments and saving families as much as $700 a year in electricity bills. More information about this plan can be found http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/.

    The overall NRDC poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%

    Contact: Leslie Maloy, lmaloy@hastingsgroup.com and 703-276-3256

    Voces Verdes is the independent, non-partisan voice of Latino leaders for the environment. Launched in 2009, this actively growing coalition of Latino leaders advocates for sound policy and recognizes the importance of balancing economic growth, environmental protection and prosperity. For more information, go to www.vocesverdes.org.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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