“There are so many issues facing our world-from environmental to personal health-and it is important that each of us pledge to do all in our power to live responsibly and considerably. We have a responsibility to future generations to take care of this planet.”

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Women, Men, and Youth in 200 Countries Rose For Justice on 14 February

Official V-Day press release – Contact: Susan Celia Swan/Kate Fisher – media@vday.org

21 February 2014 – Last Friday, 14 February, the world rose up to demand an end to violence against women and girls. For the second year in a row, women, men, and youth in 200 countries took part in the ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE campaign, the largest mass action in human history to end gender-based violence.

For 48 hours as 14 February rolled across the globe, activists peacefully gathered outside places where women are entitled to justice and focused the world’s attention on the issue of injustice for all survivors of gender violence and delivered passionate calls for ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally. (more…)

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I Am Eco Warrior is on YouTube!

 

Have you checked out I Am Eco Warrior yet? My friend and incredibly talented photographer, Roger Moenks, began traveling the world in 2009 collecting the stories and photos that make up the I Am Eco Warrior book. I Am Eco Warrior brings critical environmental and sustainability issues to the forefront of pop culture. Roger recently launched I Am Eco Warrior on YouTube. It is a fantastic collection of videos from some of my favorite eco-warriors like Sylvia Earle, Lauren Bush Lauren and Richard Branson! I Am Eco Warrior features over 50 global, game-changing sustainability innovators. Watch all of them for a great birds-eye view of the movement to save the natural systems that support all life so the lives of children and future generations everywhere will be healthy and blessed.

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Rise Up! Against Violence on V-Day 2014

(Global compilation from One Billion Rising 2013 which premiered at Sundance Film Festival)

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is ONE BILLION Women.  On Friday, February 14, Atlanta will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising for Justice, the largest day of action in the global movement to end violence against women and girls.  Atlanta will bring together a coalition of organizations, businesses, schools, entertainers, and elected representatives to work to end violence and empower women in our city.  There will be three major actions, a gathering at Ebenezer Baptist Church with elected officials and guest speakers, the “Stop Human Trafficking March” from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Grant Park and the creation of Atlanta’s largest “Red Tent” at the One Billion Rising Flash Mob.  Legendary music producer Tena Clark, composer of the One Billion Rising global anthem, Break the Chain, will lead the flash mob dance in Grant Park. (more…)

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Support the ‘Save America’s Pollinators Act’ — Why We Must Work Together to Save the Bees

My fascination with pollinators began with the film my brother Rhett produced, Pollinators in Peril. The film introduced me to the serious challenges pollinators are facing and their ongoing steep decline. I couldn’t have imagined 15 years later the pollinators’ plight would have gotten so much worse — but it has.

My first step to facing this challenge was to start in my backyard by keeping beehives and planting pollinator friendly flowers. I’d be helping the bee population, as well as enjoying their honey and a healthy bumper crop of fruits and veggies! Our garden is completely organic and received the Wildlife Habitat certification. I planted clover, a favorite treat of the honey bee, and thought my bees were healthy. One day my beekeeper Cassandra Lawson informed me my bees had encapsulated their pollen within the hive. She placed and currently maintains over 20 hives around Atlanta and had never witnessed this before. Cassandra and her apiary friends diagnosed the problem as resulting from the pollen being so full of chemicals from my neighbors’ yards it was a desperate measure to limit the colony’s exposure to toxins. Sadly, all my bees perished. (more…)

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Empowering & Uplifting Through Family Planning

Maureen Greenwood with the UN Foundation, Carol Larson, President of the Packard Foundation, Tamara Kreinin, Director of Population and Reproductive Health at the Packard Foundation at the Africa Union awaiting Melinda Gates speech and panel discussion.

Last month over 3,000 attendees came together for the Gates Institute’s third International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference addressed the right of women to take control of their bodies, their lives and the lives of their families for better health outcomes, better quality of life and a better future, by advocating for access to reproductive health care and options for contraception for all who want it. By empowering women with these critical resources they can make decisions about spacing, timing and the number of children they will have. The Gates hosted the International Conference on Family Planning in the UK,  July, 2012 and invested 1 billion dollars, encouraging other donations totaling about 4 billion dollars. Their mission is to raise enough money to fund the unmet contraception and family planning need of 120 million women before the year 2020. Their plan is called FP2020 and you can visit the website to see updates and their incredible progress. Melinda Gates is such an inspiration to me, she is very dedicated to supplying family planning and voluntary contraception which will save millions of lives. (more…)

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Seydels: Businesses gain from going green

Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Rutherford Seydel, partner at law firm Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed LLP, and Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, spend the majority of their waking hours working to make the world a healthier place for future generations, including their three children. Their creative eco-efforts begin at their home, EcoManor, the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the Southeast, and extend out into the business world and various community involvements.

Q: What are some creative ways business people can incorporate sustainability in their business? (more…)

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Georgia Solar Victory!

I am excited to share that the Turner Foundation has been working to advance improvements in the Georgia solar market through policy reform. This effort is already paying off. Yesterday afternoon,  we won an important victory when the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) made public a new proposed agreement with Georgia Power Co.  In the new stipulation, Georgia Power dropped its proposed solar tax after experiencing overwhelming Commission and staff disapproval.  (more…)

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The Importance Of Zero Waste Zones

Karen I. Bremer, executive director, Georgia Restaurant Association; Jeff Clark, CONSERVE program director, National Restaurant Association; Laura Turner Seydel; Abbey Patterson, executive director, Atlanta Recycles

I recently gave an interview to the National Restaurant Association (NRA) on Zero Waste Zones, a sustainability program first launched here in Atlanta. I chaired the original zero-waste committee and am thrilled that it has been adopted by the NRA. (more…)

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Are You Ready For America Recycles Day?

Recycling is often the first step for many in discovering sustainable lifestyle choices. Recycling is so important, an individual or a single family can divert massive amounts of waste from landfills and give materials new life. Imagine, what an entire company could do. The single largest day for recycling is right around the corner. America Recycles Day (ARD), a program of  Keep America Beautiful (KAB), has several exciting programs you can take part in. I am particularly excited about the Recycling at Work initiative. Recycling at Work offers you a 10-step action plan, discounts on recycling bins and other valuable tools to start and expand your workplace recycling program. All your company has to do is take the pledge at the Recycling at Work website and use their helpful tools and resources. (more…)

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Curbing Carbon Pollution

We all understand that cleaner, healthier air is better for us. No one knows that better than Starr Braswell, a young mother from Douglasville. Her 2-year-old son suffers from severe asthma, has visited the emergency room more than 60 times and has been hospitalized 13 times.

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