Earth Saving News > May 26th, 2009

Green Quiz Challenge

How far does the average fruit or vegetable travel from field to fork?

a. 50 miles
b. 500 miles
c. 1,500 miles

Send us your answer before June 25th, and you’ll be entered to receive an EarthShare Chicobag filled with fun eco-goodies!

Shine a
spotlight on your local farmers market

With summer just around the corner, your local farmers are sure to have an abundance of healthy and delicious produce in store for you. And shopping locally won’t just help your community, it’s often much healthier for you and the environment.

Next time you visit your favorite market or co-op, invite them to enter America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest! American Farmland Trusts’ new contest recognizes the important service farmers provide, and “strengthens farm-to-fork connections.” Market managers must enroll online in order to participate. Visit the site to get more information on how to enter your local market, and take action to keep supporting your local farms!

Green opportunity for our Vets

Veterangreenjobs According to the New York Times, a rising number of veterans are entering the green workforce as their skills and military training often match the needs of the renewable energy industry. There’s even a Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ that teaches and offers on-the-job training to help experienced military veterans into meaningful careers in green industries.

EarthShare’s member charities have long recognized the potential in a “green collar” job market, and resources abound if you’re looking to get into the business of the environment. Check out ASES’ “ How to Land a Green Collar Job,” Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) new campaign, “ Carbon Caps = Hard Hats,” and read some individual company case studies on EDF’s site to get an in-depth view.

Now closing: a bat cave near you

The National Forest Service will close more than 30 caves around the country to try to stall a mysterious fungus that has been killing off bat populations. Bats affected by the “White Nose Syndrome” experience a 95% mortality rate. EarthShare member Bat Conservation International (BCI) is hosting its second White Nose Syndrome Science Strategy Meeting , bringing together top scientists to try to combat this disease. BCI Why? Bats are a critical part of a healthy environment. Because they’re sensitive to high pollution and pesticide levels they can signal potential environmental problems. Bats are also important in combating insects that can be dangerous to humans, like mosquitoes.

  BCI’s efforts have resulted in permanent protection for a majority of North America's most important remaining bat caves. Learn more about White Nose Syndrome, find out how you can get involved in bat protection, and watch MSNBC’s news and interview coverage with BCI.

Addressing the Nature Deficit

Naturedeficit EarthShare members are applauding the new administration’s call to help connect kids and families with nature and have tons of vital resources to inspire our nation’s youth to get outside! Check out National Wildlife Foundation’s (NWF) Wildlife Watch, a resource that allows you to record and share your nature observations, and help NWF track the health of animals across the country. Or, if you want to find some nature near you, check out Nature Rocks, a useful database of wilderness destinations, activities and services near you.


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