The leaders for this session gathered clay, soil, and native seeds. Each member got to form about 8-10 seed balls from the materials. One of the leaders reminded us all when we should throw our seed balls (after the first frost). We then got to each choose a local location that we thought would be a good spot for the native plant seeds. We hope that the seeds will grow into plants that will help sustain a positive ecosystem in our city, especially supporting bees and other pollinators to do their important work.
Members each made baked items to sell at a busy block on the parade route of Hyattsville's annual parade. Members also made signs, set up two stands (one on each side of the road), and sold lemonade, cookies, breads, brownies, and fruit. We earned $120 and split this evenly in donations to the three selected groups.
We will have a special Dr. Goodall Day at the Mid-America Science Museum devoted to teaching youth about her life, work, accomplishments, and goals for the future. We will read several books about her and let the kids choose an activity they would like to emulate as Dr. Jane did in the Gombe. Observational skills with handmade binoculars will be a project in which they get to search areas around the museum they think they might find a chimp! After a day of learning and creating birthday cards for Dr. Goodall, the kids will celebrate!
The goal of the Teen TreeHuggers organization is to provide teens an international platform where they can make their voices heard to tackle wildlife conservation, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Teens, no matter where they come from, will have the opportunity to become journalists known as TreeHuggers. Their work can be in any artistic form, including essays, short stories, poems, music, photos, videos, animated shorts, paintings, drawings, and sculptures. One of the long-term goals of the Teen TreeHuggers organization is to create a grant fund to support TreeHuggers’ conservation events, such as a fundraiser or beach cleanup, as well as provide art supplies and other necessary resources for impoverished teens. These goals will be accomplished through various means. The organization’s galleries will first be online through the Teen TreeHuggers’ website to display our journalists’ work. However, physical locations for Teen TreeHuggers galleries, exhibitions, and shows are one of the goals in the long-term plan. This organization will also serve as an educational resource for teens through guidebooks tailored to each art form on how to best maximize the impact of their work. A guidebook on how to gain financial support will also be available so teens have greater chances of success in solving their communities’ issues and hosting conservation events. The organization’s website will also have a calendar available to members containing TreeHugger-led conservation events as well as a public calendar with conservation events held by other organizations. Another long-term goal is to create chatrooms on the website where teens can host and attend brainstorming sessions to connect and collaborate with their fellow TreeHuggers. There will be a small membership fee to become a TreeHugger in order to have a sense of commitment from the teen as well as to cover costs. However, the grant fund will also include the opportunity for teens to apply for free membership. The Teen TreeHuggers organization will be sustained through grants as well as business sponsorships.
We will create artwork and flyers to display and hand out at local environmental events, our public library, and community youth programs. These efforts will be supplemented by service work through the city and county park systems where we will encourage others to join us to help protect and preserve wildlife in Lakewood, Colorado.
Ken DeFrank, principal of the Success Academy in Grand Island, NE, wrote a grant to get the funding for a school pollinator garden at Dodge School. Dodge Elementary School students are using state fair winnings from a combination of our (outdoor) Little Free Library and "Adopt a Cat" community service boards to help fund the project. This will be a shared effort between the Dodge chapter of the GIPS Roots&Shoots and the elementary Skills Academy/ high school Success Academy.
We are the Pier Park Urban Park Rangers! Mrs. Sorensen's 4th grade students at Dodge Elementary School researched and created a JR Park Ranger booklet for our park in the hopes that by doing this project it will encourage people to go outside, keep parks clean, and help people get along! You can view it on our community map here: GIPS Roots & Shoots - https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1xYla-fXlf70pm8FpJOelWT4JUIk&usp=sharing
As Jane Goodall states in her Ted Talk WHAT SEPARATES US FROM CHIMPANZEES? - March 2002 a quotation from Mahatma Gandhi "If you look back through human history, you see that every evil regime has been overcome by good." Jane also states, "We can talk about the distant past, plan for the distant future, discuss ideas with each other, so that the ideas can grow from the accumulated wisdom of a group. We can do it by talking to each other; we can do it through video; we can do it through the written word. And we are abusing this great power we have to be wise stewards, and we're destroying the world. In the developed world, in a way, it's worse, because we have so much access to knowledge of the stupidity of what we're doing." It is my life purpose to share with all liked minded individuals, the solution to our worlds demise...it is time for the mass population to wake from its slumber and begin living life as it is meant to be lived...not as slaves to currency. By the way, when is the last time you held a gold coin in your hand? Or a dollar bill for that matter? Today's currency is held electronically, 1's and Zeros on a computer. Before the Government had to 'print' more money, now they can manipulate currency digitally. Gold was the only true currency of our ancestors, however, a Fiat Currency in the early 1900's was developed to assist with the cost of wars (WW1 & WW2), watch the youtube video "The Biggest Scam in the History of Mankind - Who Owns the Federal Reserve? Hidden Secrets of Money, episode 4 has over 6,000,000,000 views. Together we can create a world that does not control humanity through currency. My purpose is to share how I found a higher level of thinking that we all have access to, but can only be achieved through finding the Truth, not through fear controlled government run societies! Please join me in creating Imagine Nation!
From 2017 to 2020, I will start from their own, to protect the environment, love flowers and plants, when the new year does not set off fireworks and firecrackers, to remind the people around, join hands to build a better home.