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Eco Ryders will host four rounds of three week long comprehensive environmental justice classes. The classes will review issues that effect local Bronx youth (example... Lead poisoning, asthma rates, zoning laws) and review how these issues connect to the environment and to policy. Each week will go over an umbrella subject moving from Food&Health to the Environment and then to Policy. Each week will look at the umbrella subject from a local, national and then global perspective in the hopes of showing students how all these issues connect. In addition students will engage in hands on stewardship by helping to maintain community gardens and perform lead testing in community food gardens. As a reward and intensive for joining Eco Ryders students will be taught how to design their own skateboards for free. We like using skateboarding as a tool to attract interest because it also helps to promote healthy living.
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Our campaign is in support of a little-known local Park District facility called Keay Nature Learning Center. The park is underutilized by our community. The environment is mostly healthy, but there are a number of invasive plant species which impact the native landscape. Working with the Park District, our group will work to eradicate native plant species without damaging the environment and to make the Nature Center more attractive to animals and people alike. One idea we have is to build and paint birdhouses to donate to Nature Center. These may help to attract and house a wider variety of birds, and they have the added benefit of being pleasing to people. We hope that the publicity from this effort will draw attention - and visitors - to the Nature Center.
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My work has been bringing marine life awareness for 36 years and I hope through my sculpture to continue bringing respect and awareness.
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Our group is traveling to the San Xavier Co-op Farm to volunteer and learn about the farm's beneficiary, the O'odham Nation. We will be harvesting local produce and learning about farming methods as well as local and native foods. The store nearby sells the harvest and all the proceeds go back to the Nation. We will also receive education about the Tohono O'odham.
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The goal is to educate the community about the wildlife right outside their homes. In addition, I hope to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife in our ecosystems.
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We are two women from Mankato, MN on a mission to help connect jail inmates with unclaimed property. We work by searching inmate names on the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) website. Then we research the matches and see if they line up with our code of ethics. If we find a match who’s (alleged) crime(s) don’t outwardly object our code of ethics, then we send them a letter. In the letter we first tell them who we are and what we do. Then we tell them that their name matched a name on the NAUPA website and include the last known address of that person. We tell them how to designate a POA to claim the funds while they’re incarcerated, if this is them. We also give them information about NAUPA and tell them what they can do to help further our cause. We call ourselves Million Dollar Redistribution because it is our dream to indirectly redistribute a million dollars from unclaimed properties to Minnesota jail inmates through the information we provide. We help inmates to help themselves. In addition to helping the individuals through a difficult time, we also possibly lower recidivism rates by letting inmates know that there’s people on the outside who care about them.
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We have chosen plants that are best suited for our campus. Students will plant in the garden and students will water the gardens once a week or as needed to ensure the plants survive. After the gardens are planted, students will monitor the plants for pollinators.
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We plan to achieve this goal by teaching children how fascinating animals are, and how integral they are to our farm and also our ecosystem. For example, chickens are great composters and also eat ticks and other pets in addition to providing delicious eggs. Our goats eat poison ivy and keep the weeds down and also provide milk and cheese. The wildlife on the farm exists in a delicate balance, with coyotes doing their part to keep rodent populations at bay, and the birds spreading seeds which result in our beautiful, lush green woods that surround the farm. Hiring animal rescue experts to come and give presentation is where we incur a lot of the cost for this educational session of summer camp on the farm.
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We run a summer camp program on our CSA farm, and during one session we will focus solely on animal wellness and sustainability education.

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