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A major appeal is launched today (Tuesday) by the Disasters Emergency Committee to help people facing hunger in Yemen.Clare Balding, Martin Clunes and Tom Hardy will front the television and radio appeals, which will be aired today. The appeals will be shown by all major UK broadcasters, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky.Twenty months of war have brought Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the world, to breaking point. More than 7 million people in Yemen do not know where their next meal will come from and children are dying from malnutrition. The UK Government will match donations from members of the UK public up to a total value of £5 million in match funding.In the midst of conflict, DEC member charities are reaching millions of people across the country with lifesaving aid, such as food, treatment for malnutrition and cash, but much more needs to be done to reach those in dire need.DEC Chief Executive, Saleh Saeed, said:“Now is the time to save lives in Yemen before it is too late. Children face the greatest risk of starvation – almost half a million infants and young children need immediate treatment for malnutrition. DEC members are already providing treatment for malnutrition, running mobile health teams, distributing emergency food and cash but they need funds to reach more people.”DEC member charities, including the Red Cross, CARE International, Islamic Relief, Oxfam and Save the Children are already working across the whole country. While others, such as Christian Aid and Tearfund, are supporting activities of partner charities responding to the crisis.Donate Now
Gary Lineker is supporting the British Red Cross by donating 2 months of his salary Speaking on BBC Radio 4 World at One today Gary Lineker has announced that he will donate 2 months of his salary to the British Red Cross in aid of tackling corona virus and helping the most vulnerable in communities across the UK. You can support Gary Lineker's fundraising for the British Red Cross here. Gary Lineker said: “I’ve decided that I am going to donate 2 months’ salary to the British Red Cross who are on the frontline trying to help in all different ways with the corona virus. And hopefully lots of other people who are in a position relative wealth can do something similar and I am sure many will.” “The British Red Cross have launched a campaign called kindness keeps us together. They are helping the over 70s and people in very vulnerable circumstances. Older people, those who are socially isolated and the homeless of course.” “There are so many great things that the British Red Cross are doing and am I thankful they have accepted my offer.”Tweet from Gary Lineker on his donation of two months salary to the British Red CrossSpeaking about the donation, CEO Mike Adamson, said:"Thank you to Gary Lineker from all of us at the British Red Cross for donating to us and for encouraging others to do the same.”“We're focused on ensuring that the most vulnerable people in our communities get the help that they need, whether that's isolated older people, refugees or others experiencing severe hardship.”"Gary's generous donation will help ensure that we can help those who may otherwise fall through the gap during this crisis.”"This virus may keep us apart, but kindness will keep us together."Donate Now
According to the latest figures, there are now over 426,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in around 190 countries and territories. Most recently, the virus has reached Gaza and Syria, sparking fears that the disease could spread unchecked, particularly in crowded camps sheltering those forced from their homes.This number is likely to increase over the coming weeks and months as the global pandemic reaches people in every part of the world. Our health and hygiene work saves lives Islamic Relief works in 35 countries. Our staff on the ground in many of these countries are gearing up to provide lifesaving medical care and boost preventative action to minimise the risk of disease. As COVID-19 impacts more communities around the world, our teams will be running health clinics, providing hygiene kits and access to sanitation.We are also raising awareness of good hygiene practices like washing hands, training communities in healthcare and working with local government to provide medical and hygiene support where healthcare capacity is low. Delivering aid will be increasingly challenging “We are concerned about our staff being able to deliver programmes safely and having to limit our life-saving work if things get really bad,” says Simona French, Head of External Relations. “But as we work in some of the world’s most difficult regions, such as Yemen and Syria, we are well versed in adapting our operations to protect those most in need as new challenges develop.“Above all, we are concerned about the ability of fragile health systems that will not be able to cope with a large influx of people and do not have adequate containment procedures. Many vulnerable people are susceptible to sickness with this virus, and that will include our own aid workers as they work to support their communities.” A global response to a public health emergency In Canada, Islamic Relief is providing free hygiene kits to vulnerable communities and financial assistance to families living below the poverty line. Each hygiene kit includes cleansing wipes, liquid soap, detergent, tissues, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sanitary pads, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes and other essential hygiene items.In the USA, our teams are providing hygiene kits and also supporting the call for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance and the expansion of food security programmes for vulnerable families. As the government debates the changes needed to help communities through this public health emergency, our teams are also preparing to support families with food parcels during Ramadan – as are Islamic Relief teams in dozens of countries around the world.Donate Now
At UConn Health, the delivery of care means long hours, critical decision making and compassion for all of its patients. Carrying out that healthcare and public service mission in the midst of the crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic puts great strain not only on caregivers but also on resources. Despite the fact that everyone in the state is under unprecedented levels of stress and vulnerability, UConn Health has benefitted from incredible acts of generosity from the community. UConn Health is now putting out the call for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), which are in a critical shortage at this time. This effort is being supported by the UConn Foundation. UConn Health is asking for donations of new and unused: N95 respirator face masks Disposable face masks Face shields and goggles Disinfection wipes and liquids General-purpose hand cleaners “I am so proud of the selflessness of the UConn Health physicians, nurses, and other healthcare personnel who are battling Covid-19 on behalf of the citizens of Connecticut,” said Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, the CEO of UConn Health and Executive Vice President for the Health Affairs. “I am also overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from organizations and individuals who are giving what they can to support those on the frontlines of care. If you would like to be a part of the team engaged in this fight against COVID-19 please consider providing our courageous and compassionate caregivers with personal protective equipment or the means to purchase them. My sincere thanks for any help you can give. We will get through this together.” UConn President Thomas Katsouleas issued high praise for the physicians and health care workers at UConn Health. “At UConn Health, we have thousands of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who are working round the clock to diagnose and treat patients – all while managing the steady flow of non-COVID patients they see during the regular course of business,” said Katsouleas. “They are supported by many other UConn and UConn Health employees who are also working hard to carry out our mission in a time of crisis. “This pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes and again and again our UConn medical professionals have shown they are equal to the task at hand: nimble, creative and tireless, drawing from their professional lifetime of experience and knowledge to combat a grave and growing threat.” The generosity of the community started last week with the simple pleasures of a hot cup of coffee, pizza, and baked goods. Naples Pizza is a Farmington institution and owner Kurt Kruczek started donating and delivering pizzas to doctors, nurses, and staff at UConn Health last week and plans to do it once a week for both lunch and dinner for the foreseeable future. “I saw that a Middletown restaurant was bringing pizzas over to the hospital in Middletown and I thought, what a great way to contribute to what is happening right now,” said Kruczek, who says his business is down 50% since his restaurant went to take-out only because of the coronavirus. “I want to make it bigger and invite other restaurants to do the same.” Kruczek also encourages individuals to buy gift cards to restaurants with the intent of then donating the food to hospitals or to police and fire departments and first responders. “Anything people can do to kill two birds with one stone is appreciated,” said Kruczek. “Buy some gift cards, buy some food, and we’ll send it to hospitals and we will keep everybody happy.” The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) team from UConn Facilities Operations based in Farmington received pizzas from Naples and, in turn, is donating money back to Naples so others may enjoy it as well. Taste by Spellbound, a bakery with a location in Avon, dropped off cupcakes and cookies for the UConn Health staff last week. In addition, the American Red Cross has provided bottled water to the triage testing center recently set up outside UConn Health in Farmington. The Liberty Bank Surprise Squad, a feature on WFSB-TV Eyewitness News, bought gift cards from nearby Rebel Dog Coffee Co., and gave them to nurses at UConn Health. “We’ve had a lot of patients telling us that they are very thankful we are here and doing what we are doing,” a UConn Health nurse told WFSB as they were presented the gift cards.Donate Now
We either go out of business or mutate into something greater but Corona can't stop the movement. Why We Need Your Support: The video above, created by one of our students at the Cherry Hill location, is my favorite video in the 10 years that we've been around. It captures the reason we began and it is why I want us to band together and fight for PPK. Its pretty obvious how serious things got and how quickly they got there. We are officially on lockdown as of today and were forced to close our doors at the Pinnacle Parkour Academy, Wash. Twp location. This is absolutely the best thing for the health and safety of our folks but man is this going to hurt the business. Will PPK Wash Really Go Out of Business? Yes, definitely...but we're not going down without a FIGHT! If our team of passionate coaches band together and work hard over the next few weeks/months AND you decide to contribute and keep us going then we can weather the storm. We will be bringing you videos, building you obstacles, delivering you Tshirts, and offering you private training sessions. We have been teaching Parkour for over 10yrs and will do whatever it takes to keep this alive. How Can You Help? If you can contribute, great! Let's get you hooked up with some custom obstacles, or some private lessons, or even some gear. If you are not in a position to part with any cash, no worries at all. You can help us by sharing this campaign or even help by building obstacles with us! Either way we appreciate you, and we care about you. Nothing in my life has been more rewarding than having a positive impact on you and your loved ones. We truly consider you family. Thank you. Looking forward to growing with you through this challenging time. Lets come out stronger on the other side. Lets continue to INSPIRE THROUGH MOVEMENT! God Bless,Donate Now
A streamed benefit concert, to replace the income we have lost due to the coronavirus outbreak. ABNEY PARK EMERGENCYCORONAVIRUS CONCERT THE BRUTAL STORY :: Concerts all over the world are being forced to cancel due to the coronavirus . This is not up to the bands, or even the concert promoters or venues...local governments are shutting them down. The problem is, we musicians pay our bills with the money we make playing live shows. For years now, big business has sucked any potential income from album sales, by streaming our music for “$10 a month” and then not paying the artists. So we musicians rely HEAVILY on playing live gigs. Now, thanks to the coronavirus, those concerts are going away too. DAMAGE :: Abney Park has lost 4 shows (so far) over the next two months, grossing a loss of $15,000 to $20,000 of income. This means bills, rent and mortgages, will not get paid! At this time, we don't know how long the pandemic will last! This could go on a very long time! THE PLAN :: SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A CONCERT! And you ALL can come, because this is going to be a LIVE STREAMING CONCERT! (Can’t get ￼ infected over the Internet!) You can buy tickets, watch at home, or at work, or from your quarantine! There will be cheap tickets for people just watching. A deluxe package for people who want to download the video to watch later, and a super deluxe package including live concert album, downloaded video, and live ticket! This live concert will be streamed on April 4th, 2020 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. For those of you who can't make it at that time, you can get the deluxe ticket, and download the whole concert at a later date.Donate Now
Story Who is This Former Hot Guy? My name is Troy Maurice Williams and I hail from the windy city of Chicago. After my mother's untimely death from cancer, I loaded up my truck, left Alcorn State University and I moved to Beverly. Hills that is. Well, it wasn't actually Beverly Hills, it was Baldwin Hills. And it wasn't actually a truck, it was a 1983 Nissan Sentra. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dream I had had since the age of four. A dream of waiting tables, driving Uber and doing various other thoughtless jobs. All with the hopes of one day seeing my name in lights. However, after 25 years I thought, maybe everything I had been shown in the brochure of following your dreams wasn't true. Then one morning I woke up with a brilliant ideal. How about a web series about a middle-aged man who was the hot ticket back in the day, but had not fulfilled any of his life's dreams or goals. Yes, this is my life. And What Is He Doing Trials & Tribulations of A Former Hot Guy - is a 3-7 minute, 11 episode romantic comedy web series about Troy Maurice, a former hot guy of the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s who wakes up one morning in distress. He realizes after 25 years of living in LA that this hot guy title has netted him nothing. Not only is his acting and writing career not flourishing, but he never got the wife nor had the children he longed for. So, now Troy is on the fast track to get his career rolling along with finding his soulmate to have a child with, all before his 86-year-old father/antagonist dies thinking he was shooting blanks. The only challenge is, Troy has to date women among a demographic that is of childbearing age. Unfortunately, he absolutely loathes that demographic, millennials. (Example of an Episode) Episode One: Mastering the Art of Non-Communication The female council members give Troy a tutorial on the various reality TV shows that millennials are interested in, like Love and Hip Hop, Atlanta Housewives, The Kardashians etc... They believe this will give him things to talk about on his date. Troy tells them he is a master of the art of communication and he can find something to talk about with anyone. In the next scene Troy is on his date. His date is not very interested in his conversation and tells him she doesn't watch very much TV. Then she begins texting on her cell phone. Troy becomes annoyed, but comes up with an idea. He starts texting his date while sitting at the table with her. She responds favorably? So, Why Is This Former Hot Guy Bothering Me? Because I need you. My producing partners and I believe $15,000 will allow us to do the following: Hire Director Hire Camera person with equipment Hire Cast Hire Craft Services Post production I have had a dream of being a filmmaker since I was four years old, but let's face facts. My dream is not going to help us find the cure for cancer or aids. It's not going to help bring an end to poverty or social injustice. Nor will it help to bring world piece or resolve any other issues we face as a nation. However, I guarantee you that the 3-7 minutes to spend watching one of the 11 episodes of Trials & Tribulation of A Former Hot Guy will make you laugh out loud and simply remind you of how funny and fun everyday life can be when you don't take yourself or this world so seriously. I believe this web series will eventually become a television show, but we have to get these 11 episodes done first. I need all of you to make this happen, family, friends, strangers, enemies, single women, married women, single men, married men, happy couples, unhappy couples and even Trump supporters. I know with your generous donation, WE CAN DO THIS. Please see the perks section as to what you will receive with your generous donation. Thank you in advance. MY HOT CAST This hot looking cast of Devika Parikh, Richard Whiten, Tangie Ambrose and Mari Morrow have appeared in some of the hottest films, TV shows and commercials for over two decades. And the only thing that exceeds their hot looks is their incredible talent. MY HOT PRODUCERS These hot producers, Stacey McClain and Kieren Boyce have worked in various aspects of the entertainment industry from marketing and sales to writing and directing for over 25 years. Their insight and creative talents will make Trials & Tribulations of a Former Hot Guy a web series for the ages.Donate Now
Story Reusable Organic Cotton Tissues in a Hygienic Design We would like to introduce you to LastTissue. It’s like if a handkerchief and a tissue pack had a baby 👶. We're bringing you the best of both worlds: the easy, on-the-go 🚶♀️ availability of the tissue pack and the environmentally-friendly🌱, soft-on-the-nose handkerchief. We want to bring the handkerchief back into mainstream culture. How it Works Simply take a tissue from the bottom, use it, and then store it on top of the marked-tissue barrier. This way, you’ll push the clean tissues down, making them ready to use and dividing them from the used. You’ll know you’re on your last tissue when the marked one appears - that means it’s cleaning time. After washing, you repack and use them all over again. Tissues cause more damage than you might think The paper and pulp industry is the third-largest industrial emitter of global warming gasses💨. Every year around 8,000,000 trees 🌳 are cut down to make facial tissues for the US alone. Deforestation can lead to a direct loss of wildlife habitat 🐵. The removal of trees reduces available food, shelter, and breeding habitat. It also removes the miraculous effect the trees have of cleaning our carbon emissions to breathable oxygen - helping to prevent climate change 🌎. 💧Every time you blow your nose with a LastTissue, you save 2 liters of water. ⚡It takes 3 times more energy to produce paper tissues compared to the reusable cotton tissues. 😲 With one LastTissue pack, you will save the planet from more than 2800 single-use tissues as well as their plastic packaging. Making reusable the standard Imagine a world with more trees🌳, less production⚙️, less shipping✈️ , and less CO2 emissions. Imagine a world with objects that last. Together let us reduce - and even eliminate - the need for single-use products. Every day 22,000 trees🌳 are cut down just to supply facial tissues for The US. Imagine how many trees are cut down worldwide. This is simply unnecessary. Reusability can make a huge difference. representing endangered animals 137 species of animals are going extinct every day because of deforestation. Our five colors represent five species that are endangered due to deforestation. 🦝 Raccoon Blue. The pygmy raccoon, is a critically endangered species off the coast of Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. 🐉 Dragonfly Turquoise. 163 Mediterranean dragonflies and damselflies show that five species are critically endangered. 🦊 Fox Peach. Darwin’s fox originally found in southern temperate rain forests is considered to have the highest extinction risk of any Chilean mammals. 🌴 Palm Green. With only 40 trees left in the wild, the Carpoxylon Palm is listed as Critically Endangered. 🌳 Redwood Red. The redwood species contains the largest and tallest trees in the world. Endangered due to habitat losses. NEWS!! Our backers have wished for a black, so we've made it in black 🖤 🦇Bat Black. Fruit bats are critical plant pollinators, and their distribution of seeds from the wild fruit that they eat helps forests grow back. 71,910 km² of forest is cut down every year to make single-use tissues for the US alone. That's the size of Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New Hampshire COMBINED 😥. And this is for something you use ones and throw away. By reusing we are eliminating the need for a product that uses our resources, is manufactured, packaged and shipped constantly. In the long run, you save money, save the planet and in this case a whole lot of trees! Change our everyday actions in order to change our lives and the world will change with us. Please help us grow the LastTissue community and reduce the deforestation of our earth. Click on a button below and spread some love for the planet. Change your habits for the good of the planet in a fuss-free way. Buy LastTissue once, cross single-use tissues off your shopping list forever, and do your bit for the environment. Easy. behind LastSwab Last year we made LastSwab that was crowdfunded with more than 30,000 backers (THANK YOU🙏). The last year has been quite a ride. We have learned the following, be 100% sure we are shipping plastic🚫 free, be 100% sure we are shipping EU and US-friendly🤝, make all molds before launch, do a test production before launch and make sure to deliver on time or before promises. Everything has been set up🚀, we are ready and so excited to share LastTissue with all of you. We just hope that Murphy and his Law don't come around. If he does, we will work around the clock until we've fixed the issues and we promise to communicate openly about everything. Nicolas Aagaard (left) has created industrial design for a number of years. He is our the-big-picture, this-can-be-scaled📈, rendering expert, excel and business shark designer. Isabel Aagaard (center) has a background in designing medical equipment. She is our graphical quality first, GIF fanatic, coffee brewing, scissor cutout ✂️, eco collaborative designer. Kåre Frandsen (right) is trained as a cabinetmaker. He is our hands-on, built-a-set-in-a-day, i-can-use-all-tools🔨, cleaning expert, never negative, real prototype and production expert designer. At LastObject we are always dedicated to creating sustainable alternatives to single-use items in pursuit of a cleaner environment 🌎. Since our successful launch on Kickstarter with LastSwab our small team has crowned into a handful of Waste Warriors that share the same goal from all over the globe. -To eliminate single-use items globally- In collaboration with We work with trusted American, Canadian and French partners that have all been sourcing out of China for more than 10 years. They take pride in making sure all their factories have verified certification. Good work conditions, a responsible supply of materials and recycling are all areas that are supported in our factories. From our last Kickstarter (LastSwab) we learned that tooling (molds) and tests take an awfully long time, so this time everything has been sourced beforehand and all molds tested. We have even made a test production of 1000 pieces that have been handed out to people for testing and feedback. We have done this so you can receive a high-quality product within three months of the campaign ending. All pledges are shipped from Denmark with the exception of US addresses, they will be shipped from the US. This way no Europeans or US citizens will be taxed or charged extra VAT. We are shipping 100% plastic-free. Please note that people living outside of Europe and The US will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to their region. download As Seen On Risks and challenges MANUFACTURING: •We’ve made a test run of 1000 pieces and found a few improvement for the final product, because of this test we are confident that everything will be going smoothly, but unforeseen things might occur, if this should happen we promise communicate honest about it, please read our updates here on Kickstarter for more information. •We have chosen the same manufacture as we use for LastSwab + an extra manufacture so if something will cause a delay, we will hopefully still be able to ensure timely delivery. SHIPPING: •We will start sending LastTissue boxes out as soon as all orders are packed and sent to our two fulfillment services in Texas (The US) and Copenhagen (Denmark). •Please note that if you live outside The US and Europe you will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.Donate Now
Overview It's not a secret that the worlds coral reefs are under threat. In the fight for survival it is vital to collect reliable and consistent data to enable the development of successful restoration and management plans. At Reefscapers we aim to develop mainstream autonomous systems using artificial intelligence to do just that! With our main goal set on improving our coral propagation techniques, we will develop tools which can be used in a wide variety of applications globally.Donate Now
OverviewThis fall, we have an incredible opportunity to assist in long-term bird conservation research in the lowland rainforests of Borneo. Many vulnerable bird species depend on this area of Borneo for their habitat. Unfortunately, illegal logging, hunting, and wildlife trade have degraded it. The goal of this research is to work with local conservationists to better understand the requirements of sensitive species and inform best management practices in remaining protected areas. BIRD RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION IN SARAWAK, BORNEO (FALL 2019) Short SummaryThe lowland rainforests of Borneo are among the most diverse and imperiled habitats on Earth. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed nearly 30% of the 415 resident bird species in Borneo as either Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered. The most significant threats are habitat loss from illegal logging, hunting pressure, and wildlife trade. Protected areas such as national parks and wildlife sanctuaries now serve as vital refuges for threatened bird species. Although protected areas exist, managing them is challenging because fundamental information is lacking for nearly all Bornean birds. Very few published studies on the behavior, diet, or life-history on Bornean birds exist. Almost 30% of Bornean species have no detailed nest description, and less is known about the biology of these species outside of the breeding period.This project is a five-year collaborative research and teaching program focused on the conservation and ecology of birds in several current and proposed protected areas in Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo). Our professor, and ornithologist, Alison Styring, Ph.D. and ornithologist, Dan Froehlich work with colleagues from Sarawak Forestry and Louisiana State University to assess avian diversity and conduct detailed studies on avian life history. They also train local students and conservationists in field methods relevant to the study of birds. The anticipated outcome of this research is to gain a better understanding of the role of protected areas in preserving avian biodiversity, identify management needs for rare and threatened species, and establish a framework for long-term research and monitoring at the protected areas led by Malaysian researchers, students, and citizen-scientists. The Students As students in conservation biology, we are thrilled to participate in important, hands-on work with Alison and Dan, and local scientists and technicians. We each have specific skills and experience to contribute and will learn field techniques, conservation management, and community building. This will prepare us for graduate studies and careers in conservation biology. We have committed to work full-time for six weeks as contributors to this project. Please consider supporting our work as students and members of a broader research community. Our travel costs are not covered by grant funding. Anything you contribute is greatly appreciated! Phil HydePhil completed his BS in Ecology and Environmental Science at Evergreen State College in 2019. He conducted undergraduate research on the effects of urbanization on bird diversity in the Southern Puget Sound Region of Washington State, United States. He is trained in Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) bird-banding protocol. Phil chose his academic direction based on a calling to protect nature and wildlife and is pursuing a career in conservation biology. Laura Giannone Laura is completing a BAS in Sound Engineering and Acoustic Ecology at Evergreen State (2020). She is a field recordist, field technician for Quiet Parks International, freelance sound engineer, and intern with Northwest Soundscapes. Since winter 2019 she has assisted with University of Washington researcher Lauren Kuehne's study on the impact of flights over the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Laura helps with citizen science workshops to teach local volunteers to process acoustic data and acoustic analysis. She worked as the lead editor for Quiet Planet (2013-2016), a library of wilderness recordings. Laura is developing waterproof housing and C cell battery holder modifications for ten Open Acoustic Devices' AudioMoth recorders so they are ready for heavy rainfall and extended stays on trees in Borneo this Fall. Bow TylerBow is completing a BS in Ecology with an emphasis in Ornithology at Evergreen State College. He is an experienced bird-bander, field technician, and avid hiker. Bow is particularly interested in avian vocal behavior, migration, and population dynamics. He studied conservation biology at Navopatia Field Station in Sonora, Mexico (2018). Bow trained in Monitoring Neotropical Migrants on their Winter Grounds (MoSI) and MAPS bird banding protocols. He is pursuing graduate studies in ornithology as an avenue towards conservation work. Bow is currently studying alpine bird populations in Washington State and preparing for Bornean bird ID by studying species characteristics, vocalizations, and assisting with acoustic tests. Bow’s passion for the Pacific Northwest mountain environments drives his interest in protecting wilderness. What We NeedFunds raised through this campaign will assist in paying for:gardless of whether the total fundraising goal is met. All funds raised will go toward the above categories with priority on airfare. The ImpactAs a contributor to our campaign, you will be helping us access this once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity and enhancing our potential to make meaningful contributions to this research.Donate Now
So many animals of victim of fire in Australia are waiting for your support Millions of animals have died due to fires that have not been prevented so far and 60,000 km² of burned areas in Australia. The result of these fires is large enough to affect not only the Australian continent but the entire world. To suffer losses that are too great to replace them, at first the worst is damaging the human soul.What do we have to do to feel the sound of the forest?Are we supposed to be one of the burning trees or animals? What We can do ? For more than 3 months we have been ashes from the sky and have trouble breathing. Australia is an extraordinary continent, home to completely different animals with untouched forests.We may not bring back the dead animals, but we can help the wounded animals who are still alive. We have no chance to see kangaroos, the only one of its kind, on other continents. We cannot tolerate the extinction of extinct canas. We need to do our best to stop these fires and their damages. We can make a big differencess togetherI sincerely ask you to support this campaign for injured animals and burning forests. Every cent you send for this campaign will restore a forest with plenty of oxygen to breathe and will be used to heal wounded animals. What will be happen in next? Experts say Australian fires will continue for at least two more months. Please don't ignore these casualties. Let's do our best to extinguish the forests that allow us to live and help to protect the extraordinary beauty of living things in it. Other Ways You Can HelpIf you don't have the financial support, you can share the campaign link so that people from other continents can reach the campaign. Thank you, with all my heart.**As soon as the donations are received, they will be sent to the four most charitable organizations in Australia.Donate Now
On 12/9/19 we received word that the Supreme Court will not hear the case. While unfortunate, this decision does not diminish the importance of this considerable effort to elevate this issue to the highest court in the land.We fought hard for this issue and although we did not see the outcome we hoped for, it was worth the fight. We will continue to do everything we can to protect clean water.Thank you to all our campaign backers for your contributions, which will go toward the $100,000 in legal fees incurred during this petitioning process.The Supreme Court’s decision to deny our petition shifts the focus to the Trump Administration rulemaking on implementation of the Clean Water Act, including state authority under section 401. In our opinion, the proposed rule is misguided and largely unconstitutional, but done correctly the rulemaking could restore common sense to this area of law.Your support for this cause remains vital, as the outcome will affect whether rivers across the country have sufficient cold, clean water. We encourage everyone to stay involved by following CalTrout and Trout Unlimited. The fight to protect clean water is not over!OverviewCalifornia Trout and Trout Unlimited are teaming up to defend clean water across the country. We're taking our case to the U.S. Supreme Court and we need your help.The ability of every state to enforce Clean Water Act protections on their own rivers and waterways is under major threat, an unfortunate and unintended consequence of litigation stemming from the Klamath River dam removal project along the California and Oregon border.If a recent D.C. circuit court ruling stands, federal projects across the country—including hydroelectric dams and natural gas pipelines—could operate for 50 years or more without state requirements to protect river flows, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and other variables that dramatically affect water quality and sustainability.Our aim is to convince the Supreme Court to reinstate every state's sovereignty over its own clean water standards, by ensuring that states have adequate time to perform the required studies of the impacts of such projects.100% of funds raised by this campaign will go toward legal fees associated with bringing our case to the Supreme Court of the United States. All donations will be split evenly between California Trout and Trout Unlimited to offset shared expenses.The CaseThe current case presented to the US Supreme Court emerged from the Klamath Basin, where a broad group of stakeholders—including California Trout and Trout Unlimited, the states of Oregon and California, the Yurok, Karuk, and Klamath Tribes, commercial fishing and conservation groups, and the electric utility PacifiCorp—reached a historic settlement to remove four dams on the Klamath River, the largest dam removal and river restoration project in the country.The Hoopa Valley Tribe, which also supports dam removal, grew impatient with the temporary re-licensing tactics implemented by PacifiCorp that allowed the utility company to operate their dams without complying with the Clean Water Act and other environmental provisions. In an effort to expedite the dam removal process by ending the continuous temporary re-licensing, the Hoopa Valley Tribe filed suit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).The DecisionThe circuit court ruling on the Hoopa Valley Tribe's lawsuit found that FERC was not required to expedite dam removal. The court also found that, despite the delay being agreed to by the utility to analyze the environmental effects of the project, the affected states had effectively waived their rights to certify that the project would meet water quality standards.Thus, the court's decision weakened the ability for all states to protect their clean water through their own water quality standards.Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) gives states the sole power to enforce water quality standards on federal projects within state borders—projects including the creation, operation, or removal of hydroelectric dams and natural gas pipelines. The catch is that the statute requires states to act within one year of the application. However, in most cases, one year is not adequate time to perform the studies necessary to assess project impacts on water quality and establish required conditions for complying with a state's water quality standards.However, a procedural workaround evolved. Applicants frequently withdraw and re-submit their applications before the one-year deadline, in order to "reset the clock." This procedure has been used by states and license applicants around the country and endorsed by FERC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and federal courts.The D.C. Circuit court decision is already being broadly interpreted as having negated this "withdraw and submit" process, and has quickly become a major threat to rivers across the country. Already, we have seen states' rights waived on rivers in California, North Carolina, and New York.If this interpretation stands, federal projects could go 50+ years without state certification for water quality, leaving every state's precious waterways without protection.California Trout and Trout Unlimited—with the expressed support of 21 states across the country—has petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to reestablish the accepted practice of "withdraw and submit" as a means of enabling states to retain their ability to establish water quality protections for dams, pipelines, and other federal projects. Downstream EffectsAs a result of the district court's decision, an entire generation of hydropower dams could lose clean water protection for 30 to 50 years before they're up for license renewal. And it’s not just hydropower – natural gas pipelines are also outside of state control, as we’ve seen in a decision in New York. Since pipeline licenses don’t need to be renewed, the damage associated with such projects is permanent.We have already seen the federal administration make regulatory rollbacks on the Federal Clean Water Act. States' ability to enforce clean water standards on federal dams and other projects is our last line of defense and we must protect it at all costs. What’s next?The case that California Trout and Trout Unlimited are bringing to the Supreme Court is our only hope.21 states have submitted legal briefs in support of the CalTrout and TU suit, from California, Oregon, and Idaho to Wyoming and North Carolina. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it will be briefed in the coming year. We can’t do it alone! You Can Be Part of this Historic Decision!What We Need & What You Get There is a need for funding to cover the expense of litigation to elevate this case to the highest court in the nation -- the only venue that can reverse the problematic lower court decision. Litigation is expensive but is sometimes the only recourse for defending our bedrock environmental laws. The costs of litigation are high but the environmental costs of failing to act are far greater.California Trout and Trout Unlimited have provided fantastic perks to help raise the needed funds. Perks include stickers, note cards, cups, hats, and exclusive trips. Scroll above to find out more about what you can receive with your donation today.100% of funds raised by this campaign will go toward legal fees associated with bringing our case to the Supreme Court of the United States. All donations will be split evenly between California Trout and Trout Unlimited to offset shared expenses.Want to Learn More? Sign up for our email list and we'll keep you up to date on the latest developments, and alerts you when you can take specific actions to help protect wild salmon, steelhead, and trout.Donate Now
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