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Be inspired by reading and listening to the story of how Rene Corado's insatiable curiosity about the natural world led him on his journey from Guatemalan shoeshine boy to U.S. immigrant to ornithologist and collections manager of the world's largest egg collection.

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In his 2015 Native News Online blog post, Mark Charles, Native American writer and guest speaker, invites us to remember that 30 lines below the famous quote “All men are created equal” the Declaration of Independence refers to Natives as “merciless Indian savages.” Read his thoughtful blog post and review some additional resources to assist your efforts in decolonizing your environmental education efforts.

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Moderator Endorsed: EE Central

Deadline: August 10, 2018. Do you know of an individual or organization that has accomplished great things in environmental education? You probably do! You probably know multiple people or organizations. This is your chance to recognize the wonderful work of incredibly hardworking individuals and organizations for the benefit of the environment.

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The world’s top oil company executives are gathering at the Vatican for a two-day conference on climate change and the possibility of transitioning away from the dependence on fossil fuels. This is a follow-up action to Pope Francis’ 2015 paper, “Laudato si,” in which he focused on the importance of the environment and sustainable development. View this thoughtful 1-minute video entitled “My Faith, My Responsibility” supporting Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change, and ponder how you might partner with members of the faith community in your education and stewardship efforts.

1A radio host Joshua Johnson
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1A (for First Amendment) radio host Joshua Johnson explores the complex relationship African-Americans have with nature in this podcast interview with Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro, Carol Carolyn Finney of Kentucky University, J. Drew Lanham, author of "The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature,” and Tyrhee Moore, a mountaineer and outdoor education advocate.

Photo: Sean Fitzgerald
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Audubon is committed to increasing the diversity of their staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and to fostering an inclusive network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all kinds of communities, from rural to urban. View Audubon's short 5-minute video to inspire your own inclusion efforts, and read their justification to transition from using the term "citizen science" to the more inclusive term "community science."

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NAAEE is pleased to announce that the search for the 2018 EE 30 Under 30 is now open (May 1 - June 11, 2018)! In partnership with the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP), and U.S. Forest Service, the EE 30 Under 30 program is searching for individuals from around the world, 30 years of age or younger, who are leaders in their communities creating change through environmental education.