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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.

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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.

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In an interview conducted over 20 years ago, Carl Anthony, founding director of one of the nation’s first environmental justice organizations, Urban Habitat, shared his reflections on the early efforts of the first Earth Day and the environmental movement. His thoughts are still timely and can be applied to the environmental challenges and opportunities we face today.

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When Detroit natives Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey noticed the numbers of dilapidated and vacant lots in their beloved city rising, they decided to implore a creative new solution to revitalize some of these spaces. Paule and Lindsey co-founded a nonprofit organization called "Detroit Hives" and began to purchase vacant properties and re-purpose them into fully functioning bee farms.

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Moderator Endorsed: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Urban Environmental Education M.A.Ed. program at Antioch University Seattle is seeking candidates to form a diverse cohort of graduate students who will work hard to understand the dynamics of race and equity, diversity and inclusion in relation to environmental issues. Learn more about this partnership opportunity and further graduate program details by joining the online eePro discussion starting Monday, February 12, 2018.

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While ethnic minorities make up nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, they constitute only 20 percent of park visitors, according to the survey. Survey participants cited cost, safety concerns and a sense of not belonging as reasons they may not visit national parks. LGBTQ visitors prove even harder to track, but the overriding sense among Abatiell and others is that LGBTQ percentages are similarly skewed.

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Are you a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States or Canada helping K-12 students use innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) curricula to solve real-world environmental problems? UL and the North American Association for Environmental Education invite you to apply for Year 4 of the UL Innovative Education Award for a chance to win up to $100,000 for your organization!