Douglas Tallamy. “Gardening for Life.” <http://www.bringingnaturehome.net/gardening-for-life.html>
Douglas Tallamy. Bringing Nature Home. Timber Press, 2009.
Barbara Passero. "Biodiversity/
Advocacy Resources." December 11, 2019. Prepared for First Climate Cafe at Waltham High School.
Biodiversity/Climate Change Advocacy Organizations
“Biodiversity is more than just the diversity of living species. It includes genetic and phenotypic diversity of organisms, functional diversity, interactions and the diversity of populations and whole ecosystems. The recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report confirmed that our planet experiences a rapid loss of biodiversity with dramatic consequences for mankind. Answers to scientifically and societal relevant questions can only be found based on the availability of data integrated from multiple sources and building on different knowledge domains in science and society. The FAIR data principles provide a framework towards such integration.”
350.org is an international environmental organization addressing the climate crisis. Its goal is to end the use of fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy. 350.org was founded in 2008 by Middlebury College professor and journalist Bill McKibben. Its name comes from McKibben's view that the world will not be safe from global warming unless the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere falls to 350 parts per million or below.
Beyond Pesticides. 701 E. Street, SE, Suite 200; Washington, DC 20003; 202-543-5450; Fax: 202-543-4791. email@example.com; www.beyondpesticides.org. Founded in 1981, Beyond Pesticides works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Beyond Pesticides believes that people must have a voice in decisions that affect them directly. We believe decisions should not be made for us by chemical companies or by decision makers who either do not have all the facts or refuse to consider them.
Boston Biodiversity Consortium. Through quarterly meetings, the consortium brings together a broad range of like-minded individuals, institutions, and organizations to learn about each other's work in biodiversity and look for ways to collaborate and add value to each other's projects.
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.* Information coming Jan.2, 2020. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bio4climate.org
Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC). email@example.com. www.bostonfood.org. The BFFC is a non-profit community land trust for neighborhood “forest gardens,” with member sites in Dorchester, JP, East Boston, West End, and Mattapan. We engage hundreds of annual volunteers, host the Greater Boston Permaculture Guild, a Meet up with hundreds of annual events, and are building a growing community of practice sharing skills and gardening help.
Environmental League of Massachusetts. 15 Court Square, Suite 1000
Boston, Massachusetts 02108; 617-742-2553; firstname.lastname@example.org. Goal is to influence state and federal representatives to ensure 100% clean energy and net zero emissions by 2050 with the 100% Clean Energy Economy Act.
Environmental Voter Project (EVP). https://www.environmentalvoter.org. politicians listen to voters, and if environmental issues are a low priority for voters, they will be a low priority for policy makers. The Environmental Voter Project aims to significantly increase voter demand for environmental leadership by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters. Goal is to bring environmental voter turnout to a tipping point of overwhelming demand for progressive environmental policies. EVP, founded by Nathaniel Stinnett, has offices in 26 states including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Environmental Working Group (EWG). email@example.com, https://www.ewg.org. The Environmental Working Group is a U.S. nonprofit activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability. EWG publishes two lists: Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.
League of Conservation Voters (LCV). 740 15th Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005; 202-785-8683; FAX: 202-835-0491. www.lcv.org. The LCV works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, as part of the Conservation Voter Movement along with our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues. Enacting Strong Policies: At LCV, advancing meaningful action to combat climate change is our top priority. We also push for progress on other key issues.
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. 90 Canal St. Suite 415, Boston, MA 02114; 857-452-1715; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.lwvma.org. Membership is free for 1 year for students. Join your local group. League members work with Mass. legislators to propose, track progress, and ensure passage of environmental legislation. The League needs young, dedicated members to continue the fight for a safe and just environment.
Massachusetts Audubon Society. Political Landscapes: Advocacy at Mass Audubon. 6 Beacon Street, Suite 1025, Boston, MA, 617-523-8448.
https://www.massaudubon.org › advocacy › contact-us
For example, "The Beacon Hill Weekly Roundup – November 18, 2019." “Help Massachusetts Reach Net Zero.”
https://www.massaudubon.org/get-involved. Get Involved in Mass. Audubon advocacy. Fights against climate change, through advocacy and legislation. Mass. Audubon supports H.3983, An Act to Create a 2050 Roadmap to a Clean and Thriving Commonwealth. This state legislation would update our emissions reduction targets, and requires the state to create a plan to reach net-zero by 2050, along with interim targets to keep us on track.
Use their call form, or contact your Representative yourself – just ask them to urge the Committee Chair to report the bill out favorably. Other priority climate legislation.
National Wildlife Federation. P.O. Box 1583, Merrifield, VA 22116-1583; 800-822-9919. https://www.nwf.org. Conservation organization founded in 1936 to protect wildlife through to increase America's fish and wildlife populations and enhance their capability to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Also offers signs for Certified Wildlife Habitats to individuals and organizations that meet specific habitat requirements.
Douglas Tallamy. “Gardening for Life.”
Douglas Tallamy. Bringing Nature Home. Timber Press, 2009.
The Nature Conservancy.
https://www.nature.org › en-us. The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, TNC has more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of its diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, TNC impacts conservation in 79 countries and territories across six continents.
NFDI4BioDiversity. NFDI4BioDiversity@NFDI4BioDiv. https://www.nfdi4biodiversity.org/ NFDI4BioDiversity contains Biodiversity, Ecology & Environmental Data. Initiated an #NFDI-wide discussion about cross-cutting topics. https://www.nfdi4biodiversity.org/ As a first result, 21 consortia have agreed and commit to work collaboratively on those topics outlined in the "Berlin Declaration on NFDI Cross-Cutting Topics” (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3457213.
New England Grassroots Environment Fund. P.O. Box 611, Newmarket, NH 03857; 603-905-9915; www.grassrootsfund.org. Offers grants and training tools to help organizations increase grassroots participation in climate change, food justice, public health, and other environmental issues.
Northeast Organic Farmers Organization of Massachusetts (NOFA). www.nofa-mass.org. NOFA/Mass’s education on soil carbon sequestration and its advocacy is critical to regenerative agriculture in the Northeast. Programs: BULK ORDER PROGRAM, ORGANIC CERTIFICATION, RAW MILK NETWORK, SOIL CARBON RESTORATION, SOIL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. November 18th, the Agriculture Committee passed Rep. Dykema's Pollinator Protection Act (H.763). NOFA/Mass will continue to push H.763 through the process and push for other bills still in this committee which would protect schoolchildren, restore local control over pesticides and restrict glyphosate and other toxic pesticides.
Our Daily Planet. Monica Medina and Miro Korenha. email@example.com. www.ourdailyplanet.com. Daily newsletter “wants[s] to change the conversation about conservation and the environment so that it’s more inclusive and recognizes everyone working in large and small ways to make a difference. At Our Daily Planet, we want to reach and connect a diverse community of readers who value a healthy and vibrant planet. Through our email, we hope to be a valuable ten minutes of your day by bringing you reporting that informs, inspires and allows you to find your unique place in the fight for a sustainable future.”
Pollinator Partnership. www.pollinatorpartnership.org. Protects pollinators and pollinator habitat through advocacy, publications, research, pollinator action teams, curriculum materials, memberships, and more. http://pollinator.org/PDFs/ Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. 628 NE Broadway, Ste. 200, Portland, OR 97232; 503-232-6639; Toll Free number: 855-232-6639; Fax: 503- 233-6794. Working with diverse partners to restore and expand habitat and further the science of pollinator conservation.
Richard B. Primack. Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods. University of Chicago Press, 2014
701 E. Street, SE, Suite 200; Washington, DC 20003; Phone: 202-543-5450; Fax: 202-543-4791; info@beyond pesticides.org; http://www.beyondpesticides.org
National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP) provides information on pesticides in the form of newsletters, online information, etc.
Andrew Cockburn. “Weed Whackers--Monsanto, glyphosate, and the war on invasive species." http://harpers.org/archive/2015/09/wee
Go Botany! https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/
Massachusetts Wildflower Society.
Grow Native Massachusetts. <http://www.grownativemass.org>
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. Native vs. Non-Native Plants.
National Audubon Society. “Why Native Plants Matter.”
Museum of Science (Boston) Butterfly Garden. “Wwww.mos.org// sites/dev-elvis.mos.org /files/docs/ offerings/MOS_Watching_Butterflies_Guide_2015.pdfatching Butterfly Guide.
Selecting Plants for Pollinators. A Regional Guide for Farmers, Land Managers, and Gardeners in the Eastern Broadleaf Oceanic Province. <http://pollinator.org/PDFs/Guides/EasternBroadleafOceanicrx20FINAL.pdf>