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The Future Is Female: Mom’s Clean Air Force

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Moms Clean Air Force is a community of over 1,000,000 moms and dads united against air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate – to protect our children’s health. We arm members with reliable information and solutions through online resources, articles, action tools, and on-the-ground events. We work across the US on national and local policy issues, through a vibrant network of state-based field teams. Our moms meet with lawmakers at every level of government to build support for commonsense solutions to pollution. Moms have passion and power – an unbeatable combination. We are harnessing the strength of mother love to fight back against polluters.

  • Connecting the dots between climate change and children’s health;
  • Building support for standards that limit climate pollution from carbon, methane, and ozone;
  • Protecting children from potentially harmful chemical exposures through education and advocacy focused on toxic chemicals in consumer products and other sources;
  • Bringing the voices of parents to decision makers at the local, regional, and national levels;
  • Driving solutions that support clean, renewable energy for a strong economy and healthy families; and
  • Fostering a national conversation about climate change that moves beyond partisanship, to focus on families and communities.

Moms have passion and power — an unbeatable combination. Moms will do everything we can to keep our children safe and sound. That’s why we are uniting to ensure that our children have clean air right now, and for their future.

At Moms Clean Air Force, we make it easy and fast for busy parents to make their voices heard—while baby naps.

Because sometimes, being a good mom means being an active citizen.


May 28, 2017 |

BitSource Web Development #ExportingCode

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Last week I was fortunate enough to go to Fast Company’s Meeting of the Most Creative Minds conference in Los Angeles. The conference featured several amazingly innovative companies that I will also write about later but my favorite aspect was the other attendees. Most of these companies were based in LA but a few flew from all over the nation (and some even other parts of the world!) and there is one that I cannot get out of my head. BitSource is a company who is breathing life back into a sleepy town in eastern Kentucky. The economy there had heavily relied on the coal industry and had suffered tremendously in the loss. Two former coal miners founded BitSource with a mission to bring back jobs to Appalachia country.

 

The company offers an array of web development services from programming languages to media and VR design to application development (and much more). The founders knew coal miners to be logic-based thinkers willing to work hard and learn. Afterall, when you’re down in a mine and something breaks, there’s no one to guide them in diagnosing and fixing the problems. Coal mining is a highly technical field that relies more on engineering smarts than on physical labor so they knew the laid-off workforce would be primed to learn code and utilize their technical skills. “Appalachia has been exporting coal for a long time.” says Justin Hall, the company’s president who I met at the conference. “Now we want to export code. We’ve got blue-collar coders.”

 

Some of their work includes web design for Big Sandy Resources, Inc. a river dredging company. They worked on-site to capture footage and information about the services and materials that they provide. BitSource created the website and features then trained the BSR team so that they could update and manage the site internally and make change on demand when they add a new service, product, or project. Check it out here! BitSource worked with Hashtag Appalachia and Unity to create an augmented reality application that uses artwork on a garage door as a trigger. The trigger can call any animation or content that they specify when you hold up your phone and engage the trigger by pointing it at the artwork. See a video of the project here: https://vimeo.com/214003642 Another great project BitSource completed is for their city, Pikeville, Kentucky. They created infographics, animations, an interactive map and software solutions for the city’s Office of Economic Development. The projects range even further but you’ll have to check them out to learn what other awesome things their up to.

 

Justin Hall was voted one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business this year and the company is quickly becoming a leader in sustainable redevelopment of our country’s workforce. BitSource provides pragmatic problem-solving, modern project management, and diligent quality assurance and is passionate about their customers. For this and many reasons I wanted to highlight this company.

Coal Miner looking through hole into office of code writers

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/programming-is-the-new-blue-collar-job/

Check out this video from VOCATIV Meet the Company Teaching Coal Miners to Code


May 25, 2017 |

Nature Is Speaking – Flower Conservation International

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By Arwa Lodhi

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder. All big celebrities whose films we have all enjoyed at some point or another, but they’re usually acting someone else’s script. For the first time ever, all of these A-listers have joined forces to do their own thing, and have created a beautiful short films to wake us all up to an important fact that should be obvious by now: we need nature to survive.

It seems like a basic statement to make, but for centuries, we have been fighting, taming and destroying nature – all to our peril. Below, you’ll hear Julia Roberts making a statement as ‘Mother Nature’ that we all need to hear in a film created with NGO Conservation International. If you love it as much as we do, you can see more about this heavy-hitting celeb project here, or watch a few more of the videos below, in which different celebs take on a different voice of nature. Moving stuff!

Watch the films and take action at: http://ci-intl.org/1OiRBh3

 

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May 15, 2017 |

Nature Is Speaking – The Coral Reef Conservation International

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By Arwa Lodhi

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder. All big celebrities whose films we have all enjoyed at some point or another, but they’re usually acting someone else’s script. For the first time ever, all of these A-listers have joined forces to do their own thing, and have created a beautiful short films to wake us all up to an important fact that should be obvious by now: we need nature to survive.

It seems like a basic statement to make, but for centuries, we have been fighting, taming and destroying nature – all to our peril. Below, you’ll hear Julia Roberts making a statement as ‘Mother Nature’ that we all need to hear in a film created with NGO Conservation International. If you love it as much as we do, you can see more about this heavy-hitting celeb project here, or watch a few more of the videos below, in which different celebs take on a different voice of nature. Moving stuff!

Watch the films and take action at: http://ci-intl.org/1OiRBh3

 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conservation


May 15, 2017 |

Nature Is Speaking – The Redwood Conservation International

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By Arwa Lodhi

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder. All big celebrities whose films we have all enjoyed at some point or another, but they’re usually acting someone else’s script. For the first time ever, all of these A-listers have joined forces to do their own thing, and have created a beautiful short films to wake us all up to an important fact that should be obvious by now: we need nature to survive.

It seems like a basic statement to make, but for centuries, we have been fighting, taming and destroying nature – all to our peril. Below, you’ll hear Julia Roberts making a statement as ‘Mother Nature’ that we all need to hear in a film created with NGO Conservation International. If you love it as much as we do, you can see more about this heavy-hitting celeb project here, or watch a few more of the videos below, in which different celebs take on a different voice of nature. Moving stuff!

Watch the films and take action at: http://ci-intl.org/1OiRBh3

 

Follow us on:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ConservationOrg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conservation


May 15, 2017 |
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