Parachutes for the Planet
To raise awareness about sustainability and climate change, Mother Earth Project™ is asking individuals, schools, and communities around the world to create Parachutes for the Planet™. Literally, create a parachute and decorate it with artwork and comments about climate action and "green" living, and then share it with the world. This project is receiving tons of excitement globally! Project co-founder Barton Rubenstein says the the parachutes are a "metaphor for bringing the planet back to a safer place." In addition to art, the project is encouraging people to take a sustainable action each week (give up straws, carry reusable bags, pick up garbage, eat a plant-based diet, etc.). On October 13-14, the project will be hosting its World Inaugural Exhibition in Washington, D.C. "On the Road for Climate Action" is teaming up with Mother Earth Project by carry two very special parachutes across the nation, from California to Washington! One parachute was designed by students at Santiago High School, which pays tribute to "On the Road for Climate Action," while the other parachute is an inter-tribal parachute comprised of artistic contributions by numerous Native American tribes across the country, including the Las Vegas Indians, Paiute Indians of Utah, Lakota Oglala Nation, and others.
Click here to see the exciting journey these parachutes have been on!!
paleBLUEdot & Our Carbon Neutral Journey!
Thanks to sponsorship by paleBLUEdot, "On the Road for Climate Action" is a carbon neutral journey! paleBLUEdot is a company that specializes in carbon offsetting. Based on our vehicle mileage and other energy usage along our voyage, paleBLUEdot will be calculating our associated carbon dioxide emissions and offsetting those emissions through a project that involves methane capture. Click here to learn more about the project. And click here to learn more about our partnership with paleBLUEdot, and the wonderful work of the company and founder Ted Redmond.
Shown to the left is the reserve certificate for our carbon offsets. The offsets will be issued once our national tour is complete and the company can finalize the numbers based on our data (miles traveled, etc.). Thanks again to our friends at paleBLUEdot!!
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On the Road for Climate Action!
Urgent action is required to curb greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. The U.S. has an important role to play in leading this action. However, climate policy and behavioral change have thus far been inadequate, and climate change is ensuing at an accelerated pace. My name is Shahir Masri and I'm an air pollution scientist, and Athina Simolaris is an educator. Together, we've decided to pause our careers for one year in order to engage in climate education and community outreach. The year is kicking off with an 11 week tour, in which we're traveling the nation to speak with fellow scientists, policy makers, and the public about climate change impacts and solutions. Join us on our journey to help spark a national climate conversation and point the nation towards a sustainable path forward!
On August 1st, we moved out of our apartment and packed up our car, heading east from California. We're ultimately making our way through the great plains, up to New England, down to Florida, and back. Altogether, we're covering over 35 states in 11 weeks! Along the way we're visiting different towns to speak with city council members, community groups, and college campuses on the important issue of climate change. We're also engaging in door-to-door activity to administer a climate survey aimed at assessing climate change sentiment around the country and how it differs by region. We look forward to publishing our data to help develop effective strategies of climate communication. A pinnacle of our voyage will be a visit to Capitol Hill where we're welcoming fellow citizens to call or meet with their members of Congress for a "Day of Congressional Climate Action" around the country. Lastly, we are carrying with us an inter-tribal "Parachute for the Planet," featuring Native American art to be featured in Washington D.C.
Follow Our Journey!
We're publishing daily web and video blogs to bring YOU on our national journey. While we're doing plenty of public speaking, much of our journey will consist of listening to the stories of others. By interviewing everyday citizens around the country, we're bringing unique climate-related stories right to you. It is important to understand each other if we are going to collectively solve this problem. Tune in to our video blog and follow the journey!
How to Donate
We're a completely grass-roots project. And embarking on this mission means parting with work and pay. While we're planning wisely to keep costs low, contributions of any amount are extremely helpful. Trip-related expenses include food, lodging, etc. All donors will receive a kind thank you in our video blog and major donors will be featured on our testimonials webpage below.
New Book Publication!
I just published my first book called Beyond Debate: Answers to 50 Misconceptions on Climate Change. The book is an effort to communicate climate science to the public in a simple and straight forward way, dispelling the misinformation that often surrounds the topic. Get your copy today using the link below. All book purchases will go to supporting "On the Road for Climate Action!"
Invite Us to Your Community!
Find out if we're passing through your area by visiting our events calendar. Speaking topics may include a variety of aspects of climate change, such as climate science, impacts, and solutions.
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