My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Biodiversity For A Livable Climate, Lexington, MA, USA
I went to Biodiversity for a Livable Climate's first conference, a 3 day event at Tufts University in October 2014, called Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming. I'm an educator and had been looking for the science I thought the children should be learning to prepare them for a future with accelerating climate extremes. This conference was a truly paradigm shifting experience. It was science-based and realistic and it convinced me that we can reverse global warming. Bio4climate presented 4 more conferences in 2015, all with the message that Biology and ecosystem restoration must come into the climate conversation. Reducing fossil fuel emissions can't happen fast enough to prevent catastrophic climate change, but removing atmospheric carbon and returning it to the soil can do that. This year that message reached the COP21 Climate talks in Paris - The next conference will be April 30 at Harvard's Geological Lecture Hall (Peabody Museum) on Restoring Land, Sea and Climate: The Power and Promise of Biodiversity. There is a small paid staff and committed volunteers but because of the urgency of getting the message out as quickly as possible, fund raising has not been the top priority. At this point, everyone is a volunteer. In addition to conferences, Bio4climate also does educational outreach through monthly Meetups. You can find videos of all conference presentations at http://bio4climate.org.
Review for Newton San Juan Del Sur Sister City Project Inc, Newton, MA, USA
I'm an educator, and I love schools. A good school is at the heart of a community. The Free High School, by providing education and services (for 550 people!) is doing something not just for the students, but for the communities they are a part of. San Juan Del Sur is fortunate to have partners here who understand (1) the importance of a good education and (b) that we owe something to the people of Nicaragua.This project makes a difference.
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