Category Archives: Environment

Mystic Celt Event Supports Emergency Water System in Phillipines

LSD - water philippinesA project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program is on its way to raising $10,000 to build an emergency water system in Quezon City in the Philippines, an area still impacted by the devastating 2013 typhoon.

The crowd sourced fundraising campaign is culminating with ‘Drinks for Drinks’, an open bar event at Mystic Celt in Chicago, where supporters pay $25 for unlimited drinks and have a chance to win a variety of raffle prizes. Children International is the beneficiary of this event and the $10,000 campaign, with 100% of the money raised going directly towards building this particular water system.

The event is being held this Friday, February 28, starting at 9pm and going until midnight – Mystic Celt is located at 3443 N. Southport in Chicago.

To contribute or find out more, check out the Water Well Wishes Crowdrise campaign.

Save Our Planet Winner Love Leitrim Acknowledged by Gandhi Grandson

LSD - save our planetRecently Aidan Gillan devised a project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme which created an award ceremony for environmental sustainability. The Save our Planet Award ceremony took place on August 11th at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo, Ireland.

Winners of the award, which were designed to recognize both local and national environmental heroes, included anti-fracking group Love Leitrim, who were acknowledged by Arum Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) for their work.

Love Leitrim’s Eddie Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of the group, saying:

“Love Leitrim is everyone in this room and beyond nationally and internationally. We are not anti-development we are pro-development. Everyone has a role to play in stopping fracking which is a threat to the sustainability of our environment, indigenous industries, as well as the health of our communities.”

Read more at the Leitrim Observer.

Recordings Preserve Stories on African Wildlife

Paula Kahumbu has created a project whose aim is to preserve the lore and wisdom of community elders in Africa regarding the local wildlife. To this end, she and her team are in the process of creating over 50 recordings and/or videos of elders relating their stories. Kahumbu, a noted Kenyan environmentalist, created this as her project in Landmark Education’s self-expression and leadership programme. The prx website shows many of these wild African stories.

Renton Group Builds Soft Surface Trails

The town of Renton, Washington, has a plan for building soft surface trails in its open areas, but budget constraints are making the plan move very slowly. Rudy Case created a project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression Program to make this vision a reality.

The project titled Renton Trails, and featured in an article in RentonPatch, is taking on fundraising to new trails, having volunteers use GPS devices to map new trails, taking on cleaning up open areas, habitat restoration and more. While the town will have the final say on where the new trails go, Case sees plenty of opportunity for individuals to demonstrate leadership and make a difference.

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Kalamazoo Water Festival – a Good Time and a Call to Action

water festivalThe project created by Mark Duval in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program resulted in the first Kalamazoo Water Festival, held this past Saturday at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. According to the Western Herald, the newspaper of Western Michigan University, Duval was a “vital igniter” of the festival launch.

In addition to taking part in Landmark’s SELP, Duval was inspired by Seth Bernard, who has held water festivals across Michigan. Duval began by creating a partnership with the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, a non-profit dedicated to working with local groups to protecting the Kalamazoo River. Proceeds from the festival went to the Watershed Council.

With the one million gallon oil spill in the Kalamazoo River having recently taken place, the festival was a call to action for the community. Speakers and information booths supported attendees in how they could make a difference.

Additionally, entertainment was provided by a wide variety of local musicians – festival coordinator Michael Beauchamp performed with his band, Red Tail Ring, and band Red Sea Pedestrians performed a new song inspired by the Enbridge Oil Spill. Duval performed with his own band, Who Hit John? Many other bands from the thriving Michigan folk music scene also performed at the festival.

Green Day Comes to Grass Valley

According to Oakland Local, a non-profit, independent, community news and information hub, a green day of environmental education is being held at Oakland’s Grass Valley Elementary School, out of the project created by Ilyse Opas in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program.

The reason for the day is environmental education, creation and inspiration, and features a variety of workshops, crafts and musical activities.

The day is being held Saturday, June 5th, starting at 9:30 in the morning with a compostable waffle breakfast, for which a $5 donation is suggested. At 10 there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new school garden. The garden actually began in the fall with planter boxes provided by the school’s Dad’s Club – student grown vegetables from the planter boxes will be on sale at the Green Day.

According to Opas, the project was designed to “create community, empowerment and education centered around caring for our planet and for each other.”

To find out more, call Opas at 510-879-1220. Here is the Oakland Local story.