November 7th Newsletter

Hello Sprout Up NYC family and friends!

This is a friendly reminder from the executive board to get out there today and VOTE!

We also encourage you to research before you vote what will be on your ballot. Particularly research what the constitutional convention is and how it can negatively affect public land preservation and public school vouchers (as well as many other things).

In honor of Election day here are a few key historical pieces of environmental legislation:

In 1948 the basis of the Clean water act was enacted and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. “Clean Water Act” became the Act’s common name with amendments in 1972. Under the CWA, EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry. The CWA made it unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained.

On December 28, 1973, Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, all of the act’s protections are provided to endangered species. Many, but not all, of those protections also are available to threatened species.

On September 16th 1987, The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed. It was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere, and thereby protect the earth’s fragile ozone Layer. It has been hailed as “perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date,” by Kofi Anan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In 1972 the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, also known as the Ocean Dumping Act, was enacted and expanded in 1988. The Act has two essential aims: to regulate intentional ocean disposal of materials, and to authorize any related research. Title IV of the MPRSA established nine regional marine research boards for the purpose of developing comprehensive marine research plans, considering water quality and ecosystem conditions and research and monitoring priorities and objectives in each region

Besides through exercising your right to vote, you can help by donating to your favorite charities *wink*. If you’d like to continue to support the work we do please consider going to our donation page or visiting our NY Charities page!

Chapter Team News:

Columbia Chapter:

Weekly meetings are turning out to be quite useful and it looks like it’s here to stay.

We also hear tell of a Panel Discussion in the works. While this may not be until next semester we are excited none-the-less and can’t wait for updates!

NYU Chapter:

This week NYU had their succulent sale, pics to come!

Here are some photos from the Super Successful Spooky Sprout Up movie and Paint Night. Looks beautiful everyone!

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Environmental: Sustainable Climate Environment Advocate New York City NY– Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) wants you! As a volunteer, you’ll be a member of the fastest growing and most effective climate advocacy group. You will work with concerned New York citizens to slow the effects of climate change. Let’s work together to protect our beautiful ecosystems, livelihoods and way of life. Please respond to our posting for an invitation to learn more.

Educational:STEM and STEAM Enthusiasts Needed Afterschool!- We’re looking for instructors who have the ability, fluidity, and patience to work with students in grades 1-8 with instruction on Science, Engineering, app development, website development, robotics, or game development.

Within Sprout Up: Op-Ed – Help us create an Op-Ed, commentary and submission section for future newsletters! Submit your drafts and ideas to fiona@sproutup.org

Do you do work with another organization outside of Sprout Up NYC that is dedicated to children or the environment? Are you zero waste/vegetarian/vegan/low carbon footprint/upcycling master/ all of the above or an otherwise creative environmental steward or trying to be and would like to write about your experience? Interested in science writing or social commentary? Hit us up!

If you are a fluent Spanish speaker and would be willing/ able to translate some articles and/or curriculum materials into Spanish please contact: fiona@sproutup.org

Estimated time commitment: 5hrs per semester, flexible scheduling.

Bite-size Environmental News:

Post-Paris Climate Stress :Climate negotiators gathering in Germany this week are still flush with the success of the Paris Agreement two years ago. But as they begin assembling a rule book for ensuring that the national pledges made in Paris are fulfilled, there comes a hard dose of reality. Those pledges, which constrain greenhouse gas emissions from now to 2030, will only deliver a third of the cuts needed to put the world on track to keep warming below the promised 2 degrees Celsius.

Sustainable Tuna is a Myth: Tuna is one of the most ubiquitous seafoods. It can be eaten from a can or as high-end sashimi and in many forms in between. But some species are over-fished and some fishing methods are unsustainable. How do you know which type of tuna you’re eating? Some tuna is certified as sustainably caught by groups such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) that set standards for sustainable fishing. But these certifications are only good if they are credible.

Quote of the Day:

The Congress, the Administration and the public all share a profound commitment to the rescue of our natural environment, and the preservation of the Earth as a place both habitable by and hospitable to man.” 
President Richard Nixon (1913-1994), “Reorganization Plan No. 3,” message to Congress about establishing EPA, July 1970.

For questions, comments, concerns, ideas, and/or miscellaneous tidbits:

Please feel free to contact: fiona@sproutup.org

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