charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries
663 million people live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or, twice the population of the United States without access to life’s most basic human need. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school and take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that make them sick.
When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything.
It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school.
The water crisis is huge, but it is solvable. We work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place where we work, whether it’s a well, a piped system, a BioSand Filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater. And with every water point we fund, our partners coordinate sanitation and hygiene training and establish a local Water Committee to help keep water flowing for years to come.
We invite you to learn about the stories of the men, women, and children living without clean water, and how you can help. Find Someone Like You.
Then, join us and make an impact. For $30, you can bring one person clean water. Join our monthly giving community The Spring, and give the gift of clean water all year round.
Please watch this very inspiring video on how it all began and what was achieved eversince…
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Whenever an old building has to be demolished or its core removed, an enormous amount of demolition waste is produced.
What seems like a pile of rubble, which usually ends up on our local dump sites,
can actually be the beginning of a great new material story …
WHO ARE THEY?
‘They Feed off Buildings‘ is a design and architecture collective from Berlin (Germany), which specializes in material research and design installations. The studio works in a core team of inventors and a broad network of collaborators. In their projects they unite a team with an expertise in design, material research, architecture, film and photography. Their performative design installations explore a new perspective on architecture, design and its materiality.
The project ‘Urban Terrazzo‘, which travels through various cities to explore the utilization of available material from architectural demolition, illustrates one of those experiments. The products developed during those explorations show new possibilities for the contemporary application of sustainable building materials.
The Core Team
Luisa Rubisch – Design & Urban Planning
Rasa Weber – Design & Interior Architecture
The TFOB collective works in a core-team of developers and founders.
Project-based TFOB works in a broad network of collaborators from the
creative industries, technology and industrial production, in order to tell unexpected
material stories of the future and create new circular models of production.
photo source: Richard Lunt/Michigan State University – no copyright infringement intended
Imagine a city that’s actually a vast solar energy harvesting system. A team of Michigan State University researchers has developed a technology that can turn transparent surfaces, from building windows to cell phones, into solar collecting surfaces – without obstructing the view.
I imagine my cellphone cover glass being able to collect solar energy while I’m exposing it to daylight. Wouldn’t that be just a genius strike? This and a lot more now seems possible, since reacherchers from Michigan State University developed this incredible see-through version of a solar panel. Go read all about this groundbreaking new invention in this article by The Open Mind Staff Contributor.
We must strongly oppose the pollution of our oceans with all available means. Now!
Ocean.Now! is a young NGO, who aims to raise awareness of the damage being done and condition of our seas through public relations and dialogue between science, art and politics.
By using art, we want to viscerally highlight current environmental problems in the oceans and, thereby, stimulate dialogue between politicians and citizens and, in particular, make decisions makers in politics and society think twice. The destruction of the source of all life on earth, the oceans, demands that we fight vigorously NOW.
For this reason, we cooperated with the artist Swaantje Güntzel for our first project (autumn/ winter 2018). Together we used her piece “Microplastics II”, which illustrates the destructive character of microplastics, and projected it onto politically significant locations within Berlin to attract attention to our petition under the motto #banmicroplastics.
Currently, we are collecting donations for our second project being held on the “World Day of the Oceans”, where we are exhibiting a special art installation associated with our petition against microplastics in cosmetics and cleaning products. Until now, our petition has over 30,000 supporters and we hope to further increase awareness of microplastics and our petition by an additional media-effective art installation, which will be presented offline around Berlin and online, on social media.
Moreover and as part of the handing over of our petition, we are planning a gathering of politicians, scientists and art to create awareness through education; because there is no time to leave next generations to set the course for tomorrow!
“We have to convince the people in the world that they should tell the politicians that they’re concerned.”
– Sir David Attenborough
Ocean. Now! is a collective accelerating ocean protection. We work with the medium of art to end the destruction of the Ocean. Now!
50% of all oxygen on earth is generated by the ocean
The ocean absorbs 90% of our global warming
33% of the global population survives due to ocean proteins
Sign our open letter to the ministry of the environment!
Here’s an excerpt:
“Sehr geehrte Umweltministerin Svenja Schulze,
wir fordern Sie auf: Verbieten Sie den Zusatz von Kunststoffen in Kosmetik und Reinigungsmitteln – und zwar generell. Das heißt nicht nur die gemeinhin bekannten Mikroplastikkügelchen, sondern auch flüssige, gel-, pasten- und wachsartige Kunststoffe müssen verboten werden.”
A new study has found that lowland tapirs spend more time in degraded forests than in pristine Amazon rainforest.
They also defecate and deposit three times more seeds in these degraded areas.
The results indicate that tapirs may help human-affected forests recover and grow back.
Tapirs may help rainforests recover after destructive human use and increase the amount of carbon they hold, new research has found.
The study, based in the Brazilian Amazon, found that these fruit-eating mammals spend significantly more time in burned forests than those that are relatively untouched. As a result, tapirs leave behind more seeds in their droppings in these “degraded” landscapes.
“The role that tapirs play in seeding degraded forests is another good reason for conserving this last representative of the megafauna of South America,” Lucas Paolucci, the paper’s first author and an ecologist at Brazil’s Federal University of Lavras and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, said in a statement.
Paolucci and his colleagues reported their findings in the journal Biotropica on Feb. 25.
Related to horses and rhinos and about the size of large pigs, Brazil’s lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris), also known as the Brazilian tapir, is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. The slow-reproducing animal doesn’t rebound well from intensive hunting, and its forest habitat is dwindling.
But because it’s big — stretching to 2.2 meters (7 feet) long and weighing in at 250 kilograms (550 pounds) — it can ferry around many different types of seeds, including large ones, which it then deposits in the forest with its dung.
Until now, however, most scientists have investigated this “seed dispersal” in more pristine forests. Paolucci and his colleagues wondered about the impact of tapirs in degraded forests.
At the team’s study site in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the researchers went hunting for tapir droppings across three plots of forest, each with a different level of impact. Other researchers had burned the forest in one of the plots nearly every year between 2004 and 2010. In another, they had set experimental fires every three years. As a control, Paolucci and his colleagues also included a third plot that hadn’t been burned at all.
Tapirs defecated a lot more and distributed more than three times as many seeds in the burned plots than they did in the untouched forest, the scientists found. Data from airborne lidar surveys, which use laser pulses to map out the three-dimensional structure of the forest, confirmed that areas with more open canopies tended to have more dung clumps.
A set of camera traps also revealed that tapirs frequented the burned plots about twice as often as the closed-canopy forest. The authors of the study say they believe the small sprouts that bolt from the earth, thanks to more light hitting the forest floor in the burned plots, may attract the tapirs.
Tapirs carried a variety of different seeds into these degraded forests, and they were in remarkably good condition. More than 99 percent of the nearly 130,000 seeds that the researchers found in the tapirs’ dung made it through unscathed, meaning they at least had the potential to germinate. And the seeds came from 24 different plant species, suggesting that tapirs contribute to the diversity of species growing in a given area.
The team said their data suggest that tapirs are important to helping forests grow back through natural regeneration, which is “the cheapest and usually the most feasible way to achieve large-scale restoration of tropical forests,” they write.
They also suggested that tapirs, in their own way, could help fight climate change.
“When we think of climate and forest solutions, tapirs aren’t the first thing that comes to mind,” Paulo Brando, one of the study’s authors and an assistant scientist at Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, said in the statement. “[B]ut our study shows they play a critical role in forest recovery by dispersing the large‐seeded species that eventually become large trees, meaning they contribute indirectly to maintaining forest carbon stocks.”
Banner image of a lowland tapir by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.
Naveda, A., de Thoisy, B., Richard-Hansen, C., Torres, D.A., Salas, L., Wallance, R., Chalukian, S. & de Bustos, S. (2008). Tapirus terrestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T21474A9285933. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T21474A9285933.en. Downloaded on 20 March 2019.
Paolucci, L. N., Pereira, R. L., Rattis, L., Silvério, D. V., Marques, N. C., Macedo, M. N., & Brando, P. M. (2019). Lowland tapirs facilitate seed dispersal in degraded Amazonian forests. Biotropica. doi: 10.1111/btp.12627
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The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discarded books.
For months, the garbage men gathered forsaken books. As word of the collection spread, residents also began donating books directly.
Initially, the books were only for employees and their families to borrow. But as the collection grew and interest spread throughout the community, the library was eventually opened to the public in September of last year.
“We started to discuss the idea of creating a library from these books. And when everyone supported it, this project happened,” said Çankaya Mayor Alper Tasdelen, whose local government oversaw the opening of the library.
Today, the library has over 6,000 books ranging from literature to nonfiction. There is also a popular kid’s section with comic books and an entire section for scientific research. Books in English and French are also available for bilingual visitors.
The library is housed in a previously vacant brick factory at the sanitation department headquarters. With an aged brick façade and long corridors, the space was ideal for a library.