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RIGHT Tourism: Responsible, Informed, Guilt-free & Humane Tourism

Your guide to making animal friendly choices on holiday.

Tourist activities that exploit animals only continue because tourists choose to support them.  As a tourist you have a choice – to avoid cruel practices and reward positive ones.

http://www.RIGHT-tourism.org/

Travelers, backpackers, wanderlusters or occasional vacationers that love animals, wildlife and wild places please look at this site. Tourism is one of the largest business sectors in the world! You may think you are helping animals when you are actually harming them. Use this site as a tool to make sure you are really benefiting animals, wildlife, the environment and locals. Just type in the destination and you’ll get a briefing on the issues for that region as well as great information for your travels. Easy right?

www.careforthewild.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Care-for-the-Wild-International/214934781855927

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Check out my dear friend Rodrigo Valles’ unique and impressive artwork at the links below.  He has also incorporated many of my field work photographs of mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda into his paintings.  ‘Brothers keeper’ is my favorite because it was one of the most amazing days I spent with Rushegura gorilla family.

Rodrigo Valles Jr.

I am a 33 year old, NYC-based, entirely self-taught artist. I taught myself to oil paint 6 years ago although I spent quite a bit of time tagging writing and graffiti in my younger years. Painting is not my only profession, though it is my passion. I am a neuroscientist by trade.

My paintings are street art influenced. My work also draws upon my life experiences including my Mexican-American background, growing up as the son of hard working but financially challenged immigrant parents, my education, traveling and living in vibrant cities, and, more recently, nearly dying after someone hit me with their car while I was walking home.

My unique and varied background, love for the city environment and dynamic, and philosophical introspection all make appearances in my mixed media paintings. They are commentaries on living and growing up in the United States so I utilize relevant imagery from hip-hop lyrics to Mexican wrestlers. I organized my first art show last year at CultureFix in NYC and I started selling some my work about 2 years ago.

artist’s statement

My works focus on moments of vulnerability and contradiction. Encounters with sadness, confusion and destruction force an evaluation of what is truly precious, thereby becoming moments of insight and beautiful in their own right. The physical manifestation of this can be seen in juxtapositions of decay and nature. As the source, our man-made environments create both chaos and a philosophical evaluation of what we have done. Our creations are both destructive and magical.

www.rodrigovalles.com

http://beta.rodrigovalles.com

www.facebook.com/Art.of.RodrigoValles

rodrigovallesart@gmail.com

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Brothers keeper

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No church in the wild 24×36

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Untitled, mixed media on wood 20×24 $600

EarthShare California

If you have a moment please check out EarthShare California and like the page! I had a great interview with them today and I know they need much more well-deserved publicity. It is a wonderful organization. Thank you!

Overview

EarthShare California coordinates workplace giving for over eighty carefully selected environmental charities. Part of the national Earth Share network, EarthShare California offers business partners the opportunity to connect with the most respected organizations, offering solutions to environmental business questions, volunteer opportunities and networking. Our member organizations have been instrumental in maintaining the California landscape, and many have influenced eco-friendly legislation, including the tax credit for energy efficient vehicles.

History and major accomplishments

EarthShare California (ESCA) was formed in 1982 as a coalition of twelve environmental programs working together to raise needed funds through workplace fundraising campaigns. The coalition broke new ground in outreach, education, and fund development strategies. ESCA quickly established itself as a leading workplace fundraising federation in the United States. The concept of an environmental coalition to raise funds in the workplace subsequently expanded to other states and regions. Now representing over 80 diverse environmental groups, ESCA raised nearly $2 Million in 2006 from individuals in 130 public and private sector workplaces. Since its inception, it is estimated that ESCA has raised more than $20 million for the environment. ESCA is today the largest local workplace solicitation organization in the country raising funds on behalf of the environment.

About the National EarthShare Organization

EarthShare supports a nationwide network of America’s leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations, and works to promote environmental awareness and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns. Founded by its member charities in 1988, EarthShare is an opportunity for environmentally-conscious employees and workplaces to support hundreds of environmental groups through a charitable giving drive.

EarthShare has state affiliates in 18 states, representing more than 400 community and state environmental organizations in addition to our national groups. Our member organizations work in your neighborhood, your state, across the country and around the world to help protect and preserve our air, water, land, and wildlife.

As more and more workplaces are offering environmental giving options, EarthShare now participates in campaigns at hundreds of public and privates sector workplaces, including the federal government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC); American Airlines; American Express; Wal-Mart; NOKIA; Ashland Inc. and many more.

EarthShare’s member organizations work hard every day to safeguard your health and the environment, by combating global warming, protecting ancient forests, protecting our water from toxic contaminants, and saving endangered species. These efforts, and so many more, are supported by EarthShare’s mission.

EarthShare California and Your Company

Together We Can Make a World of Difference

EarthShare California in partnership with more than 200 corporate and public employers across the State is increasing employees’ involvement in their communities while raising critically needed funds fo environmental organizations. Our workplace campaigns build community, excite employees and protect the environment.

We invite you to join the growing list of companies who offer their employees the opportunity to support the environment through their annual workplace charitable giving campaign.

This section provides detailed information about working with EarthShare California. In Our Partners find out which companies in California have already included Earth Share of California in their annual campaign and what corporate leaders have to say about us. Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section provides in-depth answers to common questions about working with EarthShare California.

If you are considering outsourcing the management of your charitable giving campaign, please take a look at the Outsourcing.

You’ll find more information about EarthShare California’s member organizations and the work they do in the About Us section of this web site.

 

‘A Wild Night’ Benefit with WildAid

This week and last night I had the great opportunity to volunteer for WildAid’s annual Gala in downtown San Francisco.  Meeting new friends in conservation and celebrities that were supporting a very important cause was an amazing first weekend night out in the city.  I had a wonderful time!

www.wildaid.org/night

www.wildaid.org

WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection.

The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth over $10 billion (USD) per year and has drastically reduced many wildlife populations around the world. Just like the drug trade, law and enforcement efforts have not been able to resolve the problem. Every year,  hundreds of millions of dollars are spent protecting animals in the wild, yet virtually nothing is spent on stemming the demand for wildlife parts and products. WildAid is the only organization focused on reducing the demand for these products, with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too. 

With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, we are able to deliver high-impact, culturally-sensitive multimedia campaigns, leveraging well over $100 million (USD) in pro-bono media support, and reaching up to 1.5 billion people every week.

The WildAid Difference Video

I arrive at the same time as Larry King.

WildAid Communication Intern Courtney Quirin interviewing Jared Leto on the GREEN carpet.

WildAid intern Rina and myself snapping a photo quickly between checking in guests on the GREEN carpet provided by Flor.

One of the interactive digital exhibits on the main floor.

The lovely Kate Flannery.

Thanking John Corbett of the John Corbett Band for a wonderful performance after the show.

7 Billion

My friend just shot this great video with Green for All in Atlanta. Have a look and please share it. Thank you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK0L6ZFM2d8

The “7 Billion” video was made by Green For All for the winners of The Dream Reborn Song Contest, designed to encourage artists to submit original music reflecting Dr. King’s commitment to social justice. The contest winners Silent C and Invest inspired us all with a very powerful song entitled “7 Billion”, which was produced by M.A of Scoop Life Productions, and were able to get the most ‘likes’ on Facebook for their song. The music video reflects not only a message of global unity for environmental and social justice, but also acknowledges the struggle and everyday commitment their very own mothers and mothers around the world to improve the lives of others. Green For All is honored to give these two dynamic artists a platform to be heard (www.greenforall.org) and their message is clear…WE ARE 7 BILLION STRONG!!!!

Tethys Research Institute

Tethys Research Institute is looking for participants to contribute to research and conservation campaigns.  There are also special discounts for students.  A week with Tethys can be transformed into credits for university.

http://www.tethys.org/expeditions/index.htm

Since 1990 Tethys has been organising whale and dolphin field courses dedicated to those who are willing to contribute to research and conservation campaigns.

These courses represent a unique opportunity of observing marine mammals in their natural environment and discover the fascinating world of cetacean research.

Participants of all nationalities are involved in activities conducted in the field including whale and dolphin sightings, data collection at sea with advanced methodologies and informal lectures by the Tethys staff.

Professional experience by the researchers involved is a trademark of Tethys courses.

Whales and dolphins of the Pelagos Sanctuary