Technology Can’t Save Biodiversity

Technology Not The Solution To Climate Change

Denying the contributions of air pollution to climate change is like trying to defy gravity. If you disagree, just see what happens when you put a running car in the garage and close the door. It will kill you.

Our atmosphere also is a confined space and we are pumping it full of toxins and greenhouse gasses every minute. It isn’t going anywhere. It’s building up, adding to the greenhouse effect, and contributing to toxic buildup. Of course, the atmosphere and ecosystems are more complex than that, but the atmosphere can only absorb so much abuse before it fights back.

Save Kilimanjaro ecosystem

I’m not writing to preach about alternative energy. This is about forest conservation and life as we know it. Whether you believe in god or mother nature, forests are here for a reason. The biodiversity within those forests is here for a reason. We are all part of this web of life and to think that one component of the web is less important than another is naive. Humanity has raped the planet almost beyond recognition already. It’s time to turn back the clock.

We can’t restore rainforests as well as the original. Therefore, we have to draw the line on deliberate destruction immediately. We must reforest immediately. We can create clean jobs. We can preserve watersheds and wildlife. We can attempt to restore the natural balance.

wildlife conservation Tanzania

The Kilimanjaro ecosystem, for example, is on the verge of collapse. Once it reaches a tipping point, there will be no turning back. Millions of people more will die or be displaced. Endangered species will go extinct. People in that region are screaming for help now.

I’m pursuing rainforest restoration/conservation projects as a hobby and I’m prioritizing my time and my money into natural solutions. I’m not giving up on technology and conservation, but ecosystems are brilliant creations. We need to make them our top priority in a holistic sense. The human population has already exceeded capacity of the planet. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that a rising human population and diminishing natural resources is a formula for disaster.

forest conservation Tanzania and Kenya

Environmental diseases and disasters are fighting back at humanity more than ever now. The sewage nightmare is already killing us thanks to unstoppable and very transmissible forms of prion disease. There isn’t any technology available to cure these diseases. There isn’t any technology available that is going to heal the planet. It’s time for humanity to quit being arrogant about very basic aspects of life. It’s time invest in nature more than ever. It’s better to be good and fast than perfect and late.

If you ant to help fight climate change, while protecting endangered species, please visit http://sacredseedlings.com/climate-change-and-forest-conservation/ 

public relations firm and public affairs firm Denver and Phoenix

Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. It’s also promoting forest conservation, reforestation, sustainable agriculture, and wildlife conservation through its subsidiary–Sacred Seedlings. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com to join our network.

Kilimanjaro Reforestation Project Will Tackle Climate Change

Fight Climate Change, Poverty and Habitat Loss With Your New Website

The Internet is changing life as we know it. An international marketing agency is tapping the positive side of that dynamic to launch the “Web Of Life” campaign to help reforest the planet.

Crossbow Communications, a Denver-based advertising and public relations agency, is raising money for Sacred Seedlings, an international reforestation and forest conservation program.

Save Kilimanjaro ecosystem

“Our partners in Tanzania have developed a plan with the forestry department to plant 10 million trees over the next five years at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro,” said Gary Chandler, president of Crossbow. “These trees will create jobs, preserve habitat for endangered species and help offset human contributions to climate change.”

As Chandler explained, some of the trees will be used to reforest degraded forests and deforested areas. Other species of trees will be grown to produce crops near villages and in towns and cities (coffee and cocoa, for example). Other trees will be placed near homes and buildings to protect them from the elements, reduce energy consumption, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy demands. Sacred Seedlings also will fund several solar ovens for villagers to minimize the need to cut firewood for cooking. The company is developing similar programs around the world.

Tanzania also is one of the last strongholds for wildlife in Africa. The country known for the Serengeti National Park and other natural wonders is under siege by wildlife poachers. Last year, more than 10,000 elephants in Tanzania were slaughtered for their ivory. The strong demand for ivory in China and Thailand, for example, tempts locals in Tanzania and surrounding countries to kill elephants to feed their families. Unless economic interventions, such as job creation, succeed, the African elephant will be gone from the wild within the next decade. Rhinos and lions face the same fate.

Tanzania lion conservation

The Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania reached out to Sacred Seedlings In July in search of solutions to save the country’s iconic wildlife. The two organizations began crafting a reforestation plan to help fight poverty, climate change and wildlife poaching.

While Crossbow will sell sponsorship packages to corporations and foundations to fund the bulk of the project work, it’s launching a novel program to generate some immediate seed money for projects that are ready to proceed. According to Chandler, his web development team will donate all revenues to the “Web Of Life” campaign to raise money for reforestation. All revenues generated in this arena will be donated to Sacred Seedlings and its project partners in Tanzania.

“Our web pros will build blogs and websites for companies, small businesses, nonprofits and individuals to raise money for global reforestation,” Chandler said. “Every penny will be donated to this reforestation program. We will devote the next 10 weeks to this campaign, so please help us spread the word. It’s a great deal and an even better cause.”

The company hopes to raise $100,000 to start construction on three nurseries in shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro in early 2014. It will cost about $1 million to build the nurseries and plant 10 million trees over the next five years. The company has several other projects in development now to accommodate growing global support for reforestation. The company’s goal is to plant as many trees as possible as fast as possible to help mitigate carbon buildup in the atmosphere, which is contributing to climate change and extreme weather events, such as the biblical floods that recently hit Colorado’s front range counties.

The “Web Of Life” campaign will include custom web/blog development on WordPress for $750 (our recommendation is to build one for you just like our site). Hosting and email services are additional. Clients must supply all copy, photos, artwork and logos. More complex sites and e-commerce sites will be assessed and estimates provided at no cost. No reasonable offer from anywhere in the world will be refused. 

Supporters will be listed and linked on the program website at http://sacredseedlings.com/tanzania-reforestation/. Supporters also can promote their involvement with the program by displaying the logo below on their site.

sacred seedlings logo

For more information about this campaign or official sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com 

Denying Climate Change Is Like Denying Gravity

Global Warming Driving Extreme Weather

When people, organizations and corporations oppose efforts to reduce global warming and climate change, what are they actually fighting for? An energy policy that depends on hostile, foreign regimes? Energy policies that promote waste and inefficiency? Dirty energy and air pollution? Domestic exploration and development that contaminates dwindling water supplies? Short-sighted energy and transportation policies that grease the wheels of corporate greed?

air pollution China

If we let deadly carbon dioxide build up in our homes, it kills us. If we let carbon dioxide build up in our atmosphere it’s just as toxic, but slightly more diluted–with the compounding effects of trapping heat in the limited confines of our atmosphere.

air pollution in China

We should fight deadly carbon gases just because of their toxic nature, let alone the potential to add to global warming and the more visible effects of climate change.

Unfortunately, some scientists have erred in their methodology and their politics. Just like the experts on the other side of the debate, they are not above stupidity. Extreme weather events and trends may not be conclusive proof for some people, but who can deny that air pollution, carbon buildup and deforestation are bad ideas for multiple reasons.

Indeed, the evidence of climate change is piling up in the form of extreme weather events in different places, extreme temperatures, droughts, floods and rising tides–depending where you might reside. The toxins in our air, water and bodies are piling up, too.

sustainable cities network

If we can’t rally to fight society’s contribution to climate change trends, then fight air and water pollution, deforestation, waste, greed, corruption and ignorance. The result will be a healthier and more sustainable future for all of god’s creations–especially your children and grandchildren.

public relations firm and public affairs firm Denver and Phoenix

Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. It’s also promoting sustainable, resilient and livable cities. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com to join our network.

U.S. and Britain Team Up For Geo-Engineering Program

If you have ever wondered what chem trails are all about, take a look at this report from the United Kingdom. It discusses a joint plan with the United States to help mitigate the effects of human activity on climate change.

Chem-Trail Confessions About Geo-Engineering

Geo-engineering describes activities specifically and deliberately designed to effect a change in the global climate with the aim of minimizing or reversing anthropogenic (that is human caused) climate change. Geo-engineering covers many techniques and technologies but splits into two broad categories: those that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere such as sequestering and locking carbon dioxide in geological formations; and those that reflect solar radiation.

chemtrails

Techniques in this category include the injection of sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere to mimic the cooling effect caused by large volcanic eruptions.The technologies and techniques vary so much that any regulatory framework forgeo engineering cannot be uniform. Instead, those techniques, particularly carbon removal,that are closely related to familiar existing technologies, could be regulated by developing the international regulation of the existing regimes to encompass geo-engineering. For other technologies, especially solar refection, new regulatory arrangements will have to be developed.

There are three reasons why, we believe, regulation is needed. First, in the future some geo-engineering techniques may allow a single country unilaterally to affect the climate. Second, some—albeit very small scale—geo-engineering testing is already underway. Third,we may need geo-engineering as a “Plan B” if, in the event of the failure of “Plan A”—the reduction of greenhouse gases—we are faced with highly disruptive climate change. If we start work now it will provide the opportunity to explore fully the technological,environmental, political and regulatory issues.

We are not calling for an international treaty but for the groundwork for regulatory arrangements to begin. Geoengineering techniques should be graded with consideration to factors such as trans-boundary effect, the dispersal of potentially hazardous materials in the environment and the direct effect on ecosystems. The regulatory regimes for geoengineering should then be tailored accordingly. The controls should be based on a set of principles that command widespread agreement—for example, the disclosure of geo-engineering research and open publication of results and the development of governance arrangements before the deployment of geo-engineering techniques.

The UN is the route by which, eventually, we envisage the regulatory framework operating but first the UK and other governments need to push geo-engineering up the international agenda and get processes moving.This inquiry was innovative in that we worked collaboratively with the US House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee, the first international joint working of this kind for a House of Commons select committee. We found the experience constructive and rewarding and, we hope, successful. We are enthusiastic supporters of collaborative working between national legislatures on topics such as geo-engineering with international reach.

Our Report covering the regulation of geo-engineering will now dovetail into a wider inquiry that the House of Representatives Committee is carrying out on geo-engineering. Science, technology and engineering are key to solving global challenges and we commend to our successor committee international collaboration as an innovative way to meet these challenges.

Read More> http://www.scribd.com/doc/98820858/Geo-Engineering-Regulation-House-of-Commons

Crossbreeding Among Species Sparked By Climate Change

Climate Change Writing New Chapter In Survival Of The Fittest

Inside a tree trunk in the woods of Ontario, a group of tagged flying squirrels huddle for body heat. In a few weeks, the rodents – which glide from tree to tree using flaps of skin between their front and rear legs – will begin to mate. Some of their babies will emerge looking a bit like a southern flying squirrel, a bit like a northern flying squirrel, and a lot like the product of climate change, says Bowman, a population ecologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Several wildlife biologists, like Bowman, suspect many species are reacting to a changing climate the way the flying squirrels are: As warmer temperatures change habitats, southern species are pushing north to hybridize with their northerly cousins.

wildlife hybridization

The interbreeding has several consequences, none well understood: It could increase genetic diversity, helping species weather rapid ecosystem changes. It also could dilute the genetics of at-risk animals such as polar bears – perhaps even diluting them beyond recognition. And the changes threaten to wreak havoc with conservation efforts.

Not all evolutionary biologists buy the theory that climate change is a big driver in hybridization. Myriad factors influence cross-breeding, notably development, habitat loss and the introduction of invasive species. Isolating a changing climate’s influence is tricky, but Bowman and wildlife geneticist Paul Wilson of Trent University believe they are starting to see its fingerprints. The pair has been trapping and testing the DNA of flying squirrel hybrids since discovering them in 2003. Southern squirrels are smaller and have pure white belly fur, while the larger northerners have two-toned gray-white bellies. When they cross-breed, their babies are southern-sized with mottled grey-white belly fur. Looking back at Bowman’s habitat studies, the two scientists found that 1995 marked the start of a series of unusually warm winters that saw the southern flying squirrel creep north 240 kilometers.

Wilson’s DNA analysis shows roughly four percent of the squirrels within that band are now hybrids. He and Bowman believe it’s the first documented example of cross-breeding following the expansion of a species’ range due to modern climate change.

wildlife conservation Tanzania

“There are others,” said Bowman. In fact, he and Wilson are now studying two different species of mice in Ontario for similar signs.

Cross-breeding wildlife is not new. But human-induced changes such as global warming, development and the introduction of non-native creatures are bringing together previously separated species. While there are no baseline studies to show there are more hybrids than nature intended, anecdotal evidence is mounting.

“Opportunities for hybridization are increasing,” said Wilson. “It’s largely because you have more southern species moving up into the range of northern species.”

All of which raises vexing questions about wildlife conservation.

“Management-wise, it certainly causes a problem,” said Charlotte Lindqvist, an evolutionary biologist at the State University of New York, Buffalo. “What should we do with these hybrids? Should we shoot them? Should we preserve them? We need to know more about their impact.”

While flying squirrels are not at-risk in Ontario, the best-known example of hybridization is the result of mating between two at-risk species. In 2006, an American hunter made headlines when he shot a polar bear/grizzly cross in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

British Columbia wildlife geneticist David Paetkau, who confirmed the “pizzly’s” parentage, thinks warming temperatures may have caused the grizzly father to spend less time hibernating and more time wandering. And once he found himself so far from home, he probably mated with a polar bear because he could find no females of his own kind.

It’s not the first time the bears have strayed over the species line. A study published last year in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows grizzlies and polar bears swapped DNA in ancient times. Lindqvist, the study’s lead author, suspects cross-breeding was more frequent during warmer periods as polar bear populations crashed in tandem with grizzlies moving north.

Of course North America is home to other hybrids, most of which fly under the public’s radar, and not all of which are linked to climate change.

Save Kilimanjaro ecosystem

In the Pacific Northwest, crossing between spotted and barred owls threaten the tiny population of spotted owls whose old growth forest habitat has been substantially squeezed by logging. Across the western United States, pure cutthroat trout populations have declined as they breed with various introduced species of trout.  And in central and eastern North America, the red wolf/coyote cross is a long-standing example of hybridization resulting from human development.

But University of California, Berkeley evolutionary biologist Jim Patton cautions that hybridization is fairly common, driven by myriad influences. Overall, he noted, there’s no evidence they’re on the rise or that climate change is a big driver.

Patton’s work in southern Arizona along the Mexican border highlights an area where 11 percent of pocket gophers are hybrids, and whose hybridization is a natural occurrence.

The percentage of hybrid gophers has remained steady for 40 years, he added, with no effect on the genetics of parent species outside the area.

“While I don’t think there is any question that climate change has had a role in hybridization over the past many thousands of years, the question is how rapidly is it occurring today – and what are the consequences in terms of species identities?” said Patton.

Tanzania lion conservation

“Is this going to be a problem for the long-term existence of parental species? Are they going to merge into one big hybrid population? We’re only going to find out in hindsight,” he added.

The question has experts taking sides now. Some say hybrids are Mother Nature’s answer to the changes humans have wrought. That is, the greater an animal’s genetic diversity, the more chance there is for it to adapt to rapidly changing environments. Wilson, the Canadian wildlife geneticist, is studying the hybrid squirrel genome for adaptive advantages, such as the northerner’s ability to withstand cold and the southerner’s ability to fight off diseases from warmer climes.

“One could look at these hybrids as a creative reshuffling of genetic material for a changing landscape,” Wilson said. “Climate change isn’t going to go away … maybe these hybrids are emerging as the most adapted flying squirrel for the changing landscape and climate.”

But it is hard to know in advance if a hybrid’s novel mix of genes will harm or help. One example of a genetic gamble that didn’t work out so well: Pizzlies bred in a German zoo excelled at hunting seals but didn’t have the strong swimming abilities of their polar forebears, noted Brendan Kelly, an Arctic specialist with the National Science Foundation. Three years ago, Kelly was part of a group of American wildlife experts who sounded an alarm over Arctic hybrids. Disappearing sea ice – which once separated potential cross-breeding partners – could mean more hybrids in the future, and governments must manage hybrids before rare species are lost, they warned.

“We are projecting forward and asking what happens when we very rapidly remove barriers to gene flow,” Kelly said in an interview. “This has evolutionary implications and we should be paying attention.”

Source: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/are-hybrid-species-being-created-due-to-climate-change

public relations firm and public affairs firm Denver and Phoenix

Crossbow Communications is a full-service advertising agency and public relations firm in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm specializes in issue management and public affairs.

Sustainable Cities Worth Investment

Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy Cities

Sustainable cities are one key to a sustainable world. Eco-entrepreneur Gary Chandler is leading the development of a new program that will promote efficiency and resiliency in cities and communities around the world.

sustainable cities network

Chandler says that a sustainable future requires more sustainable, efficient and resilient cities. To help facilitate solutions, Chandler’s companies, Crossbow Communications and Earth News, are launching the Greener Cities program–a multidimensional online portal and a powerful awards program for cities and communities around the world.

Cities around the globe are home to approximately 50 percent of the world’s population and they generate 80 percent of our planet’s greenhouse gases. As severe weather seems to be more frequent and more extreme, many communities are bracing for the increasing threats of fires, droughts, floods, severe weather, population displacement, and others. Community leaders and citizens everywhere must be informed, motivated and empowered to be part of the solution.

“Cities must take responsibility for our contributions to global climate change,” says former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

public relations strategy

Unfortunately, few local communities have the ability to engage their citizens to develop a common vision around this issue. Some need guidance on a collaborative process to achieve consensus. Others need help outlining the range of possibilities that they can consider to cut pollution, save energy, conserve water and promote health and sustainability. Many communities already are in contingency mode and need help mitigating and weathering the impacts of climate change on their homes and businesses. Resiliency is becoming the new buzzword.

Many community leaders need coaching to bring all stakeholder groups to the table to discuss opportunities, threats, resources, and priorities. As communities begin planning, they need comprehensive guidance regarding the full range of possible actions to consider in their plans. Many communities are limiting their sustainability visions to the energy efficiency of city buildings and vehicle fleets. They need to learn from other cities that have embraced a broader spectrum of possible actions such as investments, tax policies, water use, tree management, open space, expanded recycling efforts, and many others.

“Recognition programs can help expedite action and encourage cities around the world to  learn from each other,” said Gary Chandler, president of Crossbow. “This will be the most powerful awards program in the world for sustainable cities.”

Background: For more information about sustainable and resilient cities, please visit http://greenercities.org/sustainable-cities-best-practices/ Please submit your best practices, case studies, and other resources that can help communities and businesses around the world learn from your experiences.

public relations firm and public affairs firm Denver and Phoenix

Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs.  It’s also promoting sustainable, resilient and livable cities. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com to join our network.

Public Relations Consultant Speaking Out For Sustainability

Climate Change, Biodiversity, Sustainability

The future isn’t what it used to be. That’s why Crossbow Communications is digging in to defend endangered species and an endangered planet. The lives of future generations are counting on more sustainable practices and policies.

Save Kilimanjaro

Chandler has spent most of his career defending the underdogs of the world–from abandoned kids to abandoned pets and endangered species.

Today, he’s putting most of his effort into sustainability issues, including climate change, deforestation, reforestation, wildlife poaching, sustainable cities and prion disease.

deforestation and endangered species

Chandler is a veteran communications strategist with more than 30 years of experience in marketing, public affairs and issue management. He is a record-setting marketing strategist and an award-winning public affairs professional. In his spare time, he writes books about sustainability, natural resources and wildlife conservation.

Gary R. Chandler

He is the author and co-author of 10 books, including Environmental Heroes and the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia. Prior to forming Crossbow in 1992, Chandler worked for Tracy-Locke/BBDO Advertising & Public Relations, the National Cattlemen’s Association and several public affairs and public relations firms in Denver, Colorado. He works from both Denver and Phoenix as necessary.

public relations strategy

public relations firm USA

Crossbow Communications is a full-service advertising agency and public relations firm in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm specializes in issue management and public affairs. Crossbow has helped influence public opinion and public policy around the world. It has won state and national awards, while setting state and national records for our clients. Government relations. Media relations. Write gary@crossbow1.com

 

Earth News Celebrates 20 Years Of Environmental Conservation

Pioneers In Environmental Journalism

Earth News showcased it’s first environmental success stories 20 years ago. Since then, it has produced hundreds of articles, from the Rocky Mountain News to the Jakarta Post. The founders also have published 11 related books–and hopefully a difference. It has profiled the efforts of environmental pioneers such as David Brower, Al Gore, Robert Redford, Anita Roddick, and scores of unsung environmental heroes from around the world.

Indonesia deforestation and endangered species

Earth Tones launched the environmental news service on Earth Day in 1991. It profiles environmental success stories from around the world.

The syndicated column has been published around the globe. The company and its founders have written and published eleven books for New York publishers on related topics, including:

  • Environmental Heroes (Pruett Publishing, 1995)
  • Contemporary Environmentalists (Facts on File, 1996)
  • Environmental Causes (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Alternative Energy Sources (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Recycling (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Kids Who Make a Difference (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Protecting Our Air, Land and Water (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Guardians of Wildlife (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Natural Foods and Products (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)

Gary Chandler author

“We are looking forward to the next 20 years,” said Gary Chandler, company president. “The landscape is changing rapidly–in good ways and bad. There’s no shortage of important environmental topics to cover.”

Tanzania lion conservation

Save Kilimanjaro ecosystem

For more information about Earth Tones, Inc. and Earth News, please visit http://www.earthnewsmedia.com/climate-change/

public relations firm and public affairs firm Denver and Phoenix

Earth Tones is a subsidiary of Crossbow Communications, a full-service advertising agency and public relations firm in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm specializes in issue management and public affairs. Crossbow has helped influence public opinion and public policy around the world. It has won state and national awards, while setting state and national records for our clients. Government relations. Media relations. Stakeholder relations. Build your bottom line and a better world with Crossbow.

Resilience and Sustainability Network Launched For Cities

Sustainable Cities Can Help Fight Climate Change

To help address the impacts of cities on climate change and the impact of climate change on cities, we are developing the sustainability network to accelerate the movement of cities and communities toward efficiency and resiliency. With your help, this prestigious annual award will be the richest and most comprehensive awards program in the world for sustainability.

sustainable cities

In addition, the high-profile awards program will help drive the most comprehensive information portal in the world to promote sustainable cities, while helping them avoid roadblocks and pitfalls that waste time and scarce resources. Although there are some impressive award programs and information portals for sustainability, none has the breadth and depth that we envision to expedite the process and maximize the impact of the sustainable city movement.

As sustainability experts know, cities around the world are home to about 50 percent of the world’s population and they generate approximately 80 percent of our planet’s greenhouse gases – the primary human contributor to climate change. Meanwhile, many communities are managing the increasing threats of fires, droughts, floods, severe weather, population displacement, and others. Community leaders and citizens around the world must be informed, motivated and empowered to become part of the solution and to be more resilient in the process.

“Cities must take responsibility for our contributions to global climate change,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Sustainability Challenge Facing Cities

Unfortunately, few local communities have the ability to engage their citizens in developing a common vision around this issue. Some need guidance on citizen engagement and a collaborative process to achieve consensus. Others need help outlining the entire spectrum of actions that they can take to cut pollution, save energy, conserve water and promote health and sustainability. Other communities around the world already are in contingency mode and need help mitigating the impacts of climate change on their homes and businesses.

Many community leaders need coaching to bring all stakeholder groups to the table to discuss opportunities, threats, resources, and priorities. As communities begin planning, they need comprehensive guidance regarding the full range of possible actions to consider in their plans. Many communities are limiting their sustainability visions to the energy efficiency of city buildings and vehicle fleets. They need to learn from other cities that have embraced a broader spectrum of possible actions such as investments, tax policies, water management, tree management, open space, expanded recycling efforts, and many others.

reforestation a climate change solution

Civic leaders need guidance and resources to engage all stakeholders. They need role models, case studies, networks, mentors, financial assistance, and incentives to help them exchange experiences and resources. These resources and processes can help minimize civic gridlock and promote rapid change.

The results of a recent survey conducted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the first of its kind, measures how and to what extent local governments are acting to promote sustainability. It indicates that most city leaders need help on many levels to develop successful sustainability plans.

“Sustainability has emerged as a major public policy issue facing countries throughout the world,” writes James H. Svara, Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and Professor in the School of Public Affairs. “Sustainability requires a broad range of actions that must include contributions from all levels of government, from all sectors of the economy, and from all of the citizenry. City and county governments are uniquely positioned to make a significant contribution to the effort. They are directly involved in providing or regulating many of the human activities that affect resource use, promote economic development, and affect the protection and inclusion of persons from all economic levels and racial and ethnic groups.”

Overall, the responses to the ICMA survey demonstrate two opposing tendencies:

  1. Most local governments are becoming active in sustainability, but most governments are involved at a relatively low level and most of the possible sustainability actions are not being widely utilized.
  2. Most governments lack goals, targets, or specific plans. Only a quarter of local governments have citizen committees and staff dedicated to sustainability, and only one in six has a separate budget to promote sustainability although local governments are spending money on specific actions.

Although the motivation for local action is on the rise, most communities still lack the direction and framework for quick and effective visioning and planning on sustainability. They need guidance to develop and undertake comprehensive and collaborative planning that can make a difference. Although the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and other programs are taking steps in the right direction, they are limited in scope and fail to offer comprehensive guidance, including collaborative planning that specifically embraces citizen engagement and empowerment.

media relations and public relations

Communities need a toolkit of resources and a template that can guide localized efforts to overcome possible political gridlock. Local leaders need the guidance and tools necessary to educate, inspire, and manage stakeholder input from all segments of their communities. They need to form a collective brain trust for communities around the globe. In addition, many civic leaders need funding to assist with planning and implementation. The Greener Cities program also can help facilitate funding for some initiatives through Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) and carbon offsets to finance some of the projects.

“Where national governments can’t or won’t lead, cities will,” said former Toronto Mayor David Miller.

Please join us as a founder in this important program. We can’t do it without the brightest minds in the world. For more information, please visit http://greenercities.org/sustainable-cities-best-practices/

public relations firm and public affairs firm Denver and Phoenix

Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. It’s also promoting sustainable, resilient and livable cities. Please contact Gary Chandler at gary@crossbow1.com to join our network.

Public Relations Company Standing Up For Wildlife

Endangered Species, Wildlife Under Siege

The war on wildlife has been a lopsided battle. To help turn the tables, Crossbow Communications is going to work for mother nature.

Crossbow is an award-winning and record-setting public affairs and public relations consulting firm with offices in Denver, New York and Phoenix. The company’s president, Gary Chandler, is a veteran advertising, public relations and public affairs consultant with more than 30 years of experience. He also is an environmental journalist and author. He is passionate about helping our ailing planet while there are still some species to save.

Save Kilimanjaro

“I can’t believe what is happening to animals around the world, especially endangered species like the rhino, tiger, elephant and orangutan,” Chandler said. “Greed a, fear and outright evil are driving an unbelievable amount of carnage. Habitat destruction for pulp/paper and agriculture is putting even more pressure on these important animals.”

Chandler is a Colorado native and a world explorer who authored the Language and Travel Guide to Indonesia, (2009, Hippocrene Books, New York, NY). Chandler devoted much of the book to wildlife and environmental issues. He is donating all profits to wildlife conservation organizations in Indonesia.

elephant conservation Tanzania

Chandler also founded Earth News, a pioneer in the world of environmental journalism and publishing. He is the author of another eight books about environmental success stories, including Guardians of Wildlife (1995, Henry Holt, New York, NY).

As such, Chandler is devoting his consulting practice entirely to wildlife and sustainability causes. He’s even launching two related projects of his own.

“I feel like I’m starting a second career,” Chandler said. “Except, now we will be very selective about the clients that we tackle and we plan to increase the amount of pro bono work that we handle every year. That’s alright, these causes are rewarding in and of themselves. I’m here to put money in their pocket and some leverage in their sail.”

Chandler says that his company is eager to help organizations around the world that advocate for wildlife and sustainability causes. He also hopes to forge alliances with other organizations promoting sustainable cities and reforestation.

public relations firm USA

Crossbow is a full-service advertising, public relations, and public affairs company with offices and associates in Denver, New York and Phoenix.  http://crossbowcommunications.com/advertising-agency-arizona-colorado/