Leading the Change: China’s Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

Lobsangshilo, Luorogzhaxi, Geda the Living Buddha, and Yudingnima in their scarlet and orange Tibetan monk robes scramble across the rocky outcropping that hides the razor sharp wildlife snares that were strung days ago. So far, they’ve uncovered heaps of snares and traps along with wildlife carcasses in this remote mountain along the Yangtze River in Yunnan, China. Twenty miles away, three students – He Peng, … Continue reading Leading the Change: China’s Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

Hotspots Guestblogger Danielle Williams: Climate Change Community Action Plans


Finally, a selection of Community Action Plans from National Geographic’s
Danielle Williams and the rest of the HSBC/Earthwatch Climate Change Team, as
Read more about Danielle’s work with the “Sustainable
Forest Management in a Changing Climate” project here,
and here.

Danielle W.’s Community Action Plan:


My husband and I moved to our condominium community in February of 2008. It’s
located in Falls Church, right across the street from a Metrorail station, so it’s aptly placed to
potentially be a model of sustainable behavior and investment to the rest of
our community. I have had several months to observe the behaviors of my
neighbors and I believe I can make a difference in creating better awareness of
the benefits of recycling, amongst other more sustainable actions. So my plan
is that by early 2009, I will become more involved in communicating with the
condo board to help “green” my condo community and create better awareness of
how our actions as a community contribute to climate change, thus how our
actions can also help mitigate its effects.

I will first speak with a member of the condo board separately to determine
what measures have been taken or proposed in the past to increase our energy
efficiency as a community, reduce runoff, consider space for bike racks (we
live within walking distance of a walk/bike trail) and community compost bins,
install rain barrels, develop a more robust recycling plan and consider a
long-term transition to solar power, amongst other things. I want to create a
year-long, step-by-step plan that brings one action item to the table for
consideration at each monthly condo board meeting – with realistic and
achievable results. I will argue that developing and implementing additional,
more sustainable projects into our community management plan is a solid
investment for the future.

As part of my efforts, I would like to present a modified version of the
PowerPoint presentations we were given at the HSBC/Earthwatch Climate
Partnership so that the board gains insight, like I did, as to how important –
and fun – taking action on climate change really is. I will propose that the
board support me in organizing a weekend recycling day/event for the community,
with hands-on activities for kids and their families and attended by recycling
representatives from Falls Church to help provide information about recycling
and other related programs in our area.

By December of 2009, my goal is to increase our community’s rate of recycling
by 50%. In addition, I hope that another half of my list of community action
items (i.e. rain barrels, compost bins, bike racks, etc.) are at least under
consideration and continuing to be discussed by the board.

Danielle W. works in the Research, Conservation & Exploration Division
of The National Geographic Society and serves on the Employee Practices
subcommittee of their Green Initiative.

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My Wonderful World Member Spotlight: 4-H

4-H is a community of more than 7 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the national, private sector, nonprofit partner of the 4-H Youth Development Program and its parent, the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture. Visit the 4-H site to learn more about this program, join a 4-H community, see what … Continue reading My Wonderful World Member Spotlight: 4-H