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Charles Orgbon

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Combat Fishery Declines With These Mobile Applications

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 8:18 AM

The power to impact the world's fisheries just got a little closer.

The world's fisheries are under more pressure than ever before because of factors such as the loss of essential fish habitats and plastics pollution.

More fished are consumed today than any other time before. From 1950 to...

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Earthbench: A Symbol of Peace and Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 8:10 AM

I've never touched so many feet in one day.

Odd as it may seem, over 30 student volunteers came out one Saturday afternoon to build the South's first earthbench made from cob and bottle bricks at Mill Creek High School in celebration of America Recycles Day with the

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Environmentalists for Equality

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 9:16 AM

From Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks to JC Penny, many corporate executives are weighing in on the equality debate. For example, in January, JC Penny hired Ellen DeGeneres, one of the most well-known and loved LGBT celebrities, as its spokeswoman. By sending out a Mother's Day catalogue featuring a family with...

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$2 Can Make A Difference

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 9:33 AM

Do you think you can make a difference with $2? If not, think again! John McLaughlin is a Los Angeles senior and he is putting his $2 to work every day. John has not quite embraced technology, and he may never, but he certainly understands his role in our global...

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The Lakota Way: Conservation of a Culture, People and Planet

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 9:22 AM

Lakota pride. Those are the words Patricia Hammond read on a pick-up truck bumper sticker while living in the tallgrass prairies of Iowa with her daughter. Similar to how that sea-green 1950s Chevy zoomed by her, memories raced through her mind of her prideful Lakota heritage. She knew what she...

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Two-Spirit People: Gays Accepted by Native Americans

(9) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 9:13 AM

Rather than emphasizing the sexuality of gay and lesbian people, many Native Americans focused on their spiritual gifts. Even today, American Indian traditionalists tend to see a person's basic character as a reflection of their spirit. Androgynous or transgender persons are seen as doubly blessed, having both the...

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Young Environmental Leaders Connect via Facebook Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 9:21 AM

The Young Environmentalists Network (YEN) shows how young people's captivating energy and intrinsic creativity power movements for environmental protection. As these young environmental leaders connect with one another and create an online network full of professional and personal resources. This networking allows youth to develop connections, explore opportunities,...

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Earth Saver Award Recognizes Sean Russell and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 8:49 AM

Hero. Many of us fail to recognize that we can all be heroes. We hear stories of extraordinary people doing extraordinary things and we often fail to make the connection that each and every one of us has that same potential. Look inside of yourself. Look around you. What you...

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Where is the Water?

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 9:23 AM

Ten steps. That's probably about how long it would take most of us in America to find the nearest faucet. However, millions of women and children begin their daily trek with a 10,000-mile walk to the nearest source of clean water. In fact, 7 billion humans vie for...

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AmeriCorps...Still Making a Difference

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 8:24 AM

Seven years ago, I was in the third grade in Goose Creek, South Carolina, a suburb of Charleston. I remember only a few things about my third grade education: my love for civics, how a law is crafted, and the basics behind how the federal government creates our country's budget....

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5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Recycle

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 9:32 AM

What happens when common problems can be solved through creative, out-of-the-box solutions? Umbrellas become high-end clothing. Sport shoes are turned into new sporting equipment. Eye glasses and soap are remanufactured to serve the health needs of third-world countries. Through chemical separation, metals from batteries are reclaimed and resold. Ultimately, solutions...

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Eco-Teen Competes for $50,000 Prize

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 7:39 AM

That eco-teen is me.

In 2008, as a fifth grader, I began noticing the world around me -- thus guiding me to the global issue of littering. What began as a simple service project organically grew into an international movement that was empowering 500 youth to engage 6,000 community...

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We the People, We the Teens

(13) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 7:48 AM

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Our nation's largest political disconnect lies with the very groups of people that should be building partnerships together to move this country forward -- adults and youth.

Since day one of elementary school, youth have been told the common...

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