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The Adaptation Network is one of Earth Island’s newest projects. “Adaptation” refers to adapting to climate change in the US, although the models the Network promotes and the relationships it brokers are global.

Begun last September, The Adaptation Network is co-directed by two women with very different backgrounds. Beth Raps has 25 years experience in the progressive nonprofit sector as an organizer and fundraiser. Lynne Carter – a marine scientist and marine policy expert, experienced translator, and a bridge-builder between scientists, policymakers, and the public – gave her first public workshop on climate change in 1989. Under President Bill Clinton, Carter was regional liaison to our first and so far only National Assessment of Climate Impacts and Variability (mandated by Congress to occur every five years to provide us with usable data on how climate is changing in the US).

Some of the network’s most important work is helping people infuse adaptation into their work for mitigation, and ensuring that adaptation planning is always done with mitigation in mind. The Network is a kind of “one-stop shop” for all things related to adaptation to climatic change in the US.

In January 2007, Circle the Earth – Grassroots Women Taking Action for a Sustainable Future developed out of the former EII project, Women’s Global Green Action Network (WGGAN). According to Redwood Mary, executive director of Circle the Earth, “Out of WGGAN’s two-plus years of experimentation, it became clear there needs to be a focus on advancing the community issues with which women working for environmental sustainability at the grassroots grapple. WGGAN had focused on identifying women environmental leaders and on one-time projects. The heart of Circle the Earth’s (CTE) work is effective on-the-ground collaborative grassroots projects in California and on the East Coast, and on developing key long-term partnerships internationally. CTE’s work concentrates on the convergence of collaboration, education, and outreach opportunities to advance environmentally sustainable actions from the local to the global.” CTE is one of the key organizing partners of the “Our Vote=Our Voice” California Women’s Equality Day to be held August 2007 at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. For info: infocircletheearth@gmail.com or visit
circletheearth.netfirms.com.

red panda photo; face of an appealing animal eating bambooiStockphotos.comReady for his close-up: The red panda will be featured on the upcoming
documentary series “It’s Your World.”

The Red Panda Project will be part of an upcoming documentary travel series “It’s Your World,” a project of Rattle the Cage Productions. In November 2007, the Red Panda Project will be collaring the first wild red panda in 19 years and setting some of the first camera traps to capture red panda movement and activity in the wild. You can be a part of this exciting adventure. Contact (650) 279-1650 or e-mail info@redpandaproject.org to book your eco-trip or for more information.

Christopher (Toby) McLeod of Sacred Land Film Project has completed some of the filming for a 12-part documentary series, Losing Sacred Ground. McLeod and crew filmed in Russia before heading to Australia, where they are documenting the effect ofthe expansion of the McArthur River Mine on the Yanyua aboriginal community.

Despite its popularity with legitimate tourists, Cambodia is a hot spot for human trafficking: the sale of men, women, and children for sexual exploitation and forced labor. Ethical Traveler has partnered with Global Exchange, the Not For Sale Campaign, and ECPAT-Cambodia to pressure the Cambodian government to pass and enforce a comprehensive anti-trafficking law. This campaign will launch in mid-August; please visit www.ethicaltraveler.org for information or to get involved.

   

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