Dear Friends of EPI,
Normally, you would be receiving an update from me filled with stories about students building connections to science, conservation, and community across the Americas - engaging in hands-on research and protecting vulnerable ecosystems. However, like so many in the global community, EPI is facing uncharted waters due to the outbreak of COVID-19. As an EPI supporter, you are due a candid vision of our current reality, and as a long-time partner, we trust you will be interested in learning how you can help.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on EPI’s field-based programming. We were forced to cancel our scheduled spring and summer courses. In total, we may eliminate hundreds of activities, affecting thousands of participants and curtailing much of our anticipated revenue for this year.
To address immediate needs, we secured a $255,000 loan from the... Read More
Ecology Project International (EPI) is one of 25 organizations worldwide that will be sharing funding of more than $367,500 of funding from Project for Awesome. Project for Awesome, or P4A, was launched by the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, a Montana-based philanthropic organization. Both were created by authors & brothers Hank and John Green, perhaps best known for their YouTube channel, “Vlogbrothers,” where the two have communicated through video blogs for more than a decade.
Project for Awesome was launched in 2007 as a way for online creators and influencers to use their powers for good. Each December, the Green brothers and other online creators rally their community, known as Nerdfighters, to discuss, chat up, and donate to the fundraiser in order to “increase awesome,” and “decrease world suck.” Creators offer perks for donations from their followers—everything from a lifetime pass to Vidcon (now... Read More
A single plastic straw can take more than 200 years to decompose. In the meantime, those straws often become pollution or even worse, sea turtle or whale “food.” Research estimates that there are 8.3 billion plastic straws befouling beaches worldwide. Plastic has become a dirty word, especially single-use plastics. Ecology Project International’s (EPI) Mexico's Californios Verdes Eco Club took an active role in helping ban the most common single-use plastics in Baja California Sur, including plastic straws.
So what did the Californios Verdes do, exactly? How can other youth activists use the Eco Club’s work as a template for banning single-use plastics in their own communities?
First, the Californios Verdes grew their alliances. A team of 35 businesses, nonprofit organizations, and municipal government arms, from bagel shops to the Los Cabos Association of Hotels and Tourism, named themselves the “Desplastifícate Alianza,”... Read More