Houston Environmental News Update January 17, 2018

The CEC’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one week away!

We invite you to join us at the  2018 W&SFF On Tour to be held at the historic River Oaks Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, January 24 & 25, 2018.

Twenty films will be shown over two nights, and will tell compelling stories about border walls, ecological restoration in Texas, endangered bumblebees, plastic pollution, organic farming, sea turtles, activism, and making a difference in your community. We selected films that showcase the links between beauty, environment, adventure, quality of life, and action. By showing these films, CEC is working to connect individuals and organizations to create a stronger Gulf Coast environmental community. While the films tell stories from around the world, we are especially excited about the local films we are showing.

Houston, at What Cost?
In Bianca Ibarra’s neighborhood on Houston’s east side, the smokestacks are simply a given, part of the landscape. This three-minute video details how air pollution damages hearts and lungs and offers ways for young people to help solve the problem. Bianca’s movie won a prestigious prize sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund for high school students in the Houston area.

Urban Pocket Prairies:
Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter.

Purchase your tickets now, before we sell out!

Eventbrite - Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour - January 2018

Thank you to our festival sponsors: Hayley Pallister, Lawrence Spence, Judge Steven Kirkland, Richard Barton, and the following:

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Houston Environmental News Update January 10, 2018

This coming Monday we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to recognizing Dr. King’s leadership in nonviolent civil rights activism, the day is a designated National Day of Service. You can learn more about  Dr. King, #MLKDay, and the power of service at MLKDay.gov.

Local environmental groups in the Houston region offer a vast array of opportunities to volunteer and to serve our community. One of my favorite calls are inquiries about volunteer opportunities: with a community of almost 150 member organizations, we can suggest great volunteer opportunities for everyone. Here are some of my favorite resources for finding local environmental volunteering opportunities:

  • VolunteerHouston.org–opportunities with CEC and several of its member organizations, including Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy, Mercer Botanic Garden, TWRC Wildlife Center, Memorial Park Conservancy, Nature Discovery Center, Recipe for Success, Armand Bayou Nature Center, BikeHouston Galveston Bay Foundation, Hermann Park Conservancy, and the Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas.
  • VolunteerMatch.org–Many organizations, including most of the above, also post opportunities on this national site, where you can search for both local and virtual opportunities.
  • Serveforgood.org–A resource developed by local teens for teens.
  • EarthShare of Texas provides, among other things, suggestions for corporate volunteer groups.

Speaking of volunteering… You may have heard about the record number of cold-stunned sea turtles that have been rescued along Texas beaches during the cold weather last week–the Houston Chronicle has reported on the situation. Volunteers were critical to finding and rescuing the hundreds of turtles that were cold stunned. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Gulf Coast Program has been sharing information about the event on facebook. If you are interested in helping with future patrolling efforts–either during cold event or during nesting season–you might consider becoming a trained volunteer. Learn more about and sign up for upcoming trainings in February at the sea turtle patrol website.


Banner Photo Notes: A cold-stunned green sea turtle warms up at the ARK (Animal Rescue Keep) in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo by Earl Nottingham, TPWD.


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Houston Environmental News Update January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

Last week, we shared with you the most significant accomplishments, controversies, issues, news, and events in the greater Houston region impacting the environment.

This week, as the new year begins, we ask you to share hopes and predictions for our greater Houston environment in 2018. Last year, our readers hoped to see Houston and Harris County commit ‘serious money to flood protection’, increased recycling, enforcement of EPA standards, work towards a comprehensive state water plan, and increased transparency pertaining to illegal dumping, industrial toxic emissions, and rail transport of highly dangerous materials.

Please take just a few moments to share your thoughts using our short survey.


Banner Photo Notes: Don’t ring in the new year with just bells, start off right with tree rings. Speaking of trees… Save the date for CEC’s “Stump the Treehugger” environmental trivia contest on May 20, 2018.


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