The United Nations designates every March 22nd as World Water Day, the day of the year to spotlight the global safe water and sanitation issue and the collective efforts underway to get solutions to those struggling and in need. Today much of the world faces a global safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene crisis. In contrast to easy access to fresh water in the United States, one out of every eight people worldwide lack safe drinking water and two out of every five people worldwide lack adequate sanitation.
The third week in March is designated as National Poison Prevention Week to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Every day, people can (and do) prevent poisonings. More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90% of those reported occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. In addition, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.
The Ohio River Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a group of citizens concerned about the Ohio River, and the need for increased citizen response to the degradation of this valuable natural resource.
Community, sustainability and wellness will come together in a unique campus-wide event at Northern Kentucky University on April 9th. The event will attempt to establish a record for most people on teeter totters at one time and make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Funds raised will be used to purchase BigBelly Waste and Recycling containers for campus.
Birds can't see glass and don't understand architectural cues, such as window frames, mullions, and handles, that alert people to the hazard. Experts estimate that up to one billion birds die each year from resulting collisions. A new translucent adhesive tape, which tests show can significantly reduce bird collisions with glass windows and doors is now available to the public and is being sold by the American Bird Conservancy.
The GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations to a website from a computer or smartphone. Light pollution threatens not only our "right to starlight", but can also affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. The GLOBE at Night campaign has run for two weeks each winter and spring for the last six years.
Last week marked the celebration of World Wetlands Day. Wetlands come in many forms and go by many ways. Wetlands are some of the most important resources for migratory birds such as ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes. They also support moose, black bears, lynx and other wildlife. Cranberries and blueberries also grow in bogs in the northern United States. Despite their many benefits, the United States looses about 60,000 acres of wetlands each year. Help preserve and monitor wetlands near you by visiting the EPA's website.
Pedal into spring with the first Bike Bop of the new year on March 10th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. This 10-mile ride begins at Park+Vine and meanders to the Green Learning Center at the Civic Garden Center. Last year the Civic Garden Center transformed an empty lot and gas station at Oak and Reading into a hands-on laboratory. Students and adults learn how to apply sustainable practice to their gardens and the systems that support them. Space is limited to the first 20 people who RSVP. To RSVP email email@example.com.
Connect Ohio is pleased to have Gallia County Economic Development in conjunction with Gallia County Jobs & Family Services as partners in the statewide Every Citizen Online broadband training project. The free computer and internet basics course is helping area adults connect and communicate in ways many people take for granted. The coursework is geared toward first-time computer and broadband users, includes computer basics, an introduction to the internet and how broadband can be helpful in daily life. Upcoming classes are scheduled for March 12th and 13th from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is asking us to save the date: Saturday, March 31st from 10 am - 1 pm. This year they will be kicking off the Great American Cleanup by cleaning the city's dirtiest highway's exit and entrance ramps. They have teamed up with the Ohio Department of Transportation, but citizen volunteers are also needed to pitch in.