Sixth Grader Has Removed 2,215 Pounds of Trash From the Petaluma River

photo: DJ Woodbury - This Sixth Grader Has Removed 2,215 Pounds of Trash From the Petaluma River

2,215 pounds. That’s more than an Asian water buffalo weighs. More than a saltwater crocodile weighs. And it’s almost as much as a walrus weighs. Those are three of the ten heaviest mammals on Earth.

DJ Woodbury, a twelve-year-old from Petaluma, California, managed to remove that much garbage — 2,215 pounds of it — out of the Petaluma River, just north of San Francisco. Woodbury started his river clean-up for

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Update: Remember the Young Man With a Plan to Rid Oceans of Plastic?

Remember the Young Man With a Plan to Rid Oceans of Plastic? His Massive Project to Launch This Summer

His massive plan is scheduled to launch this summer

Do you remember the teenager who six years ago invented a machine that he said could get rid of the plastic that was gathering in the ocean? Well, just in time for Earth Day, the young Dutch genius announced that he is almost ready to launch his ground-breaking initiative designed to purge the seas of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

This … [more…]

Can a Wetland Help a Farm? Ask These Family Farmers

Can a Wetland Help a Farm?

The Mackinaw River on Franklin Demonstration Farm in central Illinois. Photo © Cristina Rutter for The Nature Conservancy

In the heart of the Midwest’s Corn Belt, a family farm is experimenting with ways to keep its nearby rivers clean. On a farm in the heart of Illinois, nearly a decade and a half of experiments are unfolding.

For six generations, the land’s owners, the Franklin family, have farmed their 250 … [more…]

Flint Activist LeeAnne Walters Wins Major Environmental Prize

Flint Activist Wins Major Environmental Prize

LeeAnne Walters, a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was key in exposing the crisis of lead-laced water in Flint, Mich. A Flint activist who worked to expose the Michigan city’s lead crisis is being hailed as an environmental hero.

She’s one of the winners of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize. The honor, announced on Monday, recognizes grass-roots environmental activists from around the world. Shortly after the city of Flint … [more…]

Young woman from Rigolet — stories of protecting land and water

Young woman from Rigolet shares stories of protecting the land and the water

Photo: Emily Wolfrey with some of the youth and elders who gathered to talk about their stories as land and water protectors.

Emily Wolfrey of Rigolet did what it took to get to New Brunswick last month to participate in a gathering of youth and elders. While there, they talked about their stories as land and water protectors.

“I travelled on skidoo from Rigolet to Goose Bay (about a six-hour … [more…]