I saw this picture on my cousin’s FB page.
My cousin, Mickey Glantz, is a world-renowned climatologist from Boulder, CO. (http://fragilecologies.com) When the Vietnamese and Americans normalized relations after the Vietnam war, he was the first person they invited to visit. He designed the badge while he was in Kathmandu recently for a climate change conference.
The hand belongs to Dhiraj Pradhananga, who runs Small Earth Nepal (http://www.smallearth.org.np), who is doing advanced education work in Canmore, AB this year.
Between the three of us, we have cooked up what we think is an awesome idea.
Dhiraj has had 108+ similar badges manufactured by cottage industry ladies in Nepal for $1.25 each. Good business for local handicrafts persons, working out of shops the size of half a North American single-car garage.
I’m selling them, at cost, plus shipping and handling and any donation you care to make ($5+ suggested, covers costs and a small contribution). All profits will go to NGOs in Nepal and Bhutan: environmental action, education for girls, and orphanages . Some badges say “Plot to Save the Planet” and some say “Plot to Save the Earth.” There are three different designs, which I’ll show in later posts. Let me know which you like best.
What I really want is for people to take pictures of their “Plot to Save the Earth” badges in front of their favourite local nature spots, all over the planet, and send them to me to post. I’m hoping the pictures also start popping up all over the web. It’s a great heartfelt message for anyone who has the good fortune to see one of them. How cool is that!
So I’m getting started with this one, which I took at Lake Wilcox, an environmentally important kettle lake near where I live on the Oak Ridges Moraine.People have been living in this area for more than 10,000 years, according to the artifacts.
Here’s another picture too, from Dhiraj at Bow Lake in Alberta. He was on a trip up to the Bow Lake Glacier meteorological station to collect some data.
We’ve also started a Facebook Group: Plot to Save the Earth