Over the next few weeks, we're going to be unveiling more and more of our plan for reimagining both public and private spaces in Dekalb County, GA, with special attention paid to how we can get the public at large to be involved in the planning, implementation, and maintenance of these new spaces. Our goal is to provide every Dekalb resident fresh food and beautiful landscapes within a 5 minute walk of their home. And we want to achieve this in 3-5 years. That may seem like a long time, but there's no time to waste. Stay tuned to future Rabbit Holes for updates on how you can get involved in this ambitious project, or better yet, sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay in the loop for everything Roots Down!
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* "Seeking to accelerate land conservation along the Appalachian Mountains to counter climate change and its impacts, the Open Space Institute (OSI) Feb. 22 announced the launch of its $18 million Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund (ALPF), which will focus, in part, on protecting key sections of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia." $5.25 million fund to accelerate land conservation in Greater Chattanooga region to fight climate change.
* "Western monarch numbers have been steadily dropping for decades, from 1.2 million in 1997 to 30,000 in 2019, but the most recent results from the 24th Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count are staggering — just 1,914 butterflies total, down from the millions that used to migrate from the Pacific Northwest and Central California to overwinter along the coast from Mendocino in Northern California to Ensenada in Baja California." 6 ways Californians can help save the iconic monarch butterfly.
* "Farming has destroyed a lot of the rich soil of America's Midwestern prairie. A team of scientists just came up with a staggering new estimate for just how much has disappeared. The most fertile topsoil is entirely gone from a third of all the land devoted to growing crops across the upper Midwest, the scientists say. Some of their colleagues, however, remain skeptical about the methods that produced this result." New Evidence Shows Fertile Soil Gone From Midwestern Farms.
* "Freeways Without Futures highlights the efforts of local campaign organizers and activists seeking to revitalize their communities by dismantling the city highways that burden them with the significant health hazards of vehicle exhaust, a loss of local businesses and services, and streets that are hostile to pedestrians." Freeways without futures via the Congress of New Urbanism.