As the last days of 2012 draw to a close, I’m going to be posting a series of stories about people who are finding innovative solutions to environmental problems. These folks are thinking outside the box, taking risks and trying to make the world around them greener in new and unusual ways.
I’m calling them “Outside The Box Stars,” and in each story you’ll find a person or a group of people who are crafting a new approach to unresolved environmental issues.
I did a lot of brainstorming about who to include in this series. I came up with a long list of candidates among the people I’ve reported on in the past few years: Farmers who volunteer to monitor and reduce their own pesticide use beyond what the Clean Water Act requires, a nonprofit that supports strong runs of salmon instead of trying to save endangered ones, environmentalists trying to develop a sustainable logging business … the list went on and on.
I settled on six projects that involve Oregonians pushing the limits of what individuals can do to improve the environment. They include:
As you read their stories on Ecotrope this week, let me know if you think of any “Outside The Box Stars” in your world. I’ll use your ideas to build a list that will inspire us as we head into 2013.
Markese Bryant is an African-American activist who has used his own hip-hop music to appeal to a different demographic on environmental issues including green jobs. He made this video when he was a student at Morehouse College and got some traction with his fellow students:
EarthFix and OPB News want to know more about what’s going on in Salem!
What stories should we be covering in your area? What news from your community should we know about? On December 7, EarthFix and OPB News will be holding “Coffee shop office hours” with EarthFix community engagement manager Toni Tabora-Roberts and Amanda Peacher, OPB’s Public Insight Journalist.
Coffee Shop “Office Hours” with EarthFix and OPB News
Friday, December 7th
Clockworks Cafe & Cultural Center
241 Commercial St NE, Salem OR
Please feel free to stop by, say hello and share your ideas. Just look for the gals at the table with the OPB and EarthFix logos!
We’re interested in hearing about all kinds of stories, but here are some issues we’re especially curious about right now:
What environmental stories should OPB know about in your area?
How is the housing market in your community? Have you been directly affected by the burst in the bubble?
Do you have a holiday tradition passed down for generations?
What kind of “extraordinary” activities do you or your organization practice in order to be sustainable? (beyond basic recycling, composting, etc.?)
If you can’t come, but would like to share your story ideas or other news-worthy experience, feel free to write back with your thoughts or join our Public Insight Network. We’re always looking for ways we can better cover what’s going on our communities.