Houston Environmental News Update December 5, 2018

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” as the song goes. And for bird aficionados, that’s doubly true, as the 119th annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for December 14, 2018 through January 5, 2019.
Organized by the National Audubon Society, this all-volunteer effort takes a snapshot of bird populations to monitor their status and distribution across the Western Hemisphere. The results are compiled into a database that is shared with federal, state, and private authorities. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels. Discover new areas to bird which may not be normally accessible and take advantage of this great opportunity to bird with some of our foremost birding experts. There is NO FEE to participate in Christmas Bird Counts. We encourage you to learn more about the counts–including a few dozen within a two-hour drive of downtown Houston–at HoustonAudubon.org.

As you might imagine, the CBC isn’t the only birding opportunity offered by Houston Audubon Society. You can also participate with monthly bird surveys, many of which are held in conjunction with other CEC member organizations, including Armand Bayou Nature Center (2nd Saturdays), Baytown Nature Center (3rd Thursdays Sep-May), Hermann Park (2nd Mondays), Houston Arboretum (3rd Saturdays), Willow Waterhole (3rd Saturdays), and Woodland Park.

If you read this newsletter regularly, you know that many local organizations conduct activities related to birds. Some of the birdier groups among our members include:
Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

The image above is of a Reddish Egret at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, one of the sites for the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts.


Tickets now available! Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour
January 30 & 31, 2019

Join us on January 30 & 31, 2019, for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour. Continue reading

Houston Environmental News Update November 28, 2018

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, Just in case you missed the news, on Black Friday, November 23, 2018, the federal government released Volume 2 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, required by law every four years.
The report, focusing on the severe environmental and economic consequences to the nation of climate change, is derived from the work of 13 federal agencies and followed last year’s Volume 1, which laid out the science in meticulous detail. It breaks out impacts by the nation’s regions, one of which is the Southern Great Plains, including Texas. That section included a special breakout on Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the Houston region in 2017.
“Based on past trends and recent sea surface temperatures, the heaviest rainfall amounts from intense storms such as Harvey are about 5%-7% greater now than what they would have been a century ago,” the report states.
As reported by the Texas Tribune, the assessment states Texas “is vulnerable to increasing temperature, extreme precipitation and continued sea level rise, particularly as infrastructure ages and populations shift to urban centers.” You can read and download the full report at nca2018.globalchange.gov.
Many scientists, economists, and policymakers favor a carbon tax or fee as a means of addressing climate change. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced on the House floor a bill, called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act , as reported by The Hill. The bill is supported by the nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which has several area chapters. You can find the group’s information about the bill hereNOTE: The CEC does not have a position on either a carbon tax or the proposed legislation, but we include the information so you can learn more about the issue.
Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens and Jesse Allen, using Suomi NPP OMPS data provided courtesy of Colin Seftor (SSAI) and VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Used in the Fourth National Climate Assessment


Supporting CEC

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Citizens’ Environmental Coalition when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/74-1692204.

Houston Green Film Series: Living the Change

Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, the Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Nov. 28, 2018, for Living the Change.

The film explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. (Watch the trailer).

6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal, followed by the screening at 7 p.m.. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook event.
Sign up for information about this event and other green film news at constantcontact.com.
And be sure to mark your calendar for January 30 & 31, 2019, when we’ll be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour. No film in January.


#GivingTuesday – Double Your Donation starting at 7 AM

As the holiday season brings cash flowing to retail businesses, non-profits can get in on the action thanks to #GivingTuesday. Give early to take advantage of matching gift opportunities!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 is a significant day for caring Houstonians. Why? Because it’s is #GivingTuesday! It’s a day when you can make a big impact on Citizens’ Environmental Coalition and on our environmental community.
Starting at 7 am Houston time on Tuesday, 11/27/18, Facebook and PayPal are matching up to $7 million of funds raised on Facebook for U.S. nonprofits like CEC. Use the Facebook payment platform and pay no fee—100% of the donations made through Facebook Payments go to the charity—and hopefully help us earn matches for your donations!
For over 45 years, the CEC has worked to improve our region’s air, water, and lands by educating the public about critical environmental issues, and building coalitions to address those issues.
If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can also pay securely with a credit card, through PayPal Giving Fund (which will make a 1% donation match through the end of the year), and on Network for Good (which makes it easy to set up recurring donations). As always, you may send a check (payable to Citizens’ Environmental Coalition) to PO Box 702, Houston, TX 77001.
Your support is critical to CEC’s ability to connect our environmental community. We do this through publications including the CEC newsletter, the Environmental Resource Guide, and a website featuring a comprehensive environmental calendar and green job listing. We also connect our community through events, including the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, Wild About Houston Green Films, and–in partnership with Discovery Green Conservancy–Earth Day Houston in April. Over the next two years, thanks to a generous donor, we will be working to connect formal and informal educators with learners. We need your help to amplify the work of the environmental community in the Greater Houston region!

Make a contribution today!

$100,000 #GivingTuesday Charity Giveaway

To celebrate #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018, Benevity will be sending $10 for every retweet of Benevity’s #GivingTuesday video that mentions @cechouston. Why? Because this year, Benevity wants people to look for the good in the world, find the good in the world and be the good in the world.

We’re excited for #GivingTuesday! If you’re planning to donate use this search tool to see if your company will match your donation – https://doublethedonation.com/giving-tuesday/

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Citizens’ Environmental Coalition when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/74-1692204.