Teddy Roosevelt, in a frequently cited address, once noted that, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.”
On September 24, we will celebrate both National Public Lands and National Hunting and Fishing Day. This occasion provides an excellent opportunity for Americans to get outdoors and give something back by becoming active in local projects to protect our nation’s natural splendor. It’s also a crucial chance for people across the country to tell leaders in Congress that the allure of short-term economic gain is no reason to strip protections from tens of millions of acres of still pristine areas. Unfortunately, a pending congressional proposal could undermine decades of progress in preserving this wondrous heritage.
Our national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands are a resource for all of us. Scores of Americans annually take advantage of these special places. This July, just over 900,000 people visited Yellowstone National Park, the second highest number for any single month ever recorded.
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This article is part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” campaign, an ongoing project spotlighting the world’s waste crisis and how we can begin to solve it.
Now you can help raise awareness about food waste with every text.
In late September, food delivery service Hungry Harvest released a new emoji keyboard featuring odd-looking fruits and vegetables. The characters, which don’t look like the food you’d normally see in your local supermarket, include oddities such as a two-headed carrot and a misshapen strawberry giving a thumbs-up.
Hungry Harvest hopes its Ugly Produce! app (for iOS 10.0 or later) gets people texting and talking more about these kinds of foods so that they don’t go to waste, as they too often do. They might look strange, but they’re perfectly fine to eat.
“We’ve got ‘perfect’ fruits and veggies in our keyboards,” Hungry Harvest staffer Ritesh Gupta told ThinkProgress in an interview about the app. “Why don’t we yet have ones that have more personality, better express our feelings, and help bring awareness to some of the biggest issues of our time?”
Up to 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten, while one in five households with kids doesn’t have enough to eat. A significant contributor to the problem is grocery chains rejecting produce because it does not meet standards for ideal size, shape or appearance, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Some food that isn’t eaten is composted or turned into animal feed, but most of it winds up in landfills, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Hungry Harvest is a part of this movement. The service recovers rejected produce and, for a fee, delivers it to homes around Baltimore, D.C. and Philadelphia. For every delivery made, the company donates 1 to 2 pounds of produce through its donation partners or its free farmer’s markets for people in need. So far the group has recovered 1 million pounds of produce and donated almost 300,000 pounds.
Hungry Harvest’s Ugly Produce! app isn’t perfect, though. It features only 13 emojis, and they’re not integrated with Apple’s full emoji keyboard. When you open iMessage, you access Ugly Produce! by clicking the right arrow above the keyboard to expand, and then the “A” icon where you would normally find GIFs. It’s not exactly user-friendly.
That’s probably why Hungry Harvest started a petition on Change.org four weeks ago ― timed with the release of the Ugly Produce! app ― asking Apple, Google and Unicode to make ugly produce part of standard emoji keyboards. As of Wednesday, the petition had fewer than 500 signatures.
“We hope this campaign helps to bring new audiences into the movement, including folks who aren’t as familiar with the food waste movement,” Hungry Harvest’s Gupta told ThinkProgress. “We also hope Unicode, Apple, and Google take notice and help further the cause.”
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Gordon “Shotgun” Shell is a retired mixed martial arts fighter with a second career as a vigilante dogfight buster, pit bull advocate and semi-professional Michael Vick objector.
This week, Shell’s been hearing from many former fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers who are unhappy that Vick — an NFL quarterback who spent 18 months in jail in 2008 and 2009 for his role in an interstate dogfighting operation — has been signed to a one-year contract with the team.
So Shell, who is based in Detroit, decided to offer these folks something to make them feel a little better: a special anti-Vick shirt made up in Steelers colors.
“I’m going to offer free shipping to Pennsylvania residents so the shirts make it to the games,” Shell told The Huffington Post.
What’s with the slogan, you may ask?
About five years ago, Shell retired from fighting due to a serious heart condition.
But he’s offered to get back into the cage under one condition — that Michael Vick joins him in a televised battle to raise money for animal welfare groups. Hence, “Fight me Mike Vick!”
Shell has promised to call off his protests and encourage forgiveness if Vick pays this (poshlf1314
“I think the public wants and needs blood to feel closure,” Shell said. “I just want a clean hard fight in a great event that can raise awareness and funds.”
For the last few years, Shell has been wearing and selling black-and-white versions of his T-shirts. He estimates he’s sold about 4,000 so far. He uses the proceeds to buy things like bulletproof vests, which he wears for protection when he’s out rescuing dogs.
The new line of Steelers shirts launched on Wednesday, a day after it was announced that Vick would be joining the team. The quarterback’s arrival has caused some longtime Steelers fans to sever their allegiance.
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The Pittsburgh nonprofit Hello Bully, which works with dogs that have been rescued from the fighting circuit, is urging people to call and email the Steelers and register their unhappiness that Vick is joining the team.
Shell says he, too, is disappointed that Vick has re-emerged — especially, he says, since “I honestly thought he was done.”
But since Vick’s not done, and the protesters aren’t done, then neither is Shell — and he’s feeling creative.
“I think the new colors freshen the shirt,” he said, “and give it a strong meaning to disgruntled Steelers fans.”
UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. — Chris Shigas, a spokesman for Vick, told HuffPost in an email that he thinks Vick has already raised plenty of awareness for animal welfare, in part by campaigning for legislation to make it a federal crime to attend an animal fight.
“I am proud of the work in the community that Michael Vick has accomplished,” Shigas said.
As for Shell’s direct challenge, Shigas gave what seemed to be an oblique no.
“Many people have tried to make money from using Michael Vick’s name,” he said. “But threatening violence or cyberbullying is never acceptable.”
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