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Campaign Defending Kilimanjaro Region

The Kilimanjaro region of East Africa is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Millions of people and several endangered species depend on the snows and rains of Kilimanjaro for survival. As land use encroaches further into local forests, water flows are changing and conflicts with wildlife are rising. A nonprofit organization in Tanzania hopes to reverse those trends with a comprehensive forest conservation, reforestation and community-engagement program.

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The Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania will defend the greater Kilimanjaro ecosystem with more than 10 million new seedlings, community engagement, wildlife conservation strategies and more. They will educate local stakeholders about sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture and wildlife management. Unlike past reforestation efforts in the region, it will focus on local needs and long-term sustainability. The seedlings are indigenous species that can help restore and protect the integrity of the ecosystem, while helping rural communities thrive as stewards of the land.

Unfortunately, forests across the region are retreating under the pressures of agriculture and communities that depend on firewood. Water supplies also are retreating.

The foundation plans to save wildlife, capture carbon and reduce deforestation on a massive scale. This investment will benefit the entire planet, while preserving a world treasure.

Tanzania lost more than half of its elephants to poachers over the past decade. They could be wiped out entirely in just five or six years. Adding to the crisis, there has been loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity as a result of fragmentation and loss of critical ecosystem linkages and over-exploitation of the natural habitats. This loss of habitat brings humans and wildlife into more and more conflict over food, water and space–which means more bloodshed.

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We will plant trees for sustainable timber, rainfall management, groundwater conservation, food, wildlife habitat and other regional needs. We will include an urban forestry program that will help “street kids” generate food and income. The urban canopy can help capture pollutants and water runoff, while making the cities more resilient and energy efficient.

Conservationists are demanding more efforts to protect endangered species now. In a letter published July 27, 2016 in the journal BioScience, 43 wildlife conservationists warn that elephants, lions, rhinos, gorillas and many other species will become extinct without urgent intervention, which must include habitat conservation, community engagement and more.

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“We have some powerful sponsorship packages,” said Crossbow President Gary Chandler. “We also have some very unique rewards for donors. Please help spread the word to your friends, families and favorite companies. This is a very important program to the entire world.”

Crossbow is donating its time to help generate sponsors, donors and grants. We also need volunteers and in-kind donations. Please click here to Help Save Kilimanjaro.

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Biosolids Fueling Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease The Tip Of An Iceberg

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is ravaging wildlife in many regions across North America. It’s part of a larger epidemic of neurological disease that is killing millions of people, wildlife and livestock around the world. Once again, wildlife are serving as the proverbial canary in a coal mine.

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CWD is part of an incurable spectrum disease called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” Mismanagement of pathogens associated with the disease are contributing to a broader epidemic of neurological disease among wildlife, livestock and people.

Few, if any, mammals are immune to prion disease. There is no species barrier. It’s been found in dolphins, too, thanks to sewage runoff and sewage dumped at sea. It is likely contributing to the mass stranding of whales, too.

TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure and there is no species barrier.

TSEs, including chronic wasting disease, are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). Prion disease is unstoppable. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. Victims can spread the disease even further via their bodily fluids and cell tissue. Victims often are contagious long before they appear sick. Their saliva, urine, blood and feces, for example, spread the pathogen further every day. Prions linger in the environment and on objects infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Because of the dynamics, Canada has declared CWD unstoppable.

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Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to CWD and the prion disease epidemic, many pathways are being mismanaged around the globe. Thanks to sewage, biosolidsreclaimed sewage water and feedlot waste, we’re recycling the prion pathogen that causes neurological disease right back into our watersheds, which we share with deer, elk, moose, livestock and other creatures that are vulnerable to prion disease. Rain, wind and irrigation spread deadly prions further everyday. Healthy wildlife are being exposed to deadly prions through food, water, air and contact with infected animals.

Since prions are in the bodily fluids of its victims, sewage mismanagement is a top concern. Wastewater treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA. Therefore, putting biosolids on crops and dumping sewage sludge throughout our watersheds is a very bad idea. Dumping sewage from billions of people on land and at sea creates deadly prion freeways.

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Every sewage system in the world has been used by a person, if not millions of people, with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Sewage systems have become prion incubators. Biosolids, water reuse and sludge disposal have made them potent prion distributors. The waste from feedlots is likely contributing to the epidemic.

Although there are multiple causes of prion disease, including CWD, reckless policies are contributing to an environmental nightmare. Sick deer, elk, moose and other wildlife and marine life are just a symptom of a much bigger problem. Putting these pandora-like pathogens back in the box is impossible. Injecting them into the lifecycle is reckless and a form of bioterrorism.

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Unfortunately, misinformation distributed by government agencies about the risks associated with chronic wasting disease are reckless, incompetent and criminally negligent at best. Claiming that there is no known risk associated with handling or consuming wildlife with CWD is laughable. Just look at the guidance issued regarding mad cow disease. Just look at the guidance issued to people with the most severe form of the disease–Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

The bodies of prion victims, regardless of species, are highly toxic and contagious. Hunting knives and saws used on sick wildlife are infected forever. Processing plants that cut and grind wildlife carcasses for hunters (before CWD tests are complete) are contaminated forever. Every animal processed after an infected carcass will become infected. Pickups and trailers that transport infected animals are hopelessly contaminated. The prion pathways created by one hunting trip can explode exponentially within hours.

Hunters should just walk away from a carcass that looks suspicious and one should treat all game that looks healthy as suspicious, until proven otherwise. Hunters that kill and dress deer with CWD expose themselves and their families to prion disease in many ways thanks to misinformation from state and federal regulators.

It’s impossible to neutralize or stop prions in even the most sterile environments, including hospitals. It’s ludicrous to think that treated sewage water or biosolids are prion-free. Especially since prions from people are much more infectious than those found in other species (prions become more aggressive as they work their way up the food chain).

It’s also ludicrous to think that game processing plants are prion-free. Regulations in this arena are criminal. Thousands, possibly millions, of innocent people have been exposed to the prions from someone else’s sick deer. That’s because many are processed before testing or no testing is done at all.

According to the U.S. EPA, “Prions are extremely resistant to inactivation by ultraviolet light, irradiation, boiling, dry heat, formaline, freezing, drying and changes in pH. Methods for inactivating prions in infected tissues or wastes include incineration at very high temperatures and alkaline hydrolysis.”

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This warning applies to the sewage plants that are contaminating our favorite hunting grounds. It also applies to game processing plants. It’s impossible to sterilize either once infected with prions.

The EPA National Water Research Compendium 2009-2014 lists prions eight times as an emerging contaminant of concern in sewage sludge (biosolids), water and manure. 

The EPA issued what it calls the “Sludge Rule,” which basically disclaims any responsibility for its risk assessments regarding biosolids. The EPA reserves the right to adjust these risk assessments, however, as the test of time disproves its pseudo-science.

Prion researcher Dr. Joel Pedersen, from the University of Wisconsin, found that prions become 680 times more infective in certain soils. Pedersen’s research also found that sewage treatment does not inactivate prions. Therefore, prions are lethal, mutating, migrating and multiplying everywhere sewage and it’s byproducts are dumped.

“Our results suggest that if prions enter municipal wastewater treatment systems, most of the agent would bond to sludge, survive anaerobic digestion, and be present in treated biosolids,” Pedersen said. “Land application of biosolids containing prions represents a route for their unintentional introduction into the environment. Our results emphasize the importance of keeping prions out of municipal wastewater treatment systems. Prions could end up in sewage treatment plants via slaughterhouses, hospitals, dental offices and mortuaries just to name a few of the pathways. The disposal of sludge represents the greatest risk of spreading prion contamination in the environment. Plus, we know that sewage sludge pathogens, pharmaceutical residue and chemical pollutants are taken up by plants and vegetables.” (Now, we know that plants uptake prions, too.)

Read More About The Hazards Of Biosolids at http://crossbowcommunications.com/chronic-wasting-disease-a-byproduct-of-sewage-mismanagement/

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Africa’s Ecosystems Near Collapse

Leaders Want Help With Climate Mitigation, Resilience

Leading emitters of greenhouse gases should honor their financial commitment to enable vulnerable African countries to strengthen their resilience to impacts of climate change. Heads of state and government who met at an AU summit here stressed that the industrial north has an obligation to assist African countries adapting to climate change.

“Africa contributes less than 3 percent of total green house gases that cause climate change. This should be a justification for us to ask the developed world to contribute more towards bridging the funding bill,” said Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

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Global warming has wrought immense damage on Africa’s fragile ecosystems as well as physical and social infrastructure. Kikwete said that financing shortfalls, slow technological adoption and disjointed policies have undermined the fight against climate change in Africa.

“Addressing climate change requires massive financial resources and technological support never envisaged before. For example, addressing adaptation alone needs financial resources in the range of 7-15 billion U.S. dollars annually by 2020,” Kikwete told African leaders and diplomats.

The international community has been slow in honouring financial pledges to help African nations cope with climate induced vagaries. Kikwete warned that societies across Africa will suffer heavily in the absence of mitigation and adaptation programs.

“Scientific assessments indicate that Sub-Saharan Africa will suffer from climate induced disasters. There will be a 19 percent and 68 percent decrease in maize and beans yields respectively,” Kikwete said.

He added that African nations may lose 311 million U.S. dollars annually due to impacts of climate change on resource based economic sectors.

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Political leaders in Africa have joined the civil society in lobbying for increased climate financing. The Committee of African heads of state and governments on climate change that is headed by President Kikwete has challenged big polluters to increase financial flows and technology required for climate change adaptation.

African countries have been unable to generate adequate financial resources to combat effects of climate change. Kikwete urged African leaders to lobby the international community to ensure climate financing is adequate and consistent.

“It is important to note that the green climate fund operational procedures have been completed. The developed world has an opportunity to honor what they promised,” said Kikwete.

He challenged governments to put policy and legislative frameworks in place to facilitate the absorption of climate funds. African leaders warned that a huge financing gap might derail low carbon growth in the continent. Dozens of political leaders, diplomats and policymakers agreed that Africa must unite in the push for increased climate financing.

“Our voice should be united on the need for deep and rules based emission reduction by all major emitters. Developed countries must scale up financing and technology transfer to boost response to climate change in the poor south,” said Kenyan Foreign Minister, Amina Mohammed.

Source: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140626/roundup-african-leaders-renew-call-climate-financing

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona. We are leading the campaign to Save Kilimanjaro.

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Online Marketing Specialists Tapped For Sustainability Project

MentorNet Helping With Global Sustainability Project

Denver-based MentorNet is now hosting the online portal and developing the architecture for two global sustainability initiatives. MentorNet also is handling all online campaigns, including search engine optimization and social media for Greener Cities and Sacred Seedlings.

“This is an important new partnership,” said Rich Benvin, president and CEO of MentorNet. “We pride ourselves in being a sustainable business and we are proud to align ourselves with an international program that celebrates and promotes sustainable cities.”

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MentorNet also committed to using energy-saving servers and software to minimize the carbon footprint of this program. It will continue updating as possible to stay on the cutting edge of best practices and performance.

“MentorNet is the best online marketing consultants on the planet,” said Gary Chandler, co-founder of Earth Tones, Inc., the parent company of both Sacred Seedlings and Greener Cities. “These strategists understand the importance of planning and execution to raise our visibility around the world fast.”

For more information, please visit: http://mentornet.com/sustainable-cities-can-lead-us-to-a-sustainable-planet/

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Phoenix PR Firm Promoting Climate Change Solutions

Deforestation A Key Threat To Biodiversity

Forest conservation and reforestation are critical to a sustainable world. Deforestation is contributing to climate change, poverty and the loss of endangered species. Our goal is to help combat climate change, make communities more sustainable and resilient, protect wildlife habitat, protect wildlife–especially endangered species–and generate clean and green jobs.

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We promote forest conservation, reforestation, and urban forestry projects around the globe.

We are developing our first projects in Tanzania and Kenya now. We are working in collaboration with several local NGOs, including Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania, EnviCulture, Earth Keepers Centre, Youth Link, Megabridge Foundation and others. The scope of projects now includes most of East Africa, including Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

For more information, please visit: http://sacredseedlings.com/deforestation-and-climate-change/

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Denver PR Firm Speaking Up Against Deforestation

Reforestation Can Help Mitigate Climate Change

Crossbow Communications, a Denver-based advertising and public relations agency, has volunteered its services to raise money for Sacred Seedlings, an international reforestation and forest conservation program also based in Colorado.

“Our partners in Tanzania have developed a plan with the forestry department to plant 10 million trees over the next five years at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro,” said Gary Chandler, president of Crossbow. “These trees will create jobs, preserve habitat for endangered species and help offset human contributions to climate change.”

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As Chandler explained, some of the trees will be used to reforest degraded forests and deforested areas. Other species of trees will be grown to produce crops near villages and in towns and cities (coffee and cocoa, for example). Other trees will be placed near homes and buildings to protect them from the elements, reduce energy consumption, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy demands. Sacred Seedlings also will fund several solar ovens for villagers to minimize the need to cut firewood for cooking. The company is developing similar programs around the world.

Tanzania also is one of the last strongholds for wildlife in Africa. The country known for the Serengeti National Park and other natural wonders is under siege by wildlife poachers. Last year, more than 10,000 elephants in Tanzania were slaughtered for their ivory. The strong demand for ivory in China and Thailand, for example, tempts locals in Tanzania and surrounding countries to kill elephants to feed their families. Unless economic interventions, such as job creation, succeed, the African elephant will be gone from the wild within the next decade. Rhinos and lions face the same fate.

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The Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania reached out to Sacred Seedlings recently in search of solutions to save the country’s iconic wildlife. The two organizations immediately began crafting a reforestation plan to help fight poverty, climate change and wildlife poaching.

For more information about the program and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gary Chandler at Crossbow http://crossbowcommunications.com/advertising-public-relations-denver-phoenix/ or call 602-999-7204 or 303-278-2865. 

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Sustainable Cities Are Healthier Cities

Phoenix PR Firm Leading Initiative For Sustainable, Resilient Cities

Cities around the world are home to about 50 percent of the world’s population and they generate 80 percent of our planet’s greenhouse gases – the primary human contributor to climate change. Meanwhile, many communities are bracing for the increasing threats of fires, droughts, floods, severe weather, population displacement, and others. Community leaders and citizens around the world must be informed, motivated and empowered to become part of the solution.

Sustainable cities are vital to the sustainability of life as we know it. In fact, by definition a city that isn’t sustainable is doomed. Therefore, the sustainability movement witnessed around the globe are real.

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“Cities must take responsibility for our contributions to global climate change,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Unfortunately, few local communities have the ability to engage their citizens in developing a common vision around this issue. Some need guidance on a collaborative process to achieve consensus. Others need help outlining the spectrum of actions that they can take to cut pollution, save energy, conserve water and promote health and sustainability. Other communities around the world already are in contingency mode and need help mitigating the impacts of climate change on their homes and businesses.

Many community leaders need coaching to bring all stakeholder groups to the table to discuss opportunities, threats, resources, and priorities. As communities begin planning, they need comprehensive guidance regarding the full range of possible actions to consider in their plans. Many communities are limiting their sustainability visions to the energy efficiency of city buildings and vehicle fleets. They need to learn from other cities that have embraced a broader spectrum of possible actions such as investments, tax policies, water use, tree management, open space, expanded recycling efforts, and many others.

To help promote and accelerate the sustainability process, Crossbow is launching Greener Cities — an international awards program and an online portal with tools, resources, best practices, case studies and more.

To learn more, visit http://greenercities.org/sustainable-cities-best-practices/

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Earth News A Pioneer In Environmental Journalism

PR Firm Launched Media Service In 1991

Earth News is an internationally syndicated environmental news service profiling the positive environmental efforts of individuals, organizations and corporations around the world.

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The syndicated column has been published around the globe since 1991. In addition, the company and its founders have written and published eleven books, so far, including:

  • Environmental Heroes (Pruett Publishing, 1995)
  • Contemporary Environmentalists (Facts on File, 1996)
  • Environmental Causes (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Alternative Energy Sources (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Recycling (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Kids Who Make a Difference (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Protecting Our Air, Land and Water (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Guardians of Wildlife (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)
  • Natural Foods and Products (Henry Holt & Company, 1997)

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Crossbow Communications is an international marketing and public affairs firm. We can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help build your brand, your bottom line and a better world. Our headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. We’re opening a new office in Phoenix, Arizona.

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