International Paper is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company employs over 53,000 people and operates in 24 countries. IP is unified around a shared commitment to being successful and respected by operating safely and sustainably, using all resources responsibly, and strengthening the people and communities where they live and work. To that end, International Paper supports numerous philanthropic, educational, and environmental initiatives.
Each spring, Earth’s Birthday Project and International Paper collaborate to bring the wonder of butterflies and sunflowers to elementary schools across the country. Employees at IP facilities nominate and then sponsor classrooms in their own communities to receive the materials.
The Climate Science Alliance is a partnership formed to create and support a network of leaders, scientists, and natural resource managers who focus on sharing ecosystem-based resiliency approaches to safeguard the communities in southern California and Baja, Mexico from climate change risks. Their projects fall under three main focus areas:
• Science Focused Partnerships target awareness and literacy of regionally relevant science in addition to co-producing science that addresses regional needs
• Climate Smart Conser vation focuses on helping partners build capacity with trainings, workshops, peer-to-peer reviews, and other networking activities.
• Innovative Community Engagement facilitates outreach programs to connect with citizens, youth (especially the Climate Kids program), and community leaders to inspire action in our local communities.
In 2016, Earth’s Birthday Project began a collaboration with the Climate Science Alliance’s program “Climate Kids” to support their efforts to utilize art, storytelling, and science to education youth on climate change. Learn more about the work going on in classrooms across the south coast region at ClimateKids.org.
When Cliff Ross, from Earth’s Birthday Project, and Byron Swift, from Nature and Culture International, met and started talking, they quickly saw the two organizations have a natural affinity. Earth’s Birthday Project was searching for a results-oriented conservation organization to which we could send our student –raised donations. Nature and Culture International was in need of funds to underwrite their conservation work. We realized that NCI’s philosophy, scope of work, and efficiency could make student dollars go farther than ever before toward helping protect our Earth. Since 2012, our donation dollars have been directed toward their efforts.
NCI’s overall mission is to protect the areas in South America and Mexico that contain the greatest biodiversity on the planet. Their projects are diverse – spanning multiple countries and numerous ecosystems – and their work is guided first and foremost by a deep respect for local communities and culture. Since 1996, NCI has helped save millions of acres of endangered ecosystems, an achievement made possible by an unparalleled efficiency. Their efforts are directed at working with local and in many cases indigenous communities, and with governments from the local to the national level. These comprehensive and bottom-up strategies result in sustainable conservation programs that truly work for the long-term.
Earth’s Birthday Project is proud to call Nature and Culture International a partner. Find out more about their amazing work at NatureandCulture.org
Earth’s Birthday Project would also like to thank PNM, the Public Service Company of New Mexico and LANB, the Los Alamos National Bank for their fine support of local science initiatives. Each year, both organizations help us get conservation education and life science materials to hundreds of classrooms in the state of New Mexico.