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Earth Viability Center

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Earth Viability Center is developing tools that local groups (citizens, scientists, and policy makers) can use to help heal their corner of the world, e.g., river health, ecosystem health, ocean health, etc.

The Virtual Community Center is a new type of web-based platform designed to support interactions and learning among activists, scientists, and policy makers such that these groups will have a better chance of understanding the systemic nature of these issues and therefore will be better equipped to develop ecologically sound policies.

The River Systems Project is developing tools to help local activists to restore their rivers to a healthy state. These tools use the best available scientific knowledge to produce results for understanding river health and how river health interacts with plants, animals, and topography and especially how river health is impacted by human activities. The tools provide easy to understand graphs of changes in river health over time and simulation models that support exploration of alternative policy choices.

Citizen science will also be part of the project, for example, citizen monitoring of variables such as plastics in the river or location of human activities where buffers are needed and could be created.

River stories are also important. These are best created via locals writing about and photographing their river. The stories should include text as well as embedded phots and videos. Eventually the stories will include embedded simulation models. Our web site is at:

earthviability.org

We need help in getting the word out about this project. We are mainly scientists who are not good with social media so we need help! We need crowd funding.

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About Earth Viability Center

Location:

602 Massachusetts Ave, Norfolk, VA 23508, US

Mission Statement

Earth Viability Center has two main projects: The first provides "Viability Indices" for rivers. Rivers are the circulatory system for continents and are the most sensible policy making units for wise stewardship of the earth's ecosystems. These indices show at a glance how overall health of river watersheds is changing over time. The purpose is to link the best available scientific evidence with 1) local remediation efforts, 2) overall river management, and 3) legislative action to improve ecosystem health. The second, Earth Consciousness, aims to organize many disparate threads having to do with new stories and new ways of thinking that emphasize the inter-connectedness of all life forms and especially the inter-relationships of humans and nature. Our current governance/economic systems are driving human civilization toward utter disaster and inventing the needed forms of governance/economy requires new ways of thinking and understanding.

Description

Earth Viability Center was incorporated on June 20, 2020. We are currently in process of identifying the key data sources for the viability indices and the benchmarks that define "healthy" for riverine systems. The relevant data is scattered across a great many different databases, managed by different agencies and with different standards.
Our number one need for assistance is with PHP and Python programmers and crowdfunding expertise. We are also seeking artists of all kinds, story-tellers, and scientific expertise in many different fields.

Community
Environment
Politics

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Donor Management
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • flexible but probably several hours per week.

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