"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Friday, May 3, 2013

For The Bay

Location: S.F. Bay area, CA

Website: www.forthebay.org

The Bay. It's who we are. It's where we live. Where we work. Where we play. It's the very heart of our community — and after a century of decline, the Bay's survival depends on doing something, soon.

We're doing something now. We're launching an initiative to bring back a healthy and vibrant San Francisco Bay for today, tomorrow, and generations to come -- for people and wildlife, for jobs and play, and for our very way of life. We have just one question: Are you with us? If so (and why wouldn't you be?)...

For more than 50 years, Save The Bay has been the Bay’s leading champion. With the help of our supporters, we’ve kept our precious Bay from becoming a narrow, polluted channel, we’ve restored hundreds of acres of wetlands for people and wildlife, and we’ve worked with cities to curtail the flow of plastic bags and other trash into the Bay.

As a region, the Bay Area faces many challenges— from sea level rise to exploding population growth. But if we work together we have a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact on the health of the Bay and the health of our community. That’s why Save The Bay is launching a new initiative – For The Bay.

The Bay is the heart of our region’s vibrant economy and quality of life. It’s the reason some 8 million people have chosen to build their lives here. While we know Bay Area residents have a broad and deep appreciation for the Bay and an understanding of the need to protect and restore it for future generations, it’s easy to take this majestic body of water for granted as we go about our daily lives.

That’s why we’re launching For The Bay: to serve as a place where Bay Area residents from all walks of life and all backgrounds can come together to celebrate the Bay and advocate for its protection.

Being for the Bay isn’t just about protecting fish and wildlife. It’s about embracing the different ways in which we all interact with the Bay – whether that’s on a sailboat or a fishing trawler, taking BART under the tube, walking or biking along the hundreds of miles of shoreline trail, or even just marveling at the spectacular views the Bay provides us every day.

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