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ASLA Teams Up With EARTHDAY.ORG for The Great Global Cleanup 2021
During World Landscape Architecture Month
Washington, D.C. [March 22, 2021] — As part of this year’s World Landscape Architecture Month celebration in April, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is teaming up with EARTHDAY.ORG to sponsor The Great Global Cleanup 2021.
Throughout the month of April, ASLA members will join together to organize and execute local cleanup projects as part of The Great Global Cleanup’s third official year.
“This April, ASLA is celebrating the work of landscape architects to help communities grow together, with each other and with their natural surroundings. Pollution is a prodigious issue in public open spaces – causing flooding, spreading illness, contaminating water sources, and at the root of a myriad of other problems,” said Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of ASLA. “We’re incredibly proud to partner with EARTHDAY.ORG on The Great Global Cleanup initiative during World Landscape Architecture Month to combat this issue and support healthy, resilient, and sustainable open spaces for all.”
Now in its third year, The Great Global Cleanup is building on its record as the world’s largest coordinated volunteer event, providing opportunities for individuals and organizations to make positive, tangible impacts on our environment. Emerging from the coronavirus pandemic and guided by updated safety protocols, the collective goal in April 2021 is to remove millions more pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways.
“Plastics and other pollution are destroying our communities, our drinking water systems, and our oceans, said Kathleen Rogers, EARTHDAY.ORG
ABOUT WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MONTH
April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM). Established by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), WLAM is a month-long international celebration of landscape architecture and designed public and private spaces. People and communities around the world have deep, long-standing personal connections to the spaces landscape architects create – they’re just not aware of it. During WLAM, ASLA and landscape architects around the world aim to demonstrate that connection by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces. Learn more at www.asla.org/wlam
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.
EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at: www.earthday.org
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ASLA-NY stands against racism, violence and hatred toward Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We are outraged by the tragic mass shooting of 8 people, including 6 Asian American women, and the increase in violent attacks on Asian and AAPI communities in recent months. We support our Asian and AAPI members in this time of grief and are committed to taking action. While this tragic event has occurred in a privately owned spa, we know that many hate crimes against our AAPI communities occur in New York State, on public streetscapes and in public parks. As landscape architects, we will not stand by as acts of hatred occur in the spaces we have helped to create.
Learn more and take action here: https://stopaapihate.org/
Consider signing on to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Atlanta’s Collective Statement – A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities here: https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/aaajcommunitystatement
- AAFE – Asian Americans for Equality
- Asian American Advocacy Fund
- Asian Mental Health Collective
- CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
- NYC.Gov Stop Asian Hate
- Red Canary Song
- PBS Asian American Docu-series: https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/
- Connie Wun Interview with Democracy Now! on Atlanta shooting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJMUYpP4uyE&t=840s
- Hollaback! Together We Have the Power to End Harassment Equip yourself to stand up to street harassment
- Racial Trauma Toolkit
- NYC.Gov Stop Asian Hate – anti-harassment and safety toolkit
Stop COVID Hate – A Toolkit for Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate
- “On Anti-Asian Hate Crimes: Who is our Real Enemy?” by Michelle Kim
- ‘It Is Random and It Is Everywhere’: Business Owners Struggle With Unrelenting Anti-Asian Violence in NYC (Eater NY, March 19, 2021)
- ‘Model Minority’ Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks by Kat Chow on NPR
- The Disparate Impact of COVID-19 Across South Asian American Communities
- The real reasons the U.S. became less racist toward Asian Americans by Jeff Guo on Washington Post
Numbers to Call:
- Crisis Line : 800-273-TALK
- Asian Languages : 877-990-8585
- Crisis Text Line: Text “Connect” to 741741
- Domestic Violence in Asian Languages: 888-888-7702
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