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Badru's Story: Inside Africa's Impenetrable Forest

As a documentary team, Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele have been telling stories about people, nature, and climate change for over a Badru-homescreen-448bdecade. Their project, Facing Climate Change, has toured film festivals, been featured in National Geographic, Photo District News, and Mother Jones, and exhibited widely. Drummond and Steele also serve on Blue Earth's board of directors and co-produce the Collaborations for Cause workshop. They live in Washington's Methow Valley.

As the video describes, each year Badru Mugerwa sets 60 camera traps in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda to monitor life in one of Africa’s most diverse forests, home to roughly half the world’s mountain gorillas. As site manager for the TEAM Network, a global web of field stations, Badru collects images and data that serve as an early warning system for the loss of biodiversity and the impact of climate change in tropical forests.

In this six-minute video, winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele document the researchers' work in Bwindi's remote, mountainous landscape. For the filmmakers, just preventing their equipment from snagging on the dense understory while trying to keep up with Badru and his colleagues posed a serious challenge. But their efforts were rewarded with remarkable camera-trap images of the park's primates, elephants, giant anteaters, and leopards – striking evidence of what is at stake in Bwindi and the world's tropical forests.

As a Ugandan wildlife manager tells Drummond and Steele, “This is the only forest on earth where you find gorillas and chimpanzees feeding together. Where shall we get it again?”

Watch the video HERE

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Increase Mileage & Save Money

Gas

Summer is upon us, and that means road trips, family vacations, and jaunts to the campground. Unfortunately, it also means higher gas prices, especially this year. Whether your motives are saving cash or saving the environment, increasing your fuel efficiency is a wise idea for all of us.

Here are some easy ways to do so:

  • Obey speed limits. Speeding can reduce your gas mileage by up to 33 percent!
  • Don’t idle. If you are stuck at a railroad crossing or drawbridge, turn your car off.
  • Don’t “jackrabbit,” or accelerate abruptly. Similarly, don’t slam on your brakes at stop lights. Anticipate changing lights and begin your slowdown sooner.
  • Empty your trunk. Excess weight decreases the miles per gallon your car gets.
  • If you are driving at highway speeds on a hot day, use your air conditioning to keep you cool. An open window or sunroof causes excess drag, which results in lower gas mileage.
  • Keep your air filters clean. A clogged air filter can significantly affect your gas mileage.
  • Regular oil changes and tune ups can also do wonders for your gas mileage.
  • Check your tires. Improperly inflated tires will cost you money in lost fuel efficiency.
  • Combine errand-running trips. This will save you both time and money.
  • Don’t drive. Whenever possible, join a buddy in a carpool, telecommute to and from work, take the bus, ride a bike, or get some exercise by walking to work.

Go to www.fueleconomy.gov to check the fuel efficiency of your car and to find other gas-saving tips.


Fast Facts

  • 43% of people with safe places to walk within 10 minutes of home meet recommended activity levels, while just 27% of those without safe places to walk are active enough.
  • Up to 25% of cars on the road during the morning rush hour are providing school transport.
  • More children walk to school when there are sidewalks.

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon International
www.auduboninternational.org

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

The US Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov/compost

Organic Farming Research Foundation
www.ofrf.org

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/bacyyard

Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

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