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06 Jul

Charcoal has made it’s way from the grills to the vanity table. The only difference between the charcoal used for barbecuing and activated charcoal, which can be used for body care in a multitude of ways, is oxygen. Brands like Biore, Origin, Glam Glow and Yes to Tomatoes have launched masks and deep cleansers with activated charcoal in them ranging from as low as $3.39 to a hefty $69. An alternative to buying it from the brands mentioned is to buy the “raw” activated charcoal. It’s also sold in capsules so you can use it in different ways like soaking your produce to get rid of any pesticide residue. This is, however, more of a DIY option, so if that’s not your style, you’re better off sticking to the brands.


01 Jul

This past month was annual Men’s Health Month. While there are various diseases and aspects that we could have focused on during the month, here at Birds Nest Foundation we decided to direct our focus on the issue of prostate cancer. We wanted to raise awareness for this cancer in particular because after doing much research it became clear that a majority of men can’t even locate their prostate, let alone know what it’s function is and how to prevent it from developing cancer. Our team set out to Central Park to ask strangers what they know about the prostate and raise awareness for the deadly disease.

30 Jun


There’s a popular saying that goes “The richer get richer and the poorer get poorer,” but it had never fully registered just how rich the rich is and how poor the poor is getting until I saw Robert Reich’s documentary Inequality for All, which focuses on the ever-widening wage gap between the social classes.

22 Jun


The name Clark Terry has become synonymous within the music industry for one term - jazz legend; but despite his undoubtedly long and renowned career, he is so much more than a great trumpet player. In a career that has spanned seven decades, the St. Louis born Terry, or CT as his friends call him, has collaborated with Count Basie, Duke Ellington; trained Quincy Jones, influenced Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie; has been featured on over 100 albums; became the first black member of the NBC Studio Band, playing nightly over a decade for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and in recent years has transitioned his time into a beloved passion - music mentor. It was through this mentorship that he was introduced to a talented music student, Justin Kauflin.


19 Jun

           



The week of June 15 marks the 9th annual Pollinator Week; a week dedicated to raising awareness about the animals that pollinate our crops,  including hummingbirds, butterflies, bats and of course, bees. While many people might think of these animals as simply causing flowers to grow, there are about 1,000 plants that are integral to our society that are dependent on pollinators to grow. These crops include apples, blueberries, almonds, peaches, pumpkins, potatoes, coffee and chocolate. In other words, pollinators are needed for our world to function properly, and no other pollinator is as important as the simple honey-bee.

12 Jun


Every day, over 41,000 blood donations are needed throughout the United States. In a year, about 15.7 million donations are collected in the country. While this is a phenomenal amount, it is not enough to fulfill the demand for blood donations. The issue is even larger in third world countries, which don’t have access to as much blood, but need it perhaps even more. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the rate of blood donations in high-income countries is about nine times higher than in low-in come countries; 36.8 per 1,000 versus 3.9 per 1,000 people.


12 Jun


There is the saying that parents tell their children, “Television will fry your brain.” However, since 1997 there is a whole new phenomenon that can turn your brain into neurological porridge. The cellphone, a direct radiation transmitter pressed against your skull, is the buzzing, beeping, ringing voice of 21st century technology. This beloved staple of modern life has unprecedented side effects that may not appear until many years later.

09 Jun


The Environmental Working Group has created a guide ranking the top 12 produce from “dirtiest” to “cleanest,” a guide they’ve cleverly called the Dirty Dozen, which includes apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas (imported) and potatoes.This “dirt” refers to the amount of pesticide residue left on veggies/fruits.

10 Apr


The Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, it will be taking place on April 24th to April 26th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Birds Nest Foundation will be hosting a booth at the event throughout the weekend.

07 Apr

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, DocTalk reviews I’ll Be Fine, a portrait of 19-year old autistic teen, Tim, and his family.




25 Mar

Shandra Woworuntu, an activist and survivor of human trafficking, recalls her time in the underground sex business, the struggles of adjusting to a new life, and her quest to educate the world on this hidden crime.


23 Mar

“The Hunting Ground” documents several cases of campus rape and sexual assault on multiple college campuses including Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale and Princeton.


The film manages to deliver detailed accounts of what happened to these young women and men while attending college through interviews with the victims themselves, parents, and administrators of the schools mentioned.



20 Mar

 

 


 Water is very important resource for our daily lives. We use water in many ways at home; drinking, cooking, bathing, brushing teeth and flushing toilet. However, much of us don’t think about how much water we use and waste of water. A bigger problem is that during we wasting water, people in the other parts of the world suffer from the water shortages.

 If this continues, the problem will even worse. According to statistics within 15 years, 48 countries will be unable to meet their basic water requirements and also two-thirds of the world’s population will face water scarcity by 2025. Now, it’s time to change our habit of water consumption.

16 Mar

All of us aspire to live a healthy and quality life and hope to know how to do it. I would like to introduce the top 5 TED talks that give us messages about how to live healthy. TED is a non-profit devoted to worthy ideas spreading and these top 5 TED talks surely have a  positive influence on our living. Now is the time to watch life changing messages. Here are top 5 TED talks for organic living.


09 Mar


(Source: PCH Blog)

“We believe that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law.” – ASPCA


By now you must have those heart-wrenching ASPCA commercials, featuring the mistreated animals staring into the camera begging for help, engraved in your memory. Thanks to the non-profit organization, the rescue from abuse and creation of humane laws is made possible for these helpless animals. The organization’s backbone is its belief that animals “are entitled to kind and respectful treatment” from humans and their right to be protected under the law. Living up to its belief has let the ASPCA provide leadership in three main areas: care for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty.

05 Mar

Nowdays, you can find organic fruits and vegetables everywhere. Be it the supermarket, food stores, farmers market and even in an online delivery services you can find organic foods products. It clearly shows that there is a demand for organic products as many people are consuming it.

02 Mar


Union Settlement Association has been a long-standing organization in East Harlem since 1895; the community has embraced Union Settlement as a vital part of the neighborhood. Sara Stuart, Director of Development and Communication at Union Settlement, shared her thoughts on the organization and how much they have progressed in the past few years.


19 Feb


 We all know cancer is a serious problem in the United States. Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death. Furthermore, a total of 1,658,370 new cancer cases and 589,430 cancer deaths are projected to occur in the United States in 2015. Cancer is not only a major public health problem in the United States, but also in many parts of the world.  Worldwide cancer rates are set to jump more than 75% by 2030. Even 22.2 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2030, compared with 12.7 million in 2008.


16 Feb

(Source: Skeptical Science)

By now you may have heard that 2014 was declared the hottest year since record keeping by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This declaration is certainly alarming, but it overshadows another piece of startling news: ocean warming. Along with the planet’s surface temperature, the ocean is becoming warmer that it keeps “breaking scientists’ charts.” It’s important to note that 90% of global warming heat ends up in the ocean, as seen in the illustration above.

05 Feb


'I believe absolutely in the importance and power of the shared table. In many cultures, eating together around a table is the center of family life.'

– Stephanie Alexander, Kitchen Garden Foundation.



Stephanie Alexander founder of an Australian non-profit the ‘Kitchen Garden Foundation’ has strong values on the importance of food in culture. In the United States we have our own program taking successful strides towards progressive learning. The EcoSPACES program at Philips Academy in New Jersey shares Stephanie Alexander’s view, teaching their students the importance of sustainability and a healthy food culture.

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