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20 Aug

Our interns this summer visited the Smiling Hogshead Ranch located in Long Island City, Queens. This is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental awareness. The ranch was once a train lot owned by the MTA, which was filled with trash till founder Gil Lopez cleaned the land and created a garden. Smiling Hogshead wants the community to participate and become educated on the importance of ecology.


When you enter the grounds you will see all the different types of vegetables, flowers and fruits growing on the property. They are also in the process of building a theater to attract artists and performers.

Smiling Hogshead consists of volunteers who help maintain the area and educate the community. Watch this video to know more. 


11 Aug

 


Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris, best known for the Fog of the war (2003) & Tabloid (2010) created another heated documentary. In his latest film, The Unknown Known, Morris probes former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld trying to find the truth on why the United States invaded Iraq.


30 Jul


With our documentary TalkSmart! movie coming out soon, which is about how cellphones changed the lives of children and how they should use them more smartly, it seemed like the perfect time to hit the streets and hear people’s experiences with cell phones and social media invading social settings i.e. parties, dates, dinner parties, concerts, etc. Instead of focusing on children who have grown up being exposed to consistently using  electronic devices and their constant presence, this piece focuses more on teenagers and young adults ranging from age of 17-21 simply because this is approximately the age group that is electronically adept, but can also remember a time when a lot of these current gadgets and outlets didn’t exist.

27 Jul
There are many foods today, that people avoid in order to be healthy; refined sugar, sugar, carbohydrates, meat, processed foods, dairy and wheat. Wheat, especially, has a bad reputation, nowadays. Not only it is a source of carbohydrates, but  followers of the Paleo diet it is simply unnatural. For others, avoiding wheat is a necessity. People who have celiac or non-celiac gluten intolerance cannot actually digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barely and therefore must avoid it.
20 Jul


Beautiful islands are a paradise. Marshall Islands are known to be one of the best vacation spot in the world. Those peaceful, serene Marshall Islands are not a peaceful place anymore. Climate change has swept away the residents’ livelihood forcing them to relocate. The number of people leaving Marshall has increased and they have become “climate refugees.”


15 Jul

Pier 42 is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Pier 42 was once a newspaper terminal, later  turned into one of the largest shipping terminals in NYC. In 1987 it was shutdown, Pier 42 was no longer in use, all that stood on Pier 42 was an abandon warehouse.


14 Jul

                                                  ( A customer buying fresh vegetables at a local farmers' market)  


There are people in the professional working world who wake up every morning to go to work and make a difference in the world. This is one of those ideals that every job seeker and career-getter aspire to have; that their work is influential in someone’s life. The dream that their efforts have made a change for the betterment of a community, a family or an individual. For some it may be becoming a professor or a doctor but there is no reward sweeter than writing “philanthropist” on a resume.


10 Jul

Food Fight, a company dedicated to equipping teachers with the knowledge and tools necessary to implement healthy lifestyle and eating into their students lives, hosted their annual event called E.A.T: Educating America’s Teachers to Lead the Fight Against Obesity last Wednesday.

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.



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