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Earth-Watch 

    There are many environmental groups, but none give an overall picture of the world’s environment.

Earth-Watch is a new non-profit which serves two basic functions:

Earth-Watch Index:   Primarily, Earth-Watch garners scientific data from a variety of sources and provides an index which grades the environmental integrity and future directions of regions/countries worldwide.

Awards:  Earth-Watch also awards certificates, called ‘Flying Whales’ to hundreds of innovators worldwide who are putting together items which contribute to cleaner environments.  With added funds, Earth-Watch will be able to add cash to the awards.

       More about the ‘Flying Whale’ awards (FWA):  Everyone likes to be appreciated, and similarly, groups doing worthwhile projects like to be acknowledged for their efforts. Too often, such awards are given to people who are rich and famous.  Two examples are; Tony awards given to glamorous and rich movie stars, and business awards given to not-so-glamorous, but rich business people.  In nearly all cases, awards are given to well-connected and well-funded people and organizations.   Yet, rich people don’t have a corner on innovation.  Often, a little-known underfunded person can dream up a concept which can make positive contributions to improving the environment.  Earth-Watch is actively seeking such people for FWA.

      Visitors to our web site can nominate themselves, and up to two others – three per form.  It is hoped that the nominees are people in the nominator’s community, but any living person can be nominated.  There is room for a brief description of each nominee, and what he/she is developing (or has developed).   Points are awarded for such things as; effectiveness, viability, efficiency, low cost, ease of assembly, availability and biodegradability of parts.  Though FWA are primarily aimed at tangible items like a solar-desalinization contraption for example, it can also be awarded to innovative concepts in the form of an instructional course.  Additionally, FWA can go to those who coordinate seminars, fairs, and/or instructional courses which showcase issues which aid the environment.


More about the INDEX; 

Comparisons:  There are popular indexes like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and others which are cited by news organizations and others, when those groups come out with their periodic findings. However, there is no index at this time which does the same for the state of the global environment.  The closest appears to be the U.N.’s Global Environment Outlook (UNGEO). They do an admirable and comprehensive job of it, yet even they don’t have a grading system which lists ww countries.  Earth-Watch does compare countries and also groups countries in ten regional groups, as delineated below;

North America – NAM
(US and Canada)

Latin America and Caribbean – LAC
(Mexico to Panama and all Caribbean islands)

South America – SAM

Middle East – MEA
  (up to and including Pakistan in the east, and Includes the former USSR ‘Stans’ bordering Russia)

South and Southeast Asia – SSEA
(India through to Papua New Guinea, inclusive)

Africa:  AFR

China and NW Asia – CNWA

Australia, NZ and Pacific region – APAC

Europe – EUR
(including Turkey and former East Bloc countries)

Russia – RUS

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