Thank you Global Giving donors – with your support, Green Map System has launched a fast fun new Mobile Site Collector today!
Designed to extend engagement and involve new participants in making Open Green Maps, the Collector is a responsive webapp that can be used on smartphones, tablets or on the desktop. It can even be used offline in areas without wifi.
The Collector has both Simplified and Traditional Chinese interfaces! We expect these to be among the most popular of its 13 language options. Residents, visitors, students alike - all can collect great green living sites with ease. Every site is reviewed by the local mapmaker, and each is automatically acknowledged once it's live on the map.
We are delighted that a young Chinese designer made graphics for us and starting today, these are helping to spread the news in the many communities where Green Mapmaking has taken root in Asia and beyond. We invite you to visit GreenMap.org/mobile to download these images, and see all the resources we offer currently to support mobile research and site collection, with more to come!
We'll be announcing the next phase of mobile development soon, and using the hashtag #mobiGreenMap to share what's happening around the world. Thank you again for your help in making this happen!
Hello to our Global Giving donors!
Your support means so much to us and to Chinese Green Map projects and our network around the world. The efforts of each community inspires the others to work harder, more creatively and more inclusively to draw attention to local resources for healthier, more resilient living.
Every community – large and small – benefits from knowing more about the environment that surrounds and supports us. Thank you for helping us work together to instill hope and health through locally-created Green Maps.
Your donations are matched Tomorrow Morning!!
On Wednesday May 7, starting at 9AM EDT (UTC-5) your donation is matched! It’s worth 50% more to Green Map System so your $50 becomes $75, your $100 becomes $150.
Please set your clock! By noon, the matching fund pool is empty, so please be sure to give as soon as possible!
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Thanks so very much!
Your generosity means the world to us!
With appreciation from everyone at Green Map!
China is now home to dozens of Green Map projects, promoting sustainable lifestyles in many rural and urban communities. We at Green Map System especially appreciate the one initiated by the China Mangrove Conservation Network. Thanks to our Global Giving donors, we can continually support this effort.
Mangroves play a significant role in coastal ecosystems by stabilizing the shoreline, providing protecting to both wildlife and people against waves and hurricanes. In many places in the world, including China, these important trees are being cut down at an alarming rate for firewood and coastal development.
A CMCN staff member, Jessica, described the organization’s work:
Actively promoting the conservation of mangrove forests since 2001, in 2009 CMCN officially registered as a non-governmental organization named the Putian Green Sprout Coastal Wetlands Research Center.
Through the construction of a platform for capacity building, resource sharing and demonstration, our endeavor is to promote governments, corporations and other civic powers to spontaneously, innovatively and effectively take part in the coastal wetland conservation. We expect to see an exuberant coastal wetland ecosystem including the mangroves, in which human and nature could develop together in harmony.
In 2006, CMCN was authorized by Green Map System to develop a Green Map project in the southeast coast of China, home to many mangrove forests. CMCN Green Map project's slogan is "Making a Green Map, protecting the mangroves".
In our opinion, this highly participatory, practical and thought-provoking activity can promote public participation, education for sustainable development (ESD), ecological tourism, community development, reserve planning, volunteer activities, and many other areas and harness participation in all these fields to promote mangrove conservation.
CMCN has published more than 10 Green Maps and several guide books. We have had the opportunity to teach and host many workshops and lectures, involving students and spreading the word about mangrove conservation throughout communities.
CMNC has developed icons (or re-defined global Green Map symbols) that represent the specific environment of the mangrove forests in the region.
Explore the maps and more at the websites linked below. Our thanks to everyone at CMCN, including Jessica, Liu Yi, and Yiran Sun.
Happy Lunar Year to our Global Giving donors!
We hope that Year of the Horse is a healthy, wonderful, and prosperous year for you, full of hope and happiness.
Thanks to your contributions, we have continued to make progress on our efforts to involve communities in China and Taiwan in sustainability through Green Mapmaking.
Our newest Chinese-language release is a short video about creating Green Map cycling tours. Designed to encourage more people to use this non-polluting form of transportation, participants also become more informed about important issues. It’s a fun way to help people connect, exchange and improve their community! Check it out at the link below.
We based this informational video on our award-winning climate-change related tours. We also have made a Chinese Green Map of Manhattan’s Lower East Side that highlights impacts and resiliency resources for residents and visitors of all backgrounds. As seen at the Facebook link below, we will be extending our work in relation to this critical effort this year.
In our next report, we expect to announce the debut of the new Green Map Mobile Site Collector, which will include Chinese among its languages! Again, this is thanks to you!! You can catch a glimpse of it in the video. We are looking forward to seeing people use it on their phones, tablets and computers, and expect it to greatly advance our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable community development.
Wishing you the best of the season!
Thanks to your support, recent months have proved to be very exciting for Green Map's efforts, both in China and with our own community’s local Chinese population here in New York City. Your generous contributions to us through Global Giving have made it possible to welcome two young women who are deeply interested in China and Taiwan to our Green Map team. Angran is a design student from Beijing, currently studying at Parsons the New School of Design. Eugenie was born in Taiwan, and is passionate about music, education, energy efficiency and local food. Take a look at a video that will introduce you to our Chinese-speaking staff by clicking the Blog linked below. Currently, we are just completing a survey of Green Mapmakers in China and Taiwan to find out more about what these diverse teams need and what they have created. Next, these newly shared resources can be assessed and amplified to help others succeed in engaging community members in creating Green Maps. We are fostering the growing Green Map network in several ways, starting by putting each respondent in contact with the others, along with information about their skills and strengths. Connecting Local and GlobalLocally in New York, our award-winning “Adapting to Change” Lower East Ride Green Map was recently translated into Cantonese. Produced as a postcard and as a poster, the map highlights the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and resiliency resources on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Bicycling is featured, including the 45 new bike share stations is this district. With Spanish, English and Chinese editions complete, we have been conducting bicycle tours that bring people together with experts to learn, exchange and develop partnerships. Our most recent tour won a Creative Climate Action Award, as you can see on the Facebook page linked below - you can also download the maps there, and interact with the Open Green Map too!Now, linking local and global, we are making a short video about how to create a Green Map Cycling Tour! The Chinese version will help bring this fun and informative new way of exploring the map and involve people in China and Taiwan. Thank you again for all your support! best wishes from all of us at Green Map System!
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