All Green Map project leaders are invited to blog at GreenMap.org/news, where you can quickly enjoy some of the latest activities and impacts of local Green Map projects. Here are some highlights from our Blog's front page today:
Copenhagen: Green Map System and Green Mapmakers are presenting our practical, community building approaches at several events and meetings during COP15, the UN climate conference.
Indonesia: 3 prestigious national media awards recognized creators of Green Map stories!
Craik Canada: This rural Green Map project has added 1500 images to the online resources it already offers. Now building an eco centre using natural materials, the Craik Sustainable Living Project is planning to make a new Green Map in 2010.
Tianjin China: The "Love Without Borders" group provides delightful images of the 25 people who experienced their October Green Map workshop. Scroll further down for a translated Blog.
Iceland: Green Map Iceland held an exhibition celebrating the 3,171 sites they have charted using both Green Map Icons and ‘home grown’ Icelandic icons signifying volcanoes, whale-watching areas, light-houses and turf-houses.
Kauai Hawaii: Enjoy Current TV video clips about the Kauai Green Map and how it supports local green businesses created by Malama Kaua'i, a Kilauea based non-profit.
New York City: Recent interactions with local universities and student interns' reflections on their experience at the global Green Map office.
Budapest Hungary: A terrific new digital Budapest Green Map was launched at a press conference and resulted in exciting media coverage for the Hungarian Association of Conscious Consumers on World Heritage Day.
Detroit USA: Announcing plans to restart their project, Green Map Detroit invited all interested partners to meet and discuss at the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit event.
Cape Town South Africa: As the city gears up to host the FIFA World Cup Games in 2010, the City of Cape Town is moving quickly on printed and Open Green Maps.
Click the 'More' link at the bottom of each page of the Blog - the stories continue. This is an inspiring testament to the diversity and impacts Green Map System has supported worldwide!
We hope you are inspired to support our work and all these green communities worldwide. Your donations are worth 50% more to Green Map in November, thanks to Global Giving and our board of directors. Special thanks to all who help us meet this Challenge. We all win when we work together to make the world a better place!
Visit GreenMap.org/news anytime for fresh Blog posts and inspiration, thanks to the dedication and insights of Green Mapmakers around the world.
On September 4, 2009 the Xiamen Evening Paper published a four-page story about the Green Map produced by China Mangrove Conservation Network. The story includes three Green Maps already published, and a report about a training workshop in August. The Mangrove Conservation Green Maps address climate adaptation and pollution prevention while protecting habitats. Xiamen is a coastal sub-provincial city in southeastern Fujian province of about 2,400,000 people, where hopefully many have now learned about sustainable living and Green Maps through this recent publication!
The Fresh Environmental Protection Agency of South China University of Technology (SCUT) recently published 2,000 copies of their "Higher Education Mega Center of Guangzhou Green Map." Their future plans include working with their university to distribute Green Maps to every new freshman in their student body of over 33,000 students!
Getting involved with Green Map Systems now will help further promote Green Mapmaking in China!
Our request for help as we translate the interface on OpenGreenMap.org has yielded 3 languages to date, Spanish, Portuguese and German. The first 2 are thanks to support from Natural Cosmeticos and the latter thanks to interns. Our template is working well and our website smoothly changes from one to the next. Now we have seed funding toward Chinese, and hope more Global Givers will step up and contribute.
We had an amazing launch for this social mapping platform - 13 events in 10 countries on World Environment Day! Download our illustrated report and then explore the first 55 Open Green Maps and 4700 sites!
Now we are developing the mobile applications, sharing, youth and low cost resources to go with it. See the first of these on the website under Share and Promote!
This is a great time to get involved with Green Map System, and help us reach more communities in China and provide our easy mapmaking and exploring platform to all!
We're pleased to forward this Global Giving Greeting from Hu Huizhe, China's Green
Map Hub Leader, from her base at Friends of Nature in Beijing:
。Open Green Map的互动标注系统可以为地球村的村民们提供更加多元和有效的参与。
。同时，Open Gren Map 不仅易于操作，即时更新，还具有超国界的延展性，网络和手
机用户都可以即时参与。让我们一起使用 Open Green Map来给这个世界添加色彩和个性
Green Maps highlight local natural, cultural and green living sites to promote personal
and community well-being. Transforming local information into global interaction, the
Open Green Map social mapping platform spurs healthy participation as it shares
diverse public viewpoints. Celebrating sustainability and social resources without
barriers, Open Green Maps are always available, easily updated, expanded and
explored in online, mobile and custom formats. Enrich today's world and envision a
verdant, hopeful future with Open Green Map!
相信中文版的Open Green Map 可以让更多人了解到在中国的社区所发生的各种环保活动
。同时，Open Green Ｍap 也可以鼓励更多中国公众方便、有效地参与到社区记录和发展
Since its beginning in 2005, now there are more than 20 active Green Map teams all
over China. Friends of Nature is the first authorized organization to outreach for and
create Green Maps in Beijing. Various groups including student groups, local
communities, academic researchers, eco-tourism and village communities have
participated in Green Mapping in different forms in China. We have also created quite
a few unique and fresh maps featuring the local cultural essence while reflecting a
global vision. We believe that a Chinese interface of Open Green Map will let
more people understand how Chinese Green Mapmakers work on sustainable
development and environment protection. In the meanwhile, Open Green Map also
provide an efficient, feasible, and interesting interactive platform for more public
participation from China. It will be a great support for all Green Mapmakers.
It's been a tremendous season of activity, thanks to your support! We are making great strides and continuously discovering the limitless potential of the Open Green Map (OGM). Please preview our work in progress at OpenGreenMap.org, and explore the first 2000 sites and 30+ maps that have already been posted. There's lots more features to come before we celebrate the public launch in Spring 2009.
In the summer, we opened OGM to all Green Mapmakers around the world, so their maps could set a high standard for the thousands and thousands of sites we expect to follow. Already OGM is showcasing a vast array of sites, paths and resources charted by our network worldwide, soon to be enhanced by a great diversity of insights, images and impacts that have been added by the public. The first of the Chinese Open Green Maps is taking shape, and Google Map has recently improved street maps of Beijing and other Chinese cities. One we have secured the support to translate OGM's interface, we think it will become a very popular resource!
New features will be added throughout 2009-10 as OGM further expands its user base and magnifies its impact. Using widgets, each map will be accessible from many different websites and blogs. Users will be able to filter their view and discuss, share images and personal impacts related to each green site. In the coming months, OGM will support mobile phones access and data sharing, connecting with calendars, newsfeeds and potentially even offline exhibits or textbooks.
OGM has already been a Finalist in the NetSquared Challenge and in Tele Atlas' Maps in Apps competition, appeared in numerous articles and blogs, and presented in several countries and conferences.
Demand for this remarkable new tool is constantly increasing - and at the same time, OGM is building the demand for our traditional mapmaking resources in China and other places. Our network is expanding faster than ever! In October 2008, we reached the 500th project milestone, and we welcomed new project leaders from our 54th country!
In preparation for the significantly expanded audience generated by OGM, in May 2007, we re-launched GreenMap.org as a multilingual presentation-collaboration-tool center. This past spring, we completed an expansion of our award-winning global iconography, so OGM’s symbol set reflects our updated understandings of social justice, economic integrity and environmental vitality. This past summer, our in-house OGM team of staff and interns at Green Map System expanded to a dozen, and our network of OGM advisors and supporters grows weekly.
Our motto is “Never underestimate the power of a small donation.” Small ($10 and up) contributions helped Green Map System rank in the Top Ten of America’s Giving Challenge in January 2008 – thank you Global Givers! These funds seeded OGM's development, and helped us leverage ober 50% of the project's 2year budget. We are very happy to receive your assistance through this website. Or contact us directly if you wish to help us in other ways.
Thank you again for your continued assistance and encouragement. We hope you are as excited as we are to realize the brighter future of communities worldwide, thanks to the Open Green Map, our suite of adaptable resources, and the spirit of Green Mapmakers everywhere!
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