Through your kind donations, Green Map System has proceeded further with our aim of promoting and localizing sustainable living resources in China and Taiwan. There are currently 13 Mapmakers and 30 Green Maps in China. In Taiwan, 22 registered Green Mapmakers have produced 88 Green Maps! This Global Giving project has been instrumental is making China one of our most active countries. There is now greater awareness across an even more diverse group of population and topics.
Since this Global Giving project started, new Green Maps in China have impacted communities that range from students to socially responsible companies. Geographically, their locations are spread out, from Beijing in the North to Yunnan Province in the South.
We recently received copies of the FRESH Green Map of Guangzhou's Higher Education Mega Center (see image below). It was created by university students who are reaching out to their local communities as they charted sustainable areas and recycling facilities within this educational hub. Your support assists them in promoting more environmentally aware choices. If you would like a printed copy, please send a large self addressed stamped envelope to our office: Green Map, 220A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009. Find other resources, such as the Kumming Youth Green Map or the Little Things article on our website.
Since our last update, we have proceeded with the translation of the Open Green Map interface, and subsequently the all-important FAQ pages. However, there remains more work to be done, translating tools, videos and other resources for youth and community Green Mapmaking. With the aid of our Green Mapmakers in China, we have plans to further collaborate on new resources and expand our translation efforts. Through this, we hope to build ties with our Chinese partners so that they can work on ground to address issues of sustainability and a healthy environment.
This introduction is in Chinese below.
Dear supporters at Global Giving,
Thanks to you, we are now working on the Chinese interpretation of the Open Green Map. You can see the start of it online now here: http://OpenGreenMap.org/zh-hans/home
We expect to complete this important work in summer 2010. Then, we will reach out to Chinese media, bloggers, universities, municipalities and others, encouraging more people to become Green Mapmakers and create Open Green Maps!
Thank you again!
You may enjoy using the new mobile version of Open Green Map and the Green Map iPhone App, too. Find out more in our blog (linked below) (in English).
best wishes from everyone at Green Map!
非常感谢您的帮助！目前我们正在着手“开放绿地图”(Open Green Map)的翻译工作。您可以在线看到我们的初步成果：http://OpenGreenMap.org/zh-hans/home
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!
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