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NYXT forged 20 partnerships with 20 new local and national nonprofit organizations in 2020. We decided to honor and officially close out the year by highlighting the groups that decided to join NYXT’s network of more than 140 partners.
This third installment is about new NYXT’s partners that are working to protect the environment: 350.org, Prospect Park Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, and New York Botanical Garden.
In the first part of this guide we highlighted the work of organizations that are focused on cultivating community engagement: Sing for Hope, DOROT, Streetwise Partners, NYSCA Living Traditions.
In the most recent part, we featured new partners that work in education, such as Fordham University, Brooklyn Music School, Movement Research and School of Visual Arts.
2020 continues to show us why a sense of community is so important. The COVID-19 pandemic and the global crises going on might be the most challenging times in recent history to be alive. But we will continue taking care of each other, and producing and distributing meaningful stories that connect people with organizations that are fighting for equality, global health, and justice. At NYXT, we think that sharing stories of humanism, love and courage is more vital now more than ever before.
350.org was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the United States along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. The goal was to build a global climate movement.
The climate crisis is not just an environmental issue, or a social justice issue, or an economic issue — it’s all of those things at once. The only way we will be strong enough to put pressure on governments and stand up to the fossil fuel industry is if we all work together.
That means bringing people together and building diverse coalitions — from students, to workers unions, human rights and social justice groups; from marginalized communities and faith groups, to universities, business owners and all those who believe in the need for transformational change.
National Parks Conservation Association
NPCA calls on program and policy experts, committed volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers and communications specialists to inform and inspire the public and to influence decision makers to ensure that our national parks are well protected. Our national parks face new threats every day, and NPCA encourages everyone to advocate on their behalf.
One of the organization's projects is working to reduce waste at national parks. Last year alone, the amount of waste going to landfills was cut by nearly half. And since the launch of the initiative in 2015, the three pilot parks have kept more than 16 million pounds of waste out of the landfills.
Click here to learn more about NPCA’s initiatives and resources.
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
Established in 1891, the NYBG is distinguished by the beauty of its landscape, collections, and gardens, and the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science. Today, the 250-acre Garden—the largest in any city in the United States and in addition to the natural attributes that attracted the Brittons, NYBG encompasses 50 specialty gardens and collections comprising more than one million plants, the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the nation’s preeminent Victorian-style glasshouse.
Prospect Park Alliance
The heart and lungs of Brooklyn are in Prospect Park and this year the organization worked hard to keep the park open and vital.
A few months ago we interviewed Susan Donoghue, President and Park Administrator at Prospect Park Alliance, and we talked about the organization’s current campaigns, the main species and wildlife inhabiting the park, and how PPA is adapting to the current crisis by working with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
“Prospect Park Alliance places a high value on the importance of the park, and all parks and open spaces, to the quality of life of all New Yorkers, and applauds the city for keeping our parks open and accessible during this pandemic.”
Susan Donoghue, President and Park Administrator at Prospect Park Alliance
Read the article here.
The fourth and final part of this series will feature groups working in arts and culture: Roulette, Brooklyn Youth Chorus,, Brooklyn Arts Council, STREB, Multicultural Music Group.
Discover, connect and make a difference is still NYXT’s leitmotif. So scroll down, click, watch and get in touch with some of the people that wake up everyday to change the world.
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