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World Malaria Day: April 25

world-malaria-dayWorld Malaria Day was established in 2007 as a way to mobilize advocates and citizens around the world to help put a stop to the disease. This year’s theme is Invest in the future, Defeat malaria, which encourages people to help close the malaria funding gap. 2015 also marks the ten-year anniversary of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The goal of the PMI was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50% across fifteen high-burden countries in Sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of treatment and prevention. The PMI’s achievements include the procurement of 40 million insecticide treated mosquito nets and 48 million antimalarial treatments. Read More

Earth Day: April 22

Earth Day graphicThe first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. After witnessing the devastation of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was inspired to mobilize citizens to force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Nelson persuaded Pete McCloskey, a fellow congressman, to serve as his co-chair and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote Earth Day events across the country. On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand protection for the environment. In 1990, Hayes organized another campaign and focused his efforts globally. His campaign mobilized 200 million people in 141 countries. Earth Day was transformed from an annual national event to an annual global celebration.

Since the first Earth Day, several groundbreaking laws have passed including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. The Earth Day Network (EDN) now works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden and mobilize the environmental movement. And, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making Earth Day the largest civic observance in the world. Read More

Zillow Speaker Series: Nathan Palmer-Royston, Cocoa Sourcing Manager at Theo Chocolate

Nathan Palmer-Royston, cocoa sourcing manager at Theo Chocolate speaking at Zillow

Photo: Adam Cohn

The ethical sourcing of chocolate is important for many reasons: the health of our bodies, the health of the planet, and the financial and physical well-being of cocoa farmers, among others.

So it was with great interest that Zillowites packed the house to hear guest speaker Nathan Palmer-Royston, the cocoa sourcing manager for Theo Chocolate, the country’s first organic and fair trade-certified chocolate factory — and a source of Seattle pride, located just four miles north of Zillow Tower.

Palmer-Royston spends much of the year in tropical zones, working with farmers and extension officers in countries where cocoa is grown. Read More