Archive for July, 2009

Leading Eco-Change From the Ground Up

Project Dirt’s co-founder Mark Shearer affectionately describes it as, “a small environmental website with big ambitions and huge capacity.”

We couldn’t have said it any better.  In recognition that good green intentions are plentiful – but that opportunities and resources to make those intentions actionable are often more scarce – Mark and business partner Nick Gardner started Project Dirt as a means of organizing and mobilizing individual action around climate change.

The Project Dirt website currently serves the green community of South London (hoping to expand in the near future), providing information about local environmental projects, connecting community members and serving as an online forum for burning questions, great ideas and sharing of best practices.  A year into it, the site has 1,000+ members, and continues to grow.

Co-founders Nick and Mark show their unbridled excitement for Project Dirt

You can follow Project Dirt’s progress, along with the rest of our Earthkeeper Heroes, on  And if you’re Earthkeeping in the greater London area, check out Project Dirt for details on where and how to find all the best green projects.

Earthkeeping in Mazury

Timberland Earthkeepers contributed a day of time and talent to the Masurian Landscape Park in northern Poland in late May.  66 Timberland volunteers partnered with park staff and members of the Nature Conservation Department of Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, investing nearly 600 hours total to renovate and verify the existing nature monuments in the Ruciane-Nida commune.

Some of the Timberland Earthkeeping Team in Poland, ready for action

Masurian Landscape Park is a protected area in northern Poland, established in 1977. It covers an area of 132,584 acres, where 51% is covered by forests and 30% by surface waters. The most significant body of water in this region is Poland’s biggest lake, Śniardwy (27,181 acres). Flora in the park includes nearly 900 species of vascular plants and the park’s most common animals include deer, moose, wolves, bobcats, otters and beavers. There are also numerous nature reserves and nature monuments in the park.

Earthkeeper actions included restoring information boards, revitalizing a historic stone road, fixing a well roof, verifying nature monuments, setting directional bollards along the reserve’s bike path, and constructing a wooden fence. Volunteers also cleared the area surrounding the nature monuments.








Restoration and revitalization … all in a good day’s work for Poland’s Earthkeepers.