These are some short blurbs and
links for organizations I support, I'm involved with, or that I'm simply
interested in. Having said no more than that, here's a list of causes I
- The Nebraska Shakespeare
Festival, also known as Shakespeare on the Green. You can reach them
(Mike Markey, at least) via e-mail at
NEShakes@creighton.edu or by phone at 402-280-2391.
- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, mainly
as a memorial to a friend who died when she was only 16, in 1987.
- The Planetary Society, founded by
the late Dr. Carl Sagan. The Planetary Society supports efforts to develop
space travel and human exploration of space. This was all supposed to be
Science Reality by the time I reached adulthood, but obviously isn't. I
consider this a vital investment in the future of mankind.
- The National Space Society is similar to
the Planetary Society, but primarily promotes the development of a spacefaring
civilization. We're talking colonization, here. If not the final frontier, it
is, at least, the next. I wanted to be a part of it...I guess now it'll be
helping to make it happen, rather than living in space, myself. I still dream.
- The SETI Institute. The Search for
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is one of the most important endeavors
ever undertaken by anyone. The SETI Institute is one of the biggest proponents
of The Search. Another group intensely involved in SETI is the SETI@Home project at Berkeley. It's
a way of spreading out the work of a signal-processing-based SETI search so
that anyone with a computer can contribute. If you don't, already, download
the screensaver and start by joining our
Heimdall Linux team.
- The Archaeological
Conservancy. Besides exploration, another major interest of mine is
conservation. While the following bullets deal with preserving wildlife and
their habitats, the Archaeological Conservancy seeks to preserve sites that
serve as a record of our cultural heritage -- the history of civilization --
and thus appeals to another interest of mine: archaeology.
- The Nature Conservancy purchases
important wilderness sites in order to protect them from later development
- The National Parks Conservation
Association naturally exists to help maintain and expand the National
Parks system for future generations. The difference between visiting a park
today versus 20 years ago is frightening. Things could go either way in the
next 20 years, but the NPCA is working to keep the experience as positive for
the next generation as it was for ours.
- The Student Conservation Association
enlists the aid of college students in conservation efforts by the National
Parks Service by funding intern programs.
- The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
advocates the conversion of disused railways to public trails for use by
runners and cyclists (and I am both!).
- The Environmental Defense Fund is
probably best known for lobbying MacDonald's to switch from using
environmentally-unfriendly styrofoam to biodegradable materials as packaging
for their fast food. Support their efforts to protect the environment so the
earth can keep supporting human life.
- The World Wildlife Fund works
to preserve biological diversity.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council
also works to defend the environment and the wildlife within it.
- National Geographic. Well,
how could I not be fascinated by this stuff?