Pop Ed Leadership Institute on the California Coast

There may be no prettier setting than where we found ourselves last weekend – the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, a stretch of California State coastline just a stone’s throw from the tony Pebble Beach golf course and 17-mile drive. While the rest of the country sweated through record heat, we enjoyed three days of leadership training amid chilly breezes and fog that would burn off just in time to reveal dazzling sunsets.

Pop Quiz: Brazil

Brazil is one of the world’s largest emerging economies and ranks in the top ten most populous countries in the world. It has the longest coastline in South America and one of its major cities, Rio de Janeiro, will host this year’s Summer Olympics. Did you know that Brazil has traditionally been a net recipient of immigrants with the southeast being the prime destination? Or, that since the 1960s Brazil has experienced a rapid fertility decline?

Celebrate bees, birds, and beetles, it’s National Pollinator Week!

Pollinators around the globe are facing a grim future as a key component of global biodiversity. This is not only bad news for pollinators and other animals, but also for humans due to the risks it poses to the global food supply. Because of this, in 2008, the U.S. Senate designated this very week as National Pollinator Week to emphasize the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations and its impact.

Who are the pollinators and why are they so important?