Marcia's 2016 Birthday Campaign PROTECTING Ballona Wetlands!
Organized by: Marcia Hanscom
April 30th is an important date for me - it's the day that I emerged on this Earth to bring my special gifts to the planet.
For the last 21 years, that work has centered around a very special place on the coast of Los Angeles, the Ballona Wetlands ecosystem - a special, wild and biodiverse place filled with beautiful plants and animals - birds, rabbits, coyotes and more!
And this place is under threat once more. This summer a plan is scheduled to be released that could erase all of the work that many thousands of people have contributed to - protecting this special jewel called Ballona, created by the confluence of the Los Angeles River and several other streams for many years prior to humans arriving on the scene. In order to jumpstart a VERY important public awareness campaign,
I'm asking you to contribute in honor of my birthday - and I'm also asking you to ask your friends, family and neighbors to contribute.
With these funds we will publish books with beautiful photos and descriptions of the wildlife and the landscape and explain in simple terms why it's not ok to BULLDOZE and EXCAVATE Ballona, which is the plan that some misguided agencies have planned.
Essentially what they would do is remove important habitats and rearrange them - into a Frankenstein wetland - a fake "restoration" - and that's not why the State of California once spent more than $130 million - mostly from Wildlife Conservation funds - to acquire this land for the public good.
Besides the books we want to publish and distribute to decision-makers who are far from the Ballona Wetlands, we will use the funds to rent mini-buses to take decision-makers who CAN get to the area on tours.
We know that once they see and understand what is here, they will be touched by Ballona, as so many have been.
Finally, we want to create radio and print ads that will bring more people on board and alert the public to the need to get involved to Save Ballona Wetlands AGAIN!
This $30,000 will not be all we will need for this campaign, but it will be a start - and you can help get this start when we need it - which is NOW!
THANK YOU for considering this request to participate in this important cause.