Sea Turtles Get a Boost from Guests at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort (Video)

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Sea TurtleLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., July 2, 2009 — With sea turtle nesting season in full swing, Disney’s Animal Program’s experts are keeping busy at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort where hundreds of female sea turtles will come ashore through September to complete a pilgrimage they do every few years – lay eggs. Approximately 50,000 sea turtles come ashore in Florida each year, making it one of the most fertile nesting areas in the United States.

While not easy, the process of establishing a nest starts with the female dragging her heavy body out of the water to the sand dunes. Using her back flippers, she digs a hole to deposit approximately one hundred rubbery eggs, each the size of a golf ball. The turtle hides the nest by covering the hole with sand and heads back to the ocean.

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Disney Emergency Support Will Help Move 60 Elephants in Africa to a New Home

Baby elephant. Photo courtesy of IFAWThe Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) is providing emergency support to Conservation Solutions (CS) to help translocate more than 60 elephants that are currently living amongst communal farming lands in the district of Mangochi, Lake Malawi. Due to increased competition between humans and elephants for natural resources there has been a dramatic upswing in illegal poaching, poisoning and other efforts to manage the animals.

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Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Announces Grants for 67 Conservation Projects Worldwide

Burbank, Calif, June 4, 2009 —  In celebration of World Environment Day, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) today announced the funding of programs that will support more than 90 species and promote habitat conservation in 33 countries. The 2009 DWCF grant recipients will receive almost $1.5 million for efforts ranging from protecting Pakistan’s majestic Snow Leopards, to following the migration of Magellanic penguins in Argentina to reintroducing endangered Whooping Cranes in eastern North America.

“Creating a positive ecosystem impact is a key goal of The Walt Disney Company. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund is a natural extension of that philosophy, enabling leading environmental organizations and scientists to address some of the most critical issues facing animals and ecosystems around the world. We applaud these deserving recipients and are pleased to play a part in their efforts,” said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, environmental affairs, The Walt Disney Company.

Now in its fourteenth year, the DWCF, through support from The Walt Disney Company and Disney Guests, has contributed more than $14 million to conservation projects for the study and protection of the world’s wildlife and habitats.

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Disney and Other Coalition Members Decide on Climate-Forests Agreement

WASHINGTON, May 20  — Several of the nation’s top environmental groups, conservation organizations, and corporate leaders today released details of an agreement on policies aimed at protecting the world’s tropical forests. Ongoing burning and destruction of these forests is responsible for approximately one-fifth of total greenhouse gas emissions — more than all the world’s cars, trucks, planes, and ships combined.

The coalition includes: American Electric Power, Conservation International, Duke Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, El Paso Corporation, National Wildlife Federation, Marriott International, Mercy Corps, Natural Resources Defense Council, PG&E Corporation, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Walt Disney Company, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Woods Hole Research Center.

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The Walt Disney Company Launches ‘Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green’ Campaign

Multiplatform Environmental Initiative on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Disney.com Features Star-Studded Lineup of Disney’s Young Talent Pledging Environmental Stewardship and Encouraging Other Kids to Do the Same

Kids’ Votes Determine How Disney Will Divide $1 Million in Donations Among Environmental Causes

DC Friends for ChangeBURBANK, Calif., May 14, 2009 — The Walt Disney Company today announced Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green, a multiplatform environmental initiative that will help kids help the planet. Disney stars Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato are among the 29 young stars participating in outreach messages to debut on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Disney.com. The Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green initiative invites young people to join together to help the environment across four key areas: climate, water, waste and habitats. Kids will learn practical ways to preserve the planet, track their collective impact and have the opportunity to vote on how $1 million in donations from Disney will be divided and invested in various environmental causes over the course of a year.

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Disney Cruise Line Salutes Earth Day by Honoring Winners of Disney’s Environmentality Challenge in Grand Cayman

Tasha Miller (front left), a teacher at George Town Primary School in Grand Cayman, along with Disney's Jiminy Cricket, honored Year 6 students from the school in a special awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship as part of Disney's Environmentality Challenge. © Disney

Tasha Miller (front left), a teacher at George Town Primary School in Grand Cayman, along with Disney's Jiminy Cricket, honored Year 6 students from the school in a special awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship as part of Disney's Environmentality Challenge. © Disney

GRAND CAYMAN, (April 21, 2009) – (PR) Disney Cruise Line honored the top prize winners of Disney’s EnvironmentalityTM Challenge (DEC) educational program today in an awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Taking place during a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, the event showcased local students’ contributions to promote conservation and protect the environment.

Students honored at the celebration were winners of the 2008-2009 DEC class project competition and are part of teachers Willean Hill and Tasha Miller’s Year 6 class from George Town Primary School on Grand Cayman.

Through their project titled “Environmental Stewardship Programme,” students created an informational brochure with environmental tips, translating it into several languages for distribution to fellow students, local residents and tourists visiting the Cayman Islands. They also organized a beach cleanup to rid the shoreline of debris and litter and created their own George Town Primary environmental blog to keep the community informed of their progress. Throughout the program, the group explored environmental issues by combining classroom subjects such as math, science and language arts in addition to educating and engaging the local community.

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Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

Cast Members Party for the Planet © Disney

Cast Members Party for the Planet © Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 21, 2009 — (PR) Since the company’s early days, Disney has been committed to Environmentality, which encompasses the attitude and commitment to do what is right for the environment and right for responsible business.

Building on this legacy, Walt Disney World Resort has intensified efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of Cast Members and guests through a series of science-based programs and policies. The efforts include effectively managing resources through energy management, water conservation and waste minimization. Some of the work is highlighted in a set of Fun Facts:

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Advance Sales for EARTH has Disney Planting 500,000 Trees (and Growing)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Disney's Mark Zoradi, DisneyNature Jean-Francois Camilleri, Disney's Dick Cook, Disney's Robert Iger, Director Alastair Fothergill and Director Mark Linfield at the World Premiere of DisneyNature's "EARTH" on April 18, 2009 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage)

BURBANK, Calif.– “EARTH” won’t open till Wednesday, yet moviegoers have already snapped up half a million tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and have a tree planted in their honor. Disneynature’s commitment to plant a tree for everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 means that already 500,000 trees will be planted — and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22 opening just a few days away.

“With half a million new trees committed so far, Disneynature’s first film is already making an impact on the world — and ‘EARTH’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. “We’re so pleased that moviegoers have embraced this film and our tree-planting initiative to this degree and we expect the numbers to keep climbing.”

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A Look at Disneynature’s OTHER First Film – The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (instead of living on one), you’ve no doubt heard of the latest venture from the newly formed Disneynature label, EARTH, to be released this Earth Day, April 22. But EARTH, as it turns out, is not actually the first film from Disneynature, but actually just the first film to be released in North America. The actual title of first film belongs to a documentary called The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.

Crimson Wing PosterShot over a period of year, co-directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward camped out near the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania where millions of flamingos are born, fall in love and die in sights in a spectacular view few have ever seen. Estimates suggest that 75% of all of the world’s lesser flamingos are born right at the lake which has several unique attributes that lend itself to be the perfect home for the flamingos.

Making use of technology, the filmmakers were also able to step foot on an island in the middle of the lake, the first humans known to do so, giving them exclusive access to the life of the lake’s inhabitants. Also captured on film was the eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the first in forty years.

The lake is at the heart of a controversy involving plans to build a nearby soda ash factory which activists claim will bring an end to this nature spectacle. You can read more about it here.

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Disney Partners with Department of Energy to Reduce Energy Consumption

Department of Energy and Commercial Real Estate Executives Launch Alliance to Reduce Energy Consumption of Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 9 — Top executives from 19 commercial real estate companies met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials in New York City today to discuss plans to dramatically reduce the sector’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  The meeting officially launched DOE’s Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (CREEA), a partnership of commercial real estate owners and operators who have volunteered to work together with DOE to make lasting change in the energy consumption of commercial real estate buildings in the United States.  Currently, commercial buildings account for 18 percent of the nation’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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