BUTTERFLY HURRICANES

Here is some information and lists of organizations about the issues addressed in each artwork. Please click on the links to learn more.

Education Inequities

It is universally agreed that providing a quality education gives students a chance to excel, both in school and in life. Increasingly, children’s success in school determines their success as adults, determining whether and where they go to college, what professions that they enter, and how much they are paid. There are many factors preventing education from serving this role as “the great equalizer.” Schools serving low-income students receive fewer resources, face greater difficulties attracting qualified teachers, face many more challenges in addressing student’s needs, and receive less support from parents. This inequality of school quality is widely recognized.

Economic Policy Institute

Center for American Progress

United Nations – Education for All

Volunteers of America

Peace Corps

Hunger

The causes of hunger are many and varied. Some are of natural origin, drought, crop pests, natural disasters; others are created by humans, for example by war or over exploitation of natural resources essential to food production. Yet the most important causes of hunger have their roots in economic, social and political factors, having to do with the ways in which the production and distribution of food are organized in the world.

Feeding America

Child Hunger Ends Here

World Food Programme

Global Issues

Plastics Pollution

Plastic creates toxic pollution at every stage of its existence: manufacture, use, and disposal. Plastic is a material that the Earth cannot digest. Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, including the small amount that has been incinerated and has become toxic particulate matter. In the environment, plastic breaks down into small particles that attract toxic chemicals. These particles are ingested by wildlife on land and in the ocean, contaminating the food chain. Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every one of us, including newborns.

5 Gyres

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic-Free Guide

Green Mary

Surfrider Foundation