For over 200 million years, ponds, marshes, grasslands, and rain forests have come alive with the calls of frogs. Yet these remarkable and colorful animals are declining at such a rapid rate that they are being called the Earth’s next dinosaurs. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction.
World-renowned Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson has written in the book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth:
Kermit the Frog, to summarize the situation in a phrase, is sick. And to varying degrees so is much of the living world. Might Homo sapiens follow? Maybe, maybe not. But with certainty we are the great meteorite of our time, having begun the sixth mass extinction of Phanerozoic history. We are creating a less stable and interesting place for our descendants to inherit.
Frogs are threatened by habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and disease. Because they breathe and drink through their skin, they are extremely sensitive to an unhealthy environment. Chemicals, pesticides, ozone, and UV are dangerous, even deadly, to them.
This New Jersey nonprofit organization is called FROGS ARE GREEN because we believe that healthy frogs mean a healthy planet. By saving the frogs, we will also save our planet—and ourselves.
Please hop in and get involved. We’d love to hear from you!
— Susan Newman, Founder
Poster Design Award from Graphic Design USA for “Naturally Frogadelic” Illustration courtesy of Mary Ann Farley • Graphic Design Award for the Frogs Are Green Environmental Poster “We cannot do this alone” for amphibian conservation • Frogs Are Green and Susan Newman Design are featured in the October 2015 Green Issue of Graphic Design USA. Photo of Susan above in GD USA by Alyssa Bredin.
(Now Open! Deadline for entries: 12/15/15)
WINNERS of the 2014 Contests! Congrats to you all!
The entire Kids Art Gallery on Flickr of 973 artworks from 32 countries.
NEW Video from JC1TV!!!
Thank you Stan Eason for this video of the “Frogs and Their Threatened Environment” exhibition, May 2015 in Jersey City’s City Hall Rotunda.
The video below showcases Spring 2014’s exhibition at The Distillery Gallery of international frog art by children aged 3-12, from more than 27 countries. The exhibition was well attended and a special thank you to Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City and JC1TV for helping broadcast this issue. Now that all the winners have been announced for 2014 contests, we have scheduled exhibitions around Earth Day and Save the Frogs Day 2015.
Frogs Are Green is on an awareness mission to educate the public about the threats to frogs and amphibians. Through blogging, interviews, social media and annual events we have reached a great many people but now it’s time to go to the next level and bring a new curriculum to the schools.
Young children are naturally curious about nature and can express themselves through art in a way they cannot verbally, so this new curriculum developed by Susan Newman, founder of Frogs Are Green, combines science and art together in a six-week course. (Click below to learn much more about this!)
Frogs, Amphibians, and Their Threatened Environment
Discovery and Expression Through Art – K-3
Children in K-3 are introduced to frogs, amphibians and the world that surrounds them. By learning about the Earth’s environment and wildlife and having an understanding of the eco-system, they can creatively express themselves through art and share with others how everyone can help the earth by being eco-friendly. Students will be introduced to amphibian photographers and artists, both classical and current.
Now Available on Createspace:
Great for parents (home-schooling) too!
On Amazon too!
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