Planet Earth Foundation is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status founded in 1977 with the purpose of addressing community, national and global needs through public service and cause-related media. Planet Earth Foundation’s two primary divisions are Planet Earth Media and World Campaign. Planet Earth Media provides communications, information and resources on subjects of public interest and creation and placement of advertising for clients. World Campaign is an ongoing public service media campaign to create unprecedented global awareness and action on the major issues which will determine the future of life on earth.

 

The President said he recently saw a film (from Planet Earth Foundation) . . . on world hunger, a subject that concerns him very much . . . he plans personally to do more work on the issue.

~ CABINET MINUTES, THE WHITE HOUSE



This letter is in strong support of assistance to the work of the non-profit Planet Earth Foundation - with its associated Planet Earth Media, World Campaign, and Campaign to End Hunger - and its principals, Keith and Lisa Blume. The Planet Earth Foundation is an organization whose initial foray into public communication on the great issues of our time, nearly three decades ago . . . helped to catalyze the formation of the White House Hunger Working Group and the Presidential Commission on World and Domestic Hunger. (The latter, in turn, have resonated down through the years in a series of Executive Branch commitments from both Republican and Democratic administrations on the hunger issue.) The Planet Earth Foundation . . . represents an irreplaceable national resource . . . Given the scope of the problems that our planet earth currently faces, and the deep threats posed on so many fronts to the kind of world our children and grandchildren will inherit, it seems to me that 'enlightened self interest' provides a restrained characterization of why the unique resource that the Planet Earth Foundation represents should be sustained and nurtured.

~ ROY PROSTERMAN, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE, INITIAL PRESIDENT, PLANET EARTH FOUNDATION



In March 1974, Keith Blume and Planet Earth Foundation Vice President, Darryl Stromberg, visited Calcutta, India, arriving at night and witnessing thousands of bodies on the streets, who they first thought dead and then realized lived there. This was the city of the late Mother Teresa (whom Keith met with in later years), who made Calcutta a symbol in the heart of all humanity. Before dawn, Keith set off through the streets that were home for millions and met with them on their turf in an experience that had a major impact on the Foundation’s creation.

~ EXCERPT, PLANET EARTH NEWS



In March 1977, whirlwind meetings and film showings began in Washington, D.C. and the United Nations with Keith, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Roy Prosterman (initial Foundation president), former Oberlin President Bob Fuller (and honorary Foundation board member), and the late John Denver. . .which, along with the work of others such as the late Harry Chapin, who also appeared in the Foundation’s first film, led to major politicians of all stripes and the President of the United States becoming involved, establishing the White House Hunger Working Group. More films (in the late 70's, 80's and 90's) were produced on these issues and others, such as the threat of weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear war.

~ EXCERPT, PLANET EARTH NEWS


 

The Foundation (from the 1980s through the 2000s). . . utilized its talents for many socially beneficial causes over the years through award-winning public service campaigns from The Campaign To End Hunger, Planet Earth Media and World Campaign, with the guidance. . . of chief executive, Lisa Blume, who met or worked with public figures varying from Senators such a Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray (accompanied by honorary board member Anne Brixner), Democratic and Republican White Houses, public health organizations and leaders, state governments. . . women, infants and children programs. . . educational, environmental programs and organizations providing basic needs and development worldwide for those in need.

~ EXCERPT, PLANET EARTH NEWS



I never dreamed an organization could do so much with so little until I started working with Planet Earth Foundation and saw the talent and commitment of Keith and Lisa Blume (President and CEO respectively) and the sacrifices for the good of others they were prepared to make.

~ JIM CHURCH, FORMER PRESIDENT, BELLEVUE SCHOOL BOARD, SECRETARY-TREASURER, PLANET EARTH FOUNDATION



My friend, Keith Blume (Planet Earth Foundation Founder and President), reminds me a great deal of the early Ralph Nader. . . Because of (Planet Earth Foundation’s) first film, (the) President. . . and politicians of both parties became interested in the continuing catastrophic problem of world hunger . . . Information in the famous LIVE AID concert had its origin in the film.

~ EMMETT WATSON, SEATTLE TIMES



Planet Earth Foundation’s work. . . moved me and many others to commit ourselves to ending hunger on our planet. . . .media publicity is the key to public awareness, leading to both private and government action.

~ JOHN DENVER



I share the concerns of the Foundation and acknowledge that we need a comprehensive public health based education effort or campaign for parents, health care providers, school officials and students. There simply has been no major effort to educate on the dangers of underage drinking. We need to wage the same war on underage drinking that we have waged on illegal drugs and smoking.

~ PATTY MURRAY, UNITED STATES SENATOR



Congratulations on the fifteenth anniversary of your efforts . . . Keep up the good work!  

~ TED TURNER, TURNER BROADCASTING



After my father’s presidency, television began to be a force . . . unlike any previous work, this book (by Planet Earth Foundation’s Founder) dramatically demonstrates the responsibility of television in creating images and perceptions.  

~ ELLIOTT ROOSEVELT



Planet Earth Foundation was a catalyst at every step for what came to be a dynamic media campaign. If you have an opportunity to work with them, jump at the chance.

~ TERRI A GLUECK, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, CENTRAL BLOOD BANK



I am writing to thank you for the lovely, sensitive WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) PSAs that CTEH (Campaign to End Hunger) completed this year. State and local WIC staff who have seen the PSAs have said they are excellent and beautiful. I have gotten a wonderful response from every group that has seen them. Once again, your creative team has produced exceptional PSAs that are very appealing to the target population.

~ KRISTIN J. SASSEEN, OUTREACH COORDINATOR, PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION SERVICES, WASHINGTON WIC PROGRAM



Planet Earth Media’s WIC Campaign increased phone calls to WIC by 400% based on preliminary results. I am very pleased, as always, with (Planet Earth Media’s) work.  

~ AL PETERSON, DIRECTOR, GEORGIA WIC PROGRAM



About 144,619 children under 18 in Washington are hungry and 213,000 live in families with incomes below the poverty line, said Lisa Blume (Planet Earth Foundation CEO). . . Experts say programs exist to feed children, but they remain under funded. 'We don't need to go out there and re-create the wheel,' Blume said. 'We just need to reach every single child in need. And right now we're not.'

~ BARBARA LAKER, LINDA YOSHIKAWA-COGLEY & JOHN IWASAKI, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER



In support of the nationally acclaimed non-profit public service media program, the Campaign To End Hunger, the state of Florida, HRS and the Florida WIC program have joined forces to launch the . . . "Breastfeeding Is Best" television and radio public service advertising (PSA) campaign. These PSAs are designed to appeal to different ethnic groups and to all economic groups.

~ LAWTON CHILES, GOVENOR, STATE OF FLORIDA



When Planet Earth Media said they were the most award-winning PSA producer in the nation, it turned out that they were as good as advertised. 

~ MARY ANN GOURLAY, FORMER DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, ALLIANCE TO SAVE ENERGY



The website worldcampaign.net has been designated a Cool Site in the Netscape Open Directory for Society, Issues, Positive Actions and Projects categories. Congratulations!

~ ROBIN GREEN, EDITOR, NETSCAPE OPEN DIRECTORY



World Campaign became an honored new voice uniting major global issues such as the environment, population, hunger, disease, poverty, war and personal responsibility under one ongoing project with the internet as its base.

~ GLOBAL WASHINGTON


 

On this day, December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The person acknowledged that day with an ovation at the UN as most responsible for this extraordinary achievement was Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady and wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had passed away three years earlier. . . .Elliott Roosevelt, the late son of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote the forward to a book on media and politics by Keith Blume, founder of Planet Earth Foundation, which created World Campaign, reported that FDR told Churchill at the meeting where the Atlantic Charter was adopted that ‘The structure of the peace demands and will get equality of peoples.’ The Universal Declaration of Human Rights embodies basic principles that apply to all the issues addressed by World Campaign, including rights to life, liberty, equality, food, health care, adequate standard of living, education and so on, without discrimination on any basis. The cofounder of World Campaign, Lisa Blume, noted ‘information equals motivation equals action’, as a premise for World Campaign.


~ EXCERPT, WORLD CAMPAIGN, MESSAGE OF THE DAY, BEGINNING 60TH YEAR OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS



I am pleased to congratulate you on the fine example of generosity you have set for your fellow Americans.  

~ C. GREGG PETERSMEYER, WHITE HOUSE DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF NATIONAL SERVICE