July 2013

What Lies Ahead for Lac-Mégantic?

When a tanker train carrying crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec derailed and exploded on July 6, the tragedy was largely glossed over, if not ignored, by the American media. The immediate consequences were bad enough—half a town completely destroyed, at least 28 dead and 22 missing or presumed dead, as of Friday. The aftermath and recovery for the community will be equally difficult.

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Washington Students Work to Improve Water Quality

Earth Day Network is proud to report on the successful completion of the Puget Sound Civic Education Project. The project—funded by the Russell Family Foundation—sought to educate and empower community members and students in Puget Sound, Washington to improve local water quality.

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World Music Day: A Green Festival in Kolkata

This year, Earth Day Network-India joined Alliance Française du Bengale as the "green" partner for the La Fête de la Musique - World Music Day commemorations in Kolkata. First celebrated in 1982 in France, World Music Day takes place worldwide on June 21. Today, it serves as an international celebration of music, with more than 100 countries participating.

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Faith Community Takes Steps to Reduce Carbon Footprint

In light of the mounting impacts of climate change and the scientific consensus about what's causing it, organizations and institutions have begun to take concrete steps to be more eco-friendly. Religious groups of all faiths and denominations have been at the forefront of this movement, taking action to reduce their ecological footprint and spread environmental messages.

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413,000 New Trees Planted in 5 Countries

Earth Day Network has a longstanding commitment to protecting natural lands and preserving the environment for everyone. As part of that commitment, we developed The Canopy Project, which plants trees to help communities—especially the world’s impoverished communities—maintain thriving and sustainable economies.

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The Role of Schools in Preventing Childhood Obesity

A recent survey conducted by Field Research Corp. revealed an interesting public consensus about the role of schools in preventing childhood obesity. The study showed that Americans expect schools to lead on the issue, with 90 percent of respondents endorsing the local K-12 school’s important role in combating childhood obesity.

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