February 2014

A Reflection on Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

Earth Day Network joins the city of Jackson, Mississippi in mourning the death of its mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, who passed away on Tuesday at St. Dominic Hospital at the age of 66. Formerly, Mr. Lumumba was a prominent lawyer and human rights activist. He was sworn in as mayor last July and had a strong vision for the city of Jackson, one that stressed the importance of sustainability.

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President Obama Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks

President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration plans to put in place stricter fuel efficiency standards for trucks in the coming years.

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CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes

Yesterday, CVS announced that they will no longer sell cigarettes in their stores, effective October 1.

“Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose,” said their CEO.

The CEO is right. We all know that cigarettes are bad for our health. They’re linked to heart disease and cancer and cause millions of deaths every year. But what does that have to do with Earth Day Network and our environmental objectives?

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A Billion Acts of Green: Adjust Your Water Heater

It's time for a new Billion Acts of Green action! This month’s action is quite simple: Adjust Your Water Heater. The average homeowner spends about $400-600 annually on heating water, accounting for 14-18% of the total energy bill.

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