April 2014

2014 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Announced!

The mission of the Goldman Environmental Prize is to honor grassroots environmental heroes from all over the world for their consistent efforts to protect communities and enhance the natural environment. Each winner receives $150,000 to further his or her work and gains worldwide visibility. Through recognizing these leaders, the Goldman Prize hopes to inspire ordinary people to take courageous actions to protect the planet.

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Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon Schools Announced

On Earth Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 48 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and 9 District Sustainability Awardees in Washington, D.C. Duncan was joined by Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots, who praised the selected schools and districts saying, "Schools all over the country can look to today's honorees as models for creating a healthier learning environment while lowering energy bills and preparing students for success in the 21st century economy.

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Support the Climate Change Education Act!

In order to create the next generation of environmentalists, action must be taken now to education young people about the dangers of climate change. That’s why a day prior to Earth Day 2014, Congressman Michael Honda, a Democrat representing California’s 17th District, in the San Francisco Bay area, introduced a bill to the House of Representatives entitled the Climate Change Education Act.

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Thanks for Taking Action!

During the past few weeks, over a billion people in 192 countries took action for Earth Day. They organized rallies, demonstrations, clean ups, tree plantings, educational events, festivals and more to protect the planet.

In Albania, Earth Day organizers rallied for greener cities. In India, they demonstrated for more renewable energy and less coal. In Columbus, Ohio, thousands of people volunteered at 150 clean-up sites throughout the city.

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Kolkata Launch of the eBook "Pathways to Green Cities"

In honor of the Earth Day 2014 theme, Green Cities, Earth Day Network India has compiled an eBook: "Pathways to Green Cities –Innovative Ideas from Urban India." The book presents 24 case studies from 13 cities across India on innovative strategies that have already been implemented to make cities greener. Many of these are related to water and waste management. Others have to do with increasing the green cover, developing green buildings, traffic control, reduction of air pollution, use of renewable energies, and the judicious use of natural resources.

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It's Earth Day!

Today is finally Earth Day! Today, over one billion people in 192 countries—from Zimbabwe to Albania to Indonesia—take action to protect the planet. They organize demonstrations, contact their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their communities, demand renewable energy targets, and much more. This year’s theme is Green Cities.

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Earth Day at Union Station

Come out to Union Station in Washington, DC for an Earth Day event you won’t want to miss!

On April 22nd, the historic public transportation hub will feature free interactive, educational exhibits in honor of Earth Day for guests of all ages. The event aims to show people how they can observe Earth Day by making simple changes in their lives to save energy and protect the environment.

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Earth Day in the Eastern US

Earth Day continues to thrive in the United States with several Earth Day events taking place in cities scattered around the Eastern U.S.

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Share a Ride, Plant a Tree

The theme of Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities. So what exactly are we supposed to do to make our cities green? We can start with transportation. That means transforming our public transportation systems so that they’re accessible, convenient, and run on clean fuels. It also means making our cities more walkable and bikeable—with protected bike lanes, plenty of public green space, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Finally, it means switching over to electric, hybrid, and other eco-friendly vehicles and relying on ride-sharing, rather than driving alone.

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Earth Day in Europe

Cities throughout Europe are gearing up for Earth Day. With several events going on across the continent, Europeans will surely find somewhere to celebrate and promote a more sustainable and healthy planet this Earth Day.

In Geneva, Switzerland, the International School of Geneva is hosting a “green sale” and an organic food sale to raise money to plant trees on the school grounds. There will also be activities like recycling games and environmental arts and crafts.

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