Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Women’s Equality Day

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, 94 years after the 19th amendment secured women’s right to vote in the United States.

Since that momentous day, women have continued to eagerly push through barriers and make history. They have opened doors into the workforce and continue to break through the proverbial glass ceiling in countless sectors. Young women now are more likely to have a college degree than men—a huge social shift from even a few years prior.

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August 19th heralds Earth Overshoot Day

According to the Global Footprint Network, on August 19th humanity’s footprint will be bigger than the Earth’s ability to regenerate those resources in this year: Earth Overshoot Day. In 1961, most countries’ biocapacity was bigger than its footprint, but ever since the 1970’s we have started to overstep our limits. Each year Earth Overshoot Day has come earlier in the year as we deplete our world’s resources. In 2000 Earth Overshoot Day was in October. 14 years later and now it comes 2 months earlier.

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Tell the EPA that you support the Clean Power Plan Rule

Recent EPA hearings have seen massive public attendance as well as hundreds, testifying in support of stronger safe-guards and regulations on carbon emissions.

The Obama administration has promised to take action against global climate change and to work towards a more sustainable energy economy.

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Southwest Airlines Upcycling Project Turns Energy Savings into Shoes and Soccer Balls

Earth Day Network partner Southwest Airlines has announced the launch of LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, a global sustainability initiative to upcycle 43 acres of used leather seat coverings into new products that benefit communities by providing skills training, employment and donated products, while saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions.  

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The Impacts of Our Actions

Deforestation is a clear threat to many ecosystems worldwide. This is perhaps most evident in the Amazon rainforest, whose rich biodiversity is being threatened by illegal loggers. While the loss of plant and animal species should already be enough to worry and in some cases even enrage us, but there is far more to the deforestation of the amazon than this.

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Fracking: Impacts and Solutions

America today stands at a historic crossroads. Our actions in the coming decades regarding energy production, use, and policy will play a critical role in the sustainability of our current ecosystems and earth resources. This past weekend, over a thousand people from across the U.S. joined a first-ever “people’s march” in DC to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas from U.S. coastlines.

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The Future of the U.S. Solar Market

The solar energy investment tax credit (ITC) has been instrumental in fueling the growth of American solar industries, increasing solar manufacturing capacity, and driving consumer costs down. It has acted as a stable, long-term incentive that reduces prices and creates jobs in solar energy, making solar an economically viable alternative to fossil fuel energy. Currently, the ITC is set to drop 66% at the end of 2016 (from 30% to 10%), the impact of which is tentatively understood.

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The North Pacific Trash Gyre

We as first world humans produce trash, and lots of it. There’s no denying this fact. Most of us live in a globalized economy that thrives on industrial energy consumption and equally massive levels of polluted output. We strive to make things cheaper and more abundant so that more people can improve their lives through consumerism and strengthen the global economy

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Comparing the National Environmental Policy Act to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context

Much of American environmental legislation is outdated and in need of reform. Still authoritative today are the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, and the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The list goes on despite incredible scientific and technological advances of this century that definitively prove current environmental problems and offer means of mitigating these problems.

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