Earth Day Network Blog Updates

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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USCAN Conference: An Intern's Perspective

It was a warm Tuesday morning in Chicago two weeks ago and you could feel the humidity in the air.  I was excited, nervous, and a little skeptical about attending my first conference.  Two other Earth Day Network interns and I were granted the incredible opportunity to fly out to Chicago and represent Earth Day Network at the annual USCAN Conference.  After a long day of traveling and a well needed night of sleep, I headed out around 6:45am, to ensure I would make the first 7:30am networking breakfast on time.

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Moving Beyond Plastic

“If you believe in something, you have to persist and you have to have a thick skin.” said Jean Hill in her 2010 interview with the New York Times.  In the spring of the same year, at a town meeting, she proposed the ban of selling single-serving bottled water in Concord, Massachusetts. The bottled water industry was not pleased but Ms.

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Land Management and Carbon Sequestration

As we all know, the current carbon dioxide (CO2) storage imbalance between the atmosphere stock and the ground storage stock is an imminent and immediate threat to our world’s economies and ways of lives.

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Climate Change’s Impact on the Latino Community

As Climate change continues, Climate Justice is moving to the forefront of the political and social agendas of Latino Americans across the country. The impoverished background of many Latino immigrants coupled with the group’s rapid expansion In the United States has left nearly 50% of the race living in areas that do not meet NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards). They are the most disproportionately harmed minority group in terms of climate and environmental justice issues in comparison to others.

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