Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Walk Like a Parisian

Can large cities function properly without cars? Last week, Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris, France, put into effect a ban on cars in the center of the city for the day. This initiative was to support the idea that “Paris can operate without cars” and to help combat the city’s air pollution problem.

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Are new smog standards enough?

According to the American Lung Association (ALA), inhaling smog pollution is like getting a sunburn on your lungs and often results in immediate breathing trouble. Is the Obama’s Administration new sunscreen high enough?

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Pushing to every kid in a park

On September 1, the White House launched their new Every Kid in a Park initiative. This initiative provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more for all 4th grade students in the United States. Every Kid in a Park comes in the lead-up to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016 in order to inspire a new generation of Americans.

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Pushing for a Carbon Emission Reducing System.

China and the U.S have been in discussion about carbon emissions and climate change over the past year, including the notable APEC meeting in Beijing where both countries decided to establish new carbon emission cuts.

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It's Time to Get Angry About Climate Change.

Have you ever seen these funny-looking birds staring at each other with their angry faces? No matter where you are from, Angry Birds has become globally popular in the past few years. That’s why we teamed up with Angry Birds to launch a global campaign to bring awareness about climate change.


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Broken By the Cry

I am honored to be working with Moral Action on Climate (MAC) and Earth Day Network (EDN) on the historic rally for climate justice during the Pope’s visit to Washington, DC. My Climate Reality Project colleague at MAC, Lise Van Susteren, wrangled me into this, thankfully. It has been an experience of a lifetime already and the Pope is not even here yet!  We created a coalition from all walks of life that historically have not worked together. It has had its challenges and thankfully we have a licensed psychiatrist on the team- Lise! 

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Pope Francis, Calling on Moral Action for Climate Justice


The papal visit on September 24, 2015 will make United States history as Pope Francis is the first pope to address a joint session of Congress. The pope’s address to Congress marks a significant shift on the discussion of climate change into an inclusive dialogue on how human beings across the globe can be proactive in curbing climate change. 


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Climate Learning: Back-to-School

Last week, my colleague and I attended the White House Back-To-School event after the White House announced Earth Day Network’s Champions for Earth Angry Birds game in a list of impressive climate commitments.
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Living Buildings: The Bullit Center

Author: Max Rogers, EDN Intern -

Buildings that eat, breathe, and sleep don’t just belong in storybooks anymore. A new generation of building is here: the “living building.” These buildings are self-sufficient entities that mimic nature’s processes and generate all of their own energy from renewable sources, capture and treat all of their water, operate efficiently, and provide a healthier and happier experience to the people inside.

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