Earth Day Network Blog Updates

John Grisham’s new ‘Gray Mountain’

On October 21st, John Grisham’s newest novel will be released both online and in stores. In this novel, Grisham follows the stories of two characters to show the suffering inflicted by mining companies and the politicians who pander them. This fictional exposé on Big Coal digs deep into today’s real, and dirty, energy industry.

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Walk to School Month

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day began in the United States in 1997. Aimed at building awareness and the need for walkable communities, this event now includes 40 countries around the world. With an increase in participation each passing year, this year’s walk to school day included over 4,700 events in the United States alone! Although Walk to School Day was on October 8th, Walk to School Month goes on for the entire month of October so there’s still time to participate!

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High School Student Takes Activism to the Bike Lanes in Mumbai

In 2012, Mumbai emitted 3.83 tons of carbon dioxide, about two times the national average. The city has also recently become notorious for bad traffic; following in the footsteps of India’s other big metropolitan centers like Delhi. Roads are chaotic with little reverence for traffic laws.

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We must keep and improve the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Children receive their most healthy meal at school, in addition to half their daily calories.  As a program that once set out to improve national nutrition, the Nation School Lunch Act (NSLA) is now shamed for forcing tasteless and extremely low calorie foods upon children, while disrupting the once bipartisanship support over school lunch programs.

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National School Lunch Week

This year’s National School Lunch Week is coming up! Next week, October 13-17, schools will celebrate healthy lunches with the national theme “Get in the Game with School Lunch,” intended to encourage kids to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity.

Find resources and information to use in your classroom to celebrate with us here!

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Chevron in Ecuador

Chevron, formally Texaco, has been operating in the Ecuadoran Amazon since 1964. After an eight year trial, in 2011 Chevron was found guilty of dumping 18.5 billion gallons of toxic oil waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon Lago Agrio region between 1964 and 1990. The legal battle began in 1993 when some 300,000 local residents from five different Amazonian tribes filed a lawsuit against Texaco.

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Green Puja Bazaar

India’s Durga Puja is a festival similar to Christmas.  People buy new clothes, exchange presents, and enjoy eating out. Earth Day Network-India organized a Green Puja Bazaar on September 20 at the South City International School, Kolkata to give consumers an environmental alternative for the holiday season.

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Recycle-Bowl 2014

Since 2010, Keep America Beautiful has been hosting and promoting “Recycle-Bowl,” a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students. Keep America Beautiful (KAB), an environmental nonprofit, and one of our partners, focuses on litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling, and community greening and beautification.

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UN Climate Summit: Did it have an impact?

Almost a week after the UN Climate Summit, lasting effects are difficult to size up. While key announcements and pledges were made, it is difficult to discern how much impact this summit will actually have since a treaty will not be made for another fifteen months.

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UN Climate Summit

Jay Inslee, the Washington state governor hit the nail on the head: “We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.” And he is not the only one thinking that way this week. Ban Ki Moon, former US Vice President Al Gore, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and hundreds of thousands climate activists have turned a spotlight onto environmental change this week.

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