Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Big Money and Dirty Energy are Not Voters—Why are Politicians Acting like They Are?

In a poll conducted by The New York Times, most of the American public supports government action on climate change—including almost half of Republicans. So why isn’t Capitol Hill taking acting on it?

Two-thirds of Americans are also more likely to vote for a candidate who campaigns on addressing climate change, a finding that could have implications for 2016 presidential candidates.

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Money in a Bottle

Here are a few ways on why buying a reusable water bottle can help accomplish saving your money, help save the environment, make more time in your day or be healthier!

Save Your Money

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Celebrating the Embassy of Finland – A Green Building Superstar

The Embassy of Finland, prominently located on Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, DC, deserves huge environmental kudos for achieving LEED Platinum certification, the first embassy in the U.S. to attain this significant goal. 

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The Five Year Fight Against the Pipeline Continues Today

Washington, DC – The five year fight against Keystone XL continues today as the Senate voted in a crushing 62 to 36 majority in favor of the pipeline.

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Save Your Old Devices from Collecting Dust

When upgrading your electronics—from cellphones to iPods— selling them back to your retailer could save you hundreds on your new device. And who doesn’t like “free” money?

Devices can be sent through mail—or you can take them into the store yourself. Many retailers offer gift cards or store discount that you can then use towards your new device. Trading in last year’s products also helps reduce e-waste by keeping toxic chemicals from being released.

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US and China are finally getting their act together on GHG emissions

A Step Forward

This past November, leaders from the United States and China teamed up to announce a major step in the effort to cut down greenhouse gas emissions. As the two greatest emitters of GHGs, it was high time for these countries to begin earnestly tackling climate change. China in particular has begun to show some much needed progress in cutting emissions and creating a more sustainable economic framework.

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India-US Cooperation on Climate Change

During President Obama’s visit to India next week, India is likely to ask for additional support with their renewable energy program.  A joint statement is expected to be released by the two countries ahead of the climate talks in Paris later this year. 

This step towards a renewable energy program builds on the India-US Joint Statement between Prime Minister Modi and President Obama in 2014 in which they “agreed to a new and enhanced strategic partnership on energy security, clean energy, and climate change.”  

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Bill Nye the STEM Guy

Bill Nye is best known for his quirky educational videos that show young students that science is fun. Yet no matter how much kids love Bill Nye, they don’t follow him into the sciences. Proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects in the United States is low and high school students do not go on to study STEM in college. According to the U.S. Department of Education, STEM related careers will increase 14 percent between 2010 and 2020, accounting for millions of positions available for students.

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The Stars of Pop Culture and What This Means for the Environmental Movement

 

 “Climate change is now destroying the earth. We need to reduce or eliminate these fuels and replace them with renewables while conserving energy. We need our leaders to take action.” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network during The Guardian’s live panel.

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Obama, “Protect the one planet we’ve got.”

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called for more forceful efforts to combat climate change during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Obama said the United States will double the rate in which the U.S. cuts carbon emissions alongside China, which, for the first time, also committed to limit their emissions.

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