Earth Day Network Blog Updates

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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Islamic leaders urge action on clmate

This week, Islamic leaders from over 20 countries called on the 1.6 billion Muslims around to world to act on climate change. The declaration was released in anticipation of climate talks in Paris this December.

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Art and Environmental Literacy

Environmental literacy is extremely important to everyone at Earth Day Network— how can anyone advocate for a cleaner earth if they don’t know how to help?  News outlets occasionally talk about the environment and some schools are fighting to put a more comprehensive environmental curriculum in place.  In general, it’s not something that everyone talks about.

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Puerto Rico’s Water Conservation Mandates are not Equal

We have all been through it.  Minor droughts have become pretty commonplace in the past few years.  For most of us, we stop washing our cars and watering our plants until the drought passes.  But for places like Puerto Rico, they have to put in a lot more effort in order to conserve water.  Currently, Puerto Rico is experiencing an extreme drought and their water reservoir levels have dropped to a record low.

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Earth Overshoot Day

Our lifestyle is not sustainable. In fact, it hasn’t been since the 1970’s when human demands on nature began far exceeding the ability of the Earth to replenish its natural resources. We now live in a state of global ecological overshoot: allowing carbon dioxide to accumulate in the atmosphere, polluting our air and water ways, and causing natural landscapes to wilt into deserts and icecaps to melt into seas.

 

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The Learning Climate: International Youth Day

Today is International Youth Day. This year’s theme is “Youth Civic Engagement.” As Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon said, “In this landmark year, as leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever. At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world.”

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Keeping Climate Change in the Shadows: The GOP Debate

On August 6th, 2015, Fox News hit a record number of viewers as 24 million people sat down to watch the 2015 GOP Debate. This debate featured Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Chris Christie along with many other candidates. During the debate, many hot button topics were brought into the spotlight except for one that was kept in the shadows.

That topic was climate change.

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Green Energy- Making Life Brighter

Like good environmental stewards, we all know that the green energy industry is currently one of the fastest growing job industries.  The Energy Collective reports that in 2013, the green energy industry created almost 40,000 jobs in just one quarter, surmounting the number of jobs lost in collapsing coal industries.  For most of us, this is not new information.  However, green energy is now expanding and supplementing entrepreneurs in count

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The Learning Climate: Global Scholars Come to Earth Day Network

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to a group of students from the Global Scholar Program, a program where high school students from across the U.S. come to Washington, D.C. to learn about social action, government, and policy. There was an entire day dedicated to climate change, coordinated by The Stanley Foundation.

Leaders from US Climate Action Network, Climate Reality Project, and NRDC all presented to the students and discussed different aspects of climate change—from the implications of COP 21 to how climate change helped instigate Syrian unrest.

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