Earth Day Network Blog Updates

USPS “Go Green” Stamps

Nothing warms the heart like listening to elementary school kids chanting “Go green! Go green!” while waiting in line to look at… stamps?  At Thurgood Marshall Academy Thursday morning, students from TMA as well as Savoy Elementary School got excited about the new line of stamps that USPS revealed – and that doesn’t happen often.

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Pennies for the Planet

Looking for something to do with kids this Earth Day?  Check out Pennies for the Planet -- a powerful tool for motivating kids of all ages to learn about and become engaged in protecting biodiversity.  Our friends at the National Audubon Society, where EDN Education Director Sean Miller was once a Conservation Leadership Fellow with their TogetherGreen program, are running this incredibly ex

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What Are You Doing for Earth Day?

The weather may still be changing but, believe it or not, Earth Day is just around the corner!  On April 22, people all over the world will join together to celebrate our planet; don’t miss out on the celebrations!  Many schools are not in session because Earth Day falls on Good Friday BUT there is still plenty of time to plan for your own Earth Day to get your students (and you!) excited about Earth Day (even if you don’t do it on the actual day).

Here are some ideas:

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Young Green Activists: Meet Earth Day Education Director

Come check our Education Director, Sean S. Miller, at Busboys and Poets this Thursday night for a free reception to celebrate his new book on growing the sustainability education movement. Sean recently helped write "The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World" with Sharon J. Smith, the former director of the Brower Youth Awards.

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Rallying My Generation in the I Matter March

My name is Alec Loorz. Iʼm 16 years old, and I am a climate change activist. Iʼve spent my entire teenaged life traveling around our planet talking to my peers about global climate change. And now Iʼm planning an international event called the iMatter March, happening on May 8.

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time. Our societyʼs addiction to fossil fuels is messing with the perfect balance of nature and threatening the survival of our generation. It needs to stop, and we will not sit idly by as our leaders make decisions that affect our future.

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How Japan’s Nuclear Crisis is Affecting Food

It’s hard to keep up with all the news coming out of Japan about their nuclear plant troubles.  According to an article in the Washington Post, damages from the events have caused about 25 trillion yen, or $309 billion, worth of damages.

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The True Story of Bottled Water

How many bottles of water do you drink every week?  Maybe not a whole lot, since the trend towards reusable water bottles has gained significant momentum over the past few years.  Yet you might be surprised to know that Americans still consume half a billion water bottles every week, according to Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Bottled Water.”

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Support Young Green Activists With New Guide!

If you’re looking to change the world for the better but don’t know how, start by reading The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World.  

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Observe Presidents' Day...in Nature

Monday is Presidents’ Day!  We all know what that means...a day off to kick back, lounge around, and be thankful that we’re not stuck inside an office or school.  Instead of pulling out your stove-top hat to dress like Lincoln or donning Washington-esque wooden teeth like last year, use the extra time this long weekend to celebrate Nature.

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The Lessons of School Gardens

Autumn is an intern with Earth Day Network's Education Team.

Sadly, most kids these days rarely set foot outside. They might say, “What’s the point, when we have munchies, cable TV, and a computer with Facebook and Youtube?” School gardens give kids a reason to go outside and get much-needed vitamin D, while discovering that maybe it’s not so bad to get their hands a little dirty. Planting school gardens not only shows kids they can grow food right in their own backyards, it teaches them how to do it.

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