Earth Day Network Blog Updates
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Too cold to go outside? Why not bring the outside in by making a terrarium! Here are some step-by-step directions on how to make a terrarium.
What you need:
1. A glass container. You can use old jars or go to the thrift store to find exciting shapes. Get creative! Use fish bowls, pitchers, or wine glasses. Lids are optional but if you choose not to use one, remember to water the plants more frequently. If you do have a lid, humidity can build-up so open your terrarium every once in a while to let it air out.
Success! The people voiced their concern and the DC City Council listened! Council Chairman (and soon-to-be Mayor) Vincent Gray’s amended budget has saved the landmark DC Healthy Schools Act. As a result, any District student in need can continue to receive a free and healthy breakfast in his or her classroom. Threatened with elimination in face of the budget deficit, yesterday's move by the Council saves this pivotal initiative – a victory not only for the children of the city, but for the city’s future as well!Read More