Earth Day Network Blog Updates

How would your town spend 5.7 million dollars?

That’s the question citizens of Wildpoldsried, Germany have to answer every year. How did this little village in southern Germany produce so much revenue? In 1997, the Village Council and newly elected mayor decided to commit to an ambitious goal to create jobs, become more locally focused and generate more revenue. So naturally the citizens of Wildpoldsried wanted to come up with a plan that forced their town to invest in renewable energy, reduce water waste and emissions.

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An opportunity to end shark finning in California

As early as today, members of the California State Senate could be voting on AB 376, the ban on the sale of shark fins in the state of California. The goal is to curb the cruel practice of shark finning, the harvesting technique used by fisherman to obtain the expensive ingredient in shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. When a shark is caught for their fin, the appendage is cut off and the injured shark is thrown back into the ocean, condemned to cannibalism by other sharks and fish, drowning or bleeding to death.

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TPM Cafe Lauds EDN Board Member's Call for Clean Energy Deployment Funds

A failure to recognize the dismal lack of funds for large-scale clean energy deployment is already having serious consequences for the success of American inventiveness, says Ken Berlin, General Counsel to the Coalition for Green Capital, and Earth Day Network Board Member.

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Solar panels are back at the White House!

“Thirty years after President Carter’s solar equipment was ripped from the White House roof, today’s announcement signifies that America is coming back on the field.

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From Gulf to Gulf

After Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on Earth Day 2010, Earth Day Network decided, as part of our on-going dialogue with local officials, to evaluate its impact on our own oil-producing region. I mentioned in my earlier posting that I spent a week in the Persian Gulf discussing with Mayors the various sustainability efforts they can take to green their schools, and to improve the livelihood of the Read More

Acting Green in the Blackfoot River Valley

For most of us, greening our life-ways means a series of seemingly minor changes, such as setting a three-minute timer for the shower or leaving the car in the garage more often.   But for ranchers in Montana’s legendary Blackfoot River Valle Read More

Vote Green

In the U.S. today, we have the opportunity to change our future by electing new officials and choosing new laws which will have a bearing on whether we protect our environment, our health, our communities, and our planet.

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National Security and the Environment

As we observe Veterans Day 2011, Earth Day Network is honored to work with veterans for their service and sacrifice. This year we had the distinct honor of working with committed individuals from Operation Free and retired Generals such as General Wesley Clark to pursue a clean energy future.  Among the many reasons to support clean energy, national security is a key concern for EDN and many of its members.

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Sunburned Whales?

The ozone layer, which helps shield ultraviolet rays from entering the atmosphere, has been consistently thinning over the years. A new study concludes that this effect is causing some whale species off the coast of Mexico to show signs of severe sunburn. Because whales need to spend a vast amount of time on the ocean’s surface to breathe, they are increasingly vulnerable. Certain whale species are more susceptible to these damages. Like humans, lighter-skinned whales are more vulnerable to the sun, for example the Blue Whale, the largest mammal on the planet.

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The Controversy over Fracking

After the midterm election, several environmental issues have been brought to the forefront of society causing heated debates over industrial stability versus public health. One of these issues is the drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation, which extends from West Virginia and eastern Ohio through Pennsylvania and into southern New York, through a method called fracking. Fracking is the process of injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals into wells buried deep under the ground.

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