Earth Day Network Blog Updates
Hi everyone! My name is Naomi Tamura and I have the honor of interning here at the Earth Day Network this fall. I am a freshman at American University planning to study international relations with a focus on the peace process in the Middle East. This past summer I worked at Camp Galil, a Jewish, labor Zionist summer camp in southeastern Pennsylvania. One of our main values at Galil is the idea of collective responsibility towards our environment.Read More
September 1, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. This bird’s population numbered 3 to 5 billion individuals before European settlement of North America and was still numbering in the billions in the 1860’s then, in less than 50 years it was completely extinct. How is this possible?Read More
Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, 94 years after the 19th amendment secured women’s right to vote in the United States.
Since that momentous day, women have continued to eagerly push through barriers and make history. They have opened doors into the workforce and continue to break through the proverbial glass ceiling in countless sectors. Young women now are more likely to have a college degree than men—a huge social shift from even a few years prior.Read More
According to the Global Footprint Network, on August 19th humanity’s footprint will be bigger than the Earth’s ability to regenerate those resources in this year: Earth Overshoot Day. In 1961, most countries’ biocapacity was bigger than its footprint, but ever since the 1970’s we have started to overstep our limits. Each year Earth Overshoot Day has come earlier in the year as we deplete our world’s resources. In 2000 Earth Overshoot Day was in October. 14 years later and now it comes 2 months earlier.Read More
Recent EPA hearings have seen massive public attendance as well as hundreds, testifying in support of stronger safe-guards and regulations on carbon emissions.
The Obama administration has promised to take action against global climate change and to work towards a more sustainable energy economy.Read More
Earth Day Network partner Southwest Airlines has announced the launch of LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, a global sustainability initiative to upcycle 43 acres of used leather seat coverings into new products that benefit communities by providing skills training, employment and donated products, while saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions.Read More
Deforestation is a clear threat to many ecosystems worldwide. This is perhaps most evident in the Amazon rainforest, whose rich biodiversity is being threatened by illegal loggers. While the loss of plant and animal species should already be enough to worry and in some cases even enrage us, but there is far more to the deforestation of the amazon than this.Read More
America today stands at a historic crossroads. Our actions in the coming decades regarding energy production, use, and policy will play a critical role in the sustainability of our current ecosystems and earth resources. This past weekend, over a thousand people from across the U.S. joined a first-ever “people’s march” in DC to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas from U.S. coastlines.Read More
The solar energy investment tax credit (ITC) has been instrumental in fueling the growth of American solar industries, increasing solar manufacturing capacity, and driving consumer costs down. It has acted as a stable, long-term incentive that reduces prices and creates jobs in solar energy, making solar an economically viable alternative to fossil fuel energy. Currently, the ITC is set to drop 66% at the end of 2016 (from 30% to 10%), the impact of which is tentatively understood.Read More