Earth Day Network Blog Updates

The New Environmentalists

Each year the Goldman Prize awards six international activists of their extraordinary environmental grassroots campaigns. “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” makes its national debut this month on PBS.

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Weird Weather

High in the glaciers of the Andes in Peru, Lonnie Thompson and his research team drill into the ice in the latest Weird Weather video series. Examining ice cores show glaciologists, such as Thompson, climate patterns from thousands of years ago—and our recent global temperatures have been the warmest in 5,000 years.
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On the ground at the Verge conference

If evidence is still needed that innovators from nonprofits, business and cities are now leading the fight against climate change rather than government, there was plenty of it coming out of San Francisco last week.

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Divestment on College Campuses

Over the past 40 years the idea of being “green” has gone from a hippie, counter-culture ideal to a mainstream, highly sought-after title. Organizations, collegiate institutions, businesses, and corporations are now even working to promote their green status as a marketing tool. And they have made enormous changes: they have greener buildings, promote environmental awareness, put an emphasis on recycled materials, and more. What is often overlooked, though, is their then paradoxical fossil fuel-rich investment portfolios. Read More

New funding opportunity for energy efficiency in low income communities!

Low income housing and community centers, like schools, are falling apart in the US. The majority of schools in the country are over 40 years old, and low-income schools systems rarely get any attention. These facilities desperately need energy efficient construction and retrofits so that they can be healthier and more affordable.

Healthier Buildings
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John Grisham’s new ‘Gray Mountain’

On October 21st, John Grisham’s newest novel will be released both online and in stores. In this novel, Grisham follows the stories of two characters to show the suffering inflicted by mining companies and the politicians who pander them. This fictional exposé on Big Coal digs deep into today’s real, and dirty, energy industry.

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Walk to School Month

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day began in the United States in 1997. Aimed at building awareness and the need for walkable communities, this event now includes 40 countries around the world. With an increase in participation each passing year, this year’s walk to school day included over 4,700 events in the United States alone! Although Walk to School Day was on October 8th, Walk to School Month goes on for the entire month of October so there’s still time to participate!

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High School Student Takes Activism to the Bike Lanes in Mumbai

In 2012, Mumbai emitted 3.83 tons of carbon dioxide, about two times the national average. The city has also recently become notorious for bad traffic; following in the footsteps of India’s other big metropolitan centers like Delhi. Roads are chaotic with little reverence for traffic laws.

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We must keep and improve the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Children receive their most healthy meal at school, in addition to half their daily calories.  As a program that once set out to improve national nutrition, the Nation School Lunch Act (NSLA) is now shamed for forcing tasteless and extremely low calorie foods upon children, while disrupting the once bipartisanship support over school lunch programs.

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National School Lunch Week

This year’s National School Lunch Week is coming up! Next week, October 13-17, schools will celebrate healthy lunches with the national theme “Get in the Game with School Lunch,” intended to encourage kids to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity.

Find resources and information to use in your classroom to celebrate with us here!

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