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Divestment: What You Need to Know

1. Divestment has support:  Individuals with over $50 billion in collective assets have already pledged to divest. 

2. The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow:  More and more universities worldwide are getting involved in powerful divestment campaigns.

3. Leave fossil fuel reserves alone: Burning fossil fuel unchecked will exacerbating climate change to a point of no return.

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It's Me and It's You. Let's Break up With Fossil Fuels.

CEO’s of major oil companies admit that climate change is a threat to our society. Who are they? We don’t know. But six CEO’s admitted this back in 2004 to Ross Gelbspan, author of “Boiling Point”.

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Changes in Local Weather are Catching Attention

According to a recent National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) poll by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College, Americans belief in climate change has risen over the course of 2014.

The cause of the increase in acceptance of climate change seems to be linked to the year’s rise in extreme weather. 2014 was the hottest year on record.

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Leadership Will Not Save Us!

As we embark on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, we selected “It's Our Turn to Lead” as our theme. It is customary to use themes in planning and promoting annual events as a way to attract participants. However, our theme became the catalyst for cultural change within Earth Day Network.  As conversations about leaders, leadership, losses and victories circulated…something happened. We not so suddenly realized that our leadership will not save us!

What do I mean by this? Here’s an explanation:

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Soil is Cleaner than Oil

Let’s examine Nigeria:  Increased oil exports coming out of the Niger Delta have facilitated rapid economic growth - in 2013, GDP peaked at an all-time high:  $522.64 billion, up from $4.2 billion in 1960.  This seems like good news, but the economic gains from oil exports are ultimately unsustainable and are not doing much to alleviate poverty.


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How Can a Handful of Scientists Obscure the Truth on Global Warming?

Why does American politics seem to consistently lag behind the public and the rest of the world on major scientific issues in terms of action? Does the “debate” over climate change feel familiar? 

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Will Geneva Be Enough?

Negotiators have met for the latest climate conference in Geneva, Switzerland with a heavy burden on their shoulders. “Many issues that could have been resolved in Lima were pushed into this year’s negotiations instead” said Samantha Smith, leader of World Wide Fund’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.

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Is Your State One of the Top Ten for LEED Green Building Certifications?

On Wednesday, the U.S Green Building Council released their annual list of ten states with the most LEED certified buildings per capita.  2013’s big winner was Illinois.

Topping the list once wasn’t enough for them.

In Illinois, a grand total of 174 buildings became LEED certified in 2014, amounting to 42 million square feet—that’s about 737 football fields. 

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Say Goodbye to the First Near-Zero Emissions Coal-Fueled Power Plant

FutureGen would have been a technological advance like no other. Designed as a first-of-its-kind, near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant, the Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to cut funding to the power plant.

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Filtering Out Our Plastic Patchwork Quilt in the Pacific

One of the biggest environmental challenges we face is how to clean up the largest garbage dump in the world. And in case that’s not difficult enough, let’s remember that this dump is in the ocean.

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