Earth Day Network Blog Updates

On this Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we want to thank our military service men and women for their bravery and personal sacrifice in keeping America safe. And we want to recognize them for recognizing that climate change is one of the fastest growing threats to national and global security.

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For Progressives and Environmentalists, No Need to Panic.

In recent years, as debates over election laws have heated up, Democrats have taken righteous solace in the knowledge that when more Americans vote, they win; on Tuesday they experienced the other side of this truism: Democratic voters are unreliable. In 2012, after the nation’s attention had been gripped for months by the presidential contest, more than 120 million Americans showed up at the polls, more than half of eligible voters, and Democrats won easily.

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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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