Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Chevron in Ecuador

Chevron, formally Texaco, has been operating in the Ecuadoran Amazon since 1964. After an eight year trial, in 2011 Chevron was found guilty of dumping 18.5 billion gallons of toxic oil waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon Lago Agrio region between 1964 and 1990. The legal battle began in 1993 when some 300,000 local residents from five different Amazonian tribes filed a lawsuit against Texaco.

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Green Puja Bazaar

India’s Durga Puja is a festival similar to Christmas.  People buy new clothes, exchange presents, and enjoy eating out. Earth Day Network-India organized a Green Puja Bazaar on September 20 at the South City International School, Kolkata to give consumers an environmental alternative for the holiday season.

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Recycle-Bowl 2014

Since 2010, Keep America Beautiful has been hosting and promoting “Recycle-Bowl,” a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students. Keep America Beautiful (KAB), an environmental nonprofit, and one of our partners, focuses on litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling, and community greening and beautification.

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UN Climate Summit: Did it have an impact?

Almost a week after the UN Climate Summit, lasting effects are difficult to size up. While key announcements and pledges were made, it is difficult to discern how much impact this summit will actually have since a treaty will not be made for another fifteen months.

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UN Climate Summit

Jay Inslee, the Washington state governor hit the nail on the head: “We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.” And he is not the only one thinking that way this week. Ban Ki Moon, former US Vice President Al Gore, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and hundreds of thousands climate activists have turned a spotlight onto environmental change this week.

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Hult Prize 2014

The Hult Prize is a $1,000,000 prize award to the most compelling social business ideas. Open to students across the world, the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch innovative enterprises designed to tackle grave issues faced by billions. Each year, a critical social problem is selected and a challenge issued. This year’s challenge highlighted the need for more accessible health care: solving non-communicable diseases in the Urban Slum. Each team must develop a start-up organization aimed at building a sustainable and feasible social enterprise.

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2014 Living Green DC Expo

September 11th was the 2014 DC Living Green Expo at the University of District of Columbia. Nearly 50 exhibitors, from Green businesses, energy-saving devices, green roofs, locally grown food, urban forests, urban biking, and green infrastructure helped attendees discover why DC is steadily becoming the model of a sustainable city. Green technology is the driving force to develop sustainable living and is the most effective method to reduce both individual and societal use of the Earth's natural resources.

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China and India’s leaders not to attend upcoming Climate Summit

Leaders of government, finance, business and civil society will meet in New York City on September 23rd for the UN Climate Summit. From reducing emissions to strengthening climate resilience, the Summit’s goals strive for a healthier Earth through sustainable practices. By the end of the week, nations and corporations hope to have started negotiations on a legal agreement to lower carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency through renewable resources, and debut a new, green business coalition: We Mean Business.

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EPA's Clean Power Plan

President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency recently took a significant step in combating climate change by proposing the Clean Power Plan, a series of standards that would limit the amount of carbon emissions released from power plants. However, these restrictions to cut carbon pollution output by 30% below 2005 levels would not be put into place until 2030, therefore ignoring the urgent need to prevent widespread climate change.

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Get Vending-Machine Healthy!

Too often we associate healthier foods with less satisfying meal choices—just look at our obesity rates. According to the Food Research and Action Center, more than two-thirds of US adults and one-third of US children are overweight or obese. Instead of concentrating our consumption on fruits and vegetables in correct proportions, as a nation we are gobbling down sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in as many different forms as we can get our hands on.

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