Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Women Fill Four Important Cabinet Positions in Egypt

In the wake of the Egyptian army’s removal of President Mohammed Morsi, the country’s new government is taking shape, and women are playing a prominent role. For the first time in Egypt’s history, four female experts have been chosen as ministers of health, culture, environment, and information.

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What Lies Ahead for Lac-Mégantic?

When a tanker train carrying crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec derailed and exploded on July 6, the tragedy was largely glossed over, if not ignored, by the American media. The immediate consequences were bad enough—half a town completely destroyed, at least 28 dead and 22 missing or presumed dead, as of Friday. The aftermath and recovery for the community will be equally difficult.

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Washington Students Work to Improve Water Quality

Earth Day Network is proud to report on the successful completion of the Puget Sound Civic Education Project. The project—funded by the Russell Family Foundation—sought to educate and empower community members and students in Puget Sound, Washington to improve local water quality.

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World Music Day: A Green Festival in Kolkata

This year, Earth Day Network-India joined Alliance Française du Bengale as the "green" partner for the La Fête de la Musique - World Music Day commemorations in Kolkata. First celebrated in 1982 in France, World Music Day takes place worldwide on June 21. Today, it serves as an international celebration of music, with more than 100 countries participating.

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Faith Community Takes Steps to Reduce Carbon Footprint

In light of the mounting impacts of climate change and the scientific consensus about what's causing it, organizations and institutions have begun to take concrete steps to be more eco-friendly. Religious groups of all faiths and denominations have been at the forefront of this movement, taking action to reduce their ecological footprint and spread environmental messages.

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413,000 New Trees Planted in 5 Countries

Earth Day Network has a longstanding commitment to protecting natural lands and preserving the environment for everyone. As part of that commitment, we developed The Canopy Project, which plants trees to help communities—especially the world’s impoverished communities—maintain thriving and sustainable economies.

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The Role of Schools in Preventing Childhood Obesity

A recent survey conducted by Field Research Corp. revealed an interesting public consensus about the role of schools in preventing childhood obesity. The study showed that Americans expect schools to lead on the issue, with 90 percent of respondents endorsing the local K-12 school’s important role in combating childhood obesity.

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USDA Finalizes Nutrition Standards for “Competitive Foods” in Schools

Yesterday, USDA finalized the national school nutrition standards for vending machines, a la carte purchases, school stores, and other foods sold in schools outside of lunch. Combined with the improvements in school lunches in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, all foods and beverages sold in schools will now need to meet healthy nutrition standards.  The “Smart Snacks in School” standards will take effect in the 2013-2014 school year.

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Poll Reveals Latinos’ Concern for Environment

Today, Earth Day Network’s Campaign for Communities partner the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) released the results of its Latino voter survey on the green economy. The survey, which included 600 Latino respondents from four counties in Southern California, examined Latino attitudes toward environmental and economic sustainability, with an emphasis on renewable energy.

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Obama Unveils Plan to Tackle Climate Change

In a Tuesday speech at Georgetown University, President Obama laid out a plan to cement his legacy on the issue of climate change. The plan is a monumental step forward and has the power to be a turning point both U.S. climate policy and international climate negotiations.

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