Earth Day Network Blog Updates

UN Climate Conference Falls Short, Very Short

For the past two weeks, heads of state gathered in Doha, Qatar, for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP-18) organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This annual conference brings together representatives from every country in the world to negotiate how the global community will respond to the dangers associated with climate change.

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New York State PTA Passes PVC Phase Out Resolution

Last week in Saratoga Springs, NY, the New York State Parent Teacher Association passed a resolution calling for the phase out of PVC in schools statewide. This follows similar resolutions recently passed by New York State United Teachers, the American Public Health Association, and United University Professions.

Polyvinyl chloride is the third most widely produced plastic in the world. You can find it in pipes, clothing and signs, to name a few of its applications.

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Permafrost Thaw Will Intensify Climate Change, says UNEP

As winter approaches and temperatures drop in the northern hemisphere, we’re more easily distracted from the effects of climate change in our planet’s colder regions. But this should be sobering: The United Nations Environment Programme released a report today about how the thawing of permafrost will cause additional climate change across the globe, as early as 2100.

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EDN reaches out to High School Journalists

This past week, representatives from Earth Day Network were in San Antonio, Texas, at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention to promote the first annual Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards. 

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Diwali a festival of lights (not sound)

By EDN India volunteer Diptayan Roy.

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Deepwater Horizon: BP to pay $4 Billion in settlement

It’s been two years since the environmental disaster that was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and today we finally have news of a settlement. From the Washington Post we learn that BP has agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress. BP will also be paying $4 billion in penalties.

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Poster Contest Winners Announced

The results are in for our student poster contest in honor of National School Lunch Week!

As part of Earth Day Network’s Green Schools Program, our National School Lunch Week campaign promotes the importance of health, nutrition and sustainable food production to U.S. K-12 students, parents, teachers and policymakers.

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Students in Kolkata Learn About Environmental Filmmaking

Few media are as effective at conveying a message as film, especially to a young audience. That’s why Earth Day Network India collaborated with Shishu Kishore Akademi and Bichitra Pathshala to conduct a workshop on the basics of environmental filmmaking for children of ten Government and non-formal schools in Kolkata from November 2 – 5, 2012.

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Way to Go, California! Prop 39 Passes.

In a sign that Americans understand the connection between clean energy and new jobs and are ready to take on big business in order to secure a clean energy future, Californians rallied to easily pass Prop 39 last night.

The initiative could bring in $1 billion dollars – half of which would go toward energy-efficiency and clean–energy projects at public buildings and schools – by closing a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations.

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When did politics become all about ‘me’?

The piece below originally appeared in the Seattle Times.

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