Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Climate Change’s Impact on the Latino Community

As Climate change continues, Climate Justice is moving to the forefront of the political and social agendas of Latino Americans across the country. The impoverished background of many Latino immigrants coupled with the group’s rapid expansion In the United States has left nearly 50% of the race living in areas that do not meet NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards). They are the most disproportionately harmed minority group in terms of climate and environmental justice issues in comparison to others.

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Acting on Climate Change: Emotion versus Reason

“Deforestation is bad!”

“Overfishing will destroy us!”

“Protecting our planet’s atmosphere is the right way to go!”

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Women’s Potential to Lead the World to a More Sustainable Environment

There’s no denying that climate change affects everyone… everywhere.  But did you know poorer, low-lying countries actually suffer more as a result of climate change?  Did you known that within this already disadvantaged group of people, women and their children in rural areas are the most vulnerable when it comes to climate change? 

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Putting a Stop to Poaching

Yesterday the Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing to discuss and critique the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) new rule issuing an almost complete ban on the commercial trade of goods containing ivory without proper documentation proving the good’s antiquity, and limiting trophy hunting of African elephants to 2 tags per person annually.

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Climate Change and Policy in the Americas

At a roundtable event held last week by the Organization of American States (OAS), a number of individuals involved in the study of climate change and the policy surrounding it gathered in the Hall of the Americas to discuss the threats and opportunities this large-scale change in our planet’s environment poses to the region. Dr.

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First Assembly Kicks Off with High Expectations

Today the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)—the highest-level UN body ever convened on the environment—commences in Nairobi. Over 1,300 high level participants including numerous Ministers of the Environment, chief justices, high-level government representatives, economists, and leaders from business, industry, and civil society from around the world are in attendance at this historic meeting.  UNEA will be host to plenary sessions, press conferences, media roundtables, and program launches throughout the week.

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“Earth Day” - The Roots of the Name Remembering Julian Koenig

Julian Koenig, who is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most innovative advertising writers and the creative force behind memorable campaigns, including for the original Volkswagen Beetle — and the name Earth Day — died on June 12 in Manhattan, according to the New York Times. He was 93.

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Getting the ball rolling on Prop 39

In November of 2012 California voters approved Proposition 39. The law is designed to close a tax loophole that gave corporations a tax break for moving their jobs and investments to other states. Prop 39 fixed this problem by requiring multi-state companies to pay taxes based on their sales in California, and is predicted to generate an estimated $2.5 billion in revenue over a five-year period beginning in fiscal year 2013-2014. Read More

A Pope Garbed in Green

On Tuesday, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who is one of Pope Francis’ advisors on the matter of reforming the Catholic Church, defended the Pope’s views on capitalism and poverty. Stating that the elimination of the structural causes of poverty is an urgent issue, he also argued that the focus placed by modern society on markets and profit lead to the environment being set aside and easily ignored.

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