Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Welcome to Rio

Wednesday afternoon, the first part of Earth Day Network's delegation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, better known as Rio+20, touched down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together and attempt to jumpstart the green economy and ensure environmental protection while fostering international development, advancing equality, and reducing poverty .

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Thank You, Elinor Ostrom

Dr. Elinor Ostrom, a political science professor at Indiana University and the only woman to have ever won the Nobel Prize in economics, passed away today at the age of 78. Dr. Ostrom was an advocate of Earth Day Network’s Women and the Green Economy (WAGE®) campaign and moderated our WAGE event earlier this year in Delhi, India. She will be greatly missed.

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Deja Vu: House Aims to Eliminate Local Funds for Biking and Walking

It’s come down to a fight for local control.  Negotiations on the federal transportation bill are at a critical point and twenty years of gains on biking, walking and Safe Routes to School are at risk.

Cities and counties all over the country need transportation funding to build sidewalks and bikeways to make streets safer, get local economies moving, and encourage active living. But some members of Congress want to eliminate local access to these federal funds.

Will you ask your members of Congress to protect local access to funds for biking and walking projects?

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GUEST BLOG: Nature Bodies Achieves a Record on Earth Day 2012 in India

By Fergus Mark Anthony, coordinator for Nature Bodies (Bilaspur, India)

We joined forces with Earth Day Network-India and started our campaign for Earth Day 2012 on March 1 with a mere 8 or 9 volunteers. Our small group visited 80 schools all across Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There, we educated the students about various environmental issues and invited them to join us in our campaign for Earth Day 2012.

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A Fruit Orchard Blooms in Lexington, KY

Last Friday, our Education team broke ground on the fruit orchard at “newest career and technical high school in Lexington, Kentucky,” the Locust Trace Agriscience Farm. Through the generous support from The UPS Foundation, we were able to plant multiple peach trees with several representatives from the school, and we hope to plant up to a thousand (including a native chestnut forest) over the next school year!

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GUEST BLOG: We Won! (MobilizeU)

By Ramesh Rajesh, Regional Coordinator, MobilizeU, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, India

My team and I were determined to make India win MobilizeU, Earth Day Network’s global inter-varsity environmental competition. And we did – despite the tough competition, the gruelling summer heat, exams and all other college pressures.

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Earth Day Network Launches First Large-Scale School Biodiesel Facility in Appalachia

Earth Day Network, in partnership with The UPS Foundation, today unveiled the first large-scale biodiesel production and education facility at a school in Appalachia. The facility was installed at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

And that’s not all. Tomorrow, we’ll be planting a fruit tree orchard at the Locust Trace Agriscience Farm career and technological campus in Lexington.

Learn more here.

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Earth Day Network Convoy on the Road to Rio

From June 20-22, the eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. World leaders, drawn by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (aka “Rio+20”), will decide whether and how to deal with a broad range of issues that affect the environment. Earth Day Network will be there to make sure your voices are heard.

Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and act to end poverty, address environmental destruction, jumpstart the green economy and chart a course to a sustainable future. Read More

On Endangered Species Day, Help Protect Yasuní

Today is Endangered Species Day, a day to learn not only about the importance of biodiversity and how to protect threatened species, but to have hope that through awareness, education and personal involvement, we can make the term “endangered species” a thing of the past. Earth Day Network, as a member of the Endangered Species Coalition, is committed to this goal.

As we look at what we have lost, we need to remember that we can take steps every day to protect what we still have.

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Earth Day 2012 Mobilizes India

Earth Day Network catalyzed and coordinated over 1,000 events in India for Earth Day 2012.  These events spanned all of India’s states and geographic regions; from the Himalayan region to rivers valleys, coasts, deserts, and biodiversity hotspots in India’s Northeast and in the Western Ghats, there were multiple programs in all. More than 35 million people participated.

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