Earth Day Network Blog Updates

We’ve Blown Nature’s Budget for the Year

As of today – August 22nd – humanity has blown nature’s budget for the year. In just eight months, we’ve used more resources than the planet can regenerate. In fact, we’d need 1.5 Earths worth of resources to sustain our current level of consumption.

To draw attention to this striking fact, Earth Day Network partners Global Footprint Network have dubbed today Earth Overshoot Day.

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Millions Denied Vital Protection for the Air They Breathe

Yesterday, a historic air pollution rule that would save approximately 34,000 lives per year was handed a major defeat.

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“Pledge for Life” Campaign for COP 11 Engages India’s Youth in Protecting Biodiversity

Earth Day Network is supporting the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) with the campaign “Pledge for Life.”  COP 11 will be held October 8-19 in Hyderabad, India.

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The Winds of Change

The progress in the development of sources of alternative energy under the Obama Administration could best be summed up in the excerpt below.

From Time Magazine:

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Study Shows: More Women Leaders = Cleaner Environment

A recent study published in the journal Social Science Research has confirmed what those involved in Earth Day Network’s Women and the Green Economy (WAGE)® campaign have been saying for a long time: Getting more women into leadership positions is good for the environment. Specifically, the study says that it lowers a country’s CO2 emissions.

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Warming Wonders of the World

The pyramids, Stonehenge, Mt. Everest, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon, the Colosseum, the Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls… We know these iconic places and others like them as “wonders of the world.”  Various lists of “wonders” have been made since antiquity – lists of spectacular, awe-inspiring places that are important to our common heritage. They are places that we inherently want to preserve. The thought of anyone destroying them is immediately offensive.   

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A STEM Is Often the Base of Something Green

For most kids in the U.S., the start of the school year is just around the corner.  And that got us here at Earth Day Network thinking about our favorite teachers – those who had the biggest impact on us. It also got us thinking about the fact that, if we’re really going to grow the green economy, we need more kids getting excited about math and science and eventually going into STEM careers. (That’s a fancy way of saying science, technology, engineering and math.)

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“Green Magic” Program Will Plant 10 Million Trees in India

Earth Day Network-India is actively supporting "Green Magic," Rotary Club's tree planting program that will plant 10 million trees in India.

On July 29, 2012, Green Magic was launched in Kolkata. Over 2,500 school students participated in the launch event by planting a tree and taking a sapling home to plant. Members of the Rotary Club planted trees alongside the children and made it a landmark event in the history of environmentalism in the state of West Bengal.

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Earth Day Coordinators Link-Up India

India is a sub-continent with a surface area of 3,287,260 km, oceans on both arms of its peninsula, high mountains, both cold and hot deserts, diverse flora and fauna, major rivers, the largest deltaic region, and a population of 1.2 billion. 

Mobilizing this region for Earth Day 2012 was a mammoth task.

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Earth Day Photography Competition Results Announced

By Rishika Das Roy

To commemorate Earth Day 2012, the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) joined with Earth Day Network-India to organize a photography contest for children to explore the environment through their camera lenses. The theme for the contest was Earth Day 2012’s slogan: Mobilize the Earth™. 2000 entries were received. The results were announced on World Environment Day (June 5). 

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