Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Let’s Bring In the New Year Right! Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010

As 2011 comes to a close and we welcome in the New Year, advocates for healthier food and nutrition for our nation’s youth have something to cheer about: the one year anniversary of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The main goal of this Act is to make improvements to the child nutrition programs that serve millions of children across our country each day, and to improve access to nutrition assistance to make it easier for children to get nutritious meals when they are away from home.

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Green Schools Go Big!

In what is perhaps the biggest demonstration of support yet for the green schools movement, over two-thirds of the nation’s states formally signed up to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program.

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World Mayors and Elected Officials Sign Durban Adaptation Charter

Last week, on December 4th, mayors and elected officials in Durban made history by joining together in the signing of the Durban Adaptation Charter for Local Governments. The charter was unanimously signed by more than 100 mayors and elected officials from across the globe, following intense negotiations in Durban’s Council Chambers.

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EPA says "fracking" could be contaminating groundwater

This past Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that hydraulic fracking could be the cause of groundwater pollution in Wyoming. Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, is a process where natural gas is extracted from the earth.

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Youth Take a Stand for U.S. Climate Action

Only one day of negotiating remains at COP17, the annual United Nations conference to address global climate change. Some are frustrated, others are hopeful, but all of civil society can agree that if anything substantial is to come out of this conference, the time to act is now. Today, U.S.

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Where have all the Fruits and Veggies Gone?

The American Frozen Food Institute stole them.

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Voices in Durban

After the first week of COP 17, negotiations are continuing to stall. There is a growing sense of frustration within the environmental community and a feeling that COP 17 is not going make any concrete steps to halting climate change. With numerous countries, including the US, not wanting to adopt emission targets until after 2020, it looks as if an international climate treaty is still years away, perhaps even too late to prevent a permanent increase in global temperature.

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National Climate Ethics Campaign

November 30th was a busy day for the environmental movement, and more specifically for those who share, across the globe, the moral obligation to protect and preserve the planet – such as, elected officials, activists as well as leaders in the faith community. November 30th was marked by two events: the second day of the COP 17 meeting in Durban, South Africaand the National Climate Ethics Campaign.

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Update from COP 17 - Saving Tomorrow Today

Two members of the Earth Day Network team are in Durban, South Africa attending COP 17. Here is their latest blog from the UN Conference:

Our first day at COP 17, went by in a flash.  After waking up to a beautiful South African sunrise, we walked over to the COP 17 headquarters and took a quick tour of the massive complex before immersing ourselves in the conference.

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Environmental Education in the 21st Century

For years, people inside and outside of the environmental education movement have been asking a series of similar questions. For example, what does environmental education look like in the 21st century? What does it mean for my classroom or my community? Or, how do we adequately assess environmental literacy?

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