Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Pope Benedict XVI Encouraging Unity on Environmental Action

On January 9, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI addressed the recent natural and ecological disasters and the importance of cooperation on the issue of environmental quality in the 2012 message to the Vatican’s diplomatic corps.

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First Ever Winter Youth Olympic Games Keeping Green

I arrived yesterday and got settled in the small village of Igls, above the main center of Innsbruck, Austria.  You enter through a valley between the Alps that is truly spectacular, especially as they have just ended two weeks of fog and snow and the mountains are freshly covered in white.

Today, I managed to go down to the city for an hour, between our training sessions on the luge track, and they are setting up for the official opening of the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games.

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EDN to host Women and the Green Economy® forum at 12th Annual TERI Sustainability Conference

Earth Day Network (EDN), in partnership with The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), will host a day-long forum to discuss Women and the Green Economy (WAGE®).

The WAGE forum will be held on February 1, 2012, in Delhi, India, in conjunction with the 12th annual TERI Sustainability Conference, which brings together government, civil society and corporate leaders from around the globe. The forum also coincides with the United Nations Foundation’s regional meeting on renewable energy in Delhi. 

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Earth Day International: 5 Million Trees in Kurdistan

 

Earth Day Network understands that the fight to save the environment is a completely global effort. In preparation of Earth Day 2012, Earth Day Network has created the campaign Mobilize the Earth and will continue to work with individuals and organizations all around the world to promote A Billion Acts of Green®. To date, Earth Day Network has registered almost 500 million green actions, and the goal to reach One Billion before Rio+20 in June 2012.

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Cities and Climate Change: Toronto

The urgency of finding appropriate climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the long-run has become a major topic of concern across the globe. As the world has yet to agree on which strategies to adopt, cities and local governments have taken it upon themselves to do so.

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Appeals Court in Ecuador Upholds 9.5 Billion Ruling Against Chevron

A class action lawsuit of 30,000 Ecuadorians living in the Amazon rainforest has reached a major milestone in its litigation. An appeals court has upheld a 2011 ruling that the oil company Chevron pay 9.5 billion dollars for damage caused to the environment. The President of Ecuador, Raphael Correa is said to be pleased with the ruling.

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EPA Issues First National Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

In 1970, the first Earth Day was instrumental in mobilizing support across the country for the passage of the Clean Air Act and other key environmental laws. In the 1990s, under the leadership of President George H. Bush Congress passed Clean Air Act Amendments, which mandated that the EPA take control and regulate toxic air pollutants including mercury across the nation.

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Shillong: Women band together to raise awareness

On October 17, 2011, Karuna Singh, Country Director – India addressed a group of women leaders in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, on “Women and the Green Economy” (WAGE®).

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Earth Day Network celebrates Children’s Day

Children's Day is celebrated in India on November 14, the birthday of the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly known as Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) by children. The day is specially celebrated at the school level all across India with children participating in community activities, sports and other fun filled programs. The spirit of Children’s Day or Bal Divas as it is popularly referred to in Hindi, reflects the nascent strength and growth of the nation.

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Santiniktan: Celebration of Nature

Earth Day Network Country Director Singh spent three days visiting Santiniktan in Eastern India August 7-9, 2011.  Beginning with a presentation on Earth Day Network’s activities at the Center for Environment Studies at Viswabharati University, she went on to visit local tribal villages to better understand how they make the best (and often artistic) use of natural resources.

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