Earth Day Network Blog Updates

America Needs Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is the environmental conscience of the Obama Administration.  Throughout her career she has had the backbone to stand up for good science and for strong enforcement of the laws that protect our air and water — regardless of politics.  She does not always win, but America can take comfort in knowing that this skillful, tireless champion is working 24/7 to safeguard our neighborhoods and our children.

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New: The Green Schools Leadership Center!

Last night, President Obama delivered his job’s speech introducing the American Jobs Act to Congress and the nation. In it, he proclaimed: “We have to look beyond the immediate crisis and start building an economy that lasts into the future!” The future? There is no better place to start than investing in the education of our youth. Spending money on education generates the largest number of jobs (23.1 per $1 million dollars in spending) of any government spending according to Dr. Robert Pollin of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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24 Hours of Reality

Climate change is a global problem  — and the solutions will come when we address it together. That’s why this month, former Vice President Al Gore will host 24 Hours of Reality, a global event that will reveal the full truth, scope and impact of the climate crisis.

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The National Mall is about to be illuminated….with solar energy!

Did you know that the sun is greatest power source for planet Earth? In fact, it provides more energy to the Earth in one hour than the amount of energy produced by all nations in one year! And with growing prevalence of solar technologies worldwide, solar power is an excellent way to produce energy for your home and also save you tons of money on heating and energy costs. Don’t believe us? Then visit the U.S.

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How would your town spend 5.7 million dollars?

That’s the question citizens of Wildpoldsried, Germany have to answer every year. How did this little village in southern Germany produce so much revenue? In 1997, the Village Council and newly elected mayor decided to commit to an ambitious goal to create jobs, become more locally focused and generate more revenue. So naturally the citizens of Wildpoldsried wanted to come up with a plan that forced their town to invest in renewable energy, reduce water waste and emissions.

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Music moves people to do powerful things

Music moves people to do powerful things and now artists are using this power to strengthen the environmental movement. The Patagonia Music Collection allows artists to donate the proceeds from certain songs to environmental groups, not only educating their fans, but giving them an easy way to support the causes that are important to the artists. An avid environmentalist himself, Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard is very excited about this endeavor.

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An opportunity to end shark finning in California

As early as today, members of the California State Senate could be voting on AB 376, the ban on the sale of shark fins in the state of California. The goal is to curb the cruel practice of shark finning, the harvesting technique used by fisherman to obtain the expensive ingredient in shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. When a shark is caught for their fin, the appendage is cut off and the injured shark is thrown back into the ocean, condemned to cannibalism by other sharks and fish, drowning or bleeding to death.

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A groundbreaking new green building for the Bullitt Foundation

 

The Bullitt Foundation is breaking new ground, literally. It is not very often that office building construction is something celebrated by the environmental community, but on Monday, August 29th, the Bullitt Foundation started construction of a truly green building. From the construction material to composting sewage, the building will make new strides in combining all of these practices under one roof, so to speak.

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The U.S. Department of Education Wants Your Feedback on the new Green Ribbon Schools Program

Have you shown an interest or been following the events with respect to new Green Ribbon Schools Award program? If so, the U.S. Department of Education would like YOU to give your feedback on their proposed plans for this incredible initiative. This is the first time the federal government has launched a comprehensive green schools initiative, and you can contribute to it!!

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Toxic water found in private wells

A recently released study by the U.S. Geological Society has found that private wells are more likely to contain unsafe levels of trace elements, including arsenic, manganese, radon and uranium. Exposures to these elements in high levels have been known to cause serious health problems. These can range from cancer to kidney disease, affecting child intellectual development and symptoms that mirror Parkinson’s disease.

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