Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Our World Lost an Angel; A Warrior for Mother Earth: Dr. Wangari Maathai

On Sunday, September 25 environmental activist Wangari Maathai (born 1, April 1940) passed away in a Nairobi Hospital after she lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Wangari has always been a woman that I looked up to.

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Unidentified School Bus Falling from the Sky!

What’s falling from the sky??? You should be on the lookout Friday for an unidentified flying school bus falling from the sky! Wait, WHAT?! Now for those of you who watch PBS, this is not Ms. Frizzle’s “Magic School Bus” coming back from an out-of-the-classroom experience in outer space, but just a six-ton NASA satellite – the equivalent of a yellow school bus – falling from the sky! That’s right. And to top it all off, it is anyone’s guess as to where it will land on Earth! Yikes!

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P2 & What We Do Can Make a Difference

Most people are familiar with Earth Day, but do you know about Pollution Prevention (P2) Week?  From September 19-25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize the efforts of the Agency, its partners and the public in preventing pollution across the country.  

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Save Environmental Education Funding!

Did you know that 45 million Americans think the ocean is a source of fresh water? Or that 130 million people believe that hydropower is America’s top energy source (when in reality, it really is just 10% of the total)?  Shocking, right? So what’s our solution? Environmental Education! However, before Congress left town for August recess, we learned that the House Appropriations Committee proposed eliminating ALL federal funding for the EPA’s Office of Environmental Education.

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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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