Earth Day Network Blog Updates

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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Pizza is a vegetable? Tell Congress to Promote Healthy School Meals

We thought we fixed this when Ronald Reagan declared ketchup to be a vegetable and most of our country laughed out loud.  But apparently not. Earlier this week, Congress unveiled change to the National School Lunch program that will allow a few dabs of tomato paste to be considered a vegetable which means that a pizza is back on our kids' tables and obesity is here to stay.

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Don't let fish take your temperature

As a “veggiequarium” (or the proper term, Pescetarian, one who abstains from eating any meat, except for seafood), it is always a concern when I hear about preventable, dangerous levels of mercury being released into the environment. The largest contributor to airborne mercury pollution in the United States is coal-powered power plants, more than all other industries combined.

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November 15 - America Recycles Day

Since 1997, November 15 has been recognized as America Recycles Day, which is the only nationally recognized day to celebrate recycling and buying recycled content products and packaging.  Thousands of local events will be held throughout the country, ranging from electronics collections and “slash the trash” to aluminum can stomp-athons and runway fashion shows featuring “trashy” couture.  In New York City’s  Washington Square Park there will be “Ready, Set, Sort” contests.  In downtown Washington, D.C.

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Celebrating our Veterans with Green Jobs

Today is Veterans Day, a day for us to reflect on the sacrifices of the brave individuals fighting for our country and mourn the ones who have given their lives in the pursuit of liberty and freedom.

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On the Road in Tanzania: Balancing Global Conservation with Local Development

By Kate McLetchie, Executive Director of the African Rainforest Conservancy

Kate is a guest blogger for Earth Day Network from the African Rainforest Conservancy.  She just returned from a trip halfway around the world to the forests of Tanzania. 

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The Story of Broke

We're often told that there is no money to spend on jumpstarting the green economy. These days when you turn on the radio, go online or watch the nightly news the word that is singed into our collective psyche is austerity. Our elected officials try to tell us that we have to cut spending on vital programs which would put hundreds of thousands of people into hardship. They tell us that we must reduce the deficit at all costs even if it means that we balance it on the backs of people. The same goes for our national debt and the push to have it paid down at all costs.

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American National Heritage in Danger

By Katarina Benzakova

Today corporations and developers have access to 76 percent of National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands. Less than 24 percent of those lands enjoy some level of wilderness protection.

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Calling All Green Schools! Now’s the Time to Show Your ‘Green’ Colors

Does your school provide nutritious, well-balanced meals for its students? Or, does your school promote fitness initiatives or allocate outdoor time for students during the school day? Maybe your school is reducing its footprint through energy efficiency measures, solar panel installations or geothermal efforts? Well, if you answered “Yes!” to any or all of these questions, YOUR school has the chance to receive a prestigious, national award from the U.S. Department of Education for its sustainability efforts.

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