Earth Day Network Blog Updates

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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Save Yasuni National Park

The Yasuni National Park may be the most biologically diverse place on the planet. There are 593 species of birds, 80 species of bats, 150 species of amphibians, 120 species of reptiles, and more than 4,000 species of vascular plants. They have estimated that the insect population could be as high as 100,000 species.

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All drains lead to the ocean

“All drains lead to the ocean.” (Gill- Finding Nemo)

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A Tale of Two Biodiesel Cities

This is a tale of two cities.  Two cities that have decided to turn their government fleets into biodiesel fleets. Biodiesel is created when you combine ethanol and waste vegetable oil to manufacture a chemical reaction that produces fuel for vehicles. This fuel can be used in any standard diesel engine and has paved the way to creating thousands of jobs on the local and national level.

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