Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Letter to Obama: Raise Your Voice, Use Executive Authority

Earth Day Network joined dozens of environmental and health organizations to send a letter to President Obama asking him to take serious steps to stop climate change during his second term.

The full text of the letter is below:

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Earth Day Network Plants 350,000 Trees in Uganda

Earth Day Network completed a tree-planting project in central Uganda today that saw 350,000 trees planted in three high-poverty districts: Kiboga-Kyankwanzi, Kayunga and Kamuli.

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Renewables Are Winning, and You Can Help

By Kathleen Rogers and Danny Kennedy

In a year when the election was dominated by fossil fuel propaganda and both candidates for President failed to mention climate change on the campaign trail, it's hard to say "we're succeeding." However, the trends are clear: An enormous shift has begun in the ways in which the United States and the world will power itself with clean energy.

To understand what we're talking about, consider this fact:

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EDN-India Holds Forum on Green Space in Crowded Cities

India, the second most populous country in the world, has several cities where the pressure of population and construction has resulted in very little green cover. Kolkata is one of these cities. On December 5, Earth Day Network – India, in collaboration with the American Center, Kolkata, and the NGO Center for Contemporary Communication (CCC) hosted a discussion on this topic called “Policies and Land Use for Public Parks and Gardens in Big Cities.” 

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UN Climate Conference Falls Short, Very Short

For the past two weeks, heads of state gathered in Doha, Qatar, for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP-18) organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This annual conference brings together representatives from every country in the world to negotiate how the global community will respond to the dangers associated with climate change.

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New York State PTA Passes PVC Phase Out Resolution

Last week in Saratoga Springs, NY, the New York State Parent Teacher Association passed a resolution calling for the phase out of PVC in schools statewide. This follows similar resolutions recently passed by New York State United Teachers, the American Public Health Association, and United University Professions.

Polyvinyl chloride is the third most widely produced plastic in the world. You can find it in pipes, clothing and signs, to name a few of its applications.

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Permafrost Thaw Will Intensify Climate Change, says UNEP

As winter approaches and temperatures drop in the northern hemisphere, we’re more easily distracted from the effects of climate change in our planet’s colder regions. But this should be sobering: The United Nations Environment Programme released a report today about how the thawing of permafrost will cause additional climate change across the globe, as early as 2100.

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EDN reaches out to High School Journalists

This past week, representatives from Earth Day Network were in San Antonio, Texas, at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention to promote the first annual Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards. 

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Diwali a festival of lights (not sound)

By EDN India volunteer Diptayan Roy.

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Deepwater Horizon: BP to pay $4 Billion in settlement

It’s been two years since the environmental disaster that was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and today we finally have news of a settlement. From the Washington Post we learn that BP has agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress. BP will also be paying $4 billion in penalties.

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