Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Women Leaders Gather in Rio to Develop Green Economy Proposals, Influence UN Conference

While world governments struggled to make progress on global sustainability issues at Rio+20, women leaders from business, civil society and governments met in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend to develop a concrete set of recommendations for fast-forwarding women’s leadership in the green economy.

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Flash Mob Captures Spotlight at Rio+20

Over 100 demonstrators calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies joined a "flash mob" in the heart of the Rio+20 conference this afternoon.

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The Promises of Rio

From June 20-22, the eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Those gathered there at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (aka "Rio+20") will decide whether and how to deal with a broad range of issues that affect the environment. 

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Rio+20: A Waiting Game

One thing that I have gotten used to rather quickly in Rio de Janeiro is all of the waiting. 

I’ve already spent considerable amounts of time waiting in the security lines to get into the Conference Center and waiting for my meal in the cafeteria at lunch time.  And I’m sure that anyone attending Rio+20 (including myself!) will give you their opinion on the one and a half hour bus rides each way to get from the city to the Conference Center.

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Welcome to Rio

Wednesday afternoon, the first part of Earth Day Network's delegation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, better known as Rio+20, touched down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together and attempt to jumpstart the green economy and ensure environmental protection while fostering international development, advancing equality, and reducing poverty .

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Thank You, Elinor Ostrom

Dr. Elinor Ostrom, a political science professor at Indiana University and the only woman to have ever won the Nobel Prize in economics, passed away today at the age of 78. Dr. Ostrom was an advocate of Earth Day Network’s Women and the Green Economy (WAGE®) campaign and moderated our WAGE event earlier this year in Delhi, India. She will be greatly missed.

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Deja Vu: House Aims to Eliminate Local Funds for Biking and Walking

It’s come down to a fight for local control.  Negotiations on the federal transportation bill are at a critical point and twenty years of gains on biking, walking and Safe Routes to School are at risk.

Cities and counties all over the country need transportation funding to build sidewalks and bikeways to make streets safer, get local economies moving, and encourage active living. But some members of Congress want to eliminate local access to these federal funds.

Will you ask your members of Congress to protect local access to funds for biking and walking projects?

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GUEST BLOG: Nature Bodies Achieves a Record on Earth Day 2012 in India

By Fergus Mark Anthony, coordinator for Nature Bodies (Bilaspur, India)

We joined forces with Earth Day Network-India and started our campaign for Earth Day 2012 on March 1 with a mere 8 or 9 volunteers. Our small group visited 80 schools all across Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There, we educated the students about various environmental issues and invited them to join us in our campaign for Earth Day 2012.

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A Fruit Orchard Blooms in Lexington, KY

Last Friday, our Education team broke ground on the fruit orchard at “newest career and technical high school in Lexington, Kentucky,” the Locust Trace Agriscience Farm. Through the generous support from The UPS Foundation, we were able to plant multiple peach trees with several representatives from the school, and we hope to plant up to a thousand (including a native chestnut forest) over the next school year!

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GUEST BLOG: We Won! (MobilizeU)

By Ramesh Rajesh, Regional Coordinator, MobilizeU, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, India

My team and I were determined to make India win MobilizeU, Earth Day Network’s global inter-varsity environmental competition. And we did – despite the tough competition, the gruelling summer heat, exams and all other college pressures.

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