Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Save Endangered Sea Turtles for Earth Day!

Scientists estimate that 6.4 million tons of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. The massive amount of garbage that litters our oceans is one of the main reasons why nearly half of the world’s species of sea turtles currently face extinction.  This issue is particularly serious in the South China Sea, a major lane of migration for many species of sea turtles.  Luckily, at least one organization is dedicated to protecting these cute critters.

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Earth Day Volunteers Lend Helping, if Grimy, Hands in Panama

Earth Day is celebrated in over 190 countries around the world.  Though groups and individuals may celebrate it in different ways, the message is clear: people everywhere are concerned and passionate about saving our planet’s limited resources. One group in Panama is getting their point across by ... getting their hands dirty.

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Trouble in the Serengeti

The famed Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is home to the world’s single largest wildlife migration.  Over two million species of animals, including half a million wildebeest and some 250,000 zebras, travel these lands each year in search of greener pastures.  This Great Migration is among the most amazing assemblies of wildlife on the planet. 

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Trees = Life

Have you ever heard the Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now”?

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Earth Day Honored in the Villa Borghese!

In 2011, Earth Day will be used as a platform to educate the world about the important environmental issues facing our planet.  From global climate change to deforestation, environmental awareness is the central focus on April 22 in over 125 countries.

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Earth Day 2011 – Qatar Engages in Global Day of Conversation

It is not the leaders of today who will most feel the effects of environmental degradation and unsustainable energy and resource consumption.  It is the world’s youth and children.  As the United Nations notes, at 20% of the world population, youth and children are key to creating a sustainable future.  Earth Day, which is celebrated by over 1 billion people in 190 countries, was started by youth. The first Earth Day in 1970 saw 20 million secondary school and university students stage grassroots teach-ins to emphasize the need for a change in U.S.

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Emerging Women Green Economy Leaders Unite at Powershift 2011

At Powershift 2011 in Washington, D.C., Earth Day Network hosted a dynamic afternoon panel discussion on women’s leadership in the green economy, featuring emerging women leaders from Solar Sister, the 

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Shut It Down: The GenOn Potomac River Coal Plant

Last night, 1,000 concerned citizens of all ages came together at the entrance of theGenOn Potomac River Coal Plant in Alexandria, VA to demand its resignation. Environmentalists like Bill McKibben and Mike Tidwell joined hands with poets like E. Ethelbert Miller and Common Cause’s President Rev. Bob Edgar in a full moon, nighttime vigil at the plant’s heavily guarded entrance.  

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USPS “Go Green” Stamps

Nothing warms the heart like listening to elementary school kids chanting “Go green! Go green!” while waiting in line to look at… stamps?  At Thurgood Marshall Academy Thursday morning, students from TMA as well as Savoy Elementary School got excited about the new line of stamps that USPS revealed – and that doesn’t happen often.

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Pennies for the Planet

Looking for something to do with kids this Earth Day?  Check out Pennies for the Planet -- a powerful tool for motivating kids of all ages to learn about and become engaged in protecting biodiversity.  Our friends at the National Audubon Society, where EDN Education Director Sean Miller was once a Conservation Leadership Fellow with their TogetherGreen program, are running this incredibly ex

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