Earth Day Network Blog Updates

The Lessons of School Gardens

Autumn is an intern with Earth Day Network's Education Team.

Sadly, most kids these days rarely set foot outside. They might say, “What’s the point, when we have munchies, cable TV, and a computer with Facebook and Youtube?” School gardens give kids a reason to go outside and get much-needed vitamin D, while discovering that maybe it’s not so bad to get their hands a little dirty. Planting school gardens not only shows kids they can grow food right in their own backyards, it teaches them how to do it.

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Burbank: Making Sustainability Work in Celebrity-ville

For Earth Day 2010, Global Day of Conversation was a huge success, with over 500 local and elected leaders participating. Earth Day Network’s Global Day of Conversation 2011 aims to initiate an effective dialogue about how to grow our local economies substantially through sustainability. Over the coming weeks, I will highlight some of our Global Day of Conversation 2010 cities to show the power of conversation, and to help generate ideas that can be implemented in your community.

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Obama's SOTU: Leave Coal and Nukes Behind!

Some welcome potential advances to the U.S. green economy loomed large in President Obama’s State of the Union message on Tuesday night.  Connecting 80% of Americans to high-speed rail within 25 years.  Ensuring that the U.S.

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Avatar Home Tree Initiative Plants Over 1 Million!

In case you haven't already heard, neither natural disasters nor a depressed international economy could thwart the dedication of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE), Earth Day Network (EDN) and 17 partner organizations around the world in achieving the goals of the Avatar Home Tree Initiative.

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Just Say No—to Oil

Earth Day 2010 was not only a day where hundreds of millions spoke out for their environment worldwide, but it also saw the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  What has been achieved since, in the cleanup and prevention of future disasters?

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"Carta o plastica?"

“Carta o plastica?” is Italian for the standard grocery checkout question, which may no longer be needed in Italy. The country has joined the global movement against disposable plastic bag use by imposing a ban on non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags on January 1, 2011. These non-biodegradable bags may be cheap for grocery stores, but are extremely costly to the environment, building up trash on the streets, contributing to landfill waste, and polluting parks and oceans. Their production also requires petroleum and other vital natural resources.

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Bring the Outdoors In With a Terrarium

Too cold to go outside?   Why not bring the outside in by making a terrarium!  Here are some step-by-step directions on how to make a terrarium.
What you need:
1. A glass container.  You can use old jars or go to the thrift store to find exciting shapes.  Get creative! Use fish bowls, pitchers, or wine glasses.  Lids are optional but if you choose not to use one, remember to water the plants more frequently.  If you do have a lid, humidity can build-up so open your terrarium every once in a while to let it air out.

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Philadelphia Eagles Green Stadium’s Energy

Earth Day Network’s Athletes for the Earth campaign brings professional athletes to the environmental movement as spokespeople for Earth Day and for increased environmental awareness and activism. The newest sportsperson to bring awareness to the green movement is Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, who is retrofitting the Lincoln Financial Field to be the first major US sports facility to operate on renewable fuel.  He plans to have wind turbines, solar panels and a biodiesel plant installed in the stadium by the start of next season.

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TPM Cafe Lauds EDN Board Member's Call for Clean Energy Deployment Funds

A failure to recognize the dismal lack of funds for large-scale clean energy deployment is already having serious consequences for the success of American inventiveness, says Ken Berlin, General Counsel to the Coalition for Green Capital, and Earth Day Network Board Member.

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Powerful Women Headline Cancun WAGE Events

A stellar group of international women leaders illustrated clearly the potential of women's contributions to finding solutions to the climate crises at two groundbreaking events in Cancun last week for our official launch of the Earth Day Network “Women and the Green Economy” (WAGE)™ Campaign.

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