Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Spirituality, Sustainability and A Global Consciousness

One of my late teachers, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, once said: “The modern person behaves as if the sole purpose of the universe were to satisfy their needs.”  His challenge: “We must not give in to that reality, but rather transcend it by sacrificing one’s own interests for the sake of the holy.”

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Healthy Schools Act Coalition Claims Victory

Success!  The people voiced their concern and the DC City Council listened!  Council Chairman (and soon-to-be Mayor) Vincent Gray’s amended budget has saved the landmark DC Healthy Schools Act.  As a result, any District student in need can continue to receive a free and healthy breakfast in his or her classroom.  Threatened with elimination in face of the budget deficit, yesterday's move by the Council saves this pivotal initiative – a victory not only for the children of the city, but for the city’s future as well!

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WaPo's DeBonis Cites Sean Miller on Healthy Schools Act Fight : Read the Article!

In the fight to preserve DC's Healthy Schools Act, Washington Post local politics columnist Mike DeBonis cited our own Education Director Sean S. Miller's testimony as a leading advocate. "The budget gap-closing gets down to brass tacks today, and all eyes are on Mayor-elect Vincent Gray. After attending Rushern Baker's inauguration as Prince George's County executive in the morning, he returns to the John A. Wilson Building where we will huddle with his colleagues for one last budgetary skull session. What does he have to deal with?

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Student Nutrition Too Important to Cut: Read Sean Miller's Letter to The Washington Post

"In her Dec. 1 Metro article, "D.C. mayor's budget plan triggers council debate on possible income tax increase," Nikita Stewart asserted that outgoing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan to close the budget gap would only delay healthy food being served to D.C. students.

While this may be true on paper, implementation of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act has already begun, and any such delay is apt to paralyze the program indefinitely

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Earth Day President Rogers' Op-Ed on Women Advancing the Green Economy: Santa Monica Daily News

"On the eve of this year's international climate change conference in Cancun, women are beginning to position themselves as major players in the emerging green economy. Until recently, women have represented a tiny minority at these conferences and have been almost entirely absent from major gatherings of green entrepreneurs. Women, now playing a more active role, understand that their absence from both the design and success of the industrial and technological revolutions prevented them from directly reaping the political and financial rewards from those seismic economic shifts.

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Earth Day Network Launches WAGE: Women Key to Green Economy

Women are likely to be hit harder by climate change than men due to their social roles and the simple fact that they comprise as much as 70 percent of the world’s poor. At the same time, women are also taking the lead worldwide on developing solutions for a more sustainable, green economy, from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Solar panels are back at the White House!

“Thirty years after President Carter’s solar equipment was ripped from the White House roof, today’s announcement signifies that America is coming back on the field.

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Chief Oren Lyons

Hearing Chief Oren Lyons speak as the keynote speaker at the 

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Finding my Forest: new conservation curriculum

Hey Teachers, Educators and Students!

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From Gulf to Gulf

After Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on Earth Day 2010, Earth Day Network decided, as part of our on-going dialogue with local officials, to evaluate its impact on our own oil-producing region. I mentioned in my earlier posting that I spent a week in the Persian Gulf discussing with Mayors the various sustainability efforts they can take to green their schools, and to improve the livelihood of the Read More

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