Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Stakeholders Take the Mic at UN Sustainable Development Conference

Yesterday morning, in an unusual break with the planned agenda, the co-chair of the assembly planning the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, randomly chose to give the floor to representatives of each of the stakeholder groups most affected by development and the environment.  One by one, spokespeople from Business and Industry; Children and Youth; Farmers; Indigenous Peoples; Local Authorities; Non-Governmental Organizations; Scientific and Technological Community; Women; and Workers and Trade Unions got to say what they want Rio+20 to deliver.  

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Representing Civil Society on the Road to Rio™

As we inch closer to Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Earth Day Network staff is participating in the second Preparatory Committee meeting in New York, also known as “Prepcom 2.”  As part of the Rio+20 Women’s Steering Committee of the Women’s Major Group, we are

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"Green" Your Waterways for Earth Day!

The majority of our planet is covered in water, but we forget how precious this delicate substance is. Earth Day Network is proud to announce the success of our partners at World Water Monitoring Day™. World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local fresh water bodies.

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Wendell Berry Medal Highlights Food Issues

The Obama Administration continues to underline the importance of how we manage our foodshed by honoring Kentucky author, farmer, conservationist and activist Wendell Berry yesterday with the National Humanities Medal.  

Celebrated food writer Michael Pollan has noted that his work only builds on the writing and activism of Berry, who has long fought against the ravages of industrial agriculture to American health and communities.  

Writing in The Nation magazine, Pollan says:

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Support Young Green Activists With New Guide!

If you’re looking to change the world for the better but don’t know how, start by reading The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World.  

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CNN Features Women Green Economy Leaders Op-ed

Our WAGE campaign is gathering steam! Today, our joint op-ed with former U.S. Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson was picked up on CNN.com. Excerpt below. 

Building a low-carbon economy is the scientific, political and moral challenge of our time, and a tremendous opportunity for women.

But are we marshaling the talent and resources necessary to tackle this problem?

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DC Flexes Its Green Muscle

Of all the cities in America, Washington, DC should have heard President Obama’s State of the Union address the loudest and clearest, and under Mayor Vincent Gray’s leadership, the city is showing that it has.

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Going Green in Iraq

Iraq faces serious environmental problems, running the gamut from biodiversity to waste management. That’s hardly surprising. Events from 1980 to the present day have created challenges precluding Iraq from becoming a hotbed of environmentalism. Today, we feature one partner organization working hard to reverse that trend.

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Youth Connect with Ocean Conservation

Engaging youth in environmental awareness and action can be a huge challenge. Be it apathy, distractions or lack of awareness, some older environmentalists look on the young generation with no small sense of disappointment.

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Women Taking the Lead – from New York and Worldwide

Our international department is out in full force at the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York this week.

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