Earth Day Network Blog Updates

World Banking on Mayors to Combat Climate Change

A deal reached Wednesday, June 1, between the C40 Climate Leadership Group – a coalition of the world’s largest cities – and the World Bank promises new financing for sustainable development and the mitigation of dangers posed by climate change. The climate summit, hosted in Sao Paulo, brought together leaders of cities representing 297 million people - accounting for 4 percent of the world’s population, 10 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions, and 18 percent of its economic output.

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Saving Forests for World Environment Day 2011

Earth Day Network firmly believes that Earth Day should be celebrated every day. Here’s another opportunity to act for the environment – our partners at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are organizing events and a global competition for World Environment Day 2011 on June 5th. World Environment Day (WED) aims to propel environmental awareness and to serve as a day of action for positive environmental action globally.

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Janice Lin: Leading the Charge Against Climate Change

Our Women and the Green Economy campaign recognizes women who are leading the charge in mitigating climate change. Such women are found in business, government, the non-profit world and academia - while some even work across all those realms.

Janice Lin is an entrepreneur using her scientific knowledge and influence in business to urge government to carve a role for renewable energy storage in the massive electric power industry.

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Our Latest PSA, Featuring Mike Green

NHL defenceman Mike Green is an Athlete for the Earth. In our latest PSA, the star Capitals defenceman helps spread the word about the Billion Acts of Green campaign, calling on all of us to do our part.

You can watch the embedded PSA or stream it via YouTube.

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Winning the Clean-energy Future

We all know that President Obama ran for election on the promise that America would drive the green economy and lead the world in the development of alternative and renewable energy.  But in the pivotal 10th quarter of his presidency we don't have a roadmap. This is despite warnings from most climate scientists, stunningly bad weather, and with full knowledge that China and other countries are cornering markets on solar manufacturing, rare earth minerals essential for green technology, and even global food supplies.

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Restoring America: How Cities are Driving the Green Economy

Like so many cities across the United States, Detroit has suffered job losses as a result of the global recession, compounded by the effects of economic globalization. Many of the jobs Detroit lost will never return. Now is the time for more innovative solutions, not despair. Why? Because, although 2010 census data indeed show Detroit's population declining drastically in the past decade, young people are beginning to move here again because they see opportunity.

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Higher Profits from Lower Emissions

As the move towards a green economy continues to develop, innovative firsts are bursting up all around us. Climate advocates have increased in numbers beyond the NGO and governmental realms. Today, corporate CEOs and the engineers they employ join our ranks as they push their companies towards higher profits and lower emissions. These corporate “Acts of Green” open many doors to creating a future of green business and a sustainable economy here in the United States.

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Oman’s Young Environmentalists

Inspired by A Billion Acts of Green®, Oman’s Ministry of Education has called upon its 1,040 schools to learn about and take action for the environment. Using Earth Day Network’s year-round campaign for environmental action, and its award-winning lesson plans and educational resources, over 500,000 students and teachers are showing that Earth Day should be celebrated every day.

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One School’s Green Story of Success: Thurgood Marshall Academy Wins Coveted Mayoral Award

For the past four years, Earth Day Network’s Education Department has been collaborating with Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) in Southeast Washington, DC to introduce and integrate sustainable change on their campus. Over this time period, our Education team sponsored and collaborated with AP Environmental Science teacher Sam Ullery to enact green changes to the curriculum, helped install a 2.8 kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system, completely swapped out the school’s food contract for a healthier and local one, and built the largest school garden in D.C.

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State Department Contributes to A Billion Acts of Green®

On May 6, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones announced that as of April 24, the State Department had logged nearly 1,300 Acts of Green. Watch the video after the jump. 

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