Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Shark Fin Ban

Thanks to the help of Earth Day Network supporters and others, Governor Jerry Brown of California has signed a ban on the sale of shark fins

"The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans," Brown said in a statement after signing the bill, AB 376.

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Renewable energy catches up to the fossil and beats nuclear energy by 18 percent

Renewable energy has passed an important milestone. In the recent Monthly Energy Review by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, domestic production of renewable forms of energy have now surpassed nuclear power and is closing in on oil.

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Recycle-Bowl: Let the Recycling Competition Begin

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to increase recycling participation in your school? Do you need technical assistance and help starting a school recycling program? Recycle-Bowl, a new nationwide comprehensive school recycling competition, could be your ticket to success.

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The Solar Decathlon: Not Just for College Students Anymore

This past Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon was more than just a competition on the National Mall; it was also the host for Education Days, an exciting combination of tours, presentations and fun attended by over 4,000 middle and high school students from across the Mid-Atlantic region. The goal? Teach students about solar energy in an exciting way.

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Students Brighten Their Education at 2011 Solar Decathlon

On September 26-27, middle school students from across the Mid-Atlantic made their way to the National Mall for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. This competition between university teams to design and build cost plus energy efficient (and attractive!) solar-powered houses. I was assigned as a mentor to thirty-three students from George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, VA.

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Our World Lost an Angel; A Warrior for Mother Earth: Dr. Wangari Maathai

On Sunday, September 25 environmental activist Wangari Maathai (born 1, April 1940) passed away in a Nairobi Hospital after she lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Wangari has always been a woman that I looked up to.

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Unidentified School Bus Falling from the Sky!

What’s falling from the sky??? You should be on the lookout Friday for an unidentified flying school bus falling from the sky! Wait, WHAT?! Now for those of you who watch PBS, this is not Ms. Frizzle’s “Magic School Bus” coming back from an out-of-the-classroom experience in outer space, but just a six-ton NASA satellite – the equivalent of a yellow school bus – falling from the sky! That’s right. And to top it all off, it is anyone’s guess as to where it will land on Earth! Yikes!

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P2 & What We Do Can Make a Difference

Most people are familiar with Earth Day, but do you know about Pollution Prevention (P2) Week?  From September 19-25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will recognize the efforts of the Agency, its partners and the public in preventing pollution across the country.  

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Save Environmental Education Funding!

Did you know that 45 million Americans think the ocean is a source of fresh water? Or that 130 million people believe that hydropower is America’s top energy source (when in reality, it really is just 10% of the total)?  Shocking, right? So what’s our solution? Environmental Education! However, before Congress left town for August recess, we learned that the House Appropriations Committee proposed eliminating ALL federal funding for the EPA’s Office of Environmental Education.

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