Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Don't let fish take your temperature

As a “veggiequarium” (or the proper term, Pescetarian, one who abstains from eating any meat, except for seafood), it is always a concern when I hear about preventable, dangerous levels of mercury being released into the environment. The largest contributor to airborne mercury pollution in the United States is coal-powered power plants, more than all other industries combined.

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November 15 - America Recycles Day

Since 1997, November 15 has been recognized as America Recycles Day, which is the only nationally recognized day to celebrate recycling and buying recycled content products and packaging.  Thousands of local events will be held throughout the country, ranging from electronics collections and “slash the trash” to aluminum can stomp-athons and runway fashion shows featuring “trashy” couture.  In New York City’s  Washington Square Park there will be “Ready, Set, Sort” contests.  In downtown Washington, D.C.

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Celebrating our Veterans with Green Jobs

Today is Veterans Day, a day for us to reflect on the sacrifices of the brave individuals fighting for our country and mourn the ones who have given their lives in the pursuit of liberty and freedom.

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On the Road in Tanzania: Balancing Global Conservation with Local Development

By Kate McLetchie, Executive Director of the African Rainforest Conservancy

Kate is a guest blogger for Earth Day Network from the African Rainforest Conservancy.  She just returned from a trip halfway around the world to the forests of Tanzania. 

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The Story of Broke

We're often told that there is no money to spend on jumpstarting the green economy. These days when you turn on the radio, go online or watch the nightly news the word that is singed into our collective psyche is austerity. Our elected officials try to tell us that we have to cut spending on vital programs which would put hundreds of thousands of people into hardship. They tell us that we must reduce the deficit at all costs even if it means that we balance it on the backs of people. The same goes for our national debt and the push to have it paid down at all costs.

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American National Heritage in Danger

By Katarina Benzakova

Today corporations and developers have access to 76 percent of National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands. Less than 24 percent of those lands enjoy some level of wilderness protection.

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Calling All Green Schools! Now’s the Time to Show Your ‘Green’ Colors

Does your school provide nutritious, well-balanced meals for its students? Or, does your school promote fitness initiatives or allocate outdoor time for students during the school day? Maybe your school is reducing its footprint through energy efficiency measures, solar panel installations or geothermal efforts? Well, if you answered “Yes!” to any or all of these questions, YOUR school has the chance to receive a prestigious, national award from the U.S. Department of Education for its sustainability efforts.

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Reducing C02 : On the right track

Every time we open a newspaper or turn on the television, we hear about the damage that we are causing our planet, and it is easy to start to feel like no matter how hard we try, we cannot combat the destruction of our lifestyles. So, whenever there is good news, it needs to be spread like wildfire, to encourage those who have been tirelessly working towards a better future and inspire those on the cusp of change.

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The National American Indian Museum hosts the “Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change” Exhibit.

By Angel Gray

The Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change exhibit at the National American Indian Museum was designed to draw upon the common man’s sense of solidarity with the rest of humanity. Each picture, quote, anecdote, and video was meant to impress the disastrous impact global warming has already had on Indigenous Peoples. The Indigenous People have extensive knowledge of nature from cultural traditions, and suffer the effects of climate change yet their carbon footprint is minuscule.

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The environmental movement can learn from the Wall Street zombies

Wandering around on Wall Street and other protest sites these past few days, you have a sense that we live in a country filled with people in search of a movement. Organic, powerful, urgent, spontaneous, cathartic, honest and fun are words protesters use to describe the nascent movement and their experience in it. Donald Trump may have inadvertently added to that vocabulary and helped send thousands more to the event by commenting on Fox News yesterday that it 

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