Earth Day Network Blog Updates

A Billion Acts of Green Revamped

For over two years, A Billion Acts of Green® has been steadily building commitments by individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to protect the planet, inspiring and rewarding both simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability.

Taken together, these seemingly small actions add up to big dividends for the planet. And A Billion Acts of Green® has become the largest environmental service campaign in the world.

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Rapid Response: Don't Let Congress Cut the Lights on Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Congress is threatening to roll back a key energy efficiency victory our movement won in 2007. The "BULB Act" (H.R. 2417) attacks standards that would require new light bulbs to achieve higher efficiency levels - and it may reach a VOTE as early as Monday. 

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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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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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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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41st Earth Day Exceeds 100 Million Acts!

From sixth-grade Iraqi mine survivors planting trees without hands and Detroit school kids building a plastic bottle boat to Malays cleaning up their waterfalls, individuals and organizations from Delhi, Louisiana to New Delhi have racked up over 100 million Acts of Green in honor of the 41st Earth Day.

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Congressman Edward Markey Pledges an Act on Facebook

Using our new Billion Acts of Green Facebook application, Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass.) has pledged to "keep fighting in Congress for clean energy like wind, solar and electric vehicles and oppose the GOP's Oil Above All agenda."

Check it out here.

Go to our cool new application and pledge to join him or make your own pledge! 

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What Lisa Jackson Wants for Earth Day!

You.

Or, rather, your help. 

Writing in the Environmental Protection Agency blog Greenversations, Administrator Lisa Jackson notes: 

"To continue making progress today, we need to do the same thing our predecessors did 41 years ago: come together and work to make a difference. There are new and extraordinary ways for you to make a difference. As EPA Administrator, what I want this Earth Day is your help in this important work."

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Shut It Down: The GenOn Potomac River Coal Plant

Last night, 1,000 concerned citizens of all ages came together at the entrance of theGenOn Potomac River Coal Plant in Alexandria, VA to demand its resignation. Environmentalists like Bill McKibben and Mike Tidwell joined hands with poets like E. Ethelbert Miller and Common Cause’s President Rev. Bob Edgar in a full moon, nighttime vigil at the plant’s heavily guarded entrance.  

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