Policy

Working with partners on the federal level and in several states, the Policy Department identifies legislative opportunities on the federal, state, and local levels that further Earth Day Network's mission to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement.  Such legislation includes incentives and funding for environmental education and green school buildings, as well as policies that enable the shift to a carbon-neutral economy.  To support these efforts, Earth Day Network provides expert advice to advocates and decision makers on these inter-related topics.

Our work also aims to strengthen the connection and understanding between local action and global impact. In the annual Global Day of Conversation campaign, Earth Day Network aims enlist local leaders, who are on the frontlines of addressing the impacts of climate change on their communities and provides a platform for these leaders to elevate the local sustainability and green economy dialogue to international prominence.  In 2011 and 2012, Earth Day Network will also mobilize under-represented stakeholders to shape and elevate the policy at the Rio +20 Earth Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012.
 

Latest Updates
Jun 25, 2013

In a Tuesday speech at Georgetown University, President Obama laid out a plan to cement his legacy on the issue of climate change. The plan is a monumental step forward and has the power to be a turning point both U.S. climate policy and international climate negotiations.

Dec 2, 2011

November 30th was a busy day for the environmental movement, and more specifically for those who share, across the globe, the moral obligation to protect and preserve the planet – such as, elected officials, activists as well as leaders in the faith community. November 30th was marked by two events: the second day of the COP 17 meeting in Durban, South Africaand the National Climate Ethics Campaign.

Sep 12, 2011

Lisa Jackson is the environmental conscience of the Obama Administration.  Throughout her career she has had the backbone to stand up for good science and for strong enforcement of the laws that protect our air and water — regardless of politics.  She does not always win, but America can take comfort in knowing that this skillful, tireless champion is working 24/7 to safeguard our neighborhoods and our children.

Aug 31, 2011

A recently released study by the U.S. Geological Society has found that private wells are more likely to contain unsafe levels of trace elements, including arsenic, manganese, radon and uranium. Exposures to these elements in high levels have been known to cause serious health problems. These can range from cancer to kidney disease, affecting child intellectual development and symptoms that mirror Parkinson’s disease.