Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
Several key climate policies on the ballot, including a carbon tax in Washington State and an aggressive renewable power target in Arizona, were defeated soundly. But Democrats who favor clean energy also took control of a number of key governorships and state legislatures, opening doors for expanded action… More…
Unprecedented spending by the fossil-fuel industry proved effective in defeating climate-friendly ballot initiatives in several western states. But there were a couple pro-climate statewide propositions that passed — including one in Florida!!!! — and several fresh candidates took out longstanding climate deniers in tight House races…. More…
activists called on Pelosi to lead Democrats in developing an ambitious, comprehensive plan to address climate change — a Green New Deal. Halfway through the protest, rising Democratic star and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited to show her support, which drew a torrent of media coverage…. More…
Happy American Education Week to all of the incredible educators who work extremely hard every day to support our schools and our students to ensure a better planet.
American Education Week (November 12-16) is coordinated through the National Education Association (NEA). The idea came to fruition in 1919 after World War I, when members of the NEA and the American Legion met over the concern that 25% of World War I draftees were illiterate. The first official American Education Week took place in 1921 and is now celebrated annually the week prior to Thanksgiving.
While we don’t need reminders of the critical importance of good teachers and education programs, we won’t pass up an opportunity to thank all educators, in the U.S. and across the globe. To help support educators, we are currently hard at work preparing our materials for Climate Education Week 2019, which takes place the week leading up to Earth Day.
Do you have a teacher who inspired you to learn more about environmental issues or protecting our Earth? Share your story with us, via email at email@example.com and/or by tagging us in photos on social media and using the #EDNEducation hashtag.
“The greatest environmental Latino on the planet, Antonio González, is gone,” says Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network. “Antonio was a friend and hero. He brought the issues of climate change and the environment to his beloved people and lived a passionate wonderful life.”
With his Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP),González was responsible for mobilizing thousands of voters and fostering a new generation of community leaders fighting for justice. Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America in 2005, and earlier this year he was named to the Frederick Douglass 200, honoring individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Frederick Douglass.
Statement on Passing of @SuVotoEsSuVoz Pres. Antonio Gonzalez. “Our state has lost an extraordinary man & we will always be grateful for the legacy he leaves behind in his pursuit of progress to our nation in the form of voter registration, education & engagement.” #SuVotoEsSuVozpic.twitter.com/WIRmWSYTF2
As we thank our veterans for serving and protecting our country, we also give a nod to the U.S. Military for embracing sustainable and resilient practices and a move to clean energy. Below, recent stories on the subject.
Here’s our week-in-review roundup of the top environmental stories of the week, with reports on climate impacts and action, threats to public health and species, progress in the fight to end plastic pollution, and more.
In advance of next month’s UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nation’s biodiversity chief warned that we have to move fast to protect the species that are vital to our survival. (Jonathan Watts, The Guardian)
“The loss of biodiversity is a silent killer,” she told the Guardian. “It’s different from climate change, where people feel the impact in everyday life. With biodiversity, it is not so clear but by the time you feel what is happening, it may be too late…” More…
More than a year after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed information about climate change from its website, with a note that updates were coming soon, the website remains unchanged. (Oliver Milman, The Guardian)
“It’s an embarrassment. It is a ghost page,” said Judith Enck, who was EPA regional administrator during Barack Obama’s presidency. “It’s a bit like Amazon not allowing the public to order books via its website – it’s that fundamental. There’s no other issue at the EPA more important than climate change; it affects air, water, health and whether large parts of the world will survive….” More…
The study, which appears in the journal PLoS One this month, suggests that people of color, especially Native Americans, face more risk from wildfires than whites. It is another example of how the kinds of disasters exacerbated by climate change often hit minorities and the poor the hardest… More…
Over the past quarter-century, Earth’s oceans have retained 60 percent more heat each year than scientists previously had thought, said Laure Resplandy, a geoscientist at Princeton University who led the startling study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The difference represents an enormous amount of additional energy, originating from the sun and trapped by Earth’s atmosphere — the yearly amount representing more than eight times the world’s annual energy consumption…. More…
Bats are great, indeed! Not only are the winged mammals super cute, they help us humans out in many ways. Without bats, no one would pollinate our avocados, mangoes, or bananas. Bat colonies also consume thousands of mosquitoes and other pests every night, lessening the need for pesticides and bug spray. Bats that consume fruit are the main method those fruits use to spread their seeds.
Bats are our friends, but people don’t always know that. We need to spread the word that bats are nothing to be afraid of, and we definitely shouldn’t be trying to get rid of them.
This is the perfect time to act! It’s Bat Week and tomorrow is Halloween. We want everyone talking about bats and spreading the word on how cool and important they are. Did you know some species of bats go into a state of regulated hypothermia during the winter where they don’t move and can stay in that state for months? Its so unique that scientists were able to make developments in low-temperature surgery by studying the bats’ behavior. Do you want to learn more about bats? Check out this Fact Sheet.
You may have heard the saying blind as a bat, but bats are actually incredibly aware of the environment around them. By using echolocation, they bounce sounds off the objects around them, creating a three-dimensional picture in their brain. Its so precise some bats use it to hunt for flying insects – at night. Studying the echolocation in bats has led to advancements in the ways visually impaired people can navigate. Check this video.
So be sure to tell everyone you know about how important bats are, and please follow some of the suggestions in our email for protecting bats, provided by the Fish and Wildlife Service.