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“While we collectively take action as individuals to bend the curve and reduce the spread of coronavirus, we cannot lose sight of the bigger picture — our global climate crisis. The intrinsic connections between human health and planetary health sparked the first Earth Day in 1970, and today, we must rise to meet these dual crises again as Earth Day marks 50 years.

In the face of a challenge that forces us to stay apart, we’re bringing challenges to bring the world together.

 

Join us for the Earth Day Daily Challenge, a 22-day series that will allow people to connect through challenges to take action right now, and every day, for our planet.

Each challenge will be posted daily on Earth Day Network’s social media channels (@earthdaynetwork). Participants can get involved by following the channels and adding their actions with the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE.”

Find out more here.

 

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This weekend I joined the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for years and the Atlanta conference was the largest event and particularly intense. It powerfully aligned climate change with the civil rights movement to discuss climate justice.

You can get a glimpse of two of the more unique presentations.

An interfaith meeting was held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Comedian Pete Davidson gave Al Gore some tips on how to speak.

 

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Celebrate Earth Day!

Join Earth Day Networks Billion Acts Of Green.

Find out what you can do today here.

water keeper alliance

The fight for clean water is a fight for one of the most basic and essential human rights. With water resources declining in quality and quality in virtually every part of the world, communities everywhere are looking for ways to protect this right.

Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up to anyone who threatens this right—from law-breaking corporate polluters to irresponsible governments. On over 244 waterways, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon to the Ganges, Waterkeepers are on patrol, in boats ranging in size from kayaks to research vessels.

Learn more here

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and along with the scorching heat we have the occasional torrential rain.  The collection and reuse of rainwater by harvesting systems help provide independent water supplies during regional water restrictions. These systems also circumvent the rainwater washing environmentally harmful lawn pesticides into storm drain, sewers and waterways.  When rainwater is harvested we reduce the overall flow of these pollutants into public waterways.

In many regions of our country, cities, counties and even certain states have begun to encouraging rainwater collection to supplement local supply.  Many countries worldwide have made rainwater harvesting mandatory.  In India, rainwater harvesting to avoid ground water depletion, has been made a requirement for every building.  In the United Kingdom a new building code has been established to encourage the use of rainwater collection for everything from flushing toilets to watering their gardens.

Learn more about Rainwater Harvesting here.

Learn how to collect rainwater here.

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On Tuesday June 11 the Maine State Legislature approved a bill that will require the labeling of all food made from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s).
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The bill in Maine was approved with a vote of 141 to 4 and is similar to the GMO law recently passed in Connecticut which requires 5 surrounding states to pass corresponding laws.
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Although a GMO bill was recently killed by committee in New York state, as many as 28 states nationwide have introduced corresponding bills to their legislatures.
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Banned in most of Europe the GMO’s are crop plants created by using the most current molecular biology techniques.  The plants are modified genetically to increase nutritional content, resistance to herbicides, can be drought tolerant along with other key qualities for increasing the crop health.  The main concerns with GMO seed stock is the potential risk to the natural environment, heath risks to the general population and overwhelming economic impacts.
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Learn more about GMO’s here
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Read about the labeling regulations for GMO’s here
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Read about Maine’s bill here
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