Planning protests, not prom: Inside today’s youth climate strike movement

By Brandon Pytel On a Friday afternoon in early autumn, 17-year-old Jerome Foster II was not at school. He wasn’t at home, either. Foster was outside the White House in Washington, D.C., holding a sign that read, “School Strike for Climate” and protesting government inaction on climate change. “Most of the time I’m here by … Read morePlanning protests, not prom: Inside today’s youth climate strike movement

Green Ribbon Schools pave the way in environmental education

By Kira Heeschen The U.S. Department of Education recognized 53 schools as Green Ribbon Schools on Friday at the U.S. Department of Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. These schools have demonstrated their commitment to environmental education and sustainability by implementing a myriad of initiatives. Their new programs strive to increase environmental literacy and engagement in … Read moreGreen Ribbon Schools pave the way in environmental education

You’re doing it wrong: 7 tips to recycle better

By Brandon Pytel I recently wrote a post about the problem of recycling, and it got me thinking about my own recycling habits — more specifically, how little I know about recycling. Do I separate bottle caps or lids? How clean do materials have to be? What about all those numbers on plastics? Frustrated, I … Read moreYou’re doing it wrong: 7 tips to recycle better

Earth Day Network cleans up local park for National Public Lands Day

By Austin Downs This past Saturday, September 28, Earth Day Network staff and interns said they’ve had enough trash talk in the office and decided to volunteer in their own backyard. The event, hosted by the Rock Creek Conservancy, was part of National Public Lands Day, a day of service put on by the National … Read moreEarth Day Network cleans up local park for National Public Lands Day

Out of office: DC streets shut down again by climate activists

By Brandon Pytel The groups that shut down 22 intersections in Washington, D.C. on Monday were at it again Friday morning. This time, they took to the streets to march for climate action. “Climate change is happening right now,” said Kaela Bamberger, an organizer for climate activism group Extinction Rebellion DC. “The extreme weather and … Read moreOut of office: DC streets shut down again by climate activists

Why “Silent Spring” still matters

By Samantha Liptak and Mohammad Alserheed Nearly 60 years ago, Rachel Carson shocked the agricultural industry with her critique of indiscriminate pesticide use in the United States. “Silent Spring,” her book, quickly became a trademark of environmental activism, paving the way for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and a plethora of other modern-day … Read moreWhy “Silent Spring” still matters

The ocean and cryosphere are taking the heat for unchecked climate change, new UN report warns

By Brandon Pytel For decades the ocean and cryosphere — the frozen parts of the planet — have been the unsung heroes in our climate crisis, absorbing 90 percent of the world’s excess heat. But now all that warming is catching up to us, a U.N. report out today warns. The beating the ocean and … Read moreThe ocean and cryosphere are taking the heat for unchecked climate change, new UN report warns

Millions of people participate in World Cleanup Day

By Austin Downs This past Saturday, September 21, an estimated 18.6 million people across 179 countries and territories participated in World Cleanup Day. Commencing the day after an estimated 4 million people, predominantly youth, participated in a global climate strike, World Cleanup Day continued to build on the momentum of greater action in the face … Read moreMillions of people participate in World Cleanup Day

World leaders forced to answer global demand for action at UN Climate Action Summit

By Justine Sullivan Following a global climate strike that turned out 4 million people across the world, world leaders met today at United Nations headquarters in New York City to discuss national contributions to the 2015 U.N. Paris Agreement, the international agreement that aims to limit temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius. The most powerful … Read moreWorld leaders forced to answer global demand for action at UN Climate Action Summit

Traffic brought to standstill as climate strikes shut down Washington, DC

By Brandon Pytel A pink and yellow boat shut down a major Washington, D.C., intersection this morning. Yes, you read that correctly. The boat was strategically placed by climate activism group Extinction Rebellion as part of its attempt to “shut down D.C.” The event intends to “block key infrastructure to stop business-as-usual, bringing the whole … Read moreTraffic brought to standstill as climate strikes shut down Washington, DC

Young people meet at UN headquarters in NYC for first-ever Youth Climate Summit

By Brandon Pytel On Saturday, the United Nations hosted its first-ever Youth Climate Summit, bringing together more than 700 youth climate leaders from around the world to voice collective frustration about government inaction on climate change and discuss climate solutions for the future. “Change rarely happens from the top down,” said Argentinian climate activist Bruno … Read moreYoung people meet at UN headquarters in NYC for first-ever Youth Climate Summit

“Change is coming, whether they like it or not.” Youth climate strikes break records worldwide

By Brandon Pytel An estimated 250,000 people, mostly young people, showed up in New York City today to send a message to leaders: The planet is in a climate emergency, and young people will not sit idly by and do nothing. Holding signs that read “Respect Your Mother (Earth),” “The Climate Crisis is Now” and … Read more“Change is coming, whether they like it or not.” Youth climate strikes break records worldwide

Yosemite cleanup ascends to new heights

By Brandon Pytel Yosemite, California’s renowned national park, is getting a facelift. Yosemite Climbing Association is putting on their annual cleanup, Yosemite Facelift, from September 24–29. In addition to organizing a park-wide cleanup, Facelift incorporates panels, concerts and raffles and provides camping for 500 people throughout the week. “[Facelift] gives people a chance to invest … Read moreYosemite cleanup ascends to new heights

Students in Japan use cleanups to educate about plastic pollution

By Rachel Weisbrot On September 15, almost 25,000 people gathered near Chiba, Japan, to learn about the dangers of plastic pollution and what to do about it. At the event, people navigated a room filled with pictures and videos, almost as if walking around an art gallery — except they weren’t looking at normal pieces … Read moreStudents in Japan use cleanups to educate about plastic pollution

Doctor’s orders: Support youth climate strikes

By Tracey Ann Ritchie, Ph.D. Director of Education at Earth Day Network I fully support the climate strikes on September 20, 2019. The opportunity to participate in the global environmental movement is both meaningful and educational. Through climate strikes, students learn about environmental science, government policy, critical and systems thinking, team building, communication and many … Read moreDoctor’s orders: Support youth climate strikes

“We have the opportunity to save the Earth.” Youth activists talk climate action before Global Climate Strike

By Brandon Pytel This morning, Earth Day Network and Twitter co-hosted “Bringing Youth to Power,” an event that showcased some of the most prominent voices in the youth climate movement. The panel gave these activists a platform to discuss the challenges, fears and motivations in the existential fight for the future. “We have the opportunity … Read more“We have the opportunity to save the Earth.” Youth activists talk climate action before Global Climate Strike

“Our future is a right.” Youth climate activists strike outside White House

By Brandon Pytel As they do every Friday, young people representing youth climate movement Fridays for Future USA gathered outside the White House to protest government inaction on climate change. This morning, though, they were joined by the Fridays for Future founder and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Several hundred of young people representing climate … Read more“Our future is a right.” Youth climate activists strike outside White House

The art and science of soil

EDN’s Artists for the Earthtm Spotlight: Kirsten Kurtz Artists and scientists collaborate to address the issues of climate change and the environment in mutually beneficial ways. Art gains added dimension through science and technology while science becomes relatable on a personal level through art. Now both science and art have come together in what might … Read moreThe art and science of soil

How toxic algae blooms work

By Brandon Pytel As algae blooms explode around the U.S., infecting shorelines with toxic, sludgy waters, an otherwise relaxing day at the beach can quickly turn into a hazardous mess. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a harmful algae bloom bulletin about the western basin of Lake Erie, warning that toxic algae … Read moreHow toxic algae blooms work

Climate change threatens to tear ecosystems apart, warns Amazon rainforest expert

By Brandon Pytel Climate change is threatening our wildlife, and nowhere is that more apparent than the Amazon rainforest. As the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon spans 2.3 million square miles (twice the size of India) and has within its borders the world’s largest river basin. It’s also one of the richest biological … Read moreClimate change threatens to tear ecosystems apart, warns Amazon rainforest expert

13 must-read books on the environment and climate change

By Earth Day Network Staff As vacations end and many parts of the world prepare to head back to school and work, a little reeducation may be in order. We recently shared our favorite books for budding environmentalists, but if your tastes skew a little older, we’ve got you covered. Earth Day Network pulsed its … Read more13 must-read books on the environment and climate change

Confessions of an aspirational recycler

By Justine Sullivan I’ve got a dirty secret. Despite working for nearly a decade now on climate and the environment, I am a self-identified (recovering!) aspirational recycler. Since I was old enough to reach the recycling bin, I’ve thrown in any and every conceivably recyclable material, thanking these bottles, boxes and bags for their service … Read moreConfessions of an aspirational recycler

This nutty idea could be key to an ecofriendly tan

By Brandon Pytel Without sunscreen, we burn. But with it, we might burn ecosystems. Chemicals in commercial sunscreens are petroleum based, disruptive to biodiversity and not biodegradable. If you’re just looking for a tan this summer, what’s a beach bum to do? This guilt-ridden dilemma is what a team of chemists set out to address … Read moreThis nutty idea could be key to an ecofriendly tan

15 books for budding environmentalists

Through the transformational power of storytelling, books can inspire your students to make a difference, even in the face of our planet’s greatest challenges. As the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, we compiled a list of some of our favorites books on the environment and hope it helps motivate a future generation of environmentalists. … Read more15 books for budding environmentalists

To save the planet, we need indigenous perspectives

By Brandon Pytel Humans and climate change are driving species to extinction at unprecedented rates. To slow or eventually reverse these declines, we need to better manage our land to preserve habitats and secure biodiversity – the variety of life on Earth. To that end, a study published this week confirms what many communities have … Read moreTo save the planet, we need indigenous perspectives

UN report: Plant-based diets provide “major opportunities” to address climate crisis

By Brandon Pytel One answer to the climate crisis is on our plates, according a special report commissioned by the U.N. The report released Thursday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the first comprehensive look at how land influences climate change, and vice versa. The findings: Land use — specifically how we … Read moreUN report: Plant-based diets provide “major opportunities” to address climate crisis

The recycling problem: A feel-good story that’s too good to be true

By Brandon Pytel Recycling feels good. It seemingly gives us power to control our own habits for the benefit of our planet. We can even call people out for not recycling (shame!), reinforcing our own green behavior. But that feel-good sentiment might just be a placebo effect. Sure, recycling beats throwing something right in the … Read moreThe recycling problem: A feel-good story that’s too good to be true

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