Our planet is at a turning point. The massive global migration underway now from countryside to cities will demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years.
If the right investments are made now, this unique opportunity will be the catalyst for dramatic changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.
The Earth Day 2014 theme is Green Cities. One of the first steps towards building a Green City is transforming urban transportation which accounts for 24 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Fortunately, cities are tackling the problem head-on by making public transportation more accessible, becoming more bikeable and walkable, and investing in eco-friendly cars.
And more and more young people, urban dwellers and frequent business travelers everywhere are giving up car ownership entirely in favor of easy-to-use car-sharing and ride-sharing services.
Earth Day has been collecting success stories:
Adelaide, Australia has introduced the world’s first completely electric solar-powered bus.
Palo Alto, California passed an ordinance requiring that all new homes be wired to accommodate electric vehicles.
London will soon be using recycled waste heat from the subway stations to heat homes.
Beijing recently mandated that 15% of newly-registered vehicles in 2014 be electric or hybrid vehicles.
In Minsk and Grodno, Belarus, the Center of Environmental Solutions is hosting a competition to see which businesses and organizations have the highest number of bicycle commuters.
Plant a tree for one dollar
Over the past three years, Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project has planted over 1.5 million trees in 18 countries, and has made a commitment with the Global Poverty Project to plant 10 million trees over the next five years.
Canopy Project will plant a tree for every $1 you donate. They do it where the trees are most needed – in areas such as Haiti, Uganda, Brazil, Mexico and urban areas in the U.S.
» See more on: www.earthday.org/campaign/canopy-project
Kathleen Rogers from Earth Day wrote on 28 March 2014:
“Earth Day comes at a time when I think we would all agree the world is in real trouble. From Syria to Ukraine, to raging fires across the planet, the world is incredibly out of balance.
Progress on climate change is slowing to a crawl, while the developing world turns to coal as the answer. But it’s not too late to turn things around.
Earth Day gives us all a little more faith in humanity. More than 1 billion men, women and children in 192 countries will haul garbage, clean up coral reefs and mountain trails, sign petitions, march to solve the climate crises, and rally to save threatened species. More than 200 million schoolchildren around the world will learn about the importance of clean air and water. Tens of thousands of clergy members will give sermons about the importance of protecting the planet.
In short, Earth Day participants not only get a lot done, they also demonstrate that human beings everywhere are driven by their faith, their conscience, their sense of duty, or by a moral imperative to save the planet. It is staggering to think about one billion people working together in a collective action.
But the real key to a new environmental movement resides with the same sorts of people who took to the streets in 1970, the same sorts of people who pitch in each Earth Day, people with a vested interest in protecting the Earth for themselves and their children. In short, you.
We hope you’ll join us. Thanks for your support.
The Earth Day Events Keep Pouring in!
“Every day, we’re in contact with hundreds of partners around the world as they plan for Earth Day. We continue to learn about new innovative and impactful events.
We wanted to share this event in Chile with you – it’s one of our favorites!
On Earth Day, The International Preparatory School in Santiago, Chile will host a green cities contest. Students will be asked to design and plan their own sustainable city, taking into account water management, energy, transportation, buildings, and food production. What a great way to get kids excited about environmental issues!
Cities Lead the Way
As part of the Green Cities campaign, Earth Day Network is working closely with cities around the world to help them become more sustainable. Along the way we have come across some innovative green programs and policies that have inspired us.
Looking for a good way to participate in Earth Day?
Try setting up an Earth Dinner. Start by planning a dinner with as many local, seasonal, and organic ingredients as possible. Then, get to know the story behind your food. Where did it come from? Who were the farmers? Finally, have a conversation about food, farming, and your connection to the food and the Earth.
Our friends at JASON will donate $1 to our Green Cities campaign for every new like on their Facebook page! Like their page today to help us build more sustainable cities.
– The Earth Day Network Team”
Earth Day T-shirt
Consider purchasing the official Earth Day 2014 T-shirt and help support EDN programs all year round.
Made from organic cotton, this is the perfect way to show your love for our planet. Wear it on Earth Day and every day. Wear it to your local Earth Day event or give it as a gift.
100% of the profits from the T-shirts will go towards helping us reach our goal of educating and registering 300,000 new climate voters in 2014.
We live in a critical time. The reality of climate change is fully upon us. With your help, we can mobilize a movement of climate voters that can hold political leaders accountable and stand up to protect our children’s future.
Get a cool T-shirt and help build the climate movement. It’s a win-win. Click here to get your Earth Day 2014 T-shirt today!
Thanks for your support.
– The Earth Day Network Team
Host a Gasland house party on Earth Day
Millions of people around the world have seen the American documentary films ‘Gasland’ and ‘Gasland Part II’ because people share the film with family and friends who then instantly join the anti-fracking movement as a result of this.
“We’ve kept the pressure on our elected officials from the local level all the way up to the President, and in many places taken our democracy back and banned fracking for good,” writes the film’s director, Josh Fox, who now recommends you to sign up to host a house party screening of ‘Gasland Part II’ on Earth Day.
Once you sign up Josh Fox and his team will send you all the information you need to host a house party and join the call. The film is two hours and was shown at Beav’s Bar in Geelong on 18 March 2014. It is a powerful, creative and captivating film which was nominated for an Oscar.
New campaign to move towards 100% renewable energy
“This Earth Day, we want to continue this rich tradition of working together,” Josh Fox writes, and he will be hosting a special call that night to talk about the anti-fracking movement and a new campaign to move towards 100% renewable energy.
“The fossil fuel industry has spent a lot of time and money spreading their misinformation campaigns, claiming fracking is safe and natural gas is a clean, bridge fuel. It’s up to us to continue to share the truth. Commit to doing just that this Earth Day.
We believe that if we keep working together and tackle these problems as communities, we’ll not only be able to move to 100% renewable energy, but we’ll build a democracy that can’t be sacrificed for oil and gas profits.”
If you can’t host a screening that night, don’t worry. Sign up anyway and the Gasland team will send you a link to a video from Josh that you can play to introduce the film on another day.”
» If you’d like to host a community screening at a local venue instead of your home, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
» This is where you can sign up to host a Gasland Part II screening house party
Instagram Your Act of Green
– and win the trip of a lifetime
It’s easy! Just submit a photo of your Act of Green today to win a trip to the fabulous location of your choice: Choose from the Red Rocks of Sedona AZ, to Rocky Mountain National Park, to Napa Valley wine country, to Bryce Canyon National Park, Victoria, British Columbia, the New Orleans Latin Quarter and more!
Earth Day Network and Best Western International, the World’s Biggest Hotel Family®, are launching this photo sharing contest on Instagram to inspire and recognize Acts of Green. And we want you to participate!
One lucky fan will win a free vacation to one of 10 North American eco-friendly Best Western hotels—many of which are located in and near national parks.
But don’t wait! The contest starts today and runs until April 14th.
We look forward to seeing your photos!
– The Earth Day Network Team