Happy Earth Day 2013 . . . Americans are turning activist

I remember 2007, when we started this website. People were tip-toeing toward greener behaviors. Activists were writing kids’ books explaining the greenhouse effect and urging tots to turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth. Scholars had assembled tomes, politely pointing out that we’d be running out of oil pretty soon. How things have changed on this Earth Day 2013…

Wipe that smirk off your face Millennial, your parents are greener!

You know those righteous 20-somethings you see on the news inveighing about how they’ve got the Earth on their shoulders and have to pick up the pieces of their wanton, consumerist elders? They do have a burden unlike any previous generation. God help ’em. But here’s a little secret, they’re no greener than those elders, in fact, the Boomers out-green their kids in significant ways, according to a new survey by DDB.

Apprehension, not celebration, greets this World Environment Day

Aurora, Colo., tornado (Photo: Brittany McKown)It’s World Environment Day, and all I can think about is how the Gulf oil disaster has been book-ended by two environmental commemorations. The BP oil well blew out two days before Earth Day in April, though it was barely covered in the news until a few days later when people realized that oil was leaking into the ocean unabated. (In the back of our minds, we tend to assume that someone has a plan for these contingencies. Surprise! No plan.)

Offshore wind or offshore oil?

Up around Cape Cod, they were so worried about how the Cape Wind project might affect their views, or more precisely, their property values, that the opposition to this groundbreaking project dragged on and on. It took nine years to get final approval, which came yesterday from the Department of the Interior.

Two years ago we ran a story about another wind project, in nearby Hull, Mass., where the vast majority of residents are quite pleased with their money-saving wind turbines, which are a lot more up close and view-affecting than the Cape Wind project will ever be. Richard Miller, operations manager of the Hull Municipal Light Plant (HMLP), said then: “There has been no resistance on the part of the residents.”

Perhaps wind is a little less intimidating once it’s saving your school district $20K a year.

Frances Beinecke: Earth Day was a ray of optimism in a dark time

Earth Day Was a Ray of Optimism in a Dark Time

Frances Beinecke

“I don’t remember exactly what I did on the first Earth Day 40 years ago, but I remember exactly how I felt: deeply relieved,” writes Frances Beinecke. “You have to realize, the spring of 1970 was a tumultuous time. I was a junior at Yale, but most of us were essentially on strike. We never went to class, because we were far too embroiled in the political upheaval around us. Students were up in arms about the draft. Protests against the escalation in Vietnam had reached a fevered pitch–indeed four students would be shot dead by National Guardsmen at Kent State that May. Meanwhile the National Guard had descended on the streets of New Haven because Bobby Seale, the co-founder of the Black Panthers, was on trial downtown.”

Gore’s Earth Day plea: Call your senator!

(Photo: NASA)

Earth (Photo: NASA)

On this 40th Earth Day, many activists are reaching out to their constituents, urging them to make life changes, to reduce energy consumption, rethink paper use, install better light bulbs, donate to climate causes. But mostly they want the American public to snap to attention and call the U.S. Senate. Among those wanting to rattling the cages in D.C. is former Vice President and green evangelist Al Gore. If the Senate “steps up and passes strong legislation, success will be within each,” he told supporters of Repower America in an Earth Day email.

Get your planet pocket planner ready, Earth Day approaches

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Earth Day is coming. Yeah, it’s nine weeks away. Which is plenty of time, if you intend to catch an annual event in your city, celebrate in the hood or even head to the National Mall for the DC celebration.

But if you’re planning an event around Earth Day 2009 (April 22 is a Wednesday this year), then SHEESH!, you’d best get on it. The Earth Day Network can help. They’ve posted an orientation page of info on the 2009 events, put out an Organizer’s Guide and an Earth Day in A Box, an assortment of tips and info.

Earth Day Is Coming. . .

Are you looking to get down and dirty for the 39th Annual Earth Day? The commemoration brings a collection of great festivals this weekend (April 20). It’s also a time to renew our personal commitment to the health of the planet. So come with us as we talk about...

Focus The Nation Seeks The Two Percent Solution, Tonight

By Barbara Kessler

Focus the Nation, a collective effort to find global warming solutions that’s being called the2percentsolution2.gif country’s largest ever national teach-in, kicks off tonight with a free web cast available to anyone who wants to participate.

The web cast will focus on the “2% Solution,” which refers to the need to decrease carbon emissions by two percent each year for the next 40 years to reach the goal scientists advocate of an 80 percent reduction by 2050. To view the virtual web cast, which begins at 8 p.m. EST, you’ll need to go the Earth Day Television website and download the Flash player.

Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America will continue on Thursday with hundreds of gatherings at college campuses across the country involving millions of students and faculty and at least 50 U.S. Congressional representatives including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to Focus the Nation. Find events on the map the FTN website.