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Plastic bags have become a serious pollution issue in recent decades. But we’re happy to see that many countries and cities are doing what they can to reduce the waste with new laws and bans in the works. Cities in the U.S. like San Francisco, Austin and Malibu are working hard to ban plastic bags.
China was facing its own massive plastic bag problem, often referred to as “white pollution." So in a step to drastically reduce the use of bags, the Chinese government passed a country-wide plastic bag ban in January 2008. The law specifically states that supermarkets and other sales outlets are prohibited from providing free plastic bags.
The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) has a great, straight forward five-step plan to repower, refuel and rebuild America.
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed comprehensive climate change legistlation today after months of contentious debate. Thanks to your calls and actions, the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) will now be voted on by the Senate.
The Act will lead to millions of green jobs and place curbs on emissions that lead to global warming, passed by a vote of 219-212 after last-minute rallying for the bill by President Obama (see below), Repower America, Green for All, and others.
The legislation calls for the U.S. to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Any moment now, the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on the boldest attempt to rethink how we produce and use energy in this country. The bill's passage is not assured. Please call your Representative today.
- Call 877-9-REPOWER (877-973-7693) and we'll connect you to your Representative right after providing you with talking points. (We're expecting high call volume, and if you are unable to be connected please use our secondary line, 866-590-0971.)
- When connected to your Representative's office, just remember to tell them your name, that you're a voter, and that you live in their district. Then ask them to "vote 'yes' on comprehensive clean energy legislation."
- Then, report the call below so we can coordinate the campaign.
After years of climate inaction -- China recently surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest emitter of CO2 -- the country is ramping up efforts to transition to a clean-energy economy.
The Chinese government announced a plan to produce 20 percent of it's energy from renewable sources by 2020 and is expected to spend billions on green technology as part of its economic stimulus package.
China is also working toward railway expansion, coal plant modernization, improving land use planning, and more.
The Climate and Energy Bill (formally the American Clean Energy and Security Act) may be voted on as soon as Friday in Washington.
This morning, Al Gore wrote:
"Make no mistake, this is the most important environmental vote of this generation. If passed this legislation will put us on the road to actually solving the climate crisis, in addition to building a green economy.
Contact your member of Congress and make sure they vote yes."
Most of us hold a special place in our hearts for our local farmers' market.
The farmers' market provides you with the best and freshest food every week with a smile. Now it's your turn to help out your favorite market folk and try to win them some extra money.
Care2 and LocalHarvest.org are coming together to sponsor “Love Your Farmers Market” where you are given the opportunity to cast your votes. Each week one farmers' market will be randomly chosen to receive $250.
Live Earth is constantly crawling the Internet for examples of communities, organizations, and governments utilizing new technology and social media for good, green causes.
350.org has a great new video that really sums up their movement toward legislation in every corner of the globe in the fight for a fair climate treaty.
Hopefully this will inspire people to stand together as one planet, united by a common call to action and make it clear that the world desperately needs an international plan that coincidences with the latest science and help us move forward in a sustainable way, while protecting our precious environment.
Pass it around!