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Denver has launched the first large scale urban bike sharing program in the US! The B-Cycle program has 400 bikes at 40 stations throughout the city.
Live Earth TV host Shira Lazar caught up with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, an artist and philanthropist who has been a big supporter of Live Earth's global initiative, at the Run for Water in Los Angeles. He emphasized the importance of spreading the word and getting involved: "Clean water for everyone is a basic human right. Water is a local issue and a global issue. A child dies every 20 seconds from unclean water, and with just 10 dollars you can have clean water for a year for one child."
This Thursday April 22nd is Earth Day and Disney is celebrating with the release of their newest documentary extraordinaire - “OCEANS”.
Nearly three—quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water and OCEANS chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind—exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan and featuring spectacular never before seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful motion picture that unfolds on April 22, 2010.
We are so proud of our Friends of Live Earth Run for Water events being held around the world, and we are thrilled to highlight The 2010 High Country Hustle, a 6K Run/Walk for Water, took place on April 18, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Creede, CO. The local event is an opportunity for the community and state to come together to raise awareness about water issues. This run is one of only two in the state and took place near the Headwaters of the Rio Grande in Creede, Colorado.
Annie Leonard, creator of the hit internet film “The Story of Stuff” has done it again — she’s put together another great film about the “Story of Bottled Water,” which couldn’t be more useful right now. Time to stop and think about the billions without safe drinking water and adequate sanitation — and the hypocrisy of rich nations’ addiction to bottled water, when we have clean water for virtually nothing.
Instead of putting our money in the pockets to multinational water bottlers, let’s put our resources toward helping to provide the infrastructure and funding necessary to provide clean, affordable water for everyone.
Watch Leonard’s video below and you can see why this is a necessity now.
UN Foundation’s Global Debates program challenges high school students from around the world to think critically about pressing global issues. This spring they will focus their discussions and actions on the adaptations necessary to combat climate change. With the UN’s completion of climate negotiations last December, it is more important than ever to uphold a global push for international agreement to combat climate change.
The need for clean toilets and sanitation around the world can be truly over whelming. Today, 2.5 billion people on the planet lack adequate sanitation. According to UNICEF, some 665 million people in India practice open defecation. This lack of sanitation has horrific consequences. Diarrheal diseases kill more children in the developing world than HIV/AIDS. That's almost 5,000 children dying every day. According to UNICEF, 1,000 children die each day in India from diarrheal diseases.
Betacup has just launched an online contest to engage creative thinkers in solving the disposable cup waste problem through open collaboration. Starbucks Coffee Company is sponsoring the contest as part of its aim to serve 100% of its hand-crafted beverages in reusable or recyclable cups by 2015.
Anyone can submit an idea on how to reduce paper cup consumption and promote adoption of environmentally-friendly alternatives. Ideas will be open to the public for discussion, and community members and jurors will be able to provide feedback, allowing collaborators to refine and update their submissions through June 15, when the contest comes to a close.
Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival has officially launched and invites you to join their movement. Over the past several years, a growing grassroots movement has emerged to reconnect young people and the outdoors in an effort to inspire healthy active living and environmental stewardship. Young people today have considerable power and influence – politically, socially and financially -- and are developing new ways to coordinate, collaborate and communicate for the issues they care about. Ultimately, to succeed in reconnecting young people with the outdoors, young people must help lead the way – spurring a cultural movement where youth are empowered to redefine, reclaim and rediscover the outdoors. That is exactly what Outdoor Nation is hoping to accomplish.