Policy and Advocacy
Former Vice President Al Gore testified before key members of Congress on the new clean energy and climate legislation and the urgent need for the U.S. to invest in creating millions of green jobs to strengthen the economy. After Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) mocked global warming as being responsible for the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots' poor season, Gore calmly said that he and other climate change deniers have just simply been receiving bad and misleading information (watch the clip below).
“I will donate 100K to one individual's favorite non profit organization. Of course, you must convince me why by using 140 characters or less.”
He received thousands of suggestions and finally made his difficult decision this morning.
During his recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Justin Timberlake announced his action for the global water crisis and plans to climb Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro. With the mountains highest elevation estimated at 5,891.8 metres (19,330 ft), JT and rapper Lupe Fiasco will join singer Kenna on this expedition for awareness this Fall.
With similar climbs of Mt. Kilimanjaro resulting in up to 10 deaths a year, they are going through rigorous training, “I’ve been training four times a week to get my VO2 [oxygen consumption] levels up to expand my lungs,” Timberlake told GQ. “We’ll climb for a week straight, carrying 30 pounds on our backs. It’s going to be intense.”
On Wednesday President Barack Obama called for a "new era of energy exploration in America" and argued that his proposal would help the economy and the environment at once.President Barack Obama called for a "new era of energy exploration in America" and argued that his proposal would help the economy and the environment at once.
Speaking at a wind tower production facility in Newton, Iowa, Obama made it clear that his new green initiatives are not only intended to address threats of climate change but could also create new green jobs.
He is taking strong stances on the need to make a change, saying “there is no question that we have to regulate carbon pollution in some way; the only question is how we do it. I believe the best way to do it is through legislation that places a market-based cap on these kinds of emissions.”
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when over 20 million people across America celebrated and came together to create an awareness all year round. Today, an estimated 500 million people worldwide will celebrate this day on our home planet. The first Earth Day was was celebrated on April 22, 1970 when over 20 million people across America came together to build awareness of the growing environmental crisis. Today, an estimated 500 million people in 175 nations worldwide will observe Earth Day.
It’s nice of us to set aside a commemorative day for our beautiful planet, but really everyday should be Earth Day. There are so many events and ways you can get involved to spread the word.
The 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was this past weekend (April 17th-19th).
Coachella, an amazing weekend of music, art and intense desert heat, is known to be one of the more eco-friendly music festivals, with organizers and attendees making a point to literally clean up their act and promote sustainability.
We are happy to report that some of our favorite initiatives were going strong again this year!
As global warming takes a greater affect on our Earth, scientists are reporting that the African Sahel desert's history of "megadroughts" will worsen in the next century as the Earth's temperature continues to rise.
Over 100,000 people have died due to the most recent "megadrought" in the 1960's. This tragedy has brought attention to the fact that the temperatures are continuously rising here.
High-speed trains in the U.S. are in the near future! As part of his green agenda, President Obama has announced plans for the high-speed rails to begin planning and construction soon.
The plans include 10 intercity hubs that will serve to connect the lines, including California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the Southeast, the Gulf Coast, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and New England.