Policy and Advocacy
The United States is about 20 years behind Europe as far as developing offshore wind power technology but as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said this morning, the state is on track to multiply it's wind-generated power usage by the end of this year after the U.S. approved its first offshore wind farm.
Federal regulators approved a permit for the nation's first offshore wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachussetts.
World Malaria Day presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness about malaria and to mobilise communities across the world to get involved in the fight against this disease.
From outer space it looks like we live on a blue planet. And we do – 70 percent of Earth is covered by water. But only a tiny percentage of that water is fit for human consumption. If you could fit all the water in the world into a gallon jug, less than a teaspoon of that would be available for our use. And as glaciers on all continents retreat, that teaspoon is shrinking.
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.
I attended a green social media marketing panel last night in Washington, DC that included Sacha Cohen, Jennifer Kaplan, Diane MacEachern, Lynn Miller, Adam Shake and moderator Kate Sheppard. The panelists got bogged down in tools, but eventually transitioned to how to positively create more movement on green behavioral change and technology adoption. At the heart of the matter is the many greenwashing issues, as well as distrust of bloggers who blindly recommend initiatives.
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.
It was my great honour yesterday to walk with Dutch schoolchildren, who were raising awareness of global water issues and raising hard cash to fund water and sanitation projects through Akvo.
We've described the format of Walking for Water already, and the organisations behind it (it's led by Aqua for All). It's a concept that Live Earth is now helping us extend globally.
Earth Hour 2010, on Saturday March 27th at 8:30pm (local time), is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.
Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
As many of your know, I am participating in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water on April 18. It's when I see things like the battle over the Chesapeake Clean Water Act that I feel compelled to participate. Dubbed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as the Biggest Fight for Clean Water the United States has seen, this Act seeks to turnaround decades of neglect.