Earlier today, President Obama signed the economic stimulus bill into law with the majority of the funding going toward for clean energy and other key green initiatives! $500 Million is included in this package that will be go towards Green Jobs!
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President Obama signed the nearly $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law with more than $60 billion of the funding going toward clean energy and other key green initiatives. And $500 Million of the package is designated specifically toward creating Green Jobs.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, you know that air quality is an issue for the city. For decades, the City of Los Angeles, which is home to more than 4 million people – has been synonymous with the smog. In 2004, LA emitted over 50 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – more than the entire country of Sweden.
Confronted with the constant problems associated with poor air quality and energy efficiency, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proposed the “Solar LA” initiative.
More than 200 events -- Twestivals -- are taking place around the world today to raise money for charity: water. Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, explains how far the Twestival $1 million fundraising goal can go toward helping the 1.1 billion people without access to clean water.
Visit an interactive map of Twestivals and watch live footage from more than 100 Twestival locations at Live Earth Video.
These artistic and creative maps, like Solving Global Warming: Doing Something, reminds us that we can make small changes in every aspect of life; from stopping by the farmers market for local goods auditing our energy use.
Watch video of the session or read the text of Mr. Gore's prepared statement, Addressing Global Climate Change: The Road to Copenhagen, below:
We are here today to talk about how we as Americans and how the United States of America as part of the global community should address the dangerous and growing threat of the climate crisis.
U.S. President Barack Obama took significant steps indicating that climate change, energy and environmental issues would be major issues of his administration in his first week in office. After moving to reverse potentially damaging climate policy ordered by President Bush, Obama declared:
"To protect our climate and our collective security, we must call together a truly global coalition.... The days of Washington dragging its heels are over.... My administration will not deny facts -- we will be guided by them."
The Green Guide has some amazing tips on how to clean your home or office with ingredients and items you already have. Make your own household cleaners that are healthy and non-toxic with these quick easy recipes:
Baking soda: provides grit for scrubbing and reacts with water, vinegar or lemon by fizzing, which speeds up cleaning times
Borax: disinfects, bleaches and deodorizes; very handy in laundry mixes
Distilled white vinegar: disinfects and breaks up dirt; choose white vinegar over apple cider or red vinegars, as these might stain surfaces
We are seeing a quick increase in the environmental job sector and if sentiment of the Green Inaugural Ball is any indication, the green collar economy will only continue to grow. Fast Company has an excellent article called, “Ten Best Green Jobs for the Next Decade” and the jobs range from a Recycler to an Energy Efficiency Builder. Take a look at some of these up-and-coming green collar jobs:
Solar Power Installer
There are already around 770,000 jobs globally in the solar industry and this job can thrive anywhere because all you need is the sun. Our friends at The Solar Energy Industries Association believe that there can be an increase in over 110,000 jobs by 2016 and will be relatively high paying.
Out with the old and in with the New Year and a new U.S. president. Plenty listed 10 resolutions for that could help America with the crucial issues of 2009: security, social justice and economic well being. Check out the Top 10 Global Warming Policy recommendations for the Obama administration:
- Tell the EPA to declare carbon dioxide a pollutant under the Clean Air Act.
- Propose a cap-and-trade plan on global warming.
- Make the White House as a case study in green living.
- Smartly apportion billions as part of an economic stimulus and recovery package.
- Stimulate smart agriculture.