Policy and Advocacy
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.
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.
This year's efforts revealed mixed results: More companies were doing more things, but moving the needle of environmental progress only slightly, if at all. The 2009 report seemed to be mixed with encouraging and discouraging news.
By rallying together globally, under short timescales, for a single aim on the same day, the Twestival hopes to bring awareness to the global water crisis. Live Earth is the global video partner for Twestival events occuring next Thursday, February 12 in more than 185 cities worldwide to benefit charity: water. Scott Harrison of charity: water discusses Twestival below:
Click here for more on charity: water. For an entertaining, in-depth explanation of Twestival, watch the slideshow below:
Today, February 5th, the National Teach-In on Global Warming strives to engage over a million Americans in solutions-driven dialogue. As educators, students and citizens, we owe our nation a focused conversation about the critical decisions that will determine if our descendants will inherit a prosperous or an impoverished planet.
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."
Considering the environmentally-conscious themes of President Obama's Inaugural address, we hope to see some action taken regarding smart energy and green policy in the coming weeks. For instance, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Obama to terminate the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) barring the state from setting more stringent emissions standards (days later, the president acted on the request).
What would you like to see the Obama administration do next in regards to environmental policy? How should Obama "green" the economic stimulus package? Let us know in the comments, or submit a video response at Live Earth Video (http://video.liveearth.org). We can't wait to hear your thoughts!
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.