Policy and Advocacy
The bipartisan legislation would make water and sanitation important pillars of America’s foreign policy in developing countries, with the target of providing 100 million people with first-time access to safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation by 2015.
But with only five cosponsors, the bill isn’t receiving the attention needed for further congressional action. Please click here and sign the petition!
President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court this week and since an appointment to the Supreme Court is lifelong, we hope she has strong green views.
From her stance on greenhouse gas regulations to her understanding of the EPA, there are many ways to better understand just what shade of green Sotomayor is:
- She supports environmental justice.
Al Gore spoke to CNN last Friday about the dangers of global warming and how exactly the suffering economy and global warming crisis is intertwined. He discussed how the American economy needs to once and for all transition over to sustainable practices, as well as addressing recent polls that seem to reflect that Americans are not that concerned with climate change.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a multiyear construction bill to devote $6.4 billion toward green school initiatives across the country.
Not yet passed by the Senate, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act would support thousands of new jobs, reduce energy consumption and create healthier, cleaner environments for schoolchildren.
With similar bills threatened by veto during the Bush administration, this has a much better chance of this coming to fruition with President Obama' s school improvement projects as an element of his economic stimulus initiative.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a $50 million funding program for farmers to make the switch to organic.
In an effort to encourage the nation to go organic a portion of the funding will be available to every state for farmers to apply for funds under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Editor's note: This is the first guest post from Max Gladwell. Our children will inherit a world profoundly changed by the combination of technology and humanity that is social media. They'll take for granted that their voices can be heard and that a social movement can be launched from their laptop. They'll take for granted that they are connected and interconnected with hundreds of millions of people at any given moment. And they'll take for granted that a black man is or was President of the United States. What's most profound is that these represent parts of a greater whole. They represent a shift in power from centralized institutions and organizations to the People they represent. It is the evolution of democracy by way of technology, and we are all better for it.
The large Scandinavian country of Norway is getting closer to a ban on gas-powered cars in the near future.
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter announced that he will be switching parties from Republican to Democrat on Tuesday.
What does this mean for the climate change agenda?
Sen. Specter's positions are roughly those of a conservative Democrat. He voted against the McCain-Lieberman climate bill twice and declined to vote for the Lieberman-Warner climate bill last year. He went on record saying that the bill contained “very difficult standards which I, candidly, do not think are attainable.”
Today is World Malaria Day – April 25th. While malaria has almost been forgotten in the United States, it remains the leading cause of death for children under 5 in Africa, killing approximately 1 million people a year.
April 25th is World Malaria Day. While malaria has almost been forgotten in the United States, it remains the leading cause of death for children under 5 in Africa, killing approximately 1 million people a year.
Malaria is often referred to as a disease of poverty as it mostly afflicts those who are least able to afford prevention and treatment services.