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Five things you (probably) don't know about Earth Day 22.4.2014 Terrorism

NASA handout image shows the distant blue Earth above the Moon's limbEarth Day turns 44 on Tuesday, and it's more popular than ever. One might suspect the holiday was created by eco-warriors in tie-dyed shirts and leather-fringe vests. Not so. Read on for a collection of facts you (probably) didn't know about Earth Day.


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Lois Gibbs: 'The Government Wouldn't Help Me, So I Decided to Do It Myself' 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, Earth Day , the American Masters series on PBS is presenting A Fierce Green Fire , a documentary that timelines the environmental movement's past five decades. Beginning in the 1960s, the one-hour film is chock-full of backstory that contextualizes where the struggle is today and how it evolved. There is supporting materials online -- including a web exclusive titled " Women in the Environmental Movement ." There is plenty to learn in this depiction of the struggle referenced as "nature versus humanity." Highlights include the fight against building dams in the Grand Canyon in 1966. A clip shows President Richard Nixon asking, "Shall we make peace with nature?" His efforts led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ). The first images of earth from space instigate a pivotal attitudinal change on how people view the planet. The various "social movements" of the 1960s inform green consciousness. Civil rights activism builds toward an understanding of the need for ...
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17 Ridiculously Easy Things You Can Do To Help Save The Earth Every Day 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You may think that curbing your own carbon footprint and consumption won't do much to reduce the human pollution that is consuming our vast planet. But we think that if we all work together, we really can make a collective positive difference in the amount of damage we do. So, in honor of Earth Day (which should really be every day), we think it's high time we find a few ways we can attempt to reduce our waste and our out-of-control use of resources. Here are 17 seriously easy things you can do every day to truly help save our Earth -- some even save you ...
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5 Wedding Trends That Are Bad For The Environment (And What You Can Do Instead) 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Kellee Khalil for Lover.ly Marriage is a beautiful thing, but the average American wedding is keeping a dirty little secret -- it's estimated that each of the 2.5 million weddings that take place each year produces 400 to 600 pounds of garbage and 62 tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. On your big day, don't contribute to that frightening figure. Instead, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, take a look at these eco-friendly alternatives to some of the popular trends and traditions that are terrible for the environment. Read on for some great ways to green your wedding. 1. Instead of balloons, try umbrellas.  Photo by: Catherine Rhodes Photography on Style Unveiled via Lover.ly Balloons are a lot of fun and they make great  wedding decor , but unfortunately, they are far from green. Not only  do they contribute to the landfill once the "I dos" are done, they're  extremely harmful  to birds, sea life, and other animals that swallow them. Instead, try hanging vintage umbrellas ! They're stylish and ...
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5 Black Environmentalists Worth Celebrating On Earth Day 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Green is the new black. Environmentalists are true superheroes, literally saving the the world one sustainable cause at a time. In honor of Earth Day, here are five black environmentalists you can spread the word about today, and every day. Majora Carter When it comes to saving the planet, Majora Carter’s speciality, is urban planning. She has established two non-profit organizations, Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All , focused primarily on revitalizing infrastructure. She has received countless awards and honorary degrees for her dedication to bettering urban policy and unlocking the economic potential of impoverished communities. To learn more about her vision and passion, watch her Ted Talk “Greening The Ghetto” or check out her thoughts on sustainability . Beverly Wright Dr. Wright is the founder and director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) , and is also a professor of Sociology at Dillard University in New Orleans. She has veteran advocate for environmental ...
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How Can Nuclear Science Promote Sustainable Development? 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Day 2014 provides an opportunity to look at what nuclear science and technology has done to establish sustainable development by improving health and the quality of life. We have seen this demonstrated through varied applications such as nuclear medicine, food preservation and safety, industrial materials and processes, basic scientific research, environmental studies, and the generation of electrical power with minimal environmental impact. It has been defined that sustainable development must meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This concept is expanded in the stated principles of the Rio Declaration. Human beings are said to be at the center of concerns for sustainable development; they are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature. States of the world are seen as having the right, within the principles of international law, to exploit their own resources and the responsibility to ensure that ...
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'Justice League United': Jeff Lemire readies 'big, fun space adventures' 22.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Turtle Trouble: 20-year study finds large decrease in green turtle catch rates 22.4.2014 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability News - ENN
Sea turtle populations have been exploited for hundreds of years, and even though conservation efforts have increased substantially in modern times, populations still suffer across the globe. In fact, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida, over-fishing is to blame for more than 170,000 green turtles deaths between 1991 and 2011.
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Earth Day Special: "Fierce Green Fire" Documentary Explores Environmental Movement's Global Rise 22.4.2014 Democracy Now!
In an Earth Day special, we look at the history of the global environmental movement as told in the sweeping new documentary, "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet." We air extended highlights from the film -- from New York housewives who take on a major chemical company that polluted their community of Love Canal to Greenpeace's campaigns to save whales, to the fight by Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubber tappers to save the Amazon rainforest. We also speak to the film's Oscar-nominated director, Mark Kitchell. "We were really looking to tell stories of the movement. We thought it would be a more engaging and impassioned approach to what are very difficult subjects. Usually environmental films, no matter how good they are, are an eco-bummer," Kitchell says. "These people succeed against enormous odds. And that should give us some kind of hope." "A Fierce Green Fire" airs tonight on PBS American Masters.
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Did the environmental movement start in the suburbs? (Book Review) 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
The Crabgrass Crucible by Christopher Sellers tells a different story than the one we usually hear on Earth Day.
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Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57 22.4.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died.
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LRT Connecting Downtowns Set To Run 24-7 22.4.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: Metro Transit)The forthcoming commuter line connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul via light rail train is likely scheduled to run 24 hours a day, every day. The Green Line was originally set to run only from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with a four-hour gap on the overnights.
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Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57 22.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died.
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‘Justice League United’: Jeff Lemire readies ‘big, fun space adventures’ 22.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
‘Justice League United’: Jeff Lemire readies ‘big, fun space adventures’
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Where Have All the Green Jobs Gone? 22.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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17 Organic And Eco-Friendly Beauty Products You Need This Earth Day 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While we love to create our own personal spa days with a good DIY beauty concoction (probably involving coconut oil), we're still very much product junkies that can't get enough of our monthly beauty hauls . But, as we indulge in our favorite lotions, potions, mascaras and lipsticks, we find that we are not only putting a lot of toxins on our skin , but we also releasing harmful chemicals into the precious air around us. Which got us thinking: Are there safer, wearable, natural and earth-friendly beauty buys out there? We were thrilled to discover that becoming conscious cosmetic consumers is only a click away thanks to Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetics database . The comprehensive website and app catalogs nearly 70,000 products -- ranging from moisturizers, makeup, deodorant, toothpaste and baby shampoo -- into three hazard ratings (low, moderate, or high concern) based on each product's ingredient information. "The website was born out of the fact that so little is known about the ...
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Religious, Interfaith Environmental Organizations Put The Faith Back In Green Activism 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Green activism is often largely a scientific and political affair. But it doesn't need to be that way. Some of the best-known environmental organizations in the U.S. began with religious or spiritual roots: According to its website, Greenpeace was founded in a church basement by activists inspired by the Quaker tradition of "bearing witness." Sierra Club's most prominent founder, John Muir, is said to have been a deeply spiritual man influenced by transcendentalism. Many religious and interfaith organizations today carry on the tradition of faith-based environmental activism and stewardship. Here are 14 organizations working to protect the environment from a place of faith. What inspiring faith-based environmental organizations have we missed? Let us know in the ...
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It's Earth Day and we should write something about it 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
Earth Day was such a big deal back in the day. What happened?
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Dematerialization: Make more money, use stuff differently 22.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

An Interface exec explains how lightweighting, leasing and other seemingly small tweaks make a big difference in sustainability and profits.

Dematerialization: Make more money, use stuff differently
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9 Planet-Happy Trips To Book On Earth Day 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Without nature, travel wouldn't exist. We greedy humans can engineer high-rise hotels and curate five-star restaurants and organize luxury tours, but these things would be absolutely impossible if it weren't for the beautiful bounty our planet gives us to work with. Celebrate Earth Day -- and the mind-blowing natural wonders this orbiting rock shares with us -- by booking an Earth-friendly getaway instead of an Earth-greedy one today. Go WWOOF-ing It stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms . As a WWOOF-er, you'll choose from farms around the world and sign up to lend your hand in exchange for free food and lodging . It's the best way to learn the ropes of agriculture, serve the planet, AND travel for free. Stay at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji If preserving Fiji's stellar coral reefs is important to you (and it should be ), stay at this hotel named for French environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. The resort's beach is a protected marine reserve , and there are no reef fish or farmed ...
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