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[ Wilderness bills would protect Alaska’s Arctic Refuge ]

Tim Woody

Led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a bipartisan group of senators and representatives today introduced bills in Congress to protect the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a designated wilderness area.

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[ What you should know about this little-noticed Trump order on methane pollution ]

Buried in the sweeping energy executive order was a methane provision that could have major implications for our climate and public health.

     
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[ Students Sought For Keep America Beautiful’s Youth Advisory Council ]

Keep America Beautiful is accepting applications for the 2017-18 National Youth Advisory Council which provides an opportunity for 10 high school students to participate in a service learning and leadership development program.

The YAC members will assess Keep America Beautiful programs, implement local service projects, and act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states.

Applications will be accepted through May 5. Applications must be submitted online. Selected council members will attend the 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference.

To learn more, visit the 2017-18 National Youth Advisory Council website. Questions should be directed to Tom Morales, Keep America Beautiful, by sending email to: tmorales@kab.org.

Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 126 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways.

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[ Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level ]

In the winter of 2016-2017, sea ice in the Arctic dropped to its lowest level on record.

The extent of ice cover — a record low for the third straight year — is another indicator of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, a region that is among the hardest hit by climate change, scientists said.

Read the full story from the New York Times here.

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[ Biodegradable Plastics? ]

Plastics are everywhere. They make up grocery bags, shampoo bottles, furniture, and even the microbeads in some toothpastes and face washes. Unfortunately, when these products become trash, they persist in landfills, oceans, and other places where oil-based plastics can do more harm than good.

But what if there was a plastic that came from renewable resources? And what if once you were done using it, the plastic material was absorbed naturally by the environment?

Meet Mango Materials.

This bioenergy startup based in Berkeley, California has a new way of producing plastics—one that makes the common material biodegradable and petroleum-free

Get the full story from the U.S. Department of Energy about biodegradable plastics here.

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[ Earth Month Roundup 2017 ]

Earth Month Roundup 2017

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The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was the catalyst that helped jumpstart the modern environmental movement, inspiring citizens around the world to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. Earth Day is just one day, but there are opportunities to get involved all month long, thanks to EarthShare member charities and affiliates.  

Here’s our roundup of some of the activities you can join this April. If you don’t see an opportunity in your area, visit VolunteerMatch or Idealist to search for additional events.

 

Nationwide & Online Opportunities:

Whether you need help organizing your own event or want to join an existing opportunity, Earth Day Network offers tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community – or get your community involved in Earth Day. Find out how you can participate.

April 22’s March for Science is an international movement, led by organizers around the globe. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally. Find one near you.

April 29’s People’s Climate Movement is also taking place in locations around the world. Find an event near you.

Visit the Nature Conservancy's Volunteer Calendar for a list of Earth Month activities by state.

Beach cleanups for all! Surfrider Foundation and its Chapters, Save Our Shores, and Heal the Bay are sponsoring cleanup sites around the country throughout April. Visit their sites for more info and find out if your favorite beach is on the list!

Show your love for America’s national park system throughout April with National Parks Conservation Association. From the Everglades to our nation’s capital, there’s a way for people everywhere to celebrate these special places. And don’t forget National Park Week – admission to our country’s many national parks is free from April 15-16 and April 22-23.

The Environmental Protection Agency offers lots of great resources for Earth Day activities you can join or start in your community.

California:

San Diego's annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world, drawing around 60,000 visitors. This year it takes place on April 23.

On April 23, thousands will converge on the Mission to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco. The event will feature entertainment, speakers, workshops, green businesses, and more.

Washington, DC:

The March for Science kicks off on the National Mall on April 22 at 9 am with a teach-in and rally and end with a march through the streets of DC. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives.

Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit from April 21-23 will celebrate conservation solutions with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media.

Join the People’s Climate Movement march on April 29 in Washington, DC and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. The People's Climate Movement is a project of over 50 organizations working together to solve the climate crisis and address the growing pollution of our air and water, while also ensuring the creation of good jobs in our communities.

Florida:

Join Sarasota's Earth Day Celebration on April 22. Event includes a plant sale, music, food, guided walks, and more

Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 22. Admission is free.

Illinois:

Join Illinois environmental organizations in Springfield for their Environmental Lobby Day on April 6.

Spend April 22 exploring Mary Mix McDonald Woods, a 100-acre rare remnant of the oak woodlands that were once common in northeastern Illinois. Sponsored by Chicago Botanic Garden.

Georgia:

EarthShare Georgia has engaging opportunities for businesses, individuals and communities in the Metro Atlanta area – there’s something here for everybody! Events range from a Corporate Green Day Challenge on April 1 to a Water Symposium and Career Expo on April 13.

Maryland:

Check out this calendar from Chesapeake Family Life for a list of Earth Month events throughout Maryland in April.

Massachusetts:

Visit the Framingham Earth Day Festival on April 29 to learn about ways to make sustainable choices all while having a great time with your friends and neighbors! Live music, kids activities, and yummy local food are included.

Join the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust throughout April and May for an environmental film series.

Michigan:

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council invites you to West Michigan’s signature Earth Day event, the Blue Tie Ball in Grand Rapids on April 20. This formal event will feature cocktails, dinner and an auction.

On April 22, a flotilla of small boats will ferry volunteers out to various islands to clean up the Lower Detroit River with Friends of the Detroit River.

Missouri:

St. Louis Earth Day organizes one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the nation on April 22-23.

The Green Homes Festival on June 3 at the Missouri Botanical Garden presented by the EarthWays Center will be a fun, hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging in sustainability.


New Jersey:

For a full list of Earth Month events happening in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.


New York:

Don’t miss Earth Day New York’s events at Union Square in Manhattan on April 18 and an Earth Day 5k Walk and Green Tour on April 21.      


North Carolina:

Go Green at Durham’s Earth Day Festival on April 23. Participants will enjoy activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!


Ohio:

During the week of April 8-22 at projects across central Ohio, thousands of neighbors will pick-up shovels and hoes, grab garbage pickers and honeysuckle poppers, and put in the hard work needed to keep our communities clean and green.


Oregon:

Join the Bicycle Transportation Alliance on April 12 for a free “Rules of the Road” clinic for new and experienced bicyclists.

Creativity, imagination and joy will be on display during Olympia's Procession of the Species on April 28 and 29 as people of all ages take to the streets wearing costumes depicting Earth’s remarkable biodiversity.

Marion County's annual Earth Day event takes place on April 22 at The Oregon Garden in Silverton featuring exhibitors, entertainment, and activities for all ages.


Pennsylvania:

Over the past 35 years, the Clean Air Council’s 5K Run for Clean Air has grown into Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day Celebration. Located on the beautiful banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, the Run is a celebration of sustainability, clean air, and improvements in the region’s environmental health. The run happens on April 9.


Texas:

Earth Day Texas is an annual, outdoor festival in Dallas seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. This year, it’s happening from April 21-23.


Washington:

Help maintain the trails and parks of Washington throughout the month of April with EarthCorps, the Mountains to Sound Greenway, and the Washington Trails Association.


Wisconsin:

Celebrate Earth Month in Milwaukee with the Urban Ecology Center with events throughout April, including a day of service on April 23.

 

Photo: Kevin Gill/Flickr 

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[ Following Trump’s marching orders, Zinke resumes coal leasing ]

Anastasia Greene

Following yesterday’s executive order, Secretary Zinke announced he is lifting the moratorium on federal coal leasing and reinstating an internal advisory commit

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[ Trump wants to end the Clean Power Plan – but we can push back ]

Presidents have lots of power, but citizen activists – and our nation's laws – are even stronger.

     
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[ Don’t open Washington’s scenic Methow Valley to copper mining ]

Until March 30, the Bureau of Land Management will accept public comments in support or against mining in Washington’s Methow Valley.

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[ Lacawac Sanctuary Invites Students 13-16 To Apply For Summer Conservation Academy ]

Youth interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 28 for the Lacawac Sanctuary Conservation Leadership Academy.

The Conservation Leadership Academy is a weeklong residential camp for high school students ages 13-16 filled with fun, adventure and hands-on learning. Participants will be immersed in STEM and environmental education activities at the beautiful and historic Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station.

Participants will experience science and hands on programs along-side local conservation professionals and resident university researchers. Field trips include a day kayaking the upper Delaware River, sustainable agriculture, forestry, aquatic research, avian ecology and leadership skills!

The five-day camp begins June 25, at Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, Wayne County. The camp is near Lake Wallenpaupack and minutes off of Interstate 84. The camp will introduce 16 students ages 13-16 to conservation and STEM careers, and encourage their pursuit.

Through local business sponsors and the Wayne Pike Conservation Partnership they are able to offer this week long camp for only $300 and a special discount for Wayne and Pike county resident for $75.

For more details and applications, visit the Conservation Leadership Academy webpage. For more information contact Jamie Reeger at 570-689-9494 or send email to: jamie.reeger@lacawac.org.

More information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events is available at the Lacawac Sanctuary website.

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