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It’s Earth Day and many of us are working from home, while others are on the front lines keeping our health care and essential services going. No big marches or demonstrations are possible. So how can we all make the day meaningful? Here are some ideas of things you can do to make a difference today.
Attend a Virtual Rally: There are several “nationwide” virtual events — maybe one will fit in your schedule. Rallies matter — they help to build a sense of community and enthusiasm to make conservation, sustainability and combatting climate change a priority.
Help Register Environmental Voters: At 4 PM ET Today join the Environmental Voter Project and get a briefing on their work to mobilize environmental voters in key swing states and then get training on how to phone bank and begin calling voters at 4:30 pm EDT. This is work you can do from home on an ongoing basis and it will help turn voters out in upcoming primaries and in the general election in November.
Make Small Lifestyle Changes: Good Housekeeping Magazine Has 45 Suggestions That Are Easy To Do. Things like turning off the faucet more quickly can save 8 gallons of water a day. Or use a cloth towel instead of paper towels — especially now when they are in such short supply.
Become A Citizen Scientist:Use the Earth Challenge 2020 app to gather environmental data in your neighborhood — you can help measure air quality and plastic pollution. Users can take readings throughout the day to track how human activity and weather patterns change the air we breathe. Each reading will add to a global database of knowledge and help us understand
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new UN report suggests that plastic pollution isn’t just a threat to marine life — it’s also an issue of environmental justice. The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, highlights that poor nations and communities around the world disproportionately suffer the effects of plastic waste. This […]
President Biden’s new infrastructure plan contains something surprising — funding for “construction” projects to remove highways. Why? Because for decades, Black communities in cities across the U.S. have been cut off and/or divided by highways and major roads that were built without regard to their impact on those neighborhoods.
Why This Matters: Highways built in the 50s and 60s often came at the expense of communities of color. Their impact enforced segregation, disrupt thriving communities, and distanced Black people from city resources and job opportunities.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer European Union countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have been sending millions of tons of trash to be burned in “waste to energy” incinerators. But because of the incinerators’ CO2 emissions and health impacts, the bloc is starting to cut off funding for new plants. This change “comes […]
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