It sounds like science fiction, but the theory of panspermia, in which life can naturally transfer between planets, is considered a serious hypothesis by planetary scientists. The suggestion that life did not originate on Earth but came from elsewhere … Continue reading →
Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City
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Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC
Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America.
April 20-25, 2013
Daniel Fernández, the Execut… Continue reading →
The water-filled pool within a pitcher plant, it turns out, is a tiny ecosystem whose inner workings are similar to those of a full-scale water body. Whether small carnivorous plant or huge lake, both are subject to the same ecological “tipping points,… Continue reading →
To help put a human face on the challenge of climate change, the Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals and places affected by climate change, as well as images of people working to find solutions. Continue reading →
Earth Day Latino brings people of all ages and ancestries together for an afternoon of family friendly fun, environmental education, outdoor activities, urban camping, art, wild animals, and earth talks by environmental and conservation professionals, local elected officials and candidates for elected office. It also marks the completion an eight week WCVI Eco-Intern programwhere several dozen LA-area high school students learn about our watersheds health and water quality, stormwater capture, environmental justice, urban wildlife, and green careers. Slideshowfrom lescalante
This unique urban state park is very rich in cultural, archeological and ecological history. The park is part of the area where a robust and vibrant Tongva (Gabrielino) village thrived by the riverbank for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. Just a couple of blocks away lies “Placita Olvera” which is the site of the original Pueblo de Los Angeles or birth place of the city back in the late 1780s when the Spanish settled next to the Rio Porciuncula (later called Los Angeles River). The first LA aqueduct built to divert river water for crop irrigation was built soon after the Spaniards arrived and called the open ditch “Zanja Madre”. In the late 1800s the ditch was turned into a brick tunnel. Some parts of the Zanja Madre were unearthed by archeologists a little over a decade ago and can be seen on the western side of the park.
This year’s event will be a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day in LA for the young, old and every one in between. There will be activities for everyone’s taste. REI will start registration for camping overnight at 3PM on Saturday April 20. REI tents will be available for rent but quantities are limited. If you come on your bike, the tent rental is free.
California State Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez will set off the festivities with his welcome remarks at 4PM. Then we’ll move into the different activities led by our partners and sponsors. Kids and adults can partake in a high-tech treasure hunt with REI’s Geo Caching equipment or they can stay in one place and fly a kite.
For the first time, Earth Day Latino will be collecting electronic waste. Isidore Electronics Recycling in Lincoln Heights is a socially responsible company that not only provides recycling services for electronic waste, but trains and employs formerly incarcerated residents of LA, who often face a lot of difficulty getting jobs. This is an easy way to reduce water and air pollution that occurs when the electronics are thrown into municipal landfills.
Bike enthusiast will be given extra attention this year. REI will be conducting bike safety checks while Raices Roots will be giving a talk about how to plan long trips on a bicycle. They should know since they’ve traveled to Guatemala several times on their bikes!
Sustainability principles will be incorporated in dinner at Earth Day Latino. Vegetarians and omnivores alike will be thoroughly enjoying deliciously grilled fresh food (donations are appreciated) and COBA will be quenching our thirst with their famous all natural Aguas Frescas sweetened with 100% organic agave nectar. Delicioso! While folks eat, they can listen to green career advice Forest Service Rangers and Solar City.
This year we expect new beautiful billboards created by UCLA professor of Digital Arts, Mr. Fabian Wagmeister and the 2013 Class of WCVI EcoInterns. Then our friends at Wild Works will bring some wonderful animals to talk about our rich urban wildlife. In the early evening we anticipate LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti and CD 1 Running Candidate Jose Gardea to tell us a bonfire story. Then a drum circle will wave us off into the night so we can settle in our tents to sleep right under the gaze of the high-rises in Downtown Los Angeles.
We’ll wake up to breakfast truck, yoga and a Tongva Blessing of the Grounds ceremomy. Our bicycling lovers can safety-check their bikes with experts at Earth Day Latino before they speed off to CicLAvia.
You’ve seen the pictures and headlines: Tire dumps go up in flames, releasing toxic chemicals into the air while creating an environmental and aesthetic eyesore. Bridgestone has seen the problem play out again and again, and that’s why they’re in the process of doing something about it. On Earth Day, the tire manufacturer introduced its [...] Continue reading →
Denver residents can now place cartons in their curbside recycling containers. As part of an Earth Day initiative, Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the recycling addition to the Denver Public Works recycling program late last month. While…
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Claire Morgenstern, Online and Social Media Development, NRDC Membership, New York
Today is Earth Day. And I, by virtue of being a member of the first generation to have grown up with this holiday, am an Earth Day expert. I’ve mad… Continue reading →
Linda Escalante, Latino Advocacy & Outreach Associate
Latinos know how to party on Earth Day. This year, the William C. Velazquez Institute and its coalition of conservation and environmental partners, which include La Onda Verde de NRD… Continue reading →
Around the holidays, food banks are overflowing with donations. Generosity peaks, and the needy eat well for that part of the year. But what about the rest of the year? According to Turtle Wings, an electronics recycling company, Earth Day is like…
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