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Green living and environmental awareness has become part of many events, organizations and government offices. Learn about government incentive programs for going green, your taxes, the EPA and climate change, the Department of Energy and money-saving initiatives, and environmental education and college programs.

All About Earth Day
Earth Day

Around the Americas with the Ocean Watch
One Island, One Ocean is the epic tale of a 13-month journey sailing around the Americas in the Ocean Watch, a 64-foot sailing ship. The trip would have been unthinkable years ago, but as global warming melts the ice in the Northwest Passage, a small crew of dedicated environmentalists took to the seas to research the effect that humans are...

Earth Day Activities and Events Around the World
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide, and here's a list of Earth Day activities and events in cities and towns across the United States and North America.

Find Earth Day Activities in Your Community
If you're wondering what to do on Earth Day, all you need to do is one simple thing -- recycle, plant a tree, commute by mass transit, or just take a walk through nature. These easy Earth Day activities are low-cost, fun and simple.

When Is Earth Day 2013?
When is Earth Day 2013? Each year, Earth Day falls on April 22, and in 2013, Earth Day occurs on a Monday. Find more Earth Day facts, Earth Day games and activities for kids, a history of Earth Day, and other Earth Day ideas and suggestions.

Your Big Fat Green Wedding
A green wedding is a union between two partners and the Earth. If you're considering a green wedding theme, here are some green wedding ideas.

The Story of the First Earth Day
The first Earth Day is a story of persistence, imagination and good luck. Learn all about the history of Earth Day.

8 Great Earth Day Activities for Kids
Looking for Earth Day activities for kids? Earthday art projects, green games, crafts and other ideas will help children celebrate our Earth.

8 Green New Year Resolutions
If you're looking for green New Year resolutions that are easy to keep, try these easy steps toward green living. Many of these New Years resolution ideas are so inexpensive they will actually save you money this year.

'Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?'
The Age of Stupid, a fictionalized documentary by director Franny Armstrong, is a rueful look back at the present day from the perspective of the year 2055, when human civilization is all but destroyed by our current inaction on global warming and climate change.

Tax Programs for Greener Living
There has never been a better time to tap into the tax rebates and other financial incentives designed to encourage individuals and businesses to go green.

Moving Into a Green Career
Take your passion for the environment, add the required training, and you could have a green job in the not-too-distant future.

Green-Collar Jobs and the Environment
Among the many potential benefits of the environmental movement is the promise of new "green-collar" jobs.

Was Theodore Roosevelt an Environmentalist?
Theodore Roosevelt was more than America's 26th president -- he was also a Nobel Prize winner, a soldier and big-game hunter, and an ardent environmentalist who founded many of our national parks. Find out more in this biography of Teddy Roosevelt.

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
This is an excellent resource from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy describing tax credits and other incentives for energy-efficient living.

The EPA and Climate Change
The EPA Climate Change site provides comprehensive information on the issue of climate change and global warming in a way that is accessible and meaningful for everyone.

Environmental Education
This site provides listings of colleges and universities that offer coursework and degrees in environmental studies and natural resource management.

Your State Utility Commission
Contact your state utility commission for information on alternative energy, conservation tips and more.

Your 2013 Calendar of Green Holidays
Looking for a calendar of green holidays or an environmental holiday calendar? Whether you're looking for Earth Day, Arbor Day, the vernal equinox or some other event, here's a green calendar of environmental events and celebrations for 2013.

Green Christmas - Have a Sustainable Holiday - Green Christmas
Looking for ways to have a green holiday this year? What's your secret to having a Christmas that's green and sustainable -- and more fun -- with eco-friendly Christmas gifts, travel, shopping, food, cards and decorations?

Green Christmas Tree - Sustainable Christmas Holiday Decorations
What's your favorite tip for having a green, sustainable Christmas tree and decorations this holiday?

Review: The Cove
The Cove is a suspenseful, Oscar-winning documentary film about a group of environmental activists fighting to stop the slaughter of dolphins in a...

5 Tips for Green Christmas Decorations
Call it Christmas or Green Xmas, decorations are a big part of holiday celebrations. Go green this Christmas with your Christmas tree, Christmas lights, and Christmas decorations.

Earth Day Worksheets and Lesson Plans
Teachers looking for Earth Day worksheets and lesson plans will find what they're looking for here. Earth Day games, puzzles, crafts, songs and other Earth Day activities for kids will make the yearly environmental celebration complete.

Inspirational Quotes for Earth Day
If you seek inspirational quotes for Earth Day, here is a compendium of nature quotes, environmental quotes and inspirational quotations that celebrate our common natural heritage.

Green Flowers: A Real Bed of Roses
Green flowers and organic flowers are a great alternative to regular flowers, but are regular flowers really unsafe? What makes green roses and organic roses from a green florist a better gift?

Henry David Thoreau and 'Walden'
Henry David Thoreau spent his life in thoughtful observation of man, society and nature. This brief description of the life of Thoreau, and some illuminating Thoreau quotes, show how he became one of America's first and most ardent environmentalists.

8 Great Green Movies and Nature Films
Green movies and nature movies are growing in popularity among all age groups. Whether you're choosing movies for Earth Day or just want to learn more about how to go green, here's a list of the best green films and nature films.

Koch Brothers: Should You Boycott Them?
The conservative Koch brothers have channeled untold millions into political spending. Should you boycott Koch Industries?

Rachel Carson and Silent Spring
Rachel Carson is often credited with starting the modern environmental movement through her book Silent Spring. What was it about Silent Spring that made it such an environmental classic? Find out in this biography of Rachel Carson and a synopsis of Silent Spring.

Aldo Leopold and 'A Sand County Almanac'
Aldo Leopold is often considered the godfather of wilderness preservation. His best-known books, A Sand County Almanac and Game Management, are among the most eloquent pleas for the conservation of wilderness ever written. Find out more about the life and times of this leading environmentalist.

The Life of Gifford Pinchot
Gifford Pinchot was an influential environmentalist, and he brought a new awareness of the value of forests and wild lands to the American public. In spite of this, he was despised by some of the 20th century's most ardent proponents of wilderness preservation.

Who Killed Chico Mendes?
Chico Mendes was an activist best known for his efforts at saving the rainforests of Brazil from logging and ranching activities. But his conservation efforts were too successful for some, and Mendes was shot and killed one night. Who killed Chico Mendes?

The Life of Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai was an environmental leader and an activist for human rights. Founder of Africa's Green Belt Movement, Maathai was awarded the Nobel Prize for her efforts on behalf of the natural world and the people of Africa. Here's a bio of Wangari Maathai.

Edward Abbey and Earth First!
One of America's most outrageous and irascible environmentalists, Edward Abbey also wrote two of the movement's most influential books: Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang, which is credited with creating the "eco-terrorist" group known as Earth First! Find out more about the life and times of Edward Abbey.

Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day
Gaylord Nelson was the founder of Earth Day, yet his name is largely unknown outside his native Wisconsin. Discover the history of Earth Day and its founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson.

Occupy Wall Street: An Environmental Protest?
Occupy Wall Street has grabbed headlines worldwide as a novel, grass-roots reaction to the inequities in our country. But is Occupy green? And what are the "green credentials" of Occupy WallStreet? Get the facts on the Occupy movement.

David Brower: Environmental Sergeant-at-Arms?
David Brower was one of America's most aggressive environmentalists, and his tenures leading the Earth Island Institute, the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth were marked by controversy and discord. Despite this, Brower managed to preserve some priceless tracts of wilderness by introducing millions of people to the beauty of the American wilderness.

The Life of Julia Hill
Julia Hill, a.k.a. Julia Butterfly Hill, is among the most interesting environmentalists active today. Best known for spending over two years high in the branches of a redwood tree named Luna, Julia Hill remains active in environmental and social causes.

Meet the Green Party
The Green Party has been a voice for environmental concerns for decades. But what exactly is their party platform, and how is the US Green Party different from the party in other countries? Find out more about green politics here.

Meet the EPA
America's EPA - the Environmental Protection Agency - was created in 1970 during the environmental movement's early years of progress. The history of the US EPA is one of environmental protection, marked by environmental impact assessments and the agency's famed MPG evaluations, as well as immense political controversy. Learn more about the mission of the USEPA and its role in environmental protection.

What Is the Green Movement?
What is the green movement? The story of the environmental movement and conservation history is a tale of men and women who devoted their lives to protecting the natural world. Discover the early conservation movement, environmental history and the recent years of green history.

Is Obama Green?
Is Obama green? That question casts a harsh light on a president with a checkered environmental history. Where does Obama stand on energy - especially clean energy? Obama and the Keystone pipeline? Obama and fracking, or hydraulic fracturing? What about Obama and global warming? Take a look at his environmental history in this Obama green report...

Bombed: The Effects of War on the Environment
The effects of war on the environment can be devastating. Impacts of war include species loss, habitat destruction and the loss of environmental protections. Discover the consequences of war with Jurgen Brauer, Carl Bruch and Geoffrey Dabelko.

Who Would Kill a Tree?
Who would kill a tree? Unfortunately, a handful of disturbed individuals have tried - and at times, succeeded - in killing trees, including some historically important, heritage trees. Who are these tree killers, and what prompts people to kill a beautiful, living tree?

Environmental Groups and Legislation: Follow the Money
Environmental Groups - Corporate Lobbying

Editorial: Oil Subsidies and Energy Subsidies
Oil Subsidies, Energy Subsidies

Environmental Protection Under Attack
Environmental protection is under attack from a number of enemies -- business, government, lobbyists and citizens. Discover why environmental regulations are so important, for your health as well as the economy.

Briefing: The Bhopal Disaster
The name Bhopal evokes one of the most horrific man-made environmental disasters of all time: the Bhopal gas disaster of 1984, which caused thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of severe permanent injuries from sevin, carbaryl and methyl isocyanate or MIC.

Briefing: The Seveso Disaster
Seveso, Italy, was the scene of one of the worst industrial disasters in European history, when several tons of poisonous gas -- including TCDD, a type of dioxin -- were released into a residential area. Discover the history and the aftereffects of the Seveso disaster.

Calamities: The 7 Worst Man-Made Disasters in History
Natural calamities can be terrible, but when you remember that man-made disasters are preventable, we humans don't come out looking so smart. This list of accidents and catastrophes, from Chernobyl to Bhopal to Fukushima, highlights the worst manmade disasters in history.

Fallout: The Fukushima Disaster
After a major earthquake and tsunami struck the coast of Japan, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor was critically damaged and released enormous amounts of radiation into the environment. Get the facts on the Fukushima disaster and the international response to the worst nuclear accident of recent years.

Love Canal
Love Canal

Environmental Regulations
Environmental Regulations

Hard Right: The Republican Platform and the Planet
What is the 2012 Republican platform with regard to the environment? It may surprise you that the GOP platform has moved even farther to the right than they were during 2008's "Drill, Baby, Drill" debacle. Look at the positions of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and other Republicans on global warming, clean energy, mass transit, hydrofracking and other...

The Exxon Valdez Spill
After the Exxon Valdez ran aground off the shores of Alaska, millions of fish, mammals, birds and other wildlife died of oil contamination. Get the facts on the Exxon Valdez spill and the effects it had on the area's economy and environment.

8 Reasons I Hate Christmas
I hate Christmas. But despite the millions of people who also hate xmas, we refuse to cancel Christmas. Here are 8 reasons why we should.

The Sierra Club: 'Make the Mountains Glad'
The Sierra Club is one of the world's oldest and most influential environmental groups. Learn more about the history and the mission of the Sierra Club and its founder, John Muir.

7 Important Earth Day Facts
Looking for Earth Day facts? Here is a brief list of facts about Earth Day, including links to Earth Day quotes, activities for kids, local and regional events, as well as games, songs and poems, and other great ways to celebrate Earth Day.

12 Environmentalists You Should Know
Environmentalists have had a big impact on our lives, but most people can't name one famous environmentalist. Here is a list of 10 ecologists and environmentalists that everyone should know, including Rachel Carson, Gaylord Nelson, John Muir, David Brower, Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt, Chico Mendes, Wangari Maathai, Henry David Thoreau,...

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