Environment America Blog

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

This past weekend, I was basking in the sun on my porch, reading, when I overheard my neighbors discussing something that made me put my book down and listen.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

The Public Interest Network’s Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working on multiple campaigns to help America get through the coronavirus pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. But we're also working to ensure that when the outbreak ends, the United States’ policies and practices ensure a cleaner, safer, better world for all of us.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

There’s no doubt that the last few weeks have been bizarre. The vast majority of us across the country are now home-bound, and we’re all doing our best to protect our neighbors and the many heroic healthcare, grocery store and other essential workers who are holding our society together through this crisis. That means doing our best to keep our distance (and sanity).

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Alex Petersen
Conservation America Campaign, Advocate

The sounds of nature can be delivered directly to your home, which is particularly valuable right now as there is a growing body of evidence that simple exposure to natural sounds can help reduce stress. 

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James Horrox
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

It’s almost clichéd to say of environmental challenges that “everything’s connected.” But in the case of the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, it is now clear that unsustainable practices on the other side of the globe – along with those taking place right in our own backyards – are increasingly putting our health at risk.

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Megan Severson
State Director, Wisconsin Environment

For 50 years, schools and communities across the country have celebrated Earth Day, holding educational events, clean-up projects and other activities to help kids learn about the planet and ways to protect it. But this year’s Earth Day school celebrations face a unique challenge. We pulled together a set resources that teachers can use in their virtual classrooms.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

The Public Interest Network’s Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working on multiple campaigns to help America get through the coronavirus pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. But we're also working to ensure that when the outbreak ends, the United States’ policies and practices ensure a cleaner, safer, better world for all of us.

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

One small side benefit of isolating from society in a home other than my own is that I’ve gotten access to a whole new set of bookshelves and, therefore, a whole new set of ideas. Scanning my sister and brother-in-law’s bookshelves, I recently came across Susan Schulten’s “A History of America in 100 Maps” and soon buried myself in historic images that told the story of our country. I learned that maps played a key role in military strategy (like the ones Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman used to plan his march through Georgia). Maps were used for planning logistics (like deciding where postal roads would be sited). Maps were also used to fundamentally change how America eats (like maps put together by early meat-industry leader Armour).

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

In this age of a global pandemic, uncertainty surrounds everything -- including the future of energy. How quickly states are able to continue the renewable energy progress of the past decade post-COVID19 remains to be seen, and may depend largely on how thoughtfully our governments respond to the challenges this virus has posed. Nevertheless, the remarkable gains of the last decade and unwavering enthusiasm in states across the country should offer hope for continued success. 

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Steve Blackledge
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign

Many members of the animal kingdom live in simple burrows or nests, but some species go to great lengths to create incredible homes, colonies, and other structures. Their designs are ingenious and offer insight into how all living creatures adapt to their surroundings to create unique homes. Here are 10 great examples.