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Why I’m Blown Away by Danish Wind Energy

Lily Biggar; Former Communications Intern [Ed. Note – though we were sad to see Lily go, we’re lucky enough to have her dispatches from Copenhagen]

A month ago, after completing my summer internship with Clean Water Action, I wrote to say that I’d be spending the fall semester studying sustainability in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Most of the buzz surrounding Danish sustainability stems from the country’s leadership in wind energy. Wind currently accounts for nearly 20% of the nation’s electricity consumption— that’s four times that of the United States! Denmark has recently set the goal and is well on its way to extend wind’s share of electricity consumption to 50% by 2050. Read the rest of this entry »

739,794

By Phil Dimotsis, Campaign Organizer – Follow Phil on Twitter (@PhiluptuousD)

750,000!

739,794 comments…and counting!

Today was historic. Today we showcased nearly 750,000 public comments (that’s three quarters of a million, and counting) from people like you to EPA Water’s Deputy Assistant Director, Ken Kopocis, staff from US Army Corp of Engineers, and to Maryland’s US Senator Ben Cardin. We showed them the broad public support for EPA’s proposal to protect the nation’s streams and wetlands. They were enthralled. Kopocis said at one point, “Clean water provides a boom to the economy…brewers, recreation & agriculture depend on clean water.” And it’s TRUE, all the little things we take for granted every day absolutely depend on clean water and healthy watersheds.

We’re so proud of this. It represents nearly a decade of our work (blood, sweat, and tears included) creating the momentum necessary to get EPA to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act and restore vital protections for stream health, and ultimately our health. Read the rest of this entry »

Protect Clean Water – Kids Get It

By Susan Eastwood, Campaign Organizer – follow Susan on Twitter (@SCEastwood)

Emil, age 8, said it best. “Don’t throw trash on the ground because when it rains, it washes into the river and dirties the drinking water.”

Five year old Archie drew a contrast in bright colors, to compare “a happy fish swimming by a rainbow waterfall” with “a fish throwing up. It’s what’s gonna happen if people keep putting garbage in the water.”

Avery, age 8, showed two children holding their noses next to a polluted stream with a very sad fish swimming among the mess.

When you look at these kids’ drawings about water, you know that they get it. They get that we all need clean water to live and that it is common sense that we must protect our air and water as the most basic necessities of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Birthday, Clean Water Act: Hartford City Council Passes Resolution Supporting EPA Rule

The Clean Water Act turns 42 on Saturday. To celebrate we’ll be sharing reflections on the Act, talking about the fight to protect clean water, and discussing what we can all do to put drinking water first.

By Susan Eastwood, Program Coordinator – Follow Susan on Twitter (@sceastwood)

Tuesday night, the Hartford City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings for introducing the resolution and for her continued leadership on environmental issues.

The timing of the resolution is perfect, as this coming Saturday, October 18, is the forty-second anniversary of passage of the Clean Water Act. What better birthday present than to support the restoration of protections to over half the streams in the US and over 20 million acres of wetlands? These upstream waterways were considered to be covered under the Act for over 30 years until court challenges muddied the definitions of “Waters of the United States”. The proposed rule will clarify which waters are covered and which are not. Read the rest of this entry »

Toward the Future of the Movement

Times Square during the People's Climate March

Times Square during the People’s Climate March

By Alex Papali, Organizer : Green Justice Campaign and Boston Recycling Coalition – follow the Boston office on Twitter (@CleanH2OMA)

The People’s Climate March in Manhattan last month was hailed as a watershed moment for the fast-growing climate movement. Yet fewer people see themselves as environmentalists today than in decades past. An estimated 20 million Americans, for example, participated in the first Earth Day in 1970, credited with building the grassroots pressure that led to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other fundamental environmental protections we enjoy today.

An honest assessment may well show that the lower numbers of self-identified environmentalists today is because being green is perceived as the province of affluent whites who don’t have to deal with the immediate needs of real life, or as coming at too high a cost to society’s economic health. But the class and race diversity readily apparent at the New York march show that these attitudes are changing quickly. Every day more people understand the economic benefits that come with low-carbon energy production, or the power of investing in local control of energy, food and other systems instead of the expensive and undemocratic status quo. Read the rest of this entry »

Thousands Support Clean Water in the Nutmeg State

By Susan Eastwood, Program Coordinator – follow Susan on Twitter (@sceastwood)

Ct WOTUS Event - everyoneOn Monday, Clean Water Action presented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region One Administrator Curt Spalding with thousands of comments from concerned Connecticut residents who care about clean water and want to protect it! I had the pleasure of introducing several distinguished public officials who came out to speak on the importance of clean water and EPA’s recent efforts to better protect our nation’s streams and wetlands. Attendees included Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman John Larson, State Representative Mary Mushinsky, New England Regional EPA head Curt Spalding and DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, and representatives from Clean Water Action, Rivers Alliance, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club, Connecticut River Watershed Association, CT Coalition for Environmental Justice, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and other groups.
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Great Drinking Water Day!

Joe, Tinsley, and Wendy the Waterdrop

Joe, Tinsley, and Wendy the Waterdrop

By Lynn Thorp, Campaign Director – follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)

Clean Water Action was honored to be a partner in planning today’s Toast2Tap event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  We had a beautiful day, great music provided by Levi Stephens and the Working Class and wonderful vendors.

Perhaps best of all, local water utilities, organizations and EPA staff joined to celebrate this landmark law together. Read the rest of this entry »

Together We Can Do Anything

By Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director – Follow our Boston office on Twitter (@CleanH2OMA)

Elizabeth and Her Sign

Elizabeth and Her Sign

The People’s Climate March was an incredibly powerful experience.  The Clean Water Action Boston team joined a bus organized by Alternatives for Community and Environment, the leading environmental justice organization in Boston, which organized dozens of youth leaders and others to travel together to the march.

The march was equal parts protest/call to action and celebration.  Of course it was a protest against the lack of commitment from our political leaders to doing the hard work and taking the firm stances that are needed to end climate change.  And of course it was a call to action to United States and world leaders to do that work and take those stances this week in the UN Climate Summit.

But equally importantly, it was a celebration of the coming together of more than 400,000 people from across the country, a celebration of the creativity, energy and hard work of those individuals, and a celebration of unity.  As we keep our noses to the grindstone, day in and day out, fighting the battles in our corners of the country, it can be too easy to forget that we are part of a huge movement of passionate people.  At the People’s Climate March, that was impossible to forget. Read the rest of this entry »

An Amazing Day and Thanks to All

By Amy Goldsmith, New Jersey Director

Amy Goldsmith

Amy Goldsmith

Thanks to all who went to the People’s Climate March.

It was a day full of awesome energy. There was wonderful drumming by the Montclair canvass staff plus our very own Campaign Director David Pringle and Long Branch Canvass Director Ben Davies. We raised our voices and beat our drums with more than 400,000 people in New York and thousands upon thousands from around the world.

Like Bob said, it was a mind-blowing experience.

But the March was not an end. We have work to do.

So let’s keep the people power going as we fight for what is right…clean water, clean air, safe energy and healthy neighborhoods. Let’s recruit others to join us so we can do even more. We want to win. We need to win. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mind Blowing Start of Something Big

By Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO. Follow Bob on Twitter (@BWendelgass)

Just part of Clean Team Water at the #PeoplesClimate March

Just part of Clean Team Water at the #PeoplesClimate March

24 hours later and I still can’t get over it.

400,000.

400,000 people came to New York.

400,000 came to demand we take climate pollution seriously. To demand that we say no to subsidies for big oil and yes to clean energy. To demand justice. 400,000 came to demand action. Now you can act too – by supporting the President’s  clean power plan to clean up the biggest source of climate pollution in this country.

I was so proud to march with dozens of Clean Water staff and members. The March was historic. It was game-changing.  But now it’s on all of us. We have to keep the momentum going. We have to hold our elected leaders accountable to us. So, let’s start by demanding the strongest possible clean power plan to fight pollution from coal plants.

This is exciting. This is the start of something. Take action to fight climate pollution now. Read the rest of this entry »

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