Updates

Announcing #YouthEarthWeek Leadership Awards winners

We received more than 100 applications for leadership awards for events last week. Every one of them was a pleasure to read and clearly made an impact in their communities. Among them, these five youth-led efforts were exceptional in their success in building community, educating students, and motivating them to action.

Biden to commit to major emissions reductions in sweeping climate announcement

According to reports ahead of a global climate summit in Washington, President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that the United States will reduce global warming emissions 50 percent by 2030 as part of America’s commitments under the newly rejoined Paris climate accords. This nearly doubles the target agreed to in 2015 by the Obama administration. The reductions will hinge on an accelerated transition to carbon-free electricity and the phase out of gas-powered vehicles.

Students host hundreds of local actions for Youth Earth Week

The Student PIRGs, a student environmental organizing group, is partnering with local organizations, student governments and elected officials to host in-person and virtual actions to celebrate Youth Earth Week, a national effort of more than 250 actions around the country to protect the environment, April 19-23. 

Comprehensive Federal Legislation Addresses the Plastic Pollution Crisis

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) reintroduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, the most comprehensive bill to address the plastic pollution crisis ever introduced in Congress. The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 expands and improves upon an earlier version of the bill utilizing proven solutions to protect impacted communities, reform our broken recycling system, and shift the financial burden of waste management off of municipalities and taxpayers to where it belongs: the producers of plastic waste.