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SLU junior David Smith is an Environmental Studies major and organizer of NC350.
SLU junior David Smith is an Environmental Studies major and organizer of NC350.

"Do One Thing" to help the planet, says Canton environmentalist

A St. Lawrence University student is hoping everyone does something on Earth Day tomorrow to help the planet. David Smith is junior at SLU and also organizer for NC350, a local chapter of, an international organization addressing global climate change.

NC350 includes community members and students from across the North Country working to promote environmental and social justice in the region. Todd Moe spoke with Smith about Earth Day and the "Do One Thing" campaign.  Go to full article
Ed Kanze watches the treeline from a bridge along the Saranac River (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Ed Kanze watches the treeline from a bridge along the Saranac River (Photo: Brian Mann)

On Earth Day, looking down, looking up and listening

Before the first Earth Day, 40 years ago, there was no Environmental Protection Agency. No Clean Water, Clean Air or Endangered Species Acts. No concerns about global warming. There was little public understanding at all of the changes humans have inflicted on the planet.

Now, there is plenty of bad news about the Earth. But some things remain pretty much the same, and will persist long into the future if passionate scientists, researchers, and just-plain-folk have their way.

For this 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, we have a collaborative postcard from the outdoors, from Brian Mann, and Nancy Cohen of WNPR in Hartford, Conn.

Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies, and is part of NPR's Local News Initiative  Go to full article

Using art to combat climate change

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. A group of environmentalists at St. Lawrence University is collecting images for a large banner combating climate change. Todd Moe talks with SLU organizer Marilyn Mayer about the "350 Reasons to Combat Climate Change" banner. Next week is the deadline to submit images.  Go to full article

Crowding out the earth? A conversation about population and climate change

It's Earth Day. All over the world, millions of people will be celebrating and speaking out about the critical environmental challenges. Slowing climate change tops contemporary lists. But researchers at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry say people are a rapidly growing part of the problem. In a statement issued this week, SUNY researchers argued that population control has to be a part of any long-term fix to the global warming. Brian Mann has more.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Gather for Earth Day Events in Albany

Environmentalists called for expansion of the bottle law and for a cap on pollution from New York power plants as part of an Earth Day lobby day held at the State Capitol. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Tour de Burn Barrel Reaches Albany

Thousands of empty bottles will encircle the state Capitol today. Environmentalists are setting up the bottles to highlight the need for an expanded returnable bottle law. The event is part of the annual Earth Day lobby day in Albany, which draws hundreds of environmentalists from across the state. They bring attention to dozens of causes. A North Country group will join the rally - by bicycle.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Hold Earth Day Rally in Albany

Environmentalists held a rally on the sunny lawn of Capitol Park in
Albany to draw attention to several issues on the 34th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Earth Day

If you were around for the first Earth Day, over 30 years ago, you probably remember a certain amount of what we call "hype". Litter was a big issue, and it's a pretty safe bet that there wasn't a school or scout troupe that didn't make "Litter Bug" posters and clean up the playground. But grownups participated, too. It was really a pretty big deal. For commentator Betsy Kepes, a self-proclaimed "Green Person", it still is.  Go to full article
President Bush visits Adirondacks<br />Photo:  Michele Buck, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
President Bush visits Adirondacks
Photo: Michele Buck, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Bush?s Clean Air Plan Wins Cautious Optimism, Lawsuits & Distrust

Last week, the Bush Administration announced plans to relax key rules of the Clean Air Act, rules designed to clean up factories and power plants that contribute to acid rain. New York's attorney general immediately joined with other Northeastern states, filing a lawsuit to block the changes. Conservation groups support the lawsuit, but they disagree about President Bush's environmental agenda. Brian Mann has this report.  Go to full article

President Plans Visit to North Country for Earth Day

The North Country's Congressional delegation says President George Bush will visit the Adirondacks on Monday. The Earth Day visit comes just two weeks after the Bush Administration unveiled a new "Clear Skies" program designed to help reduce acid rain. Brian Mann reports health and environmental groups plan to protest during the President's visit.  Go to full article

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