Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals

This blog's purpose is to connect in an every widening and deepening manner with others across the globe in support of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals.

Let's be the first generation to end poverty by 2015 with the United Nations' Eight Goal Millennium Campaign.
1. End Hunger 2. Universal Education 3. Gender Equity 4. Child Health 5. Maternal Health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases 7. Environmental Sustainability 8. Global Partnership.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Pledging Support for the Earth From EDF at the Local and National Levels

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Earth Day is April 22 this year and Bloggers Unite has an event to promote it.

"The earth is in greater peril than ever, but there is also unprecedented opportunity to build a new future. Earth Day has the power to bring about historic advances in climate policy, renewable energy and green jobs and catalyze millions who make personal commitments to sustainability - “A Billion Acts of Green” – mobilizing the power of people to create change by taking small steps in our homes, our schools and our businesses that add up to an enormous collective action." www.earthday.net/earthday2010

The Millennium Development Goal No. 7. Environmental Sustainability is to my mind the most global approach to climate change but it will be local efforts, all combining into national efforts that will make the difference cumulatively at the global level . One organization working hard for environmental sustainability for the whole earth is the Environmental Defense Fund, but especially here in the U.S.A.

The Environmental Defense Action Fund is working at the national level on an all-out campaign over the next 10 weeks to win passage of the strongest possible climate and energy bill in the Senate through their Operation: Climate Vote campaign.

This is the most critical moment we've ever faced in our effort to cap America's global warming pollution and unleash our clean energy future. It is not an exaggeration to say that the future of our planet hangs in the balance.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be focusing like never before on getting the Senate to act. And we continue to face stiff opposition from big polluters and other special interests, who are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to block action.

The math is daunting: there are only 10 working weeks left in the 111th Congress before the July 4th recess.

You can connect with them on now Facebook, and help use the power of our social networks to get the word out.

The Environmental Defense Fund is also working at my local level with the LA Apollo Alliance.

Nearly a year ago, EDF teamed with the LA Apollo Alliance to help pass the Green Retrofit and Workforce Development Ordinance that lays out a model and principles for investing in both local energy efficiency projects AND quality green jobs.
In December, the city earmarked $32 million in federal recovery dollars for this project, but implementation has stalled.The City Council took a positive step last month by approving the Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which guarantees city funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects needed to spark the creation of thousands of green jobs.
They needed to collect at least 1,200 signatures by April 16th to keep things moving forward. Here is to hoping that they made it.



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