Earth day, la giornata della Terra, si avvicina.
Uno dei temi principali e' 'Energia Pulita Ora'
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An Information Update prepared by the Union of Concerned
[This Update cannot be reprinted or reposted to electronic
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1) Earth Day 2000 and the Clean Energy Agenda
Earth Day Network, the non-profit coordinating body of
worldwide Earth Day activities, has selected "Clean Energy
Now" as the theme for Earth Day 2000. Major events around
the world will reflect this theme in exhibits, activities,
lecture series, and legislative advocacy. UCS worked with
the Earth Day Network and other environmental organizations
to draft the Earth Day 2000 Clean Energy Agenda -- an
endorsement campaign designed to build broad public support
for policies that result in cleaner power, cleaner air,
cleaner cars, and cleaner investments. The agenda contains
bold but achievable policy goals for the "Four Cleans":
CLEAN POWER: In the next decade, increase fourfold the
amount of energy obtained from non-hydro renewable sources
such as the sun and wind. By 2020, produce at least one-
third of the nation's energy from renewable sources, and
double the efficiency of energy use in homes, buildings,
transportation, and industry.
CLEAN AIR: Clean up our power plants by setting
progressively tighter limits on all power plant pollution-
including carbon dioxide, the major cause of global warming.
Close the loophole that allows old coal-fired power plants
to pollute much more than newer plants.
CLEAN CARS: Hold sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and
minivans to the same air pollution standards as cars.
Improve the fuel efficiency of new cars and light trucks to
a combined average of 45 MPG by 2010 and at least 65 MPG by
2020. Offer incentives that build strong markets for
renewable fuels and for clean vehicles powered by hybrid
motors and fuel cells.
CLEAN INVESTMENTS: Quadruple federal investments in
renewable energy and energy efficiency within five years,
and continue this momentum over the long term. Stop spending
taxpayer dollars to subsidize the coal, oil, and nuclear
industries. Provide adequate resources and job training for
affected workers and communities to ensure a just transition
to a sustainable energy economy.
Clean Energy Agenda postcards will be available at Earth Day
events nationwide, so that people all around the country can
send them to their elected officials. These events will also
feature an honor roll announcing the elected officials who
have already endorsed the agenda. And the campaign will
continue beyond Earth Day, right up to the time Congress
adjourns next fall.
If you are interested in obtaining Clean Energy Agenda
postcards for an event in your area, please see the info
below on ordering a "UCS Earth Day Action Kit." Also,
individuals are encouraged to endorse the Clean Energy
Agenda themselves -- visit http://www.earthday.net/ to sign
the on-line form.
2) On-line Resources for Earth Day 2000
For those of you who are interested in participating in
events, sharing information with students or colleagues, or
just wanting to check out some interesting information on
Earth Day 2000, the World Wide Web is full of sites designed
to highlight this occasion. A few of our favorites are
Earth Day Network
< http://www.earthday.net/ >
This site is basically your one-stop shop for anything and
everything related to Earth Day 2000: type in your location
to find out about Earth Day events in your area, or post
info about your own event; shop in the "Earth Day Store" for
teaching aids, earth-friendly products, t-shirts and other
merchandise; learn more about the Clean Energy Agenda and
the history of Earth Day, and more.
Earth Day Project Library
< http://www.sdearthtimes.com/edn/ >
Sponsored by the San Diego Earth Times, this website offers
tips and ideas for organizing Earth Day events, including a
downloadable (PDF version) Earth Day Organizer's Guide, an
impressive list of resources, as well as local and
international Earth Day contacts.
EPA - Earth Day by Region
< http://www.epa.gov/buildings/earthday2000/regions.html >
Many of the EPA regional offices have information about
local Earth Day events and opportunities to get involved.
EPA - Energy Star Program
< http://www.epa.gov/buildings/earthday2000/ >
Find out how the Energy Star Program and the Earth Day
Network have teamed up to promote energy efficiency.
Alliance to Save Energy
< http://www.ase.org/earthday/index.htm >
Download free PDF versions of lesson plans on energy -- for
teachers of elementary to high school level students.
The Union of Concerned Scientists
< http://www.ucsusa.org >
We soon will have pages of our website dedicated to Earth
Day 2000. Stay tuned!
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