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The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico happened 10 years ago and many remember it like it was yesterday. The oil spill killed 11 people and spewed an estimated 210 million gallons of oil and 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersants into the sea.  Sea turtles and seabirds were covered in thick sludge, struggling just to move and breathe. Fishing communities were sidelined, unable to cast their nets and secure their livelihoods. The tragedy killed hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, marine mammals and birds, and, to this day, left an area of the gulf seafloor twenty times the size of Manhattan polluted.  April 20th, 2020 marks the tenth anniversary and, as we observe this sad occasion, we are forced to ask ourselves: Have we learned from the tragedy? 

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that they are weakening clean car standards that protect our climate and our health. Here in North Carolina -- like everywhere else -- this is a shocking decision. In fact, it’s the opposite of progress.

For 50 years, schools and communities across the country have celebrated Earth Day, holding educational events, clean-up projects and other activities to help kids learn about the planet and ways to protect it. But this year’s Earth Day school celebrations face a unique challenge. We pulled together a set resources that teachers can use in their virtual classrooms.

It’s nice to be reminded that the world is so much bigger than the few rooms or blocks that most of us have been confined to for the past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of some of great natural spaces you can check out on your computer from the friendly confines of your own living room.

Social distancing may mean putting a pause on certain outdoor adventures. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the natural world from the comfort of your own home. Consider watching some (or all) of these 14 nature films to make you feel like you are summiting a mountain or trekking through the Amazon.

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Wendy Wendlandt
President, Environment America; Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network

Taking a socially-distanced walk around your neighborhood is a great way to get out of the house, stretch your legs, and see some of the wonder of the natural world in your own backyard. Here is a list of 10 ways to appreciate nature on a walk around your neighborhood.

Looking for a great book about nature? We got you covered. We asked some of our staff to share their favorites.

Guest blog from John Ammondson of Environment New Mexico about his daily neighborhood walks and reminders that he has found of nature all around us

As people in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, and across the United States brace for weeks of school closures and social distancing, I am searching for ways to make the most of this challenging period. While our own health, essential needs, and family care arrangements are top of mind, we are also staring down the inevitability of long stretches of boredom. I’d love to help my step-kids fill this time by learning about the planet and how to protect it. So I asked my colleagues at Environment America to help me come up with a list of ideas.

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

Yet as world leaders meet in Madrid this week to discuss progress towards cutting global warming pollution and hitting the targets of the historic international Paris Agreement, President Trump has vowed to pull our country out.