News / USA

Week-long Earth Celebration Culminates with Concert on National Mall

Week-long Earth Celebration Culminates with Concert on National Mall
Week-long Earth Celebration Culminates with Concert on National Mall

Multimedia

A week-long Earth Day celebration has ended in Washington, D.C.  The Earth Day Network hosted performances and information sessions to show people how to conserve natural resources and keep their communities clean.  

For the past week people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to take part in Earth Day activities.  Usually a one-day event, the celebration continued for several days around the actual holiday.

In its 40th year, Earth Day is intended to bring awareness about what people can do in their everyday lives to contribute to a cleaner more sustainable planet.   An organization devoted to promoting a variety of environmental issues, the Earth Day Network, hosted events around the world to bring awareness to waste management, climate change, energy conservation, and other earth-driven agendas.

Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers says everyone can contribute. "People can do things in their own lives, with their children, they can do work in their communities to improve it and once you take those steps,  the next logical step is to make sure that your government officials are doing the right thing," she said.

To ensure American citizens that government officials are doing the right thing, President Barack Obama spoke about progress the government has made on environmental issues. "Since taking office we have seized that opportunity with your help.  We have made a historic investment in clean energy, which will not only create the jobs of tomorrow, but will also lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.  We have continued to invest in innovators and entrepreneurs that want to unleash the next wave of clean energy.  We have strengthened our investment in our most precious resources - the air we breathe, the water we drink, the parks and public spaces we enjoy," he said.

The final Earth Day themed event took place Sunday.  The Environmental Protection Agency, students and other organizations with ideas for a more sustainable future filled large white tents on the mall.  They sat at tables and explained their plans to make the world a better place to live.

These students from Loyola University in Chicago are demonstrating how to transform ordinary cooking oil into fuel for cars.  They're start off by frying potatoes, then put the remaining oil into this system to be converted into useable energy.  This bio-fuel is an alternative to gasoline and is less harmful to the Earth.

With the many stands available, patrons like Erin Gigliuzza say they cannot help but learn something new about the environment. "I learned you can heat chicken feathers and use it as hydrogren to replace gas in your car," she said.

The festivities concluded with performances by musicians, Sting, John Legend, The Roots and several other acts.

You May Like

Photogallery Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving With Feasts, Festivities

Holiday traditions include turkey dinners, 'turkey trots,' American-style football and New York parade with giant balloons More

Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

With two years left in term, analysts say, president has less to lose by taking conversation on race further More

Video Italian Espresso Expands Into Space

When Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti headed for the ISS, her countrymen worried how she would survive six months drinking only instant coffee More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
South Africa Sees Male Circumcision as Way to Reduce HIV Infectionsi
X
November 28, 2014 3:31 PM
South Africa remains plagued by AIDS despite massive government and NGO efforts on prevention and life-sustaining Anti-Retro-Viral programs. But the country has opened up another front to reduce new HIV infections: promoting circumcision. Emilie Iob reports for VOA News from a pioneering circumcision center in Orange Farm, Johannesburg.
Video

Video South Africa Sees Male Circumcision as Way to Reduce HIV Infections

South Africa remains plagued by AIDS despite massive government and NGO efforts on prevention and life-sustaining Anti-Retro-Viral programs. But the country has opened up another front to reduce new HIV infections: promoting circumcision. Emilie Iob reports for VOA News from a pioneering circumcision center in Orange Farm, Johannesburg.
Video

Video To Make A Living, Nairobi Street Vendors Face Legal Hurdles, Physical Violence

The Nairobi City Council has been accused of brutality in dealing with hawkers in the Central Business District - in order to stop them from illegally selling their wares on the streets. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

Throughout the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama has urged calm, restraint and respect for the rule of law. But the events in Ferguson have prompted him to call — more openly than he has before — for profound changes to end the racism and distrust that he believes still exists between whites and blacks in the United States. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Online Magazine Gets Kids Discussing Big Questions

Teen culture in America is often criticized for being superficial. But an online magazine has been encouraging some teenagers to explore deeper issues, and rewarding their efforts. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky went to this year’s Kidspirit awards ceremony in New York.
Video

Video US Community Kicks Off Thanksgiving With Parade

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday whose roots go back to the country's earliest days as a British colony. One way Americans celebrate the occasion is with parades. Anush Avetisyan takes us to one such event on the day before Thanksgiving near Washington, where a community's diversity is on display. Joy Wagner narrates
Video

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.

All About America

AppleAndroid