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

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

Multimedia 100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms

US food technology company develops fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans, believes it will cut sugar content in candy 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.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid