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Sen. Gaylord Nelson, often called the "father of Earth Day," chats with children in a Wisconsin marshland.

3p Weekend: The History of Earth Day — In Less Than 5 Minutes

Even as the cynic within us gripes about yet another Earth Day, it’s important to remember how the tradition began. Ready for a five-minute history lesson? Grab a fresh cup of coffee, and brush up on the history of Earth Day.

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Pop-Up Forest Campaign to Transform Times Square Into a Nature Exhibit

“If a forest can make it in Times Square, it can make it anywhere.” This twist on Sinatra’s iconic lyrics is how Brooklyn-based urban botanist Marielle Anzelone wraps up the video pitch for her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds towards installing a pop-up forest in Times Square.

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Apple Forges Historic Partnership on Forests

Apple is making waves in conservation and green energy as well as Internet and computing technology. On April 16, Apple and the Conservation Fund announced they are partnering to protect over 36,000 acres of working forestlands in Maine and North Carolina.

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5 Big Bets for Social Impact

At the Gathering of Leaders conference, Carol L. Cone, global chief strategist for business and social purpose at Edelman, spotted these five ‘big bets’ social entrepreneurs are making to tackle global challenges. From revolutionizing pediatrics to creating “the next generation of peacemakers,” these stories are sure to inspire.

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Embracing a New Definition for Social Investing

Definitions — we are so over them in the social investing sector. Yet once in a while a new definition comes along, and we really need to pay attention. That’s the case with the definition for social investing proposed by a new report, After the Gold Rush, from the Alternative Commission on Social Investment (ACSI). This report highlights telling developments in the practice of social investing and yields a new, clarifying meaning for the term.

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REI’s Co-op Business Model Produces Record Results

Posting record financial results for 2014, REI’s co-op business model is also delivering more in the way of social and environmental dividends. Besides paying out $168 million in cash dividends, REI will invest around $8 million in nonprofit community projects that promote outdoor life.

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Report: Climate Change is Dangerous to Your Health

How serious are the health-related impacts? Really, really serious, according to a 405-page draft climate and health assessment report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity Partnership: True Corporate Giving

What began with appliance donations has become one of Whirlpool’s most successful corporate social responsibility programs. It is hard to argue with the numbers: over US$85 million in donations since 1999, 8,000-plus company employees who have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and a renewed lease on life for over 100,000 families.

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Is Sleep the New Social Justice Issue?

America’s population of low-wage workers is becoming increasingly overextended and under-slept. African-Americans are over three times as likely as whites to report very short sleep, while Asians and non-Mexican Hispanics are two to three times as likely. Lower-income groups report very short sleep versus those who earn more than $75,000. Is sleep poverty just another form of social inequality?

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Report: Climate Change Poses High Risk for Low-Income Rural Communities

If you live on a fixed income, fluctuations in energy prices can have a dizzying impact. As climate justice advocate Gerald Durley put it during a recent conference call hosted by the Natural Resources Defense Council: “When unprecedented weather disasters devastate the poorest neighborhoods in places like New Orleans, New Jersey and New York, [climate change] is a civil rights issue.”

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Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Anti-Smoking Campaign

One can surmise the many things tobacco companies have in common with fast food corporations, including the fact they must expand their business abroad while sales stagnate on both sides of the Atlantic. The result is that the World Health Organization estimates that 70 percent of the 8.4 million deaths that will be attributed tobacco use in 2020 will occur in developing countries. One country that has long run an aggressive anti-smoking campaign is Uruguay, but its laws are under threat by a lawsuit filed by Philip Morris International.

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The STEM Jobs Gap and Minority Youth Engagement

#YesWeCode, led by Van Jones, advocates for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) inclusion and wider access to computer science education for minority students across the country.

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Obama Links Climate Change with Public Health

This week is National Public Health Week. One of the events commemorating the occasion was a roundtable discussion on Tuesday at Howard University’s College of Medicine, where President Barack Obama joined U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss the link between climate change and public health.