"WASHINGTON, DC -- On this, the 42nd annual celebration of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is urging Americans to contact the White House and Congress asking them to 'fully fund environmental education at the federal level.'"
"To mark Earth Day, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation focused on his Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools recognition award 'to encourage more schools to pursue sustainability, foster health and wellness, and integrate environmental literacy into the curriculum,' launched last year.
'In the days ahead, we look forward to awarding the first Green Ribbons and recognizing the accomplishments of green schools across our country,' Obama said in the proclamation.
The Earth Day Network, which helped to create the Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program, today pointed out that the Obama Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget 'is at odds with its commitment to green schools and environmental education.'
President Obama's 2013 budget proposal to Congress recommends eliminating nearly $40 million for environmental education programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and at the National Science Foundation."