Environmental Justice

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3 Hurdles to racial justice in clean energy – and 3 ways U.S. cities can overcome them

For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and unfortunately we’ve seen cities fall short of their commitments before. By Ted Wong, Lacey Shaver, Eric Mackres and Yeou-Rong Jih  World […]

September 8th

CA Water Justice, Tribal Advocates host “Mobilizing for Water Justice” webinar series Sept. 14-18

The organizers of the Advocacy and Water Protection in Native California Speakers Series are hosting a new webinar series aimed at taking action against environmental racism and for water justice in California. Humboldt State University Native American Studies and Save California Salmon are organizing the “Mobilizing for Water Justice in California” Webinar Series on Sept. […]

September 7th

“Touted as ‘essential’… treated as disposable”: Labor Day anger as migrant farm workers toil inside wildfire evacuation zones

This Labor Day, immigrant and worker’s rights advocates are sounding the alarm in response to reports of migrant grape pickers, many of whom are undocumented, being forced to work in fire evacuation zones by California growers in a situation critics say demonstrates how some of those deemed “essential” at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic have […]

September 7th

Labor Day: COVID-19 bailouts should target oil and gas workers and communities, not companies

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the U.S. economy, the oil and gas industry is a major casualty. U.S. petroleum consumption has fallen to its lowest level in decades due to travel restrictions and the economic slowdown. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts crude oil production will fall to 11.7 million barrels per day (b/d) this year and further to […]

September 7th

‘Creation Is Groaning!’: Pope Francis denounces endless growth, humanity’s assault on nature

Pope Francis on Tuesday railed against humanity’s exploitation of natural resources and pursuit of endless growth as he urged people across the world to act with the urgency young people worldwide have demanded to protect the Earth and build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.   By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The pope’s call came […]

September 6th

Earth is warning us we must change. Will we listen?

Our present course puts humans on track to be among the species that expire in Earth’s ongoing sixth mass extinction. In my conversations with thoughtful people, I am finding increasing acceptance of this horrific premise. By David Korten Yes! magazine The COVID-19 pandemic, along with climate change, drives home the lesson that we must honor […]

September 6th

Children shouldn’t have to live right next to oil wells and fracking; Ventura County Supervisors pass setback rule

After years of community members organizing and going to hearing after hearing, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in an on-line 14-hour final hearing last night voted 3 to 2 to tentatively approve the nation’s first 2500 foot health and safety setback from oil wells as part of their General Plan. By Dan Bacher “We’re now one step closer to […]

September 4th

Carbon fee and dividend: Benefits of climate change action START with $700 billion and 70,000 lives saved PER YEAR

Cleaning up the air we breathe will make us healthier—that’s pretty intuitive. But thanks to a new study by leading scientists, using more detailed information, we now know that the health benefits of reduced air pollution are bigger than previously thought. With a climate policy as effective as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the […]

September 3rd

American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

The United States is having a long-overdue national reckoning with racism. From criminal justice to pro sports to pop culture, Americans increasingly are recognizing how racist ideas have influenced virtually every sphere of life in this country. This includes the environmental movement. Prakash Kashwan, University of Connecticut The Conversation Recently the Sierra Club – one […]

September 3rd

Big oil has a plan to stay profitable: Inundate Africa with US plastics

Green groups responded with alarm to Sunday reporting by the New York Times and Unearthed that a U.S.-based trade group for major chemical and fossil fuel companies has lobbied the Trump administration during the Covid-19 pandemic to use a forthcoming trade agreement to flood the African continent with plastics. Faced with plunging profits and a #ClimateCrisis threatening fossil fuels […]

August 31st