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The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world

The first Earth Day protests, which took place on April 22, 1970 brought 20 million Americans – 10% of the U.S. population at the time – into the streets. Recognizing the power of this growing movement, President Richard Nixon and Congress responded by creating the Environmental Protection Agency and enacting a wave of laws, including […]

April 19th

Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus

The recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to use cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 has generated numerous how-to articles and videos. As academics who focus on personal protective equipment (PPE) research and development, we are concerned about the lack of information about two critical features of home mask […]

April 16th

Tesla owners helping in the fight against the Coronavirus

Tesla owners across the country and around the world are, like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, helping their local communities fight COVID-19. One such Tesla owner, Dr. Jonathan Richards, is right here in Baton Rouge working on the front lines. In fact, there are many Tesla owners who are healthcare workers on the front lines. Doing […]

April 8th

Climate change justice is gender justice

As we navigate these turbulent times, let’s not forget this is also Women’s History Month. In my mind, the best way to commemorate this month is to pave the way for more women to make history. In that spirit, I invite you to take a look at a first-of-its-kind report from the Sierra Club’s Gender, Equity, and […]

March 27th

Action: Frontline organizations battling coronavirus need our help!

This global coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone in our Sierra Club community in different ways. We know for sure that vulnerable communities—those without access to healthcare, seniors, children, working families and more—are feeling the brunt of the pandemic. By Michael Brune  Sierra Club As schools are closed, eldercare facilities are on lockdown, local government workforces […]

March 23rd

What does the Coronavirus pandemic mean for energy democracy?

Most of the material we publish on our website reflects thoughtful deliberation and careful research. This piece has a different theme––it offers some speculation about the relationship between energy democracy and large social and economic upheavals. By John Farrell Institue for Local Self-Reliance I’m writing this piece from my living room couch, my kids out […]

March 17th

Oregon GOP walks out to prevent vote on climate bill – backed up by white supremacists

As our recent post on anti-Greta Naomi Seibt’s anti-Semitism and anti-feminism demonstrated, the forces of climate denial are making common cause with the patriarchy and white supremacy as part of the larger cultural battle to preserve white male dominance. The case of Oregon’s GOP fleeing the legislature over the past weeks provides a perfect example. At Vox, […]

Has your favorite candidate dropped out? Here’s a suggestion…

Primary season is a bit like Thunderdome: Ultimately, only one person emerges—a disappointment for every political activist and social media junkie whose favored candidate isn’t that person. Already there’s been plenty of disappointment this season. By Meteor Blades If you’ve enthusiastically worked in the past, paid or unpaid, for a losing candidate—presidential or otherwise—whose election you […]

March 9th

Green New Deal vs Fracking: Big oil wants to scare you with ludicrous numbers (But it just ain’t so!)

On Wednesday, a trio of right-wing groups released a report claiming that, per the Daily Caller, the Green New Deal would cost swing-state households $75,000 a year. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s just an update to a similar report they put out last year which found the GND would cost households $70,000 a year. Since we disassembled […]