Browsing the "environmental justice" Tag

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Earth Matters: Orca that lost calf 2 years ago has another; green groups fund Democratic candidates

”Tahlequah” adds a calf to the Southern Resident orca population: Staff at the Center for Whale Research, who believe the new calf was born Sept. 4, hope it is as healthy and robust as it appears. Named J57, it is just one of 73 Southern Resident orcas. Tahlequah, also known as J35, caught the nation’s attention in […]

September 11th

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

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

Removing names of slavers and massacre makers from public buildings is one element of justice

Amanda Rosa at The New York Times writes about the administration of Columbia University’s plans to change the name of Bard Hall, a dormitory named after Dr. Samuel Bard for his contributions to the university’s medical school. The dorm was named for Bard in 1931, the powers-that-be having decided to ignore the fact that Bard had owned eight slaves and had put up […]

August 30th

Renewable Roundup: GOP Convention week and the Stanford prison experiment

Clearly the big political and social shift of this year is Black Lives Matter, after centuries of systemic racism: enslavement, Jim Crow with ceremonial Klan lynchings, and lately community-sanctioned police lynchings. And Law and Order demonization, and multiple Wars on Drugs since opium in the 19th century, and all the rest, including the associated bigotry, […]

August 24th

The risk of preterm birth rises near gas flaring, reflecting deep-rooted environmental injustices in rural America

Through the southern reaches of Texas, communities are scattered across a flat landscape of dry brush lands, ranches and agricultural fields. This large rural region near the U.S.-Mexico border is known for its persistent poverty. Over 25% of the families here live in poverty, and many lack access to basic services like water, sewer and […]

August 20th

Climate Apartheid: Police protect power and property, not people

We’ve talked before about why defunding the police is good climate policy, and how deniers are all too keen to sic law enforcement on peaceful protests of just two dozen or so people. And of course there was the time that someone called the Park Police, who arrived “fully riot-geared out” to protect former Navy SEAL and then-DOI chief Ryan […]

Why most Aboriginal people of Australia have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land

Huge clean energy projects, such as the Asian Renewable Energy Hub in the Pilbara, Western Australia, are set to produce gigawatts of electricity over vast expanses of land in the near future. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is planning to erect wind turbines and solar arrays across 6,500 square kilometres of land. But, like with […]

August 16th

Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year – twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic particles readily enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain, with health effects that include infant death, reduced life expectancy for […]

August 10th

CA Senate committee votes 4 to 5 against bill to create health and safety zones around oil wells

California, a state that state officials and the mainstream media constantly portray as “green” and “progressive,” still doesn’t have health and safety setbacks around oil and gas wells like Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Dakota and other states do. By Dan Bacher The  Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water yesterday voted 4-5 against AB […]

August 7th

Fine-particle air pollution has decreased across the US, but poor and minority communities are still the most polluted

Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year – twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic particles readily enter the lungs, bloodstream and brain, with health effects that include infant death, reduced life expectancy for […]

August 2nd

A look at why environmentalism is so homogeneous – and how organizations might cultivate genuine diversity

As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Erynn Castellanos would spend hours exploring her grandmother’s backyard garden, an oasis of greenery filled with oranges, sugarcane, yerba buena, guava and herbs. “Playing with my brother and cousins in my grandmother’s backyard, climbing the trees, and trying different fruits — those experiences made me appreciate natural spaces,” […]

August 2nd

Coalition of Over 500 faith leaders demand water and utility shutoff moratorium during pandemic

Over 500 faith leaders representing different religious backgrounds on Thursday called on Congress to ensure the next legislative coronavirus aid package include a moratorium on utility shutoffs for the duration of the pandemic. “A power, water, and broadband shutoff is not about politics; it is about children, the elderly, people needlessly suffering and dying through […]

August 2nd