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6 ways advocates can build climate change concern into action

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans have not forgotten about climate change. In fact, our recognition of the problem is at or near all-time highs, according to research from Yale and George Mason universities. Polling data from the universities from April 2020 revealed that 61% of registered voters accept that humans are changing the climate, […]

September 17th

‘Green New Deal or the Blood Red Apocalypse. Your choice’: Dems urged to embrace bold climate action as West burns

Leading Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are facing heightened demands to back the Green New Deal as wildfires continue to scorch western states, causing apocalyptic-looking orange skies and “catastrophic” damage. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday that 96 large fires have now burned over 3.4 million acres across […]

September 12th

THRIVE agenda is a progressive framework to create fair and green coronavirus recovery

A broad grassroots coalition of labor unions, advocacy groups, and Democratic members of Congress on Thursday unveiled a resolution known as the THRIVE Agenda—a bold plan for an equitable and green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution—officially titled “Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Implement an Agenda to Transform, Heal, and Renew […]

September 10th

Extinction Rebellion: why disavowing politics is a dead end for climate action

Since emerging in 2018, the same year that the IPCC warned humanity had 12 years to avoid climate catastrophe, Extinction Rebellion’s disruptive campaigns have helped push the UK government to declare a “climate emergency”. Governments and local councils in over 30 countries have since followed suit. By Heather Alberro, Nottingham Trent University The Conversation More […]

September 9th

The big, dirty money behind the California wildfires

Here in Northern California, the smoke is everywhere. It creeps into our garages, under our doorways, through our vents. It dims the sun. It is a constant reminder, for those of us not yet under evacuation, to stay vigilant: we monitor wind and fire maps hourly, we text with our loved ones and colleagues, trying […]

September 8th

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

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