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Environmental Groups Are Too White 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Lindsey McDougle , Rutgers University Newark Earth Day comes right before National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration of North American volunteerism in late April. This fortuitous timing gives environmental nonprofits an opportunity to engage prospective volunteers, especially nonwhites who live in communities exposed to environmental injustices. But although people of color are more likely than whites to live in polluted places, they are much less likely to volunteer on behalf of these causes than whites. This lack of diversity renders green groups less effective. Although people of color are more likely than whites to live in polluted places, they are much less likely to volunteer on behalf of these causes than whites. As someone who researches environmental volunteerism, I understand that these nonprofits are often responsible for protecting vulnerable communities. They were among the first to demand accountability in 2015, when news of the lead-poisoned water supply in Flint, Michigan, shocked ...
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‘Environmental racism is here’: Ind. city ‘bombarded by lead’ confronts EPA chief 20.4.2017 Washington Post
‘Environmental racism is here’: Ind. city ‘bombarded by lead’ confronts EPA chief
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Who Will Protect The Air We Breathe And Water We Drink? The Resistance 17.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Rich Stolz More and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that climate change is no myth at a time when the Trump administration is intent on ignoring reality and appeasing corporate interests. Some environmental leaders are responding by formulating a lowest common denominator strategy on climate, like revenue neutral approaches, hoping to magically create a middle ground by bowing to the altar of limited government. Fortunately, an inclusive, inter-sectional and organic resistance is rising. This spring, throughout a week of powerful demonstrations from Earth Day to May Day, this resistance will blossom. OneAmerica is a multi-issue immigrant rights organization that calls Washington state – aka the Center of the Resistance – home. Our communities are as harmed in the short term by ICE raids and unconstitutional travel bans as they are in the long term by gutted environmental regulations. To fight these destructive and unpopular attacks, we need everyone, but more importantly, we need to follow ...
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Mitigating Climate Disaster Will Require Both Systemic and Lifestyle Changes 17.4.2017 Truthout.com
Even before the Trump administration characterized climate change as a "hoax," most of us in the US, including on the left, practiced climate denialism of a different sort. By setting up a false dichotomy between the pursuit of systemic transformations, such as clean energy, and the adoption of lifestyle changes, we have refused to scrutinize how our own consumption patterns contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Activists display signs in the People's Climate March in Vancouver, British Columbia, on September 21, 2014. (Photo: Chris Yakimov ) During the negotiations over the Paris Agreement  on climate change in December 2015,  Sunita Narain , an environmental activist from India, argued for a focus on the ties between global inequality and consumption by the relatively wealthy. "An inconvenient truth is that we do not want to talk about consumption or lifestyle,"  she asserted . It may be difficult to recall following Donald Trump's inauguration, but it was little more than a year ago when delegates ...
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Climate Groups Launch Wave of Resistance During Congressional Recess 11.4.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
350.org Climate, labor, environmental and social justice advocates are teaming up this April Recess to turn up the heat on lawmakers over Trump’s executive orders and his proposed budget, all of which spell disaster for our climate and communities. Over the coming weeks, people across the country will join town halls and meetings held by Congressional representatives in their home states, urging them to challenge the Trump administration’s destructive, climate-denying ...
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U.S. temporarily bans use of cyanide predator traps in Idaho 11.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise • U.S. officials on Monday temporarily stopped the use of predator-killing cyanide traps in Idaho after one sickened a young boy and killed his dog last month after they checked it out. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a letter that it had halted all use of the traps on state, federal and private land in Idaho in response to a petition from 19 conservation and wildlife groups. The spring-activated devices called M-44s look like water sprinkler heads and are embedded into in ...
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Berta Is Dead, but the Movement She Started Lives 7.4.2017 Truthout.com
The Convergence of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) has defied all efforts over the past year, by the Honduran government and the DESA dam company, to destroy it. This past Monday, March 27, 24 years after Berta Cáceres cofounded the Lenca indigenous organization, COPINH hosted an anniversary celebration of rebellion and recommitment. About 150 people from throughout Honduras and at least five other countries joined for a Lenca ceremony; a forum on challenges and advances; a concert; a film festival; and a humble feast of roasted pig, rice, tortillas, and birthday cake. The event closed late at night with an open-air performance of "Ancestras", a new play by the Teatro Taller Tegucigalpa (Tegucigalpa Theater Workshop) about COPINH's fight to defend the  Gualcarque River , and structural injustice by the government and oligarchy. COPNH has not only survived, it continues to serve as a source of inspiration for indigenous and other movements throughout Honduras and the world. As ...
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Trump’s EPA Cuts To Lead Paint Programs Are Going To Hit Black People The Hardest 7.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
During a 2016 campaign speech to a mostly white crowd in Dimondale, Michigan, soon-to-be President Donald Trump directed a plea to black voters in the upcoming general election. “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” he bellowed into the microphone. A few days later, Trump told black voters at a rally in Austin that his law and order policies “will make your streets safe so when you walk down the street, you don’t get shot, which is happening now.” A month later, during the first presidential debate, Trump doubled down on his belief that America’s inner cities are like dangerous war zones, saying African-Americans and Latinx people in the hood were in fact “ living in hell .” In October, the Trump campaign released his New Deal for Black America , boasting about a goal of investing $1 trillion in infrastructure over a 10-year period, naming the “inner cities” as a “major beneficiary.” But, ...
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Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps 5.4.2017 AP Business
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons....
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More Than 50 Organizations Unite To Launch Nationwide Social Change Campaign 4.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 50 social justice organizations have united to form a new coalition to combat injustice and fight for equality on behalf of all marginalized groups. The newly-formed group called “The Majority” includes organizations like the Black Lives Matter network, NAACP, Fight for $15, Indigenous Environmental Network, Black Youth Project, Dream Defenders, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement and more. Together, they plan to unite activists across all fields to rally around shared values and intersecting struggles.  As part of their first full-fledged effort, The Majority launched Beyond The Movement  on Tuesday, an effort that aims to educate people across the country about important political issues and engage them in various organized efforts to speak out against issues that could harm marginalized communities most. The campaign, which kicks off on April 4, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, and ends on May 1, the national day of action, ...
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Technology isn't our sole salvation in tackling climate change 29.3.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Mitigation requires systemic social change, not just technological optimism.
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Trump to back away from Obama's Clean Power Plan 28.3.2017 LA Times: Environment

President Trump on Tuesday will order the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle his predecessor’s landmark climate effort, backing away from an aggressive plan to cut emissions at power plants that had been the foundation of America’s leadership on confronting global warming.

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Is this the start of an SDG reporting boom? 27.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
More companies are trying to measure progress toward the sweeping United Nations global development goals.
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The Hour of the Attorneys General 22.3.2017 American Prospect
This article will appear in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . On a Tuesday night in early February, not three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, three federal judges in San Francisco heard arguments about whether to halt his first major policy undertaking. Trump had issued an executive order banning hundreds of thousands of travelers from entering the country, including citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, and all refugees. As many as 60,000 individuals had their visas revoked. Almost immediately, a pair of Democratic attorneys general, Washington state’s Bob Ferguson and Minnesota’s Lori Swanson, brought suit against Trump’s executive order, arguing it violated the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law as well as the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, harmed all Washington and Minnesota businesses and communities, and was “undermining [their] sovereign interest” as welcoming destinations for immigrants and refugees. More ...
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Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment - this must change 16.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Orthodox economic measures like Gross Domestic product fail to measure the things that matter most, write Judith Schleicher & Bhaskar Vira: like human wellbeing and ecological health. This creates a systematic bias in 'development' policies that must urgently be addressed if we are to build an inclusive, equitable and sustainable societyWithout nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy.
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East Chicago's Pleas for Clean Drinking Water Go Unanswered as Trump Moves to Weaken EPA 15.3.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: 3345408 ; Edited: LW / TO) Environmental justice is on the chopping block at the Environmental Protection Agency, and that doesn't bode well for communities like East Chicago, Indiana, where the agency recently discovered that drinking water is contaminated with lead. Nearly two weeks ago, a number of East Chicago churches and community groups petitioned the EPA to take emergency action and protect the majority-Black community from lead poisoning , which can cause a long list of health problems, especially in children. As of Tuesday, the local leaders and their environmentalist allies had yet to hear back from the agency. The EPA's inaction in East Chicago comes as Trump's administration considers massive budget cuts that could crush the agency's environmental justice program, which is supposed to ensure the fair treatment of low-income communities and people of color under environmental law. The agency's environmental justice office is slated to lose at least 78 percent of its funding, according ...
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Here's What We Lose If We Gut The EPA's Environmental Justice Work 10.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With the abrupt resignation of its leader, the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice program appears to be practically sealed. On Thursday, InsideClimate News reported that Mustafa Ali, who has been heading the EPA’s environmental justice work and helped found the program in 1992, had resigned from his post . Ali told the site in an interview that he sees the work he was part of as critical to the EPA’s overall function, but indicated that he doesn’t believe the agency’s current leaders share that belief. “My values and priorities seem to be different than our current leadership and because of that I feel that it’s best if I take my talents elsewhere,” Ali said. The program, which helps disadvantaged communities push back against industry pollution, appears bound for a drastic, 78-percent funding cut according to preliminary Office of Management and Budget numbers reported by The Oregonian and confirmed by other media outlets last week. The cuts would essentially gut the ...
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While Trump Was Dominating In Deep-Red Oklahoma, This Democrat Won A Landslide 9.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As precinct data rolled into his war room at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City last November, Joe Maxwell realized his team had a landslide on its hands. He saw no need to delay the victory speeches, having been up since before daybreak orchestrating a statewide get-out-the-vote operation for what was expected to be a close contest. His team took the elevator to the rooftop bar, where about 50 small farmers gathered anxiously to watch the returns and, they hoped, celebrate. For the previous 14 months, they had battled a so-called “right to farm” ballot initiative, with Maxwell serving as “the general” (to quote his friends) of that campaign. Corporate agricultural interests in Oklahoma hoped the measure would protect factory farming from environmental, food safety and humanitarian regulations. The deep-red state’s Republican governor and every member of its all-GOP congressional delegation backed it. In response, Maxwell, who works for the Humane Society, had helped assemble an opposition force ...
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Bold Women Creating Positive Environmental Change 9.3.2017 Planet Ark News
How the environment impacts women and what three women are doing about it
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Why investors have fiduciary duty for the environment 6.3.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
In 2017, more investors than ever are beginning to incorporate sustainability criteria into equity shareholder issues.
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