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Women's rights in protected areas: Championing gender equality in environmental conservation policy 24.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a small village near Xuan Thuy National Park in Vietnam, Pham Thi Kim Phuong bikes seven kilometers every morning to the mudflats by the park's mangroves. There, she joins hundreds of other women who take advantage of the early morning low tide to manually gather clams and snails. The mudflats where Pham works are part of a protected area and since 2013, an initiative to strengthen park management has engaged local women in co-management of the mangrove forests. Women and men living in and utilizing protected areas differ in their relationships to their ecosystems; they have differentiated roles and responsibilities, unequal access to and control over resources, unique knowledge bases and unbalanced participation in decision-making processes. Gender inequality in biodiversity conservation and management restricts women's access to benefits, perpetuating poverty and undermining sustainable resource use and management. However, gender equality in this field is rarely measured or written into policy. To ...
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How Businesses Can Do Well By Doing Good 23.6.2016 Yahoo: Business

How Businesses Can Do Well By Doing GoodIn 2015, when world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, we committed to the most inclusive, diverse and comprehensive and ambitious development agenda ever. By doing so, we acknowledged that development challenges are global challenges. The new global goals represent a universal agenda, applying equally to all countries in the...


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In Detroit, a Victory for Clean Air and Environmental Justice 17.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We've just taken a big step forward toward correcting a major environmental injustice in this country. After 5 years of advocacy led by local residents in the City of River Rouge, just outside Detroit, the local utility announced it will retire coal plants in the community that operate without modern pollution controls and are a major contributor to the area's sky-high rates of asthma. I traveled to the area three times over the past year, and my heart was broken by stories of mothers who lost their children to asthma attacks, school kids leaving soccer fields in ambulances, and regulators who for decades had failed these families. But community leaders were standing up and fighting back , targeting two coal plants without scrubbers that were the source of the lion's share of smog-forming pollution in the area. It was a fight that garnered national media attention, including a Newsweek cover story with the scathing title, " Choking to Death in Detroit: Flint Isn't Michigan's Only Disaster." Then last ...
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Public Banks as the Antithesis of Neoliberalism 14.6.2016 Truthout.com
Public banks can help municipalities create and fund work-spaces for nontraditional work reflective of the new economy. (Photo: Pixabay ) I'm for public banks because people have a right to share in sustainable abundance, such abundance is relatively easy to achieve structurally and democratically, and neoliberalism's reliance on the private sector to get us there is foolish. The Commission on Social Development is a sub-body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In 1995 the Commission hosted a Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, which the United States attended -- sending a contingent led by then-Vice President Al Gore. All participating nations at the Summit signed its set of conclusions, the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development. The Declaration held that the Commission's task was "to address both [the] underlying and structural causes" of poverty, unemployment, and social exclusion, and "their distressing consequences in order to reduce uncertainty and insecurity in the ...
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Environmental Justice Activists in Alabama Fight $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit 10.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Coal ash at the Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, Alabama, on August 20, 2009. (Meggan Haller / The New York Times) Free speech is enshrined in the American ethos. It is a core principle of the Constitution, protected by the First Amendment, and has been defended for centuries in the courts. In Uniontown, Alabama, however, a group of concerned citizens-turned-environmental justice activists are facing a challenge to their basic right to speech, for the simple act of speaking out against the disposal of millions of tons of coal ash in a local landfill.   In April, Green Group Holdings and Howling Coyote, owners of the Arrowhead Landfill, sued four Uniontown residents for defamation. The residents -- Esther Calhoun, Benjamin Eaton, Mary Schaeffer, and Ellis Long -- are members of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Social Justice , an environmental justice citizens' group that has organized against the waste disposal facility. The group is concerned about health and environmental impacts associated ...
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We're With Her 9.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Sierra Club enthusiastically endorsed Secretary Hillary Clinton for president. Throughout the primary, Clinton has listened to the environmental movement's call to protect our public lands, address environmental injustices, and continue to expand the clean energy revolution -- and she has responded with detailed plans that will build on our movement's victories and President Obama's legacy. Watching Secretary Clinton speak after Tuesday's primaries, I couldn't help but think of how historic the moment was. Less than 100 years ago, women obtained the right to vote. Just over 40 years ago, it was affirmed that women had the right to make health decisions about their own bodies. In 2009, it was declared that equal work deserves equal pay -- something we have yet to achieve. And today, in 2016, a major political party has finally nominated a woman to be our president. My daughters and young women everywhere have a powerful example showing that they are equal to and have the same rights and ...
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We're With Her 9.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Sierra Club enthusiastically endorsed Secretary Hillary Clinton for president. Throughout the primary, Clinton has listened to the environmental movement's call to protect our public lands, address environmental injustices, and continue to expand the clean energy revolution -- and she has responded with detailed plans that will build on our movement's victories and President Obama's legacy. Watching Secretary Clinton speak after Tuesday's primaries, I couldn't help but think of how historic the moment was. Less than 100 years ago, women obtained the right to vote. Just over 40 years ago, it was affirmed that women had the right to make health decisions about their own bodies. In 2009, it was declared that equal work deserves equal pay -- something we have yet to achieve. And today, in 2016, a major political party has finally nominated a woman to be our president. My daughters and young women everywhere have a powerful example showing that they are equal to and have the same rights and ...
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Sanders Encourages Struggle Against Establishment Politics To Continue 8.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kevin Gosztola

“The struggle continues,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders declared in a speech, which capped off his statewide campaign in California. He described the struggle broadly as one for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice.

Sanders also noted he has overwhelmingly won young people in the majority of the United States. Young people recognize they must shape the future, and they share the Sanders campaign’s vision for a government that works for lower class citizens instead of catering to the interests of corporations and the rich.

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How Social Actions Will Transform The Global Economy 8.6.2016 Technology

How Social Actions Will Transform The Global EconomyUNDISCOVEREDHow Social Actions Will Transform The Global EconomySocial Actions engender beneficial outcomes for society and the environment, from someone helping a neighbour to major global development programmes by multinational corporations benefiting millions of people worldwide → the permutations are endless. A Boundless Ocean of...


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These Four People Were Sued for $30 Million for Trying to Stop a Toxic Landfill 3.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

After being sued for $30 million by a corporate landfill owner for "speaking their truth in order to protect their community," four residents of Uniontown, Alabama—a poor, predominantly Black town with a median per capita income of around $8,000—are fighting back. 

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Environmental Protesters Fight Defamation Lawsuit Filed by Coal Ash Landfill 3.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
ACLU The American Civil Liberties Union today asked a federal court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against four people who voiced opposition to a coal ash landfill in their small town. The defendants, all residents of Uniontown, Alabama — a poor, predominantly Black town with a median per capita income of around $8,000 — are being sued for $30 million by Georgia-based Green Group Holdings because the residents are fighting the hazardous coal ash that the company keeps in a landfill in a residential ...
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It's Harder to Breathe with White Privilege in the Air 3.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Image by Bronx Climate Justice North The South Bronx is notorious for its high rates of asthma among racial minorities as a result of their proximity to sources of air pollution. The combination of the poverty-stricken area and historical displacement exposed people of color to health hazards that are rooted in discrimination and negligence. The truth behind the urban landscape of the South Bronx is an irony. Despite being the most open borough with green spaces in New York City, the South Bronx has been subjected to more environmental hazards than other boroughs. The area has transformed into a space for urban decay and toxic waste. In fact, the biggest waste stations in NYC are located there and two of them include: New York Organic Fertilization Complex and Browning Ferris Industries Medical Waste Incinerator. These waste stations are located close to residential neighborhoods and, since there is no direct access from the highways to the industrial areas, diesel trucks travel on local streets to get ...
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From Breaking Free to Converging for Climate Justice 2.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In one extraordinary month, over 30,000 people, spanning every continent except Antarctica, joined together to "Break Free" for climate justice. No two actions were alike. Struggles at the frontlines of climate injustice are, and must be, locally particular. Organizers responded in kind with diverse mobilizations led by those most affected by the costs of a differentiated, but all-too-familiar, carbon-guzzling economic status quo. Here in the UK, where I'm currently studying, communities in Ffos-y-Fran, South Wales, have fought for years against the country's largest opencast coal mine. Outraged by Miller Argent's plans to dig another mine in nearby Nant Llesg, residents joined with hundreds of others on May 3rd to punctuate the grayed hills of Ffos-y-Fran with brilliant red lines. Deploying costumed bodies, puppet dragons, canisters of red smoke, and much laughter, singing, and dancing, activists shut down operations at the mine for twelve hours. Two years ago, I spent seven months working with and ...
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The EU Referendum Will Determine the UK's Future 29.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As many debate whether the UK should remain in the European Union, it's critical we remember that the EU is more than an economic entity. It's a peacekeeping force, as well as a promoter of human rights and environmental protection on the European continent. A new train station in Birmingham, England, May 17, 2016. In their desire to leave the European Union, many Britons have found an outlet for fears about immigration and terrorism. As the EU referendum approaches, the politics of identity are colliding with the economics of global trade. (Photo: Andrew Testa / The New York Times) Great Britain is my adopted home. I have deep affection for this nation -- for its people, for its great tradition of liberalism and for its commitment to justice and human rights. For its art, literature, theatre, music and film, its long record of groundbreaking scientific discoveries, its beautiful countryside, its National Health Service ... I could go on. The European Union (EU) referendum on June 23 will be one of the ...
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Your Vote at the EU Referendum Will Determine Our Future 27.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Bianca Jagger

Great Britain is my adopted home. I have deep affection for this nation — for its people, for its great tradition of liberalism, its commitment to justice and human rights. For its art, literature, theatre, music and film, its long record of ground-breaking scientific discoveries, its beautiful countryside, its National Health Service... I could go on.

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The EU Referendum Will Determine Our Future 26.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Illustration by Ellie Foreman-Peck Britain and the referendum Great Britain is my adopted home. I have deep affection for this nation -- for its people, for its great tradition of liberalism, its commitment to justice and human rights. For its art, literature, theatre, music and film, its long record of ground-breaking scientific discoveries, its beautiful countryside, its National Health Service... I could go on. The EU referendum on June 23 will be one of the most significant decisions British citizens will ever have to make. The outcome will affect how the UK is governed, national security, the economy, human rights, the environment, culture... every aspect of our lives. It will define what it means to be British and could alter this country's relationship with the world for generations to come. Rhetoric of the "Leave Campaign" I watched in disbelief as some British leaders resorted to racist rhetoric in the lead-up to the referendum. Boris Johnson made a notorious comment about the EU in his ...
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4 Big Reasons Why Land Rights Matter 24.5.2016 WRI Stories
4 Big Reasons Why Land Rights MatterAdd Comment|PrintA farmer in Babati, Tanzania. Photo by S.Malyon/CIAT This article was originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation News. “Let us wake up, humankind…Let us build societies that are able to coexist in a dignified way, in way that protects life. Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.” These were the influential words of the Honduran indigenous land rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Towards a better planet and a life of dignity for all 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As we approach the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), it is important to put into perspective the challenges facing the international community ahead of this crucial meeting and the fundamental goals that underpin it. The gathering in Nairobi will be a part of a much broader global reflection. Its landmark precedents, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, have put the world on the road to making environmental sustainability key to human development and our efforts to end poverty and hunger. At the threshold of this journey, which starts at UNEA, lies the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals - a global cornerstone that marks a sharp turn in the international community's course towards sustainable human development. Evaluating accomplishments, measuring progress and quantifying pending objectives will be vital to the success of the Agenda 2030. The progress already made in recent years is enough to fill us with ...
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While Nature Might Not Discriminate, the Effects of Climate Change Do 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For far too long, American popular opinion has relegated climate change to the ranks of pedagogical scientists, clearly siloed from our everyday lives. It is with this in mind that a number of environmental advocates kicked off a campaign this spring in support of President Obama's Clean Power Plan . The legality of the EPA's carbon rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Power Plan will be determined in the State of West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--the court case was originally scheduled to come before a three-person panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 2. As of last week, it has been delayed to September 27--but will come before a whole court. The campaign in favor of the Clean Power Plan is unique in that its rhetoric borrows from the gay rights movement: Joshua Dorner, a strategist at the Washington political communications firm SKDKnickerbocker who has experience working on same-sex marriage campaigns, ...
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Everything Is Going Wrong In Brazil Ahead Of The Olympics 24.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Brazilians flooded Copacabana Beach on a sunny afternoon seven years ago, on the day the International Olympic Committee announced that Rio de Janeiro would host the 2016 Summer Olympics.  With the eyes of the world on his country -- then one of the world's fastest-growing economies -- then-president Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, known to Brazilians simply as "Lula," promised his people that this would be their moment in the spotlight. "The world," Silva said, "has recognized that the time has come for Brazil.” Seven years later, on the eve of Rio's Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said he is " very confident that it will be an excellent Games ." Yet just two months before they kick off, the 2016 Olympics -- the first to come to South America in the event's 120-year history -- are shrouded in crisis and doubt. Brazil is facing its greatest recession in 100 years, is embroiled in one of the most formidable political crises since its transition to democracy more than three decades ago, and is navigating a ...
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