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How Utah Coal Interests Helped Push a Secret Plan to Export Coal From California 24.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This story was originally published on July 21, 2016 at High Country News ( hcn.org ). On June 27, hundreds of people packed the Oakland City Council meeting where a proposal to ban the transport of coal through the California city was up for a vote. Speakers on both sides of the issue delivered passionate arguments, pitting the promise of good jobs in a depressed area against concern about environmental impacts. The meeting quickly became rowdy. "There was a lot of tension," says Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor of West Side Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland, who spoke in support of the ban. Pro-coal supporters stationed in the audience heckled him throughout his address, and at times, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, the council president, struggled to maintain order. "Officers," she requested, "please escort those persons who continue to have disrespectful outbursts outside of the chamber." The vote came after more than a year of heated debate over plans to build a marine terminal, from which coal mined in ...
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How Individualist Economics Are Causing Planetary Eco-Collapse 21.7.2016 Truthout.com
Capitalist economics can offer no solution to the impending ecological collapse because the crisis is the product of the same dynamic of competition-driven production for market that generates the ever-greater accumulation of wealth and consumption that Smithian economists celebrate. A selection from the cover of Green Capitalism: The God That Failed. (Image: WEA Books) For some in the environmental movement, it has been tempting to believe that "innovation" and free market solutions could address the challenge of climate disruption. In his provocative and robustly argued book Green Capitalism: The God That Failed, Richard Smith shows why that idea is a myth. Click here to order this important book today with a donation to Truthout! The following is an abridged excerpt from the essay "How did the common good become a bad idea? The eco-suicidal economics of Adam Smith," in Green Capitalism: The God That Failed. While capitalism has brought unprecedented development, this same motor of development is now ...
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Environmental Justice Means We Stand With Vulnerable Communities 20.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Environmental injustice and environmental racism are not new phenomena, and yet the scandal in Flint, Michigan shocked so many. As a result of the outrage in Flint, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a report, What's in Your Water? Flint and Beyond, that noted Flint was not an isolated case. The reported highlighted that more than 5,300 local water systems are in violation of EPA's regulations, and states took action in 817 cases while EPA took up only 88. One of the report's recommendations: Address environmental injustice, allowing local communities who bear a disproportionate burden of polluted water to participate in developing solutions to drinking water infrastructure challenges. This recommendation begs the question: where is the environmental movement in the face of all this injustice? Yet, in 2016, in the richest country in the world, we are failing our neighbors by ignoring or not addressing the issue of clean water or environmental injustice issues. Rarely is there a larger ...
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Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching 'Climate Justice' 19.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Bill Bigelow

In May, the Portland, Oregon school board passed the country’s first comprehensive “climate justice” resolution. The school board voted unanimously to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities,” and called for all schools to teach a “climate justice” curriculum.

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"People's Justice and Peace Convention," Protests Mark the RNC's Opening Weekend in Cleveland 18.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Cleveland-based advocacy groups joined with activists from across the US this weekend ahead of the Republican National Convention to hold an alternative convention, where they finalized a platform affirming human, economic and environmental rights. They also hit the streets to protest systemic police violence and call for the country to "dump Trump." Protesters march in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, during the "Shut Down Trump and the RNC" march and rally, Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Photo: Britney Schultz) Cleveland-based advocacy organizations joined with activists from across the US this weekend ahead of the Republican National Convention (RNC) to hold an alternative gathering: the People's Justice and Peace Convention (PJPC). After several workshops and panels, organizers ultimately finalized their own platform affirming human, economic and environmental rights. Many also hit the streets to protest systemic police violence and to counter Donald Trump and the Republican Party's agenda. Organizations including ...
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Three Ideas for a Fairer and Cleaner Asia 11.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Hemantha Withanage, Sam Cossar-Gilbert

This week on the 12th and the 13th of July there will be the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2016) in Japan. An annual forum that brings together frontline experts and stakeholders from international organisations, governments,businesses, and NGOs to discuss sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. An important topic since Asia faces two destructive and entwined crises – growing inequality and climate change. The sustainable future of our planet depends on whether Asia can rise to these challenges and transform its economic and political systems.

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Hoping To Save US Senate For GOP, Marco Rubio Tries On Environmental Footwear 8.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio parachuted into the most befouled toxic part of the state he represents: Florida's solidly Republican and Tea Party friendly, Martin County. More accurately, Senator Rubio arrived to a press conference by boat after a tour of the toxic water nightmare afflicting the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee. These waterways course through GOP districts. Voters have every reason to be furious. Sold on the premise that pollution regulations are overly burdensome and harm job creation, Floridians are now confronting the real prospect that coastal real estate values are kaput, thanks to Republican shape-shifters. Rubio and his entourage, some of whom held hands to faces to avoid gagging from the stench of toxic algae, went from yacht to dock, careful not to get caught by the sort of unscripted moment that found Gov. Rick Scott on viral video from a Starbucks, where his young interlocutor called him "an asshole", or, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam who last week quietly pulled a ...
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Environmental Injustices in the Air We Breathe 7.7.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
This post originally appeared in La Voz de Esperanza . For years now, San Antonio residents have endured unhealthy levels of ozone in the air we breathe. Yet, the city of San Antonio has narrowly avoided violating the US Environmental Protection Agency’s national ozone standards, designed to protect human health. But San Antonio will soon have to make changes to its approach to air quality. In October of last year, the EPA, responding to the findings of recent health studies, lowered the maximum allowable ozone level. On April 8 of this year, San Antonio exceeded that threshold, which means our region is not meeting EPA’s ozone air quality standards. This matters because ground-level ozone can affect our health and often has disproportionate impacts on racial and ethnic minorities. The good news is that there are lots of ways to reduce ozone. Ozone is formed when pollutants called precursors – nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – mix with sunlight. While ...
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Climate Change’s Iniquitous Transmission of Urgency: The Gulf South 2.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright

The “South” is not Just a Preposition, It’s Also a Condition

The “South,” both as a global region and within industrialized countries, is where the people most vulnerable to climate catastrophe are located. It is here that we find the highest concentration of fossil fuel sacrifice zones, home to low-wealth citizens who enjoy little to no access to political power in their respective nations. And it’s here that we find some of the more efficacious models of climate resistance and resilience that you’ve never, or barely, heard about.

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Here's The Draft Democratic Party Platform 2.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
38 Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Create Ladders of Opportunity 39 40 Democrats believe that everyone in America deserves the chance to live up to their God-given 41 potential. We will work to break down barriers standing in the way of Americans and replace 42 them with ladders of opportunity. 43 44 Racial Justice 45 Democrats will fight to end institutional and systemic racism in our society. We will challenge 46 and dismantle the structures that define lasting racial, economic, political, and social inequity. 1 Democrats will promote racial justice through fair, just, and equitable governing of all 2 institutions serving the public and in the formation of public policy. We will push for a societal 3 transformation to make it clear that black lives matter and there is no place for racism in our 4 country. 6 Racial Wealth Gap 7 America's economic inequality problem is even more pronounced ...
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The future is not ours to see -- but it is ours to shape 29.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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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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