User: flenvcenter Topic: Sustainability-National
Category: Environmental Justice :: General
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Special-interest groups are given unfair priority over maritime industry 1.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
The Seattle Times’ recent Editorial “Give maritime industry a fair hearing on Shell’s oil-rig lease” [Opinion, June 28] is appreciated by the Washington Maritime Federation, which represents maritime businesses and the men and women of the working waterfront. The controversy surrounding the Port of Seattle’s lease with Foss Maritime has revealed a troubling reality about […]
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Which Woman Should Adorn the $10 Bill? 28.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a speech last year in Kansas City, President Barack Obama said he received a letter from a nine-year-old girl that included a list of possible women to put on America's paper bills and coins, "which I thought was a pretty good idea." This March, Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone started a campaign called Women on 20s to demand that the government replace former President Andrew Jackson's image on the $20 bill with a woman from history. Now, the Obama administration is following through, although not in the way that the two women and the many followers they galvanized had hoped. Last week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that in 2020 -- the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote -- a woman will appear on the $10 note, not the $20 bill. Lew explained that the $10 bill was already scheduled to be redesigned to deal with counterfeiting threats. The new currency will feature state-of-the-art security and composition features and will include a tactile element ...
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'Nothing Less Than a Systemic Transformation of Our World' 26.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Read More: 20 Women Who Should Appear on the $10 Bill 26.6.2015 American Prospect
Public Domain In a speech last year in Kansas City, President Barack Obama said he received a letter from a nine-year-old girl that included a list of possible women to put on America’s paper bills and coins, “which I thought was a pretty good idea." In March of this year, Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone started a campaign called Women on 20s to demand that the government replace former President Andrew Jackson’s image on the $20 bill with a woman from history. Now, the Obama administration is following through, although not in the way that the two women and the many followers they galvanized had hoped. Last week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that in 2020—the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote—a woman will appear on the $10 note, not the $20 bill.  Lew explained that the $10 bill was already scheduled to be redesigned to deal with counterfeiting threats. The new currency will feature state-of-the-art security and composition features and will ...
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Obama Sides With Republican Climate Change Deniers on Trade Deal 26.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I see the White House promote #actonclimate while President Obama is pushing the Trans Pacific Partnership that will reduce regulations on the worlds largest polluters, I get an awful feeling in my stomach. When Elizabeth Warren exposed the dangers of TPP's investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) on working families, the environment, and public health, the president said, "I take that personally." Obama still hasn't answered to these important issues yet Congress just voted to give him authority to negotiate the deal without oversight from the American people, environmental groups, health professionals, labor experts, or Congress. Instead he will be negotiating the TPP behind closed doors with many of the very corporations and banks that are responsible for our environmental and economic problems (for a list of 605 corporate insiders and advisors for TPP, visit here ). There is good reason that thousands of informed environmental groups, labor organizations and health professionals oppose the ...
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Dear Pope: To Tackle Climate and Poverty, Take a Hard Look at Black Carbon 25.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In his watershed encyclical released last week, Pope Francis describes the two defining issues of our time -- climate change and poverty -- as essentially linked: "[A] true ecological approach ... must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." The Pope has quite rightly framed reducing the pollution that causes global warming as a moral imperative. The impacts of climate change are already hitting the poorest the hardest, and the damage will only multiply as time goes on. Reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases today will surely save and improve countless future lives. But there is one warming pollutant that affects the poor more than any other, right now, all over the world. It also happens to be the only tool in our kit for slowing down atmospheric warming immediately. It's called black carbon, and it might be the most dangerous pollutant you've never heard of. Black carbon is made up of ...
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Agroecology Boosted at Pioneering Meeting 23.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Did the Pope Really Blast California? 23.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CA: "Pope blasts California's cap-and-trade" was the headline from the San Francisco Chronicle's initial coverage of a major statement by Pope Francis on environmental stewardship and climate change ("On the Care of Our Common Home"). But a closer look at the...
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DN Editorial: WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON? 23.6.2015 Philly.com News
IT WAS SOMEWHAT drowned out in the U.S. by the grim news from Charleston, N.C., but Pope Francis issued a powerful plea for the world to actually do something about greenhouse-gas pollution and climate change. The pontiff embraced the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming, but he also wrapped his message in truly radical packaging.
The Centrality of Sustainability 22.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the past half century, we have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe issue barely clinging to a spot on the American political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical. Presidents and prime ministers must now negotiate over climate change and habitat preservation just as they have long held talks on trade, jobs and national security. Technology has transformed how we live and has made life easier and more intellectually stimulating for many of the people of the world, but technology's unmanaged use has damaged the planet and left many people behind in a state of extreme poverty that the pope correctly termed a moral issue. The wanton and purposeless consumption of the planet's resources is unethical. Jim Yardley and Laurie Goldstein summarized the encyclical in the New York Times last week and reported that the pope's: ...most stinging rebuke is a broad economic and political critique of profit-seeking and the undue influence of technology on society. He praised the progress achieved ...
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Pope Francis challenges us all on Climate Change and improving the life of the poor 18.6.2015 Environmental News Network
The Encyclical due to be published today by Pope Francis represents a profound religious and philosophical challenge to the mainstream narratives of our times, writes Steffen Böhm, and a major confrontation with the great corporate, economic and political powers, as it spells out the potential of a new world order rooted in love, compassion, and care for the natural world.Improving the lives of slum dwellers and addressing climate change is, for Pope Francis, one and the same thing. Both require tackling the structural, root causes of inequality, injustice, poverty and environmental degradation.
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Pope Francis: "Bold Cultural Revolution" Needed to Save Planet from Climate Change and Consumerism 18.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In his long-awaited encyclical on the environment and climate change, Pope Francis has called for swift action to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor." He called for a change of lifestyle in rich countries steeped in a "throwaway" consumer culture, and an end to "obstructionist attitudes" that sometimes put profit before the common good. Pope Francis said protecting the planet is a moral and ethical "imperative" for believers and nonbelievers alike that should supersede political and economic interests. A major theme of the encyclical is the disparity between rich and poor. "We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet," he said. We speak to Naomi Klein, author ...
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Laudato Si' and Water: The Vatican's Encyclical Letter and Global Water Challenges 18.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The official text of the much-anticipated Vatican's Encyclical Letter, "Laudato Si'" ("On Care for our Common Home") was released today. While considerable attention is being devoted to the sections of Pope Francis's new Encyclical related to the threats of climate change, the letter also tackles many other environmental challenges, including biodiversity, food, and especially the critical issue of freshwater. Woven throughout is attention to the social and equity dimensions of these challenges and a deep concern for the poor. The water sections of the Encyclical Letter focus on the disparities in access, quality, and use of water between the wealthier, industrialized parts of the world and poorer populations. It notes that in many parts of the world, exploitation of water is exceeding natural resource limits - the problem of "peak water" - while still failing to satisfy the needs of the poorest. "The exploitation of the planet has already exceeded acceptable limits and we still have not solved the ...
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Acting on encyclical a challenge for the faithful 18.6.2015 Philly.com News
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Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix ‘perverse’ economy 18.6.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a sweeping environmental manifesto aimed at spurring concrete action, Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he described as a “structurally perverse” economic system where the rich exploit the poor, turning Earth into an “immense pile of filth.” Francis framed climate change as an urgent […]
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Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy 18.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of ...
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The Pope Might Save the Planet... if You Would Join an Interfaith Effort to Support His Direction! 18.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pope Francis' Laudato Si plea for environmental sanity and a serious recommitment to the Bible's call for humanity to be stewards of this planet earth just might make a huge difference by puncturing through the emotional depression that keeps most of the people of the earth paralyzed in face of the growing crisis. It is not that people don't know about the environmental crisis that keeps us stuck in our current situation. It is rather that most people are unable to see any way out of the mess that global capitalism has created for us. Feeling hopeless about the possibility of the kinds of fundamental transformations needed to save the planet, much of humanity has chosen the ostrich strategy: deny the problem, and focus instead on getting as much as one can for oneself in the decades ahead as the planet whimpers under the increasing destructiveness of the capitalist imperative to growth without limits and accumulation of money, power or things as the only meaning to life. Yet it is this very growth and ...
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The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe 17.6.2015 Truthout.com
While some companies target sites within the United States to dump pollution, more commonly, corporations either move production overseas or ship waste abroad. Twenty years after NAFTA, nothing has changed. Corporate control over the US government continues to ensure that trade agreements do not include environmental restrictions on corporate actions. (Image: The New Press) Our systems of industrial production are as harmful today as they have ever been, but now the ugly side of manufacturing is hidden in faraway places where workers are most vulnerable. Out of Sight, by labor historian Erik Loomis, explains how this came to pass and how workers can take power back from corporations. Order the book now by donating to Truthout! In the following excerpt from Out of Sight, the history of US corporate pollution and toxic dumping is recounted. From the moment American corporations were born in the late eighteenth century, they saw the natural world as a dumping ground. Within a few years of an industry ...
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Kevin Copeland: Goal will destroy area 16.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The propaganda blitzkrieg that Washington and their lock step cronies have created, has morphed into more than a laughable distraction. Our way of life is seriously under threat from a radical environmental agenda, that, if left unchecked and allowed to come to fruition, will cause social and economic chaos for everyone. Northwest Colorado is likely to be ground zero if President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency and the environmental group, Wild Earth Guardians (who by the way, receive money from the Obama administration) achieve their goal to eliminate thermal coal electrical generation. The ramifications of this will affect us all (conservatives, liberals, rich, and especially, the poor).  If Clarence Page really feels compelled to write about the social injustices heaped upon minorities, he should read the National Black Chamber of Commerce’s (nationalbcc.org) report on the threat of the EPA regulations to low-income groups and minorities, stating that the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power ...
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