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Pollution Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way. 22.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Nangsao Witlawan, a resident of Thailand's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, where pollution contaminates nearby wells with mercury and other toxins. Photo by Laura Villadiego Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts. Whether it’s residents living along the polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India ; Louisiana’s petrochemical-dense Cancer Alley ; Thailand’s toxic hot spot Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate ; or children living near a battery recycling factory in Naucalpan De Juárez, Mexico , environmental racism has long exposed poor people and people of color to dangerously high levels of lead, contaminated water and bad air . These communities suffer from high incidences of related ailments, such as cancer and asthma. Many have also witnessed the desecration of cultural landmarks . A Natural Resources Defense Council report issued last year, Watered Down Justice,  found that race is the factor that bears ...
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Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South 21.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South Danielle Purifoy Wed, 10/21/2020 - 00:45 This story was originally published by Southerly , in partnership with Scalawag and Environmental Health News for its Powerlines series, which looks at climate change, justice, and infrastructure in the American South. The series is supported by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and is part of their  POWER project .  In 2013, when Enviva Biomass opened a new plant near Belinda Joyner’s community in Northampton County, North Carolina, she already knew what to expect. As the Northeast Organizer for  Clean Water for North Carolina , she’d met with residents of a small, majority Black town called Ahoskie, 40 miles from her home. Enviva had built its  first North Carolina plant  there two years before.  The corporation, which manufactures wood pellets as a purportedly renewable alternative to coal, did what most industries do in ...
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Climate Corps awards 20.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Climate Corps awards
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Young Activists Aren't Waiting for Anyone 20.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Climate change has joined racism, sexism, and related aggressions in creating a new dynamic demanding redress of America’s inequalities and defining its divisions. On the Republican right, President Donald Trump’s constituencies pursue restoration of an idealized American “greatness” lionizing the superiority of nativist White, aged, wealthy, Christian, publicly avowed heterosexual men to exploit the environment at will.  

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Why Gen Z voices matter in making business sustainable 19.10.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Why Gen Z voices matter in making business sustainable Isabel LoDuca Mon, 10/19/2020 - 01:00 Generation Z, those born between 1996 and 2015, are current consumers, future business leaders and the future of this world. Yet, Gen Z is unlike any other generation to date. With buying power of more than $140 billion , Gen Z is the fastest-growing consumer segment with unique purchasing values in mind and the willingness to act upon them. Gen Z wants companies to use their scale to push for environmental progress, human rights, inclusion and honesty and transparency.  Environment. There are just seven short years left before the damage from climate change is irreversible. As found in a recent UNiDAYS survey , 93 percent of Gen Z believes brands have an obligation to take a stand on environmental issues. From developing company-wide environmental policies to making smart climate-related investments, Gen Z wants to see actionable plans and measurable progress.  With buying power of more than $140 billion, Gen Z ...
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Court allows Exide to abandon a toxic site in Vernon. Taxpayers will fund the cleanup 17.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

A bankruptcy court says Exide Technologies can abandon its toxic battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup to California taxpayers.

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A Community Action Toolkit: A Roadmap for Using Environmental Rights to Fight Pollution 15.10.2020 WRI Stories
A Community Action Toolkit: A Roadmap for Using Environmental Rights to Fight Pollution
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Mongolia Shows How to Fight for Environmental Justice 15.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print The people of Erdenetsagaan fought against a mining company that polluted their community. Photo by Munkhgerel Baterdene In Eastern Mongolia near the Chinese border, the people of Erdenetsagaan are furious with the mining companies that have wreaked havoc on their community of 7,000. “Five mountains have disappeared. They are breaking them down and throwing them at us – literally,” says Baatarsukh, a semi-nomadic herder, as he surveys the region’s grasslands. Pastures that once sustained his family’s way of life for generations are now caked in thick dust and pockmarked by open-pit mines that poison the local environment. “But no one cares about our health,” adds Baatarsukh, who also leads the local organization Erdenetsagaan Without Mining. “No one from the government will do anything.” Mongolia’s herders aren’t alone in their fight against pollution, the world’s leading cause of disease, disability and premature death. How Local Action Can Push for Enforcement of Anti-Pollution Laws More than 150 ...
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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice – Let’s Get to Work 9.10.2020 EcoTone
“If you don’t have diverse representation in positions of power and authority to make change, how can you expect real change?” Participant, ESA Listening Session on DEIJ Action Steps October 7, ...
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SEC rule change stifles key risk signal, disenfranchises retail investors 5.10.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
SEC rule change stifles key risk signal, disenfranchises retail investors Sara Murphy Mon, 10/05/2020 - 02:00 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted Sept. 23 to amend its shareholder proposal rule , effectively depriving most retail investors of the ability to use the process to protect and advance their interests. In so doing, the SEC is dampening an important risk signal to corporate management and investors, especially with respect to environmental, social and governance issues. The change appears to have been heavily influenced by a network of corporate oil and gas interests, and is likely to be contested in court. First, some background. Shareholders in publicly traded companies have the right to vote on certain corporate matters. As most people cannot attend companies’ annual meetings, corporations offer shareholders the option to cast a proxy vote by mail or electronic means. While most proposals originate with company management, a growing investor movement uses shareholder ...
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 5.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much ...
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Op-Ed: Exide's latest bid to avoid additional liability for poisoning L.A. County communities 5.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Bankruptcy laws are stacked in favor of corporate polluters, and the federal DOJ has made clear it intends to allow Exide to abandon its toxic Vernon facility.

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EDF launches new tool to highlight corporate action on climate policy 1.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF launches new tool to highlight corporate action on climate policy
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Coalition Unveils Findings on MRGO Ecosystem Recovery 15 Years After Hurricane Katrina 1.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Coalition Unveils Findings on MRGO Ecosystem Recovery 15 Years After Hurricane Katrina
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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities 30.9.2020 WRI Stories
Print A walk in the park might seem like a small thing, but green spaces can play a huge role in building equitable cities. Photo by Ignascio Brosa/Unsplash As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much green they are likely to see. The gaps between the haves and the have-nots in cities across the world are visible from space, illuminated by tree canopy. San Francisco’s Urban Forestry Plan , for example, notes that tree canopy varies widely depending on the relative wealth of different communities. The ritzy villas in the Seacliff neighborhood enjoy a leafy 30% canopy cover, while historically lower-income and immigrant communities in the Mission and Outer Sunset neighborhoods have a scant 7.5% and 5% tree canopy cover, respectively. The correlation between urban tree cover ...
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RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight 29.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
RBG left these 4 lessons for the climate fight Rushad Nanavatty Tue, 09/29/2020 - 01:30 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero. The obituaries have focused on her legacy as a feminist icon, her singular determination, her deep humanity, and her profound common sense. These traits were exemplified by her famous dissents — equal parts restrained and biting — against a series of regressive Supreme Court majority decisions. We don’t immediately think of RBG as an environmental activist or climate champion ( Greta Thunberg fandom  notwithstanding). However, her life and career offer plenty of inspiration for our work at RMI — and for anyone concerned with preserving a livable planet. When I think about RBG, these are the lessons I take for the climate fight. 1. Climate action honors RBG’s legacy on equality RBG did more to advance the cause of equality than any justice since Thurgood Marshall. Her life and career were defined by it. As a schoolgirl in Brooklyn, she objected to the fact that the boys went to woodshop ...
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Black Voters Could Be Decisive Eco-Voters in the Most High Stakes Election in US History. 28.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story appeared in WURD as part of the Covering Climate Now project and is being shared through the Climate Desk Partnership. It’s not only been a summer season (now autumn) of a deadly pandemic, toxic politics, and social unrest, but the nation has been rocked by a non-stop series of environmental calamities triggered by […]
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Time for Action: ESA initiates a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) task force 24.9.2020 EcoTone
Racism and prejudice continue to harm communities of color. ESA stands firm in its commitment to challenge and break down inequities in our community of scientists and practitioners of ecology. Today, we reach out to you with an update towards fulfilling the commitment made in the June 2020 letter to the community. At that time, ...
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Justice Ginsburg’s Legacy Protects Millions Afflicted by Climate and Air Pollution 22.9.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Justice Ginsburg’s Legacy Protects Millions Afflicted by Climate and Air Pollution
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Fire Has Always Defined California. An Artist and Naturalist Reflects on What’s Different This Time. 22.9.2020 Mother Jones
California is burning. After a rare lightning storm during an exceptional heatwave sparked more than 350 blazes in August, hundreds of thousands evacuated their homes as 6,223 structures were damaged or destroyed and 25 lives were lost. One month later, four of the five largest wildfires in the state’s 170-year history are still raging. As in […]
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