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Why Clean Energy Is Center Stage on International Day of Peace 19.9.2016 Green on
Each year since 1981, the United Nations (UN) recognizes an International Day of Peace on September 21. The day is intended to strengthen peace both within and among nations. As an environmental advocate, I can't help but think about the effects of climate change on the current state of global peace. And while there are a few climate deniers out there, those who have looked at the science are saying climate change poses a serious threat to global security and peace. Fortunately, the UN agrees - which is why they chose to focus this year's International Peace Day on Sustainable Development Goals . Unanimously adopted by all 193 UN member states, the Sustainable Development Goals are broken down into 17 focus areas and are part of a broader agenda to fight inequality, injustice, and climate change by 2030. Goal 7 - "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all" - is a hugely important part of fostering global peace. The world needs affordable, reliable electricity to heat, ...
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Mining Leaves a Wisconsin Tribe's Hallowed Sites at Risk 19.9.2016 Headlines
Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News

Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago.

“I was in a van and when we drove by the White Rapids I looked over and saw an elder sitting on a dam, in full Indian regalia,” Reiter says. “He flagged me down, I climbed the dam, and he started talking to me in Menominee.”

Menominee is the language of Reiter’s tribe, the Menominee Indians of Wisconsin. The dam is on the Menominee River, where the history of the tribe begins.

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These Minneapolis Bicyclists Will Take You on a Spirited Tour -- Of Their Polluted Neighborhood 17.9.2016
A gaggle of cyclists touring Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood is led by Jose Luis Villasenor, who is tugging a 1,200-watt speaker blaring Latin tunes. The group's energy is infectious. People from passing cars cheer on the cyclists or excitedly shout, "Who are you guys?" This is Villasenor's Toxic Bike Tour, a racially diverse mix of bicyclists coming together to check out environmental injustice in East Phillips. They ride past thick clouds of smoke and the diesel smell of idling trucks. Villasenor explains the health effects of arsenic and lead on residents. Villasenor is the executive director of Tamales y Bicicletas, an urban grassroots organization that mobilizes communities of color to take on environmental advocacy through sustainable cultural practices, like bicycling and growing traditional foods. Villasenor hopes his spirited tour will inspire people in his neighborhood to fight environmental injustice and health disparities. "I'm Mexicano, and when [the Latino community] talks about ...
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Welcome to the Anthropocene, are environmentalists equipped to respond? 15.9.2016 - News for the rest of us
On September 5, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, members of the "Working Group on the Anthropocene" presented findings of their research to the annual International Geological Congress. A research paper by the group of 35 scientists, commissioned by the Congress, was published in January of this year, concluding that a new, "functionally and stratigraphically distinct" unit of geologic time has ...
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Press Advisory: 600+ Campaign Nonviolence Events Across USA Next Week! 14.9.2016 Newswire
Campaign Nonviolence

Flurry of 600-plus events in all 50 states Sept. 18-24 spotlight annual week of nonviolent action in a violent nation & world during final stretch of presidential election

National grassroots movement targeting third week of September organized by

• A Chicago priest will lead thousands marching against gun violence in the Southside.

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Far From Over: Four Lessons Non-Natives Can Learn From #NoDAPL 14.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Many celebrated  the decision of three government agencies  this past Friday, in opposition to the ruling of a federal judge, that Dakota Access cease building the Bakken Pipeline until reviews could be made of the Army Corps' construction plans. In an effort to block the pipeline's path, the largest gathering of Native people in the US in decades has been occurring near the Standing Rock reservation since April 1st. Only recently has their resistance been receiving attention outside of indigenous activist circles. This is due in large part to escalation in the militant tactics of Lakota protectors -- who have chained themselves to bulldozers and broken the ranks of corporate security to interrupt the desecration of sacred sites, halting construction on multiple occasions long before the official statement from the DOJ. Native organizers have  reminded us over the weekend  that this is not the end of the fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. As powers attempt to slow momentum and direct attention ...
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The Native American, the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice 14.9.2016 Views
Ramzy Baroud

Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory.

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Shifting Power to Protect People and Planet 12.9.2016 Green on
Last year, the world agreed an important to-do list for humanity. The Sustainable Development Goals set out a vision to end poverty by 2030, to turn the tide on soaring levels of inequality and to accelerate the transition to a world run on safe, renewable energy . However, these goals - like too many agreed by government summits before - will not be met unless the next 15 years sees a fundamental shift in the distribution of power. Nothing less will be required to deliver prosperity for all while staying within the ecological limits nature sets us. A redistribution of political and economic power is a precondition for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Dalberg , a global development platform, asked thought leaders from around the world to make 17 Big Bets about our world in 2030. Our big bet is that we can shift power to protect people and planet effectively by 2030. We are optimistic because the work to get us there has already started. Across the world, citizens are joining together and ...
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The Politics of Nonviolence 10.9.2016 Views
Rev. John Dear

What a summer! Like everyone else, I’m trying to make some sense of it, and figure out a thoughtful response. We’ve suffered through the mainstream media’s non-stop broadcast of the dirty politics of hatred, scape-goating, and war-mongering, particularly by Mr. Trump. We’ve undergone shootings by white police officers of unarmed African Americans, and even shootings of police, as well as massacres in Orlando and Nice, not to mention the daily U.S. massacres in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen.

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Environmental Justice Leaders Confront The 'Value Gap' 9.9.2016 Politics on
There's a photograph in my office that serves as a poignant reminder. It depicts a sign pointing to a "colored waiting area" from a Greyhound bus terminal. The image reminds me that the nation's benefits and burdens are still distributed in ways that privilege white skin over black and brown skin. African Americans and other people of color still suffer disproportionate burdens in so many areas of life. While blatantly race-based laws and "colored" signs are no longer used to engineer privileges for whites while subjugating people of color, implicit racism is still at work, continuing to reaffirm social and economic inequality. White Americans still benefit from generational wealth and color privilege in nearly every measurable aspect of life. They earn more , have better healthcare and more educational resources than people of color. And people of color have less access to drinking water and modern sanitation and face more environmental pollution. Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude addresses how the ...
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How sustainability leaders deal with bullies 29.8.2016 Design & Innovation |
Part Two of a three-part series. Read Part One here.I cut my teeth on sustainability pressure in the late 1980s, when McDonald’s for the first time was attacked and vilified — at the time, over packaging and waste.
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California Raises the Bar with Ambitious Climate Legislation 24.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
California Raises the Bar with Ambitious Climate Legislation
Climate Change This Week: Heating Up, Melting Away, Upping Wind Power, and More! 24.8.2016 Green on
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Jeweled Flower Mantis found in Asian forests, is another reason to save these important ecosystems. Source Pinterest Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon OO Malaysia: Sarawak Establishes 2+ Million Acres Of Protected Areas and may add 1.1 million more... now will these truly be protected from illegal deforestation? Stay tuned, folks. <> Credit Dan at OO Rising Temperatures Stunt Tree Growth new research finds iconic Douglas firs across the West are water- and heat-stressed. Rising Temperatures Fuel Fires - the Sobranes, CA wildfire has destroyed nearly 70,000 acres of forest and destroyed over 40 homes. Source OO 43 Large US West Wildfires as of August 24, 2016 shows the US Forest Service wildfire map. OO New England Is Being Deforested since the 1980s due to expansion of affluent suburbs, says a new study; since then 5% of its forests has been ...
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Forget GMOs. Pesticides Pose the Real Risk 23.8.2016 American Prospect
A tractor spreads chemicals on his crop as Hastings, Florida, resident Brian Hunt watches.    The latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that Americans’ appetite for locally grown, organic food is growing. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it. Most polls show that the vast majority of Americans also support mandatory labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Nearly half of Americans think scientists have found risks associated with eating GM foods even though they haven’t, according to a recent survey by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “People don’t know very much about the science, and they don’t know that GMOs have been in the food supply for 20 years,” says William Hallman, who ran the survey. “They just know they don’t like it.” Last month, after years of contentious debate, President Obama signed legislation requiring the first national GMO labeling standard. (Labeling advocates aren’t happy with the ...
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Corporate Conquistadors Violate Indigenous Lands and Bodies 22.8.2016
Recently, KWG Resources Incorporated, a Canadian mining company, posted a video online using women dressed in bikinis to promote the mining of chromite on Indigenous lands in northern Ontario, known as the Ring of Fire. KWG President Frank Smeenk defended his company's actions saying " sex sells ." Perhaps this was the most honest statement of those in the industry. Mining is about exploitation -- not just of the minerals in the ground, but of women as well. For decades, the primary focus of anti-mining, logging and oil and gas activists has been on the environmental destruction left behind by the extractive industry. It is also a fact that Indigenous peoples worldwide are disproportionately impacted by environmental destruction in their territories caused by these companies with the approval of state governments. Environmental racism has put all the profits in the hands of corporations at the expense of the health of peoples, plants and animals. What is less known by the general public are the very ...
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A big question complicating the climate debate: Where's the money for poor people? 22.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In early 2015, Democratic members of the state Assembly huddled in a Cal State Sacramento conference room to hear Mary Nichols, chair of the powerful Air Resources Board, explain how her agency handles the billions of dollars collected from California’s marquee program to fight climate change. 

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Blue Cities Battle Red States 22.8.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in our Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here .  When Denton, Texas, passed a fracking ban in November 2014, it was national news. The story seemed out of a movie, a David-and-Goliath tale in which a scrappy band of citizens goes up against big industry and wins. Located in the heart of oil and gas territory, the town is hardly a liberal bastion; its state representative is a staunch conservative, and among its biggest annual events is the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. But residents were watching gas drills come closer and closer to their parks and schools. Adam Briggle, a professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, found himself attending more and more meetings as he tried to understand the environmental impact of fracking, a process used to extract oil and natural gas from the ground. Tara Linn Hunter, a music teacher, found herself with debilitating adult asthma, a condition she attributed at least partly to pollution generated by the efforts to get natural gas. After the ...
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Tunisia: On the Front Lines of the Struggle Against Climate Change 21.8.2016
Kerkennah is a group of islands lying off the east coast of Tunisia in the Gulf of Gabès, around 20km away from the mainland city of Sfax. The two main islands are Chergui and Gharbi. When approaching the islands by ferry, one is struck by a curious sight: the coastal waters are divided into countless parcels, separated from one another by thousands of palm tree leaves. This is what Kerkennis call charfia, a centuries-old fishing method ingeniously designed to lure fish into a capture chamber from where they can be easily recovered. As the land is arid, agricultural activity is limited to subsistence farming. For the islanders fishing is one of the key economic activities, but for big multinational corporations it is the exploitation of oil and gas. Despite a new article in the Tunisian constitution stipulating state sovereignty over natural resources and transparency in the related contracts, oil and gas companies continue to garner obscene profits and enjoy impunity. At the same time, local communities ...
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This Town Is Sick of Drinking Polluted Water 19.8.2016 Views
Michelle Chen

In Alabama’s Black Belt, a region where the vestiges of slavery still manifest in chronic poverty and crumbling infrastructure, a more recent legacy of mining and industry is haunting the land through poisoned waterways and toxic soil.

Yet the region has long been the rural core of civil-rights struggles, and along the Black Belt, local citizens are trying to revive a legacy of activism as they struggle to restore their environment.

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Bill Bryant’s challenge: Topple Washington’s dynasty of Democratic governors 12.8.2016 Seattle Times: Local

GOP challenger Bill Bryant has an uphill climb to unseat Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. He’s introducing himself as a moderate with environmental, education and business credentials while downplaying his GOP ties - and avoiding talk of Donald Trump.
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