Yesterday, the U.S. Congress, as well as the City of Baltimore, lost one of its most beloved colleagues and public servants, Rep. Elijah Cummings. Cummings, the 20+ year representative of Maryland’s 7th District as well as the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was admired and respected by his own party […]Continue Reading 251 words
USA Today reports that the switch to Indigenous Peoples day began in 1977 and now at least eight states, 10 universities and more than 130 cities across 34 states observe it instead of Columbus Day, which many believe improperly glorifies the colonization of Native Americans.
Why This Matters: At a time when our country is more racially divided than ever, it is good to see that it is not all blue states and cities that are making the switchContinue Reading 442 words
This fall, PBS premiered a new animated show called Molly of Denali, that “stars” a ten-year-old girl from the Alaskan Athabascan Tribe with a bush pilot for a mother, a wilderness-guide dad, and a diverse cast of Alaskan friends and neighbors. Outside Magazine described it as “Dora the Explorer meets Northern Exposure, except that as the first […]Continue Reading 181 words
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While the youth climate movement has gained a lot of attention from the media this year, the efforts of young indigenous activists in this youth movement haven’t been reported enough. One of those activists is 19-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Colorado.
One of Xiuhtezcatl’s most powerful messages is that our inability to see our planet as a precious and finite resource enables greed, over-extraction of resources, and disregard for the needs of future generations:
“We have to end this mindset that we can take whatever we want without ever giving back.“Continue Reading 216 words
The PG&E power shutoff continued into the second day in Northern California. While power was restored to 288,000 customers, 510,000 still remain without power. California’s Governor Gavin Newsom said that greed and mismanagement led to the shutoffs, and the City of San Jose said that the outages have already cost the city $500,000 in just […]Continue Reading 524 words
Early yesterday morning, California’s largest utility, PG&E preemptively cut off power to over 500,000 customers in an effort to avoid power lines sparking fires.
What This Means: Prolonged power outages disrupt lives and harm businesses. The shutoff created sheer chaos through much of the San Francisco Bay Area.Continue Reading 549 words
If you have ever owned legos, you know how many it takes to make anything! And once you are done with them or lose that one critical lego piece, these beloved plastic toys just collect dust or worse end up in the trash. But now you can send them back to Lego, which plans to […]Continue Reading 155 words
Yesterday, hundreds of arrests were made in London as activists with the Extinction Rebellion blocked more roads and held demonstrations as part of their two weeks of civil disobedience. While some might write off the recent wave of climate activism as disjointed, they might be surprised to learn that some of these protests are being funded by big names.
The What: In July a small group of environmental philanthropists came together to create the Climate Emergency Fund which helps support disruptive climate activism.Continue Reading 449 words
The protest group The Extinction Rebellion yesterday began two weeks of peaceful protests in cities across the globe, including many in NYC where they poured fake blood on the bull statue in front of the stock exchange and in London where they took drums and banners to 11 sites around Westminster, blocking bridges and roads leading to the Parliament.
Why This Matters: There will be protests in more than 60 cities worldwide and these protesters do not seem inclined to stop until they get leaders to agree to a drastic global reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
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Although the news of journalist Cokie Robert’s passing came about two weeks ago, we wanted to take the time to honor her memory and her legacy of hard-hitting, honest journalism. Cokie will be remembered as pithy, unrelenting, and as a woman who blazed a trail in the male-dominated media landscape. But more than anything, her […]Continue Reading 1184 words
Dr. Andrew Rosenberg is the Director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) that is working to stand up for science, and to help scientists and communities work together to find solutions to our common problems. ODP: Scientists and scientific integrity in the Trump Administration have been severely challenged. […]Continue Reading 814 words
Throughout the Democratic presidential debates, and even at our own Climate Forum 2020, candidates emphasized the need for America to transition to more electric vehicle use. In fact, many of the Democratic candidates’ climate plans include sizeable investments for electric vehicle infrastructure, even offering “cash for clunkers” programs. However, as City Lab recently argued, before […]Continue Reading 548 words