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Special World Ocean Day Interview with Ambassador Peter Thomson

Special World Ocean Day Interview with Ambassador Peter Thomson

We were honored to get a few minutes with Ambassador Thomson, the UN Special Envoy for Oceans, to talk about the importance of the day and what lies ahead for ocean conservation.  Here are the highlights. ODP:  Ambassador Thomson tells us a little about your background? PT: I come from Fiji, I am a fifth-generation […]

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How Trash Affects the Optics of Protests–Then and Now

How Trash Affects the Optics of Protests–Then and Now

by Miro Korenha On Saturday my husband and I attended protests in front of the White House against racial injustice and police brutality. What struck me about this gathering of people was the kindness and care shown among the attendees as well as to the surroundings. Trash and water bottles were being meticulously picked up […]

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Interview of the Week: Kris Sarri

Interview of the Week: Kris Sarri

Kris Sarri is the President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and we wanted to ask her some questions about this year’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), its focus on biodiversity, and how Kris hopes the event will focus on human diversity going forward as well. If you haven’t yet, make sure you […]

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To Break Stereotypes, Black Scientists and Nature Lovers Hold #BlackBirdersWeek

To Break Stereotypes, Black Scientists and Nature Lovers Hold #BlackBirdersWeek

This week has seen many events to raise awareness about racism in America, and one of the most inspiring is #BlackBirdersWeek (May 31-June 5), the brainchild of a group of 30 scientists and outdoor enthusiasts who are working together under the handle @BlackAFinSTEM to show black unity in “STEM” fields.

Why This Matters:  Our movement MUST be inclusive to its core.

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Flooding and Severe Storms Disproportionately Impact Black and Brown Communities

Flooding and Severe Storms Disproportionately Impact Black and Brown Communities

As the third tropical storm of the season, Cristobal, sits in the Gulf of Mexico picking up steam like a pinball aiming for the coast somewhere from Houston to New Orleans, a new analysis of federal flood insurance payouts shows that flooding in the U.S. disproportionately harms black neighborhoods

Why This Matters:  This is not new news – there have been studies pointing out this disparity for years.  Indeed, more than a year ago, the National Academies of Science (NAS) issued a report that said that “Severe storms ‘fall on the rich and poor alike,’ but low-income neighborhoods suffer more damage from urban flooding.”

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A Note to Our Readers on Social Injustice

A Note to Our Readers on Social Injustice

This past weekend we witnessed nationwide protests against police brutality and outcries for justice for the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other black Americans who have lost their lives to racial violence. While Our Daily Planet is a platform to bring awareness to climate change and the environment, we needed […]

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