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Sierra Club Commits to Addressing Its History of Racism, Starting With Founder John Muir

Sierra Club Commits to Addressing Its History of Racism, Starting With Founder John Muir

John Muir is perhaps America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist as well as the founder of the Sierra Club. His writings and teachings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks and have also inspired generations of conservationists to follow in his footsteps. Yet at a time when many cities and institutions […]

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More Than A Thousand Scientists Denounce Trump’s Denigration of Science

More Than A Thousand Scientists Denounce Trump’s Denigration of Science

1,240 National Academy of Science (NAS) members have “registered their personal concern about the Trump administration’s denigrations of science,” Inside Climate News reported this week. The open letter, first written in 2016 has amassed hundreds of signatures in just the past few weeks. 

Why This Matters: In the midst of a global pandemic and horrifying examples of the effects of climate change, we need science-based policies more than ever.

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Senator Cory Booker On Climate Injustice: It’s “An Assault on Black Bodies”

Senator Cory Booker On Climate Injustice: It’s “An Assault on Black Bodies”

Time Magazine correspondent Justin Worland recently interviewed Senator Cory Booker as part of its “Time 100 Talks: Finding Hope” series about the continuing fight for justice in a COVID-19 world.  Senator Booker (who is a #FriendofthePlanet) told Worland that “you can’t address climate justice without considering race and that environmental injustice is yet another form of […]

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A Note on the Passing of John Lewis

A Note on the Passing of John Lewis

This past Friday the United States lost one of its most cherished heroes. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia was a civil rights leader and known to his colleagues on Capitol Hill–where he served for 33 years–as the moral compass of Congress. John Lewis’ legacy will continue to inspire all those who knew him, loved him, […]

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Public Transportation Faces Crisis Without Congressional Help

Public Transportation Faces Crisis Without Congressional Help

Before the coronavirus pandemic, most major cities were working diligently to improve public transportation and encourage residents to opt-out of relying on single-occupancy vehicles and rethink what space devoted to cars could otherwise be used for. But as the virus spread, ridership on mass transit around the world plummeted fueling fears that the resulting revenue […]

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One Cool Thing: Greening the Ivies

One Cool Thing: Greening the Ivies

Ivy League Universities are making strides on climate action. Last week, Columbia University announced it is creating a new school within the University dedicated to the issue of climate change.  The University will draw on its Earth Institute (EI) and network of Global Centers in countries around the world.  And the election for the Harvard Board of Overseers is underway — with the five Harvard Forward climate change-focused young candidates working to “get out the vote.”

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