Now that many areas of the country are re-opening and facemasks are being required or strongly encouraged, numerous media outlets have reported on masks that make a fashion or political statement. First, we hope that as people increasingly see others wearing them, that they too will wear masks — that is one way we can […]Continue Reading 171 words
by Monica and Miro In honor of Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to the mother we all share – Mother Earth. The imagery of nature and the natural world, and all its bounty, has its origins in many cultures. In Greek mythology, Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life; the Latin word for […]Continue Reading 841 words
Everything we know about COVID-19 and how the virus is mutating is due to the countless teams of scientists and researchers who study infectious diseases. These experts have also helped governments understand the ethics of managing the disease including the issuance of “immunity passports.” There’s a lot of misinformation out there and scientists are leading […]Continue Reading 340 words
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ODP: COVID-19 has caused so much suffering here and around the globe. What is the leading cause of diseases that spread from wildlife to humans? MS: COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease. Like HIV, MERS, SARS, Hanta, and Ebola, it jumped from wildlife to people, likely through contact with an animal outside of its natural habitat. […]Continue Reading 787 words
The meat industry has long been a target of climate critics and food safety advocates, and now its weaknesses are becoming even more apparent as workers in meatpacking plants (yes – the ones the President forced to remain open) are testing positive for COVID in huge numbers — 1600 are POSITIVE in 4 plants in Iowa alone. And coal workers — who are already at high risk for lung and other injuries due to the treacherous conditions inside of mines — are similarly harmed disproportionately impacted by COVID, according to former officials at the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
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For communities of color in the United States, years of discriminatory policies and environmental injustice have made them more susceptible to dying from COVID-19. And now, as we’re almost 2 months into lockdown, those same communities are grappling with more severe housing insecurity and worse access to medical care than their white counterparts. As lawmakers […]Continue Reading 596 words
Graduations are another important ritual that we collectively have to forego this year to due to coronavirus. If you are like me (Monica) with a son, and a niece and nephew who are graduating, here is the upside – you don’t have to sit through a speech by some celebrity or politician telling your loved […]Continue Reading 941 words
Dr. Leah Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!). Her new book Short Circuiting Policy examines clean energy policies to understand why US states are not on track to meet the climate crisis. Since her in-person book tour had to be delayed […]Continue Reading 876 words
By Katy Fenn, Director, Education Outreach, World Wildlife Fund Fellow parents: this is a challenging time for most of us. I’m a mom to a 4-year-old and a nearly 2-year-old now home from daycare, and like so many of you, I am adjusting to a new way of working while figuring out how to […]Continue Reading 778 words
In 1970, after a decade of social activism and a series of environmental disasters, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson helped create the first Earth Day and inspired 20 million people to demonstrate across the country. In 1995 on the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, President Clinton awarded Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest […]Continue Reading 234 words
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This week, The Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy produced a special double episode of its excellent Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, in which their Founding Director, Jason Bordoff, interviewed two champions of the environmental movement — one Republican, one Democrat. With the Center’s permission, we have excerpted each of them below. Earth Day At 50: […]Continue Reading 847 words
Former Secretary of State John Kerry now leads World War Zero — a coalition of people who are committed to addressing the climate crisis. Tune in to their Earth Day Inside event tonight 6:30-7:30 PM ET. ODP: What is your most indelible memory about the first Earth Day? JK: My brother Cam got me involved in […]Continue Reading 1271 words