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Sustainability — Is It Affordable?

Sustainability — Is It Affordable?

Bloomberg News’ Alexis Benveniste took a look at the ever-expanding universe of eco-friendly products — from re-usable metal straws and aluminum water bottles to shoes made entirely from recycled plastic — and found most of them to be too expensive for the average American consumer to afford.

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Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Valerie Craig is the Deputy to the Chief Scientist and VP Operating Programs for the National Geographic Society and is talking with us this week about their exciting Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge with Sky Ocean Ventures.

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Women Scientists Breaking Out at the Poles

Women Scientists Breaking Out at the Poles

The number of women researchers working in Antarctica is “skyrocketing” as particularly younger women are charging ahead there — 55% of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) members are now female, according to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. As National Geographic points out, polar science used to be for men only. 

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Teen Girls At Forefront Of U.S. School Strike For Climate Change

Teen Girls At Forefront Of U.S. School Strike For Climate Change

Even teenage girls can help to make history. Alexandria Villasenor, a 13-year old seventh-grader from New York City gained national media attention because she conducted a sit-in at the United Nations in Manhattan every Friday for 11 weeks, no matter how cold or wet the weather, in order to protest their climate inaction. 

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Hero of the Week: Lisa Hendy

Hero of the Week: Lisa Hendy

The most visited national park in the nation will now be run by a woman for the first time in its 85-year history. As CNBC explained, Tennessee native Lisa Hendy will become the Great Smokey Mountains National Park‘s chief ranger in April and help look after the 522,419 acres of protected land that runs between […]

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Indigenous women pass down cultural heritage to daughters through smartphones

Indigenous women pass down cultural heritage to daughters through smartphones

Climate change threatens indigenous communities around the world as it drives the destruction of their land and the migration of their people to bigger cities. This also means that indigenous traditions and languages are at risk of disappearing as the modern world encroaches in on them. The Awajún people of northern Peru, renowned as skilled […]

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BuzzFeed News Levels Shocking Charge Against WWF

BuzzFeed News Levels Shocking Charge Against WWF

BuzzFeed News published a shocking exposé on Monday, in which it alleged that one of the world’s largest and most respected environmental organizations, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has supported anti-poaching guards “who have tortured and killed people.”  Immediately two leading Democratic Members of Congress called for an investigation into these allegations because WWF receives funding from the government to help fight wildlife trafficking.  WWF pledged “an “independent review” led by human rights specialists into the evidence uncovered by BuzzFeed News.” 

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Federal disaster recovery dollars increase inequality and favor white families

Federal disaster recovery dollars increase inequality and favor white families


An NPR investigation released this week has revealed that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth. While natural disasters are becoming more common in America as a result of climate change( in the early and mid-20th century, […]

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Women’s History Month Kickoff Interview:  Jean Case, On Being Fearless

Women’s History Month Kickoff Interview: Jean Case, On Being Fearless

Jean Case, the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer, and is now the author of a best-seller called “Be Fearless.”  

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Hero of the Week: Mama Lila Cabbil, Michigan Water Warrior (1944-2019)

Hero of the Week: Mama Lila Cabbil, Michigan Water Warrior (1944-2019)

As Black History Month draws to a close, we can think of no better hero than Mama Lila Cabbil, who is being remembered this week in Michigan for her tireless work on civil rights and environmental justice, and as a founder of the People’s Water Board Coalition and the Detroit People’s Platform.  She passed away […]

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Exclusive interview with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

Exclusive interview with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

ODP: You’ve represented the East Bay Area cities of Oakland and Berkeley for over 20 years and have been a steadfast voice on Capitol Hill about the issue of environmental justice. Statistics show that your constituents in West Oakland (a predominantly black and low-income community) are exposed to harmful air pollution at rates five times […]

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Who gets be called an Environmentalist?

Who gets be called an Environmentalist?

When you hear the term “environmentalist” what type of person do you automatically picture? For many Americans, the image that’s conjured is one of a well-educated, middle-class white person, according to a new study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Not only do minority groups underestimate their own concern for the […]

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