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Hero of the Week: Hunter Filz

Hero of the Week: Hunter Filz

Third-grader Hunter Filz may only be eight but he already understands the importance of sharks to ecosystems. For his birthday this year he has been raising money for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to protect the animals he cares so deeply about. Hunter developed his passion for sharks as a baby and hopes to become a […]

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Interview of the Week, Nathaniel Stinnett CEO, Environmental Voter Project

Interview of the Week, Nathaniel Stinnett CEO, Environmental Voter Project


  ODP:  New polling by Data For Progress shows that progressive climate policies are popular in key battleground states and voters seem to be motivated to vote due to climate and environmental issues. But that has not been true in the past. Why is this election different? Or is it? NS:  There are a few […]

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A Green Energy Future Must Be an Inclusive One

A Green Energy Future Must Be an Inclusive One

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer A transition to renewable energy in America will have a multiplier effect beyond merely reducing our emissions. . As Jennie Stephens, a Professor at Northeastern University, told Yale Climate Connections, this transition can also create positive social change in other arenas. In her words, “We really need to think […]

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Global Tourism Slump Offers a Chance to Prioritize Nature

Global Tourism Slump Offers a Chance to Prioritize Nature

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a slump on global tourism, especially to those places that are marine biology hotspots. However, as people (and their trash) have stayed home, tourism destinations like Thailand have seen the benefit that this can have on nature. As the Nikkei Asian Review reported, in Thailand, there have been numerous accounts […]

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Special Interview with Raina Thiele, Former White House Liaison to Tribal Governments

Special Interview with Raina Thiele, Former White House Liaison to Tribal Governments

Yesterday was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  In recognition of that, and the key role Indigenous peoples are playing in the conservation movement today in the U.S. and globally, we sat down with Raina Thiele, who is Dena’ina Athabascan, and Yup’ik, and has worked at the highest levels of government on Tribal […]

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Interview of the Week: Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Interview of the Week: Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

ODP: You have just taken over as Europe’s Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Tell us how you became interested in conservation and how you have reached such an important position so early in your career? VS:  As I was Minister of Economy and Innovation in Lithuania, naturally, I was expecting rather a portfolio […]

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