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As we’ve been chronicling, flooding throughout the Midwest has been devastating these past few weeks and according to NOAA’s forecast, the flooding danger still isn’t over. Countless homes have been lost and many people still haven’t been able to return home and are in need of relief efforts for things like laundry, showers, and even feeding their families. That’s why our hero this week is a man named Kip Oetter, or “Hero Kip” as he has been nicknamed by his Nebraska community for his work to feed people after the floods. As New 6 in Omaha reported in their recent segment with Oetter,
When water started rising in his old neighborhood, he grabbed his boat and raced into action. Using lifelong skills in the kitchen, he decided to feed as many people as he could. So, he got involved with the Christian Church of Waterloo. Despite working fulltime he’s been providing meals for his community each day using the church’s facilities. “I know there are thousands of people in Nebraska and Iowa that are just like me – willing to help and do what they can,” Oetter said. Kip is a heartening reminder that a hero is anyone who steps up to help people with whatever resources they have.
Catherine Flowers is an environmental justice advocate in Lowndes County, Ala., where she began her advocacy work after watching raw sewage leak into the yards of poor residents who lacked access to a municipal sewer system. Lowdnes County is one of the ten poorest counties in Alabama’s Black Belt–a part of the United States where […]
This week we talked with Justin Onwenu, a Sierra Club community organizer in Detroit working on environmental justice and the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin is a member of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Environmental Justice Advisory Task Force and the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Here are some of the highlights. On Environmental […]
In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996. She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was […]
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