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Across the Western United States, but in California especially, firefighters have been working around the clock to help save homes and communities. And while we’ve sometimes gotten pushback that when we portray the folks who are just doing their jobs as heroes–these brave men and women make the difference between life and death. In California, firefighters are taxed to the limit as fires around the state have burned more than 350,000 acres. They’re working double shifts waiting for backup to arrive and have given their lives to keep people safe.
I (Miro) am in Northern California with my family this summer and can see helicopters and crews throughout the Sonoma Valley rushing to extinguish the fires burning on all sides of our valley. I want to give a special thanks to our local Shell Vista Fire Station for their backbreaking work to protect our community as well as our neighboring counties.
I still recall in the 2017 fires that almost claimed our home, the Oakland FD were the ones to save it. Men and women who didn’t care about our political convictions, background, nationality, etc., selflessly rushed in to protect our neighborhood. I’ll always be grateful to these heroes and the reminder that at the end of the day, we’re all people with the same fears and hopes for our lives. There’s more that unites us than divides us.
How to Help: Please consider a donation to the California Fire Foundation which provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.
Arshak Makichyan is a 26-year-old climate activist in Moscow, Russia who has been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s strikes for climate and activism. But, as Reuters reported, “unlike the Swedish teenager, who has galvanized a global movement of young environmentalists, Russia’s tough protest laws and people’s general apathy towards activism has made the 26-year-old’s campaign a […]
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a rock-steady vote in favor of environmental protection and sympathetic on issues involving clean water and air.
Why This Matters: There are many challenges to President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental laws that are working their way to the Supreme Court. Once there, the Court can effectively re-write those laws narrowing them considerably by upholding the Trump deregulatory position even if it is contrary to prior interpretations or other plausible interpretations of the statute itself.
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference was set to take place this November in the UK but the coronavirus has postponed the meeting for another year. But, as the Guardian reported, not wanting to waste any time, young activists in Fridays for Future are pushing ahead with their own online event this November, called Mock […]
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