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Greta Thunberg has nothing on these ladies! Last March, they traveled 3000 miles from their home in Alaska to lobby Congress to continue to conserve the Tongass National Forest, one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet. The Trump Administration is considering lifting current protections on the area. These Tlingit women were part of a delegation sponsored by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), a nonprofit group that engages women worldwide in environmental advocacy. But in order to make sure they were seen and remembered by the Members of Congress they met, they wore their traditional regalia. And they explained, “If you destroy the Tongass Forest, if you destroy the ecosystem, the salmon, the rivers, the trees, you also are committing cultural genocide against indigenous people because they are the land the land is them.” Yes, WECAN!
In May when former Vice President–and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee–Joe Biden announced his climate task force it was a means to unite the flanks of his party. According to an exclusive story from the New York Times yesterday, that task force has come out with its first set of goals for Biden’s consideration As Lisa […]
This past Sunday, France rode the green wave (or, as some of the French media has dubbed it, the green tsunami) as the country’s green party– Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV)– and its allies won big in major cities such as Lyon, Strasbourg, and Bordeaux. And the mayor of Paris, a socialist, also won handily.
Why This Matters: The local election has already pushed Macron to act on environmental issues.
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