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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!
On Saturday, President Trump announced he would nominate Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and predictably her approach to environmental cases is likely to be quite conservative.
Why This Matters: Environmental cases are likely to be heading to the Supreme Court as many statutes need to be interpreted to deal with today’s environmental challenges.
This week a new study from Oxfam revealed that the world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 emissions of the poorest 50%. Experts believe that if the people who make up the richest 10%* continue to consume at this rate for the next 10 years, climate change could surpass the critical 1.5 […]
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