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This week we talked with John Gray, the Director of Legislation for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), about the union’s strong support for climate action and environmental justice. John explains that climate change is impacting the workers in SEIU both where they work and where they live.
“A large portion of our union is Black and brown people who live in communities of color who are disproportionately affected by some of the things that are happening…When, for instance, Flint happened and the water quality went down, we have lots of members in Flint. They came to their union to say ‘what’s going on here, what can we do, and why is this happening to us?”
John explains that their union members — who are mostly frontline workers — are also on the front lines of the climate crisis, and need the union’s help in dealing with its impacts because those impacts are beyond their ability to control as individuals. Thanks, John, for talking with us, and for all you do to help the members of SEIU.
By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]
Continuing its set of opinion surveys in the run-up to Earth Day, Gallup has released the results of another poll, finding that the percent of American adults who say that “protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth” has dropped by 15% since 2018. Experts say that this number often correlates with unemployment, which the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Netflix has announced a commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022. The plan, called “Net Zero + Nature,” was announced on the Netflix blog by Dr. Emma Stewart, who became the content platform’s first sustainability officer in the fall of 2020. Netflix estimates that its 2020 […]
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