Protecting Nature Through “Personhood”

Protecting Nature Through “Personhood”

Clean water is a human right, and some cities are ensuring it by giving their waters legal personhood. Legal rights for nature are a growing movement in environmental law, putting the natural world on more equal footing in court. 

Why this Matters: The natural world is essential for us humans to survive. From oil spills to toxic PFAS chemicals to leaking landfills, there are plenty of threats from human activity. Protecting the environment is beneficial to our own health in the short term

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City of Newark Reaches Settlement In Lead Pipe Lawsuit

City of Newark Reaches Settlement In Lead Pipe Lawsuit

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Tuesday, the city of Newark, New Jersey settled years-long litigation surrounding the dangerously high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Newark Education Workers Caucus (NEW) sued state officials in June 2018 for violations of the federal Safe Drinking […]

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Lead Pipes Continue to Plague Millions, Especially in Black Communities

Lead Pipes Continue to Plague Millions, Especially in Black Communities

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Despite a century of knowledge on the dangers of lead poisoning, dozens of studies showing the impacts of lead on children’s development, and high-profile humanitarian disasters like the 2014 Flint Water Crisis, millions of Americans are still being exposed to lead in their drinking water. What’s worse: new studies […]

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You Know What’s REALLY Scary? Another Four Years of Trump

You Know What’s REALLY Scary? Another Four Years of Trump

It’s Halloween — a time when people think scaring each other is fun. But this year, we are afraid very, very afraid — of what might happen on global warming and the environment in the United States if Donald Trump, the Freddie Krueger of climate action and conservation, wins a second term in the election. Talk about a Nightmare on Elm Street.

It’s frightening to think about what our country will look like after four more years of Trump.  But in the spirit of the season, let’s try to picture it.

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Hero of the Week: Catherine Flowers

Hero of the Week: Catherine Flowers

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 […]

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Will Suburban Women Send Trump on His Way?

Will Suburban Women Send Trump on His Way?

Instead of focusing on the clean water countless Americans lack, the President has been fixated on shower pressure. Speaking at campaign events over the past week, President Trump claimed that the water and energy conservation measures he’s worked to overturn somehow hinder women from washing their hair and keeping it beautiful.  If suburban women truly […]

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