Read This: The NY Times Editorial Board On Reversing Trump’s Environmental Damage

Read This: The NY Times Editorial Board On Reversing Trump’s Environmental Damage

Yesterday, in a full-page editorial, The New York Times stated that if elected, Joe Biden could reverse much of the damage caused by the Trump Administration’s effort to weaken environmental laws and policies, and their enforcement, but to do it will take a great deal of work.

Why This Matters:  It is significant that Vice President Biden — by naming climate change as a crisis on par with the others facing the nation, namely the COVID pandemic, the economic devastation it spawned, and the fight for racial justice, he has made it one of THE issues in this fall’s presidential campaign.

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6 Former EPA Administrators Call For Agency “Re-Set;” As EJ Orgs Sue Chicago For Environmental Racism click button

6 Former EPA Administrators Call For Agency “Re-Set;” As EJ Orgs Sue Chicago For Environmental Racism

This week, six former Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it is time to conduct a sweeping overhaul of the agency.  They called for a “reset” to move the “EPA in a new, forward-looking direction to address the environmental challenges we face today and those that lie ahead.

Why This Matters:  The “formers” who come from both political parties are right.  Our 50-year-old system of pollution protection laws, regulations, and agencies is outdated and ineffective to fight the pollution and climate challenges we face today and going forward.

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Mauritius Declares Emergency After Massive Oil Spill From Japanese Tanker Threatens Coast click button

Mauritius Declares Emergency After Massive Oil Spill From Japanese Tanker Threatens Coast

Last month, a Japanese-owned ship ran aground off the coast of Mauritius, causing over 1,000 tons of oil to leak into the sea. Last week, Mauritius residents “stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves” in order to create “makeshift oil spill barriers,” as CBS News reported earlier this week.

Why This Matters: If the ship breaks in half, an already horrifying situation will be made worse, seeing as there are still 2,500 tons of oil currently contained in the ship.

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Taking off our masks, figuratively

Taking off our masks, figuratively

The need for authenticity, kindness, and inclusivity in the fight to protect the ocean By Dune Ives, Executive Director, Lonely Whale The pandemic has brought our world to a halt in many ways none of us had expected—altering how we live, communicate, celebrate, and of course, feel. And, although we’ve seen a temporary dip in greenhouse […]

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One Cool Thing: A Lonely Whale Inspires a New Podcast on Environmental Activism

One Cool Thing: A Lonely Whale Inspires a New Podcast on Environmental Activism

Axios Media’s Sara Fischer reported earlier this week, women are”pushing back against the gender imbalance in media” by launching their own platforms and focusing on topics many traditional news companies have long ignored.  We can relate! As part of that wave, today our friends at Lonely Whale, a nonprofit that is driving societal change away from […]

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Brazil Under Fire As Amazon Burning Is Connected to Soy and Beef Exports

Brazil Under Fire As Amazon Burning Is Connected to Soy and Beef Exports

A recent study published in Science found that a significant percentage of beef and soy exported from Brazil to the EU is connected with illegal deforestation. As YaleE360 reported  that “as much as 22 percent of soy and 60 percent of beef…back to illegal tree felling and fires in the Amazon and Cerrado regions.”

Why This Matters: The study’s lead author Raoni Rajão said, “Until now, agribusiness and the Brazilian government have claimed that they cannot monitor the entire supply chain, nor distinguish the legal from the illegal deforestation.” This new study undercuts that idea, showing that Brazil can (and must) monitor agribusiness’ connections to illegal deforestation.

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