#Environmental Justice
Remembering Elijah Cummings, Continuing His Fight for Environmental Justice

Remembering Elijah Cummings, Continuing His Fight for Environmental Justice

by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher, Our Daily Planet    These days the tone in Washington is ominous. For those of us who are unnerved by what we perceive to be the unraveling of our democratic institutions, some of our only comfort has come from the voices that remind us of what we’re fighting for. […]

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Lawmakers Begin to Value Indigenous Knowledge of Ecosystems

Lawmakers Begin to Value Indigenous Knowledge of Ecosystems

The risk of wildfires in California and across much of the West is an escalating problem during the summers and dry fall season. Unfortunately, measures to prevent these fires (like the PG&E blackout fiasco last week) haven’t been very effective and have left officials scrambling for solutions. Although we’ve known that Native tribes have managed […]

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Steyer Outlines Robust International Climate Plan

Steyer Outlines Robust International Climate Plan

As Climate Week drew to an end on Friday, Tom Steyer announced a detailed plan for restoring U.S. leadership on climate change globally if he were to be elected President, including a “Global Green New Deal Fund” of $200 billion over 10 years.  Steyer said he will “prioritize strong working relationships with allies and potential […]

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Watch This: Rev. Al Talks Environmental Justice 

As part of MSNBC’s Climate in Crisisweek of special coverage, Rev. Al Sharpton took the opportunity to address environmental justice on his program with our #FriendOfThePlanet Dr. Ayana Johnson and Moms Clean Air Force‘s Heather McTeer Toney. Take a look at this clip of one of the more substantive explanations that we’ve seen of environmental […]

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Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

Castro’s Climate Plan Puts “People and Planet” First

It is a bold and innovative plan, with an emphasis on environmental justice.  He promises: “In my first 100 days, I will propose new civil rights legislation to address the disparate impact of environmental discrimination and dismantle structures of environmental racism.

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Best of ODP: Interview with Kendra Pierre-Louis, Climate Reporter for the New York Times

Best of ODP: Interview with Kendra Pierre-Louis, Climate Reporter for the New York Times

Exclusive interview with the New York Times’ Kendra Pierre-Louis

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Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo, classmates at Steel City Academy charter school in Gary, Indiana, are all rising high school sophomores and founders of the award-winning Steel City Academy podcast and were featured last week in a radio segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Last year when Maya Energy was proposing to build […]

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Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Visualized​

Louisiana’s Cancer Alley Visualized​

Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, a trail of 150 petroleum factories creates a glaring backdrop of smokestacks behind the Mississippi River and a perpetual fog along the banks. Courtesy of its flat ground, an abundance of carbon-rich decay, and the Mississippi’s inflowing fresh water, Louisiana has been home to one of the most rampant […]

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Environmental Justice Is Essential to Climate Justice, and Now it Has A Caucus

Environmental Justice Is Essential to Climate Justice, and Now it Has A Caucus

Earlier this week, I (Monica) attended the Sunrise Movement rally in DC, which most people think of as a movement of young people demanding immediate and drastic action on climate change.  But listening to the leaders of the movement, who are much more diverse than the traditional “green” groups, one thing was abundantly clear — […]

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Climate Change Worsening Global Inequality

Climate Change Worsening Global Inequality

A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has suggested that climate change has worsened global inequality and has caused the most economic harm to nations who have done the least to contribute to climate change. Additionally, countries with the highest temperatures suffered the most economic damage. As […]

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Dem Senators Announce Senate’s First-Ever Environmental Justice Caucus

Dem Senators Announce Senate’s First-Ever Environmental Justice Caucus

Yesterday, on Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE) announced the creation of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus which will help enhance the Congressional response to climate justice issues in America. The caucus will raise awareness of the many environmental and pollution issues that have created public […]

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New study reveals white Americans cause air pollution, minorities suffer the consequences

New study reveals white Americans cause air pollution, minorities suffer the consequences

The burden of air pollution is not evenly shared, according to the American Lung Association, poorer people and some racial and ethnic groups are among those who often face higher exposure to pollutants and who may experience greater responses to such pollution. Now a new study published this week in the journal PNAS found that […]

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