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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Exclusive interview with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

Exclusive interview with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

ODP: You’ve represented the East Bay Area cities of Oakland and Berkeley for over 20 years and have been a steadfast voice on Capitol Hill about the issue of environmental justice. Statistics show that your constituents in West Oakland (a predominantly black and low-income community) are exposed to harmful air pollution at rates five times […]

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Who gets be called an Environmentalist?

Who gets be called an Environmentalist?

When you hear the term “environmentalist” what type of person do you automatically picture? For many Americans, the image that’s conjured is one of a well-educated, middle-class white person, according to a new study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Not only do minority groups underestimate their own concern for the […]

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