Rethinking Urban Freeways with Rep. Nikema Williams click button

Rethinking Urban Freeways with Rep. Nikema Williams

The American Jobs Plan is an unmissable moment for communities across the country to address the legacy of urban freeways and set a new course for a more equitable future. It’s absolutely critical that as we begin to reimagine and build the transportation infrastructure of the 21st century that we do not repeat the mistakes […]

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Biden Admin Invests in Green Infrastructure & Research at HBCUs

Biden Admin Invests in Green Infrastructure & Research at HBCUs

The Biden administration is making an effort to fulfill environmental justice promises by expanding electric vehicle infrastructure into Black neighborhoods and investing in renewable energy research at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the plans aim to bring marginalized groups to the table as the country works toward net-zero emissions by 2050. HBCU leaders […]

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Environmental Coalition Proposes Solar Roadmap for Justice

Environmental Coalition Proposes Solar Roadmap for Justice

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer This week, a coalition of environmental organizations released a solar power roadmap for the Biden-Harris administration. The proposal, sponsored by Earthjustice, Coalition for Community Solar Access, and the NAACP, emphasizes equitable access to clean energy in the race to meet the administration’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2035. The only way to […]

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One Cool Thing: Changing Names of Species and Places In the Name of Justice

One Cool Thing: Changing Names of Species and Places In the Name of Justice

There is a growing movement to rename certain species in order to ensure racial justice and equity, John Platt writes in the Revelator. An organization called Bird Names for Birds is working to change eponyms (a person after whom a discovered species is named) and honorific common names, which can be problematic if they honor […]

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One Cool Thing: Rewriting the Stars In the Name of Equity and Justice

One Cool Thing: Rewriting the Stars In the Name of Equity and Justice

NASA announced this week that it would be changing the nicknames of any celestial bodies that are inappropriate such as “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy,” for example.  CNN reported on the decision by the agency to re-examine its use of phrases for planets, galaxies, and other cosmic objects “as part of its commitment to […]

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A Climate Action Alternative To the Green New Deal

A Climate Action Alternative To the Green New Deal

Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko of New York laid out his vision for a climate action plan that is an alternative to the Green New Deal — one that he hopes will appeal to a wider segment of the American public, including Republicans. Representative Tonko said in laying out his plan, “We agree that climate change is real. We agree humans are driving it. We agree that we need to build solutions that meet the scale and urgency of the crisis we face. The principles outlined [here] are meant to provide a framework that moves the lines of our agreement forward and helps us build a comprehensive national climate action plan together.”

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