Interview of the Week, Justin Onwenu, EJ Community Organizer in Detroit click button

Interview of the Week, Justin Onwenu, EJ Community Organizer in Detroit

This week we talked with Justin Onwenu, a Sierra Club community organizer in Detroit working on environmental justice and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Justin is a member of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Environmental Justice Advisory Task Force and the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis.  Here are some of the highlights. On Environmental […]

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China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

Yesterday the Chinese government released a detailed condemnation of the U.S. government’s environment and climate policies.  Labeled as a “Fact Sheet of Environmental Damage Caused by the US,” it contains a litany of U.S. environmental failures.

Why This Matters:  The U.S.’s shot at China came after the Chinese announced at the UN General Assembly that China plans to be climate neutral by 2060.

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Biden-Harris Releases New Policy Proposal On Tribal Rights

Biden-Harris Releases New Policy Proposal On Tribal Rights

Last week, during a joint visit in Arizona to the American Indian Veterans National Memorial by Vice President Biden and Senator Harris, their campaign released a strong new policy proposal on Native American tribal nations.

Why This Matters:  Like environmental issues generally, Native American issues are being elevated with the new calls for improving environmental justice and ending structural racism embodied in the high rates of pollution and lack of clean drinking water on tribal lands.

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New Pew Poll Shows Rising Global Concern Over Climate and Environment

New Pew Poll Shows Rising Global Concern Over Climate and Environment

In its annual survey of attitudes about climate change and environmental issues in countries around the world, the Pew Research Center concluded that across the board, half or more of the people surveyed consider climate change to be a very serious problem.

Why This Matters:  While some (Fox News, e.g.) might want you to think that protecting the environment and fighting climate change are in opposition to job creation and economic growth.

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New Report Throws Cold Water on Big Oil’s Plastic Plan

New Report Throws Cold Water on Big Oil’s Plastic Plan

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Last month, we reported on the plan of American companies to foist an increasing amount of plastic goods and garbage on African countries. These plastics represent the “thin reed upon which the [oil] industry is placing all its hopes.” But now, as David Roberts reported for Vox, a new […]

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EJ Bills Introduced In Congress Now Set the Stage For Next Year

EJ Bills Introduced In Congress Now Set the Stage For Next Year

Environmental Justice legislation is getting lots of attention this year as numerous bills are pending in Congress on a topic that, until now, barely received attention. Yesterday, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Deb Haaland rolled out a bill that would put $100 billion dollars toward eliminating pollution that has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

Why This Matters:  Lisa Friedman of  The New York Times wrote last month that by putting Senator Harris on the ticket with him, Vice President Biden signaled that environmental justice will be high on their agenda.

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