Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The New York Times reported this week that an industry group “representing the world’s largest chemical makers and fossil fuel companies” is attempting, as part of a trade deal being negotiated now, to get Kenya to “reverse its strict limits on plastics,” as well as to get the country […]

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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  Our 50-year-old system of pollution protection laws, regulations, and agencies is outdated and ineffective to fight the pollution and climate challenges we face today and going forward.

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One Cool Thing: A Growing Wave of Ocean Innovation click button

One Cool Thing: A Growing Wave of Ocean Innovation

We like to highlight the truly wonderful things happening in conservation during these difficult times, and opportunities are growing to create innovative solutions to solve the ocean’s biggest and toughest challenges.  The Ocean Solutions Accelerator is a great way to get both access to funders and experienced entrepreneurs who can help young people with great […]

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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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Senator Cory Booker On Climate Injustice: It’s “An Assault on Black Bodies”

Senator Cory Booker On Climate Injustice: It’s “An Assault on Black Bodies”

Time Magazine correspondent Justin Worland recently interviewed Senator Cory Booker as part of its “Time 100 Talks: Finding Hope” series about the continuing fight for justice in a COVID-19 world.  Senator Booker (who is a #FriendofthePlanet) told Worland that “you can’t address climate justice without considering race and that environmental injustice is yet another form of […]

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Minority Communities Raise Their Voices Against Trump’s Environmental Rule Rollbacks

Minority Communities Raise Their Voices Against Trump’s Environmental Rule Rollbacks

The rallying cry “I Can’t Breathe” that has been heard and seen at protests across the country was invoked by environmental justice advocates on Tuesday in Congress because it also applies to the harmful impact of pollution being experienced by these communities, and it is especially acute in minority communities also seeing disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why This Matters:  Under the guise of “helping” communities after the COVID crisis, the administration is making things even worse for so many Americans that are already struggling under the burden of discriminatory pollution and its cascading harms to their health and well-being.

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