Capitol Hill Oceans Week Kicks Off

Capitol Hill Oceans Week Kicks Off

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Today kicks of Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2021 (CHOW), an annual, three-day event organized by the National Marine Sanctuary foundation that encourages activists worldwide to engage in dialogue about sustaining the health of our oceans and Great Lakes. This year, CHOW hopes to shine a light on the role of environmental justice and […]

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Whoa — Growing Weed Indoors Results In High GHG Emissions

Whoa — Growing Weed Indoors Results In High GHG Emissions

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Marijuana is now legal in 15 states and counting, and medical marijuana is now legal in 34 states. It’s big business — 2020 sales broke records, surpassing an estimated $15 billion. But new research from Colorado State University, a state that pulled in over $387 million in marijuana taxes in 2020, […]

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Sierra Club Commits to Addressing Its History of Racism, Starting With Founder John Muir

Sierra Club Commits to Addressing Its History of Racism, Starting With Founder John Muir

John Muir is perhaps America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist as well as the founder of the Sierra Club. His writings and teachings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks and have also inspired generations of conservationists to follow in his footsteps. Yet at a time when many cities and institutions […]

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Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Complications–Black Mothers Especially Affected

Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Complications–Black Mothers Especially Affected

Yesterday a startling study was published which analyzed 32 million U.S. births to reveal that pregnant women who are exposed to air pollution, high temperatures and ozone are more likely to have premature, underweight or stillborn babies. What’s worse is that Black mothers are at the highest risk of these pregnancy complications. As the New […]

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Climate and Environmental Injustice Persist Even In Cities With “Strong” Climate Plans

Climate and Environmental Injustice Persist Even In Cities With “Strong” Climate Plans

Minneapolis has been at the center of the nationwide discussion on racism and police brutality against minorities, but it is also a place where the city’s heralded climate plan, first enacted in 2013, does not adequately address climate justice issues, according to a report by E&E News

Why This Matters:  Minority neighborhoods and residents deserve environmental and climate justice in Minneapolis and other cities.

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A Note to Our Readers on Social Injustice

A Note to Our Readers on Social Injustice

This past weekend we witnessed nationwide protests against police brutality and outcries for justice for the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other black Americans who have lost their lives to racial violence. While Our Daily Planet is a platform to bring awareness to climate change and the environment, we needed […]

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