Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families click button

Energy Costs Disproportionately High for Minority and Low-Income Families

Grist reported last week that a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), found that minority households spend much more of their income on energy bills than non-Hispanic white households on average — Blacks spend 43 percent more, Hispanics spend 20 percent more, and Native Americans spend 45 percent more.

Why This Matters:  At the end of September, as utilities begin to get shut off, minority and poor families will be hurt the most.

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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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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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To Break Stereotypes, Black Scientists and Nature Lovers Hold #BlackBirdersWeek

To Break Stereotypes, Black Scientists and Nature Lovers Hold #BlackBirdersWeek

This week has seen many events to raise awareness about racism in America, and one of the most inspiring is #BlackBirdersWeek (May 31-June 5), the brainchild of a group of 30 scientists and outdoor enthusiasts who are working together under the handle @BlackAFinSTEM to show black unity in “STEM” fields.

Why This Matters:  Our movement MUST be inclusive to its core.

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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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