Hero of the Week: Rep. Elijah Cummings 1951-2019

Hero of the Week: Rep. Elijah Cummings 1951-2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress, as well as the City of Baltimore, lost one of its most beloved colleagues and public servants, Rep. Elijah Cummings. Cummings, the 20+ year representative of Maryland’s 7th District as well as the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was admired and respected by his own party […]

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Hero of the Week: Lilly Satidtanasarn

Hero of the Week: Lilly Satidtanasarn

Called “Thailand’s Greta Thunberg” 12-year-old Lilly Satidtanasarn has been fighting to stop the use of single-use plastics in her home country–which is one of the leading contributors to ocean plastic pollution. As the Jakarta Post reported, “In June, Lilly won her first victory: she persuaded Central, a major supermarket in Bangkok, to stop giving out […]

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Hero of the Week: The Stagg Tree

Hero of the Week: The Stagg Tree

We know, usually, our Heroes of the Week are humans but hear us out: trees are serious climate heroes.

Our hero this week is the Stagg Tree which is a giant sequoia tree located in California’s 530-acre Alder Creek forest–and it needs your help! Last month Save the Redwoods League announced an opportunity to purchase Alder Creek, the largest remaining privately owned giant sequoia property in the world.

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Heroes of the Week:  WECAN Indigenous Women Working to Save the Tongass Forest

Heroes of the Week: WECAN Indigenous Women Working to Save the Tongass Forest

Greta Thunberg has nothing on these ladies!  Last March, they traveled 3000 miles from their home in Alaska to lobby Congress to continue to conserve the Tongass National Forest, one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet.  The Trump Administration is considering lifting current protections on the area.  These Tlingit women were part of […]

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Heroes of the Week: Dorian’s Good Samaritans

Our heroes this week are all those people who stood up and often risked their lives to help those in need after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. While rescue workers and first responders are heroes every day we were overwhelmed by stories of average people giving of themselves to help strangers. 6-year-old Jermaine Bell used […]

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Greta Thunberg Comes to DC With a Message

ICYMI: On Friday, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg made her way to DC to join a student climate strike at the White House. She had spent most of her US trip in New York after having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Thunberg expressed that she didn’t have any interest in meeting with President Trump nor […]

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Hero of the Week: Angelika Soriano

12-year-old Angelika Soriano lives in East Oakland which has the highest volume of trucking traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area and also suffers from asthma. After a climate change Youtube video piqued her interest in activist Soriano’s 6th-grade teacher suggested she connect with some youth activists who were fighting a coal terminal proposed for the […]

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Hero of the Week: Greta Thunberg

Hero of the Week: Greta Thunberg

This isn’t the first time that Greta Thunberg has been our Hero of the Week but we can’t stop singing her praises. You might recall that she’s the founder of Fridays for Future and has become a worldwide icon for climate action in just a year. After a 15-day trip (which she chronicled on Twitter) […]

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Hero of the Week: Ian Recchio

Hero of the Week: Ian Recchio

  California’s native southern mountain yellow-legged frog is an endangered species and Ian Recchio, the LA Zoo’s curator of reptiles and amphibians, is out to save it. As the LA Times reported, “named for the bright yellow on their undersides, southern mountain yellow-legged frogs once thrived in hundreds of streams cascading down the high mountains […]

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Hero of the Week: Fionn Ferreira, Google Science Fair Winner

Hero of the Week: Fionn Ferreira, Google Science Fair Winner

Bright and undaunted teenagers may just save us yet!  Fionn Ferriera had the ingenious idea to use magnets to filter microplastics from water and he found that when he did, they removed at least 85%. Using a magnetic liquid called ferrofluid, which adheres to plastic and then is attracted to the magnets and removed from the water.

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Hero of the Week: Rod Schoonover Who Resigned In Protest

Hero of the Week: Rod Schoonover Who Resigned In Protest

In July, Rod Schoonover resigned from his job at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research in protest because the Trump Administration blocked the written testimony prepared for a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Schoonover was ultimately allowed to speak to the Committee but the White House blocked the written […]

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Hero of the Week: Jason Carney Bringing Solar Power to Minority Neighborhoods in Nashville

Hero of the Week: Jason Carney Bringing Solar Power to Minority Neighborhoods in Nashville

National Public Radio (NPR) this week did a wonderful profile of Jason Carney, a solar panel installer in Nashville, who was startled to learn that, according to a 2015 survey of jobs in the solar industry, 0.0% of solar workers in the state of Tennessee were African American.  Given that solar installations are booming across […]

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