Hero of the Week: Catherine Flowers

Hero of the Week: Catherine Flowers

Catherine Flowers is an environmental justice advocate in Lowndes County, Ala., where she began her advocacy work after watching raw sewage leak into the yards of poor residents who lacked access to a municipal sewer system. Lowdnes County is one of the ten poorest counties in Alabama’s Black Belt–a part of the United States where […]

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Heroine of the Week: Betty Reid Soskin, the Oldest Park Ranger in the U.S.

Heroine of the Week: Betty Reid Soskin, the Oldest Park Ranger in the U.S.

  This week we salute Betty Reid Soskin, who at 99 is the nation’s oldest park ranger.  She works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, and has since her mid-80s. She began her involvement while the park was still being planned.  Betty is Black and worked […]

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Heroes of the Week: 2020 Brower Youth Award Winners

Heroes of the Week: 2020 Brower Youth Award Winners

The New Leaders Initiative of Earth Island Institute recently announced the recipients of this year’s Brower Youth Awards–the premier environmental youth award in the county. This year’s winners span the North American continent, from Mexico to Canada and throughout the United States, demonstrating the importance of working on environmental issues across borders and unifying our […]

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Heroes of the Week: Tampa’s Green Seniors

Heroes of the Week: Tampa’s Green Seniors

While young people have been making headlines for their protests, strikes, and climate activism, Tampa, Florida’s seniors have also been diligently working to leave the planet a better place for younger generations. They’ve led the charge to prevent mining expansion in Hernando County, and in 2018, when a developer moved to fill in waterways near […]

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Hero of the Week: Arshak Makichyan

Hero of the Week: Arshak Makichyan

Arshak Makichyan is a 26-year-old climate activist in Moscow, Russia who has been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s strikes for climate and activism. But, as Reuters reported, “unlike the Swedish teenager, who has galvanized a global movement of young environmentalists, Russia’s tough protest laws and people’s general apathy towards activism has made the 26-year-old’s campaign a […]

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Heroes of the Week: Youth Organizers of “Mock COP26”

Heroes of the Week: Youth Organizers of “Mock COP26”

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference was set to take place this November in the UK but the coronavirus has postponed the meeting for another year. But, as the Guardian reported, not wanting to waste any time, young activists in Fridays for Future are pushing ahead with their own online event this November, called Mock […]

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