Hero of the Week:  The Late Ghanimat Azhdari — Indigenous Peoples’ Advocate

Hero of the Week: The Late Ghanimat Azhdari — Indigenous Peoples’ Advocate

The tragedy of the loss of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 152 last week was compounded by the fact that among those who perished was a remarkable advocate for conserving the cultural heritage of indigenous communities. PhD student Ghanimat Azhdari, who was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran, was studying at Canada’s University of Guelph, […]

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Honoring Australia’s Wildfire Heroes

Honoring Australia’s Wildfire Heroes

When disasters like Australia’s devastating brush fires ensue, it truly takes a community (and in this case, a nation) to grapple with the losses and begin to rebuild. There have been countless heroes who have risked–and even given–their lives so that others might be safe. The Daily Mail wrote a great roundup of Oz fire […]

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Our Hero of the Week: Bernadette Demientieff, ED of the Gwich’in Steering Committee

Our Hero of the Week: Bernadette Demientieff, ED of the Gwich’in Steering Committee

This week there was a momentous piece of good news for conservation — one of the largest and most powerful and influential U.S. banks, Goldman Sachs, said it will not fund projects that drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  This is huge — between 2016 and 2018, Goldman Sachs invested […]

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Heroes of the Week:  Youth Activists That Flooded the Stage at the UN Climate Meeting

Heroes of the Week: Youth Activists That Flooded the Stage at the UN Climate Meeting

This week’s climate meeting had lots of “stars” come to deliver important messages — Harrison Ford, Mike Bloomberg, Al Gore, John Kerry and of course, Greta Thunberg.  But the young activists from Fridays for the Future and countless other youth groups who were everywhere at this meeting had an even bigger impact.  They flooded the […]

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Heroes of the Week: Diane Wilson and her Legal Team

Heroes of the Week: Diane Wilson and her Legal Team

A federal judge approved a historic $50 million settlement agreement Tuesday between Taiwan-based plastics manufacturer Formosa and a scrappy environmental activist represented by indigent legal services nonprofit Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.

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Hero of the Week: Tracy Danzey Who Walked Across Denmark In Protest

Hero of the Week: Tracy Danzey Who Walked Across Denmark In Protest

Earlier this week, we attended a DC screening of the excellent movie starring Mark Ruffalo entitled “Dark Waters” that opens today in theaters and were impressed with all the real-life heroes portrayed in the film.  And then we heard about Tracy.  Tracy was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV, (the setting for the film) where […]

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Hero of the Week: Dr. Mildred McClain

Hero of the Week: Dr. Mildred McClain


Dr. Mildred McClain is an environmental justice activist from Savannah, GA and founder and executive director of the Savannah-based Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice.

Don’t miss her viral speech/sermon from the 2019 Georgia Climate Conference.

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Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

This week Italy got an A+ — thanks to its education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, who announced that starting next year all schools and students in all grades in Italy will be required to spend 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, teaching students about climate change issues.  It will also be woven […]

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Hero of the Week: Nick Venner

Hero of the Week: Nick Venner

Nick Venner, an 18-year-old Colorado native, not only loves nature but finds it his moral imperative to protect the trails and forests he cherishes from the ravages of climate change. As a devout catholic, Venner was inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical to fight for the planet, and as a sufferer of asthma, he knows full […]

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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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