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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Hero of the Week: Judy Sullivan

Hero of the Week: Judy Sullivan

While it’s astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins who are the celebrated heroes of the Apollo 11 moon landing, their mission may have not been possible without a brilliant NASA engineer named Judy Sullivan. As Good Morning American explained, after earning top grades as a biology major Sullivan became a biomedical engineer at […]

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Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Heroes of the Week: Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo

Erin and Evan Addison and Andrew Arevalo, classmates at Steel City Academy charter school in Gary, Indiana, are all rising high school sophomores and founders of the award-winning Steel City Academy podcast and were featured last week in a radio segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Last year when Maya Energy was proposing to build […]

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Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

This week, John Kelly, a Washington Post Metro section columnist caught our eye with a story about Bruce Butterworth, a D.C. resident who has been snorkeling and diving since the 1980s and has witnessed first-hand the decline of coral reefs.  Two years ago, he learned that in the Coral Triangle of Indonesia, pristine reefs remain […]

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Hero of the Week: Daniela Fernandez, Founder and CEO of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Hero of the Week: Daniela Fernandez, Founder and CEO of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Daniela Fernandez started the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) as a student club at Georgetown University (where I – Monica – first met her) — but she has taken this organization to another level in the last two years — moving it to San Francisco, raising millions in seed funding, and launching it as a full-scale non-profit dedicated to youth engagement on ocean conservation.

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Heroes of the Week: Dads Who Enable Their Daughters’ Climate Activism

Heroes of the Week: Dads Who Enable Their Daughters’ Climate Activism

When Minnesota 5th graders Elena Rapallini and Aryanna Rossi asked their dads to take them on an emissions-free road trip to Washington DC to attend a conference and raise awareness about climate change, their dads were thrilled to help their daughters with their activism. Both girls have been active in local groups seeking climate action […]

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Heroines of the Week: Two Long Time Ocean Champions

Heroines of the Week: Two Long Time Ocean Champions

In honor of World Oceans Day, this week we recognize a lifetime of hard work and dedication to ocean conservation by Dr. Nancy Knowlton of the National Museum of Natural History, and Sarah Chasis, the Senior Director for Oceans at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Dr. Knowlton, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award this week […]

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