Hero of the Week: Mama Lila Cabbil, Michigan Water Warrior (1944-2019)

Hero of the Week: Mama Lila Cabbil, Michigan Water Warrior (1944-2019)

As Black History Month draws to a close, we can think of no better hero than Mama Lila Cabbil, who is being remembered this week in Michigan for her tireless work on civil rights and environmental justice, and as a founder of the People’s Water Board Coalition and the Detroit People’s Platform.  She passed away […]

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Hero of the week: Dr. Wallace Broecker (1931-2019)

Hero of the week: Dr. Wallace Broecker (1931-2019)

Wallace Broecker, a climate scientist at Columbia University who brought the term “global warming” into the public and scientific lexicon, died on Monday at the age of 87. NPR reported that as a professor in the department of earth and environmental science at Columbia, Broecker was among the early scientists who raised alarms about the drastic […]

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Hero of the Week:  Climate Science Leader Warren Washington

Hero of the Week: Climate Science Leader Warren Washington

It is Black History Month, and this week we wanted to recognize one of the leading climate scientists in the United States, Warren Washington who recently retired from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, for his lifetime of public service and his pioneering work in the field of climate modeling.  In the early 1960s, he was one of the first to build computer atmospheric models using the laws of physics to predict future atmospheric conditions. 

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Hero of the week: former congressman John Dingell (1926-2019)

Hero of the week: former congressman John Dingell (1926-2019)

John D. Dingell Jr., America’s longest-serving member of Congress, WWII veteran, and a man known for his candor and humor passed away yesterday at the age of 92. The New York Times reported that Mr. Dingell had represented what is now Michigan’s 12th district, outside Detroit, since the Eisenhower administration, a 59-year run. But when he […]

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Heroes of the week: Border Angels

Heroes of the week: Border Angels

Immigration at our southern border is currently a tense political situation but more than anything it’s become a humanitarian crisis. Regardless through which political lens you view the situation, people who are desperate for a better life are dying and going days without water on their journey to enter the United States. That’s why our heroes […]

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Hero of the Week: Alex Weber, teen who discovered a huge source of ocean plastic pollution

Hero of the Week: Alex Weber, teen who discovered a huge source of ocean plastic pollution

Two years ago, a 16-year old diver named Alex Weber was swimming off Pebble Beach near Carmel, CA when she discovered something truly startling: thousands of golf balls from 5 local golf courses rotting on the ocean floor.

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Heroes of the Week:  Belgian Kids Skipping School To Make a Point

Heroes of the Week: Belgian Kids Skipping School To Make a Point

For the second week in a row, thousands of Belgian kids walked out of school and marched on EU parliament to make a point about the urgent need for climate action.  The Associated Press picked up the story, giving it worldwide attention.  Rain and cold did not deter the more than 12,000 kids — indeed, […]

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Heroes of the Week: Coasties Risking Their Lives To Keep Us Safe — Even Without Pay

Heroes of the Week: Coasties Risking Their Lives To Keep Us Safe — Even Without Pay

Unlike the other branches, there is one military service whose members are about to miss a paycheck.  The U.S. Coast Guard is the only military service that is “deployed” all over the nation every day 24/7.  And the brave Coasties who are working without pay are risking their lives to protect us.  According to a Coast Guard spokeswoman, they are continuing to provide essential operations “for national security or that protect life and property during partial government shutdowns,” such as search-and-rescue, securing the nation’s ports and coastlines, other law enforcement duties and environmental response. And for that, you are our heroes — this week and every week.

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