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While the youth climate movement has gained a lot of attention from the media this year, the efforts of young indigenous activists in this youth movement haven’t been reported enough. One of those activists is 19-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of Colorado who has been fighting environmental injustice issues since he was a small boy. Martinez founded the climate action group Earth Guardians which trains other young activists to become leaders of the climate movement by enabling them to best use their voices and political power. He previously spoke in front of the UN General Assembly (a powerful speech if you haven’t seen it) but check out the above video where Martinez explains why climate activism is also a way to preserve the cultural traditions of his Aztec ancestors.
One of Xiuhtezcatl’s most powerful messages is that our inability to see our planet as a precious and finite resource enables greed, over-extraction of resources, and disregard for the needs of future generations:
“We have to end this mindset that we can take whatever we want without ever giving back.“
Military dogs are often homeless once they are retired from service. And worse, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) won’t pay for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) to adopt them or other dogs as service dogs. Congressman John Rutherford of Florida has introduced a bill — the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act of 2019 to provide funding to veterans diagnosed with PTS who would like to obtain a service dog.
Why This Matters: It would be a real win-win to see some of these dogs– or other dogs in need of homes — go to veterans who are suffering from PTS as an alternative or supplement to other treatments.
Here are two pieces that we recommend you read today, one of which we’ve written and the other an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling on us to honor veterans by examining the environmental damage inflicted by the military. Michael McDonald, president of Twin Cities Veterans for Peace and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, emeritus professor of justice […]
Sam Hodder is the president and CEO of the Save the Redwoods League. Hodder has spent his career in land conservation overseeing complex conservation programs and land transactions from the remote wilderness to the inner city. ODP: What’s the difference between a redwood and a giant sequoia? SH: Giant sequoia are the most massive trees […]