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    ‘Work Together’ or ‘Destroy it’: Goldman Prize Winner Francia Márquez on World’s Second Deadliest Country For Environmental Activists

    ‘Work Together’ or ‘Destroy it’: Goldman Prize Winner Francia Márquez on World’s Second Deadliest Country For Environmental Activists

    By Robert Valencia In April 2018, Afro-Colombian activist Francia Márquez won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, thanks to her work to retake her community’s ancestral territories from illegal gold mining. However, her international recognition comes at a very risky price. Francia was born in Yolombó, a town nestled in the southwestern department of Cauca, where […]

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Announces $10 Trillion Plan to Flight Climate Crisis

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Announces $10 Trillion Plan to Flight Climate Crisis

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is the latest 2020 Democratic primary contender to announce an ambitious plan to tackle the climate crisis. Gillibrand’s plan, published on Medium Thursday, would mobilize $10 trillion in private and public funds to pay for a Green New Deal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy within 10 years and net zero […]

    Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

    Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

    Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention […]

    African Americans Are Disproportionately Exposed to Extreme Heat

    African Americans Are Disproportionately Exposed to Extreme Heat

    By Adrienne Hollis Climate change is a threat multiplier. This is a fact I know to be true. I also know that our most vulnerable populations, particularly environmental justice communities — people of color and/or low socioeconomic status — are suffering and will continue to suffer first and worst from the adverse effects of climate […]

    Cambodia to Return 1,700 Tons of Plastic Waste to U.S., Canada

    Cambodia to Return 1,700 Tons of Plastic Waste to U.S., Canada

    Cambodia is the latest Asian country to reject the wealthy world’s plastic waste. Government officials said Wednesday that they would send 1,600 tonnes (approximately 1,764 tons) of waste back to the U.S. and Canada after the trash was discovered in 83 containers Tuesday in the country’s port of Sihanoukville, CNN reported. “Cambodia is not a […]

    Michigan Prosecutors Drop Criminal Charges Against Officials Involved in Flint Water Crisis

    Michigan Prosecutors Drop Criminal Charges Against Officials Involved in Flint Water Crisis

    Michigan prosecutors dropped all criminal charges against government officials involved in the Flint water crisis Thursday, citing concerns about the investigation they had inherited from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) appointed by former Attorney General Bill Schuette, CNN reported. “We cannot provide the citizens of Flint the investigation they rightly deserve by continuing to […]

    How ‘Freeway Revolts’ Helped Create the People’s Environmental Law

    How ‘Freeway Revolts’ Helped Create the People’s Environmental Law

    By Teju Adisa-Farrar & Raul Garcia In the summer of 1969 a banner hung over a set of condemned homes in what was then the predominantly black and brown Brookland neighborhood in Washington, DC. It read, “White man’s roads through black men’s homes.” Earlier in the year, the District attempted to condemn the houses to […]

    3 Reasons Why Plastic Pollution Is an Environmental Justice Issue

    3 Reasons Why Plastic Pollution Is an Environmental Justice Issue

    By Kaitlin Grable Turtles, seabirds, seals, and whales are well-documented victims of plastic pollution — but when was the last time you saw a video of a person suffering in the grips of the global plastics crisis? You’d be forgiven if you believed humans were somehow immune to this tragedy, as their stories are so […]