environmental justice

EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Office

EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Office

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new office focused on solving environmental problems in marginalized communities.  The agency announced the formation of the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights on Saturday, a move it said was in keeping with President Joe Biden’s environmental priorities.  “From day one, President Biden and […]

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    Environmental Justice Activists Call for Rejection of Manchin’s Fossil Fuel Side Deal

    Environmental Justice Activists Call for Rejection of Manchin’s Fossil Fuel Side Deal

    Black, Indigenous, and people of color from across the country rallied on Thursday, demanding Congress and President Biden reject an energy permitting overhaul that would expedite fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines like the beleaguered Mountain Valley Pipeline. “For so long… these industries have been placed in BIPOC communities that are too often targeted by these projects. It’s […]

    New Black-Focused Climate Solutions Initiative Launches

    New Black-Focused Climate Solutions Initiative Launches

    The Black Hive, a new climate initiative focused on equitable climate solutions, launched Thursday. The initiative, launched by the Movement for Black Lives, aims to build upon the 2021 Red, Black, and Green New Deal. “The climate crisis is happening because of corporate greed, government negligence, the divestment of solutions and the investment into the harmful […]

    Heat Waves Pose Deadly Threats to Incarcerated People, Prison Staff

    Heat Waves Pose Deadly Threats to Incarcerated People, Prison Staff

    By J. Carlee Purdum Extreme heat is taking an increasing toll across the U.S. in summertime. People who are incarcerated are among society’s most vulnerable groups and have been especially affected. More than a dozen states do not have air conditioning in all of their prison units, including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, […]

    COP27 in Egypt Subjects LGBTQIA+ Climate Activists to Human Rights Abuses

    COP27 in Egypt Subjects LGBTQIA+ Climate Activists to Human Rights Abuses

    The annual UN Conference of Parties to negotiate international climate policy is supposed to be held in different countries and continents in order to make it easier for activists from otherwise overlooked regions (the global south) to attend. This year’s COP27 is in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and while the African placement, Yessenia Funes at […]