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    Bank of America Promises It Won’t Fund Arctic Drilling

    Bank of America Promises It Won’t Fund Arctic Drilling

    After ongoing pressure from environmental groups and Indigenous communities, Bank of America has said it will not finance any oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, making it the last major U.S. financial institution to do so. The decision is especially significant because outgoing President Donald Trump has opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge […]

    Returning the ‘Three Sisters’ – Corn, Beans and Squash – to Native American Farms Nourishes People, Land and Cultures

    Returning the ‘Three Sisters’ – Corn, Beans and Squash – to Native American Farms Nourishes People, Land and Cultures

    By Christina Gish Hill Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. For centuries before Europeans […]

    Biden Urged to ‘Honor Indigenous Sovereignty and Immediately Halt’ Fossil Fuel Pipelines

    Biden Urged to ‘Honor Indigenous Sovereignty and Immediately Halt’ Fossil Fuel Pipelines

    By Jessica Corbett A leading environmental advocacy group marked Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday by urging President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Kamala Harris, and the entire incoming administration “to honor Indigenous sovereignty and immediately halt the Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and Line 3 pipelines.” That call from 350.org U.S. communications director Thanu Yakupitiyage […]

    Environmental Justice Reporters Face Deadly Threats, Intimidation

    Environmental Justice Reporters Face Deadly Threats, Intimidation

    By Jeannette Cwienk Shubham Mani Tripathi, newspaper reporter, India: shot dead in June 2020 for exposing illegal sand mining. Maria Efigenia Vasquez Astudillo, radio reporter, Colombia: struck and killed by a projectile in October 2017 while covering clashes between the Indigenous community and local police. Joseph Oduha, journalist, South Sudan: fled the country in 2019 […]

    5 Legal Tactics Environmentalists Are Using to Fight Climate Change

    5 Legal Tactics Environmentalists Are Using to Fight Climate Change

    By Martin Kuebler More than 700 climate lawsuits have been filed around the world since 2015, according to the Climate Change Litigation Databases. That’s a huge increase, considering there have only been about 1,700 of these types of cases since the late 1980s, most of them in the U.S. In a recent long-running case, the […]

    Indigenous and Climate Leaders Outraged Over Minnesota Permits for Line 3 Pipeline

    Indigenous and Climate Leaders Outraged Over Minnesota Permits for Line 3 Pipeline

    By Jessica Corbett Environmental and Indigenous leaders on Thursday responded with alarm after Minnesota regulators approved key permits for Enbridge Energy’s planned Line 3 Pipeline replacement, and called on Democratic Gov. Tim Walz to block any construction for the Canadian company’s long-delayed multibillion-dollar project. “Gov. Walz has apparently decided that if Washington won’t lead on […]

    The Kind of Heroes We Need to Actually Save the Planet

    The Kind of Heroes We Need to Actually Save the Planet

    By Rena Priest Storytellers are the makers of culture and the shapers of consciousness. The word “author” is from the Latin word auctus, which translates literally to “one who causes to grow.” As storytellers, we plant beliefs that blossom into the structure of the world. In these times, we need a new structure — a […]