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People eat at restaurants' outdoor tables on a closed to vehicles street in the West Village on the first day of spring on March 20, 2021 in New York City. Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images

By Katharine Lusk

Through a year of pandemic shutdowns and protests, Americans have rediscovered their public spaces. Homebound city dwellers sought havens in parks, plazas and reclaimed streets. Many of these places also became stages for protests against police violence and systemic racism in the U.S.

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Urban forests in the U.S. remove an estimated 75,000 tons of air pollution per year, but they're not equitably distributed. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc. / Getty Images

By Breanna Draxler

The term "urban forest" may sound like an oxymoron. When most of us think about forests, we may picture vast expanses of tall trunks and dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves, far from the busyness of the city. But the trees that line city streets and surround apartment complexes across the U.S. hold great value, in part because of their proximity to people.

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The bright patterns and recognizable designs of Waterlust's activewear aren't just for show. In fact, they're meant to promote the conversation around sustainability and give back to the ocean science and conservation community.

Each design is paired with a research lab, nonprofit, or education organization that has high intellectual merit and the potential to move the needle in its respective field. For each product sold, Waterlust donates 10% of profits to these conservation partners.

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A Burger King in Oakland, California advertising that it accepts benefits issued to low-income families for food. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

By Julian Agyeman

Hunger is not evenly spread across the U.S., nor within its cities.

Even in the richest parts of urban America, there are pockets of deep food insecurity, and more often than not it is Black and Latino communities that are hit hardest.

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