Trump's Border Wall Will Do 'Irreparable Harm'
The Center for Biological Diversity joined the Borderlands Project and other organizations Tuesday in launching Embattled Borderlands, a new story map project that details the various places, people and wildlife put in harm's way by border walls and militarization. The immersive web platform combines a decade of photo documentation and scientific data to highlight a region at the crossroads of destructive border security policies.
"The U.S.-Mexico borderlands are breathtakingly beautiful, richly diverse and highly threatened by walls and militarization," said Randy Serraglio, conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. "Many people don't understand how special this region is or the destructive disaster that Trump's proposals would cause. The Embattled Borderlands project will help change that."
The interactive resource weaves together cutting-edge mapping by the Environmental Systems Research Institute, compelling narrative and stunning professional photography by the International League of Conservation Photographers to create a vivid portrait of a place at the center of one of our nation's biggest conflicts.
"Thousands of species contribute to a complex web of life in the borderlands, many of which—such as jaguar and ocelot—are found nowhere else in the United States," said Serraglio. "The border region is fragile and vulnerable and Trump's wall would do irreparable harm."
Trump’s Wall 'Would End Any Chance of Recovery for Endangered Jaguars' https://t.co/9uINUE1JVZ— WildAid (@WildAid)1485804117.0
"The borderlands are a melting pot of life and cultures, full of spectacular beauty and diversity," said Serraglio. "It would be a tragic mistake and a monumental injustice to sacrifice this unique landscape and the life it harbors for Trump's cynical, unnecessary border security folly."
By Jake Johnson
Amid reports that oil industry-friendly former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz remains under consideration to return to his old post in the incoming Biden administration, a diverse coalition of environmental groups is mobilizing for an "all-out push" to keep Moniz away from the White House and demand a cabinet willing to boldly confront the corporations responsible for the climate emergency.
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Anger, anxiety, overwhelm … climate change can evoke intense feelings.
"It's easy to feel dwarfed in the context of such a global systemic issue," says psychologist Renée Lertzman.
She says that when people experience these feelings, they often shut down and push information away. So to encourage climate action, she advises not bombarding people with frightening facts.
"When we lead with information, we are actually unwittingly walking right into a situation that is set up to undermine our efforts," she says.
She says if you want to engage people on the topic, take a compassionate approach. Ask people what they know and want to learn. Then have a conversation.
This conversational approach may seem at odds with the urgency of the issue, but Lertzman says it can get results faster.
"When we take a compassion-based approach, we are actively disarming defenses so that people are actually more willing and able to respond and engage quicker," she says. "And we don't have time right now to mess around, and so I do actually come to this topic with a sense of urgency… We do not have time to not take this approach."
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media
Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.
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