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Greenpeace activists in two rigid-hulled inflatable boats buzzed up and down the Hudson as Trump met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the U.S.S. Intrepid. Activists on both boats held up banners saying "Resist" and "Resiste."
"The devastation of Hurricane Sandy is still with us, and Trump's climate policies will only threaten our families, our homes and our communities more," said Greenpeace national canvass director Felicity von Sück. "Trump's denial of climate change, his targeting of communities of color and immigrants, his misogyny and homophobia and his dismissal of truth are a betrayal of everybody in this city. The fact that Trump can use his millions to insulate himself doesn't make climate change a hoax, just like it doesn't make bigotry and hatred disappear."
Trump returned to his hometown of New York City for the first time since taking office and hours after the House passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
A coalition of groups, including Working Families Party, United We Dream, and Iraq Vets Against the War, organized mass demonstrations across Trump's scheduled itinerary, bringing thousands to rallies at Trump Tower, DeWitt Clinton Park, and on the street side of the Intrepid Museum. The night before, Women's March organizers left him a projected message on the Intrepid.
"Iraq Vets Against War is joining with our fellow vets and New Yorkers today to send a message to Trump that we welcome refugees and immigrants with open arms, but we have to draw the line at his bigotry," said Matt Howard, co-director of Iraq Vets Against the War. "We are finished with Trump using vets and service members as political props to provide cover for an agenda built on hate and war mongering."
Trump returned to his hometown as the least popular president in recent history after 100 days. Fewer than one in five New Yorkers voted for him.
"Trump's first 100 days have been a nightmare for immigrants, for Muslims and for anyone who might risk losing health coverage if Congress approves Trumpcare," said Working Families Party membership director Nelini Stamp. "As long as Trump keeps pushing these harmful and hateful policies, protests will follow him everywhere he goes."
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By Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky
One year after the Flint Water Crisis I was invited to participate in a water rights session at a conference hosted by the US Human Rights Network in Austin, Texas in 2015. The reason I was at the conference was to promote efforts by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to encourage scientists to shine a light on how science intersects with human rights, in the U.S. as well as in the context of international development. My plan was to sit at an information booth and share my stories about water quality projects I spearheaded in communities in Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Philippines. I did not expect to be thrown into conversations that made me reexamine how scientists use their knowledge as a public good.
The shipping industry is coming to grips with its egregious carbon footprint, as it has an outsized contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and to the dumping of chemicals into open seas. Already, the global shipping industry contributes about 2 percent of global carbon emissions, about the same as Germany, as the BBC reported.
The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC overlooks the Tidal Basin, a man-made body of water surrounded by cherry trees. Visitors can stroll along the water's edge, gazing up at the stately monument.
But at high tide, people are forced off parts of the path. Twice a day, the Tidal Basin floods and water spills onto the walkway.