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By May Boeve
Just over a week ago, the world stood up to Connect the Dots on climate impacts. 5/5/12 was a beautiful, inspiring, occasionally heartbreaking day. It's hard to describe what it felt like to watch the world come together like that—but this video comes close.
If you haven't seen it yet, please take 90 seconds to watch and spread it around:
People everywhere are waking up, and we're all in this together. As more and more of us start to feel the impacts of climate change, we'll need to continue connecting the dots. These are the stories we'll carry with us as we take on the power of the fossil fuel industry over the coming months, beginning with taking away their billions in subsidies.
Thank you for stepping up and being part of this movement. We need your voices, faces and energy more than ever.
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By Malinda Maynor Lowery
Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause.
By Jeff Turrentine
More than 58 million people currently living in the U.S. — 17 percent of the population — are of Latin-American descent. By 2065 that percentage is expected to rise to nearly a quarter. Hardly a monolith, this diverse group includes people with roots in dozens of countries; they or their ancestors might have arrived here at any point between the 1500s and today. They differ culturally, linguistically and politically.
By Tara Lohan
Prigi Arisandi, who founded the environmental group Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, picks through a heap of worn plastic packaging in Mojokerto, Indonesia. Reading the labels, he calls out where the trash originated: the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada. The logos range from Nestlé to Bob's Red Mill, Starbucks to Dunkin Donuts.
The trash of rich nations has become the burden of poorer countries.