New progressive candidates aren’t afraid to talk about the intersections of climate and injustice

New faces like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Summer Lee aren’t afraid to talk about environmental justice. E.A. CRUNDEN AUG 27, 2018, ClimateProgress CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES, RASHIDATLAIBFORCONGRESS.COM / EDIT BY DIANA OFOSU When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering …

“Today, many researchers are concluding that ecological systems around the planet will not be able to tolerate temperature rise much beyond 1.5C”

Avoiding the climate failsafe point “Although models of climate and vegetation change are greatly improving, they remain far from perfect,” write academics Lovejoy and Hannah in an editorial for the journal Science Advances. “For example, on the one hand, recent modelling studies indicate that limiting temperature increase to 1.5C will greatly reduce the impact on the ranges of insect, vertebrate, …

Judge: Atlantic Coast pipeline failed to assess the health impacts the project would have on minorities, as required under federal law.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, May 18, 2018 A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project that would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Now civil rights advocates are working to build their environmental justice case in hopes of further stymying the project. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images A federal court has invalidated a …

The meaning of home or ‘hogar’

Download “The Meaning of Home” handout in English (PDF) Download “El significado de ‘hogar’” en español (PDF) ECO MEANS HOME : ‘ECO’ COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD OIKOS, MEANING ‘HOME’ ECO SYSTEM (“home” + “system”) Ecosystem means all the relationships in a home – from microorganisms, plants, animals and people to water, soil and air. An Ecosystem includes the terrain and …

11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …

How Kids and Families Pay the Real Cost of Health Inequality When families can’t take paid time off to care for a sick child, the social costs can be overwhelming

By Michelle Chen in the Nation, May 2018 When you’re too sick to go to work, you shouldn’t be punished for taking time to recover. That simple truth has driven many cities to enact paid leave policies in recent years, guaranteeing paid sick days, or some kind of paid medical- and family-leave time, as standard workplace policy. But those vital policies are still not …

People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework

V I S I O N The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality. We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, …

I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

The Disruption of White Supremacy: Why Colonialism is Failing Right on Time By Mark Trahant, YES! Magazine, Feb 2018 Melba Appawara from the Northern Ute Tribe, born in 1932, is grandma to many beautiful bear dancers. PHOTO BY MATIKA WILBUR FOR PROJECT 562 IMAGINE THE END OF THE UNITED STATES. It could happen like this: California secedes over a Trump-era order that is …

Rooftop solar owners want a way to sell their surplus power, especially locally, cheaper, faster, more transparently

Bear in mind that most things that could be done with blockchain technology could also be done with centralized computer systems, too, so the real question is whether blockchain offers a more efficient, or more democratic, way of doing these things.  Ecowatch Jan 2018 A major obstacle to addressing climate change is that our energy system is highly centralized, while …