Democratic Candidates Flake on Detroit Environmental Justice Forum

Seats sit empty for candidates who cancelled on a July 31 educational forum about Detroit’s most polluted ZIP code, convened by Frontline Detroit, Climate Justice Alliance and other environmental justice activists. (Still courtesy of Climate Justice Alliance) In These Times, Aug 9 2019 Most candidates tout a just transition for “frontline communities” like Detroit, but only Jay Inslee showed up …

‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up by Disasters Poses Long-Term Danger, New Findings Show

By Christopher Flavelle, on July 15, 2019, NYTimes.com WASHINGTON — New research shows that the extreme weather and fires of recent years, similar to the flooding that has struck Louisiana and the Midwest, may be making Americans sick in ways researchers are only beginning to understand. By knocking chemicals loose from soil, homes, industrial-waste sites or other sources, and spreading them …

Denver Initiative Would Raise Over $40 Million for Housing Efficiency, Retrofits, Training and Support of EJ and Low Income Communities

We have submitted our ballot language with suggested improvements to the City Council Referred Initiative drafters. We would also appreciate all of your input on where you feel changes/improvements should be made.  Please provide changes on the document as comments only or send suggestions to me that I will include in the document.  Thank you all for your help! Here are several equity …

A UN report shows an estimated 2 billion people now face moderate or severe food insecurity as the planet heats

By Georgina Gustin, July 15, 2019, Inside Climate News The combined forces of climate change, conflict and economic stagnation are driving more people around the world into hunger, reversing earlier progress, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported on Monday. Although the numbers fluctuate as economies rise and fall, conflicts come and go, and climate emergencies intensify and recede, …

Only in America is the word socialism freighted with so much perceived menace.

Can We Please Relax About ‘Socialism’?  Only in America is the word freighted with so much perceived menace.  By David Bentley Hart, a scholar of religion and a cultural critic. April 27, 2019 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New YorkCreditCreditPatrick Semansky/Associated Press In countries where, since World War II, the principles of democratic socialism have shaped public policy (basically, everywhere in the developed world except …

Principles and Statutes of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

In a 2018 climate rights case brought by young people in Colombia, the Colombian Supreme Court recognized the rights of communities, future generations, and nature to a healthy climate. Finding that deforestation causes imminent and serious damage to all Colombians of present and future generations, the Court sought to protect this vital ecosystem by recognizing the Colombian Amazon as an “entity …

Pitfalls of White Allyship

Some notes from Regan Byrd’s White Anti-Racist Allyship training on the pitfalls of white allyship are below. Robin Byrd offers more trainings (which can be found on Facebook) that might be of interest to you. Also, because you are getting this info for free, if you feel so inclined you can always give a donation of gratitude to her via paypal …

Principles of Environmental Justice + Info on Environmental Justice and Racism

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.(Printable PDF version) PREAMBLE WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental …

Shrinking environmental news coverage and local staffing, with newspaper declines in Coal Country and elsewhere.

Shrinking environmental news coverage and local staffing, with newspaper declines in Coal Country and elsewhere. A year ago, the last Kentucky newspaper staffer dedicated to the environmental beat full-time left his job. He was not replaced. By Charles Bethea in the New Yorker, March 26, 2019 An abandoned mining operation in Harlan County, Kentucky, 2018. Photograph by Ross Gordon / Kentucky Documentary …