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Environmental Justice

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Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next
by Yates McKee
A sit-in planned for the day after the People’s Climate March will call out the role of Wall Street in climate change.
Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further) Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further)
by Quincy Saul
An incisive critique of the People’s Climate March comes with a list of ways to step up our game.
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.
NY Unions Will Bring Fresh Ideas about Jobs, Energy to Historic Climate March NY Unions Will Bring Fresh Ideas about Jobs, Energy to Historic Climate March
by Abby Scher
Key national unions are stepping up to support the People's Climate March on September 21. But some green radicals say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector.
Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First
by Mari Margil
Unless the legal foundation for local self-governance is truly built on the rights of communities, victories like the one in New York can easily be overturned.
Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson
by Deirdre Smith
The tragedy in Ferguson helps us understand why people of color aren't as active as they could be in the climate movement—and what white allies can do to change that.
Americans Spend $1.8 Billion on Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know) Americans Spend $1.8 Billion on Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)
by Dana Drugmand, Yessenia Funes
Meanwhile, more Americans got insured, the oceans continued to become more acidic, and the world’s largest collection of rubber ducks grew at a rapid pace.
The Leader of Canada's Green Party Is Marching for Climate Action—And She Wants You to Join Her in NYC The Leader of Canada's Green Party Is Marching for Climate Action—And She Wants You to Join Her in NYC
by Elizabeth May
As environmental lawyer and author Gus Speth once said, "Politicians ride the waves. People's movements make the waves."
Photo Essay: First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands Photo Essay: First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands
by Liana Lopez
Organizers agreed that the annual marches have helped raise awareness about the mining project. But their work is far from done.
Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking
by EcoWatch
The ruling is a boon to the more than 170 municipalities in New York that have already passed bans or moratoriums.
Canadian Govt Approves Pipeline Through British Columbia—But Landmark Court Ruling May Stop It Canadian Govt Approves Pipeline Through British Columbia—But Landmark Court Ruling May Stop It
by Dana Drugmand
First Nations groups say that the pipeline would disrupt their traditional seafood harvest and endanger their culture.
San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles on Public Property
by Molly Rusk
The ban is set to go into effect in October 2014, and will be the first of its kind in the nation.
Game Changer: EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Game Changer: EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Power Plants
by Brandon Baker
Coal-fired power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of United States' carbon emissions. That pollution would be regulated for the first time under the new proposed rules.
Stanford Has an $18 Billion Endowment. These Students Made Sure It Won't Be Invested in Coal Stanford Has an $18 Billion Endowment. These Students Made Sure It Won't Be Invested in Coal
by Liz Pleasant
The decision is the largest single win for the movement to push institutions to divest from fossil fuels. And student activists say they'll keep the pressure on Stanford to divest from oil and natural gas as well as from coal.
The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk
by Erin L. McCoy
Thousands of workers may be at risk of chronic disease from the chemicals used to process coal—including MCHM, which recently contaminated the drinking water of nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents.
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