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Environmental Justice

Standing up for our health and homes.

Ta’Kaiya Blaney on First Nations: “We’re Awake and We’re Standing Up” Ta’Kaiya Blaney on First Nations: “We’re Awake and We’re Standing Up”
Video: She’s only 11 years old, but she’s already been working for environmental justice for a few years now. Here, she addresses the crowd at an Idle No More event in British Columbia.
Welcome to Blockadia! Welcome to Blockadia!
by Melanie Jae Martin, Jesse Fruhwirth
The corporate push to construct tar-sands pipelines is transforming the environmental movement across North America by increasing the involvement of local residents and normalizing the use of direct action.
Remembering Rebecca Tarbotton Remembering Rebecca Tarbotton
by Tina Gerhardt
A tribute to the beloved environmentalist, human right activist, and executive director of the Rainforest Action Network.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna Willow
On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
BP’s Civil Fines Could be 10 Times Larger than Record Criminal Penalty BP’s Civil Fines Could be 10 Times Larger than Record Criminal Penalty
by Signe Predmore
The $4.5 billion oil giant BP has agreed to pay out for criminal misconduct related to the Deepwater Horizon spill is too small to change the company’s business model. Yet more and bigger payments are likely to come.
More Than Nutritious: Why Organics Are Still Healthier More Than Nutritious: Why Organics Are Still Healthier
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
Two recent studies concluded that organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic food. But the value of organics involves health on multiple levels, from that of farmers to eaters to the planet itself.
Will “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy End Climate Silence? Will “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy End Climate Silence?
by Duncan Meisel
While our two main candidates for president have avoided the topic of global warming, the climate itself is anything but silent.
Alberta Tar Sands Illegal under Treaty 8, First Nations Charge Alberta Tar Sands Illegal under Treaty 8, First Nations Charge
by Kristin Moe
In 1899, First Nations in northern Alberta signed a treaty with Queen Victoria that enshrined their right to practice traditional lifeways. Today, it’s the basis for a legal challenge to Shell Oil’s mining of tar sands.
Maryam Henein: Filmmaker Advocate for the Bees Maryam Henein: Filmmaker Advocate for the Bees
Concerned about dwindling bee populations, this journalist undertook a five-year labor of love to educate the public about the harmful impact of pesticides on bees.
Will Tar Sands Drain the Rockies Dry? Will Tar Sands Drain the Rockies Dry?
by Kristin Moe
From snow to glacier, from river to delta, and back again. Now, that centuries-old cycle has been interrupted by the tremendous volume of water required to extract oil from the Alberta tar sands.
A Mothers’ Movement for Future Generations A Mothers’ Movement for Future Generations
by Heidi Hutner
Cancer survivor Heidi Hutner worried about how to raise a baby girl in an increasingly toxic world. Why she, and others, are convening the Women’s Congress for Future Generations to make the earth safe again for our children.
A Friend of the Mountains Remembered A Friend of the Mountains Remembered
by Bill Kovarik
Larry Gibson grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, and dedicated his life to defending them from the coal industry.
Occupy Your Victories: Occupy Wall Street’s First Anniversary Occupy Your Victories: Occupy Wall Street’s First Anniversary
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit provides an inspiring panorama of triumphs that Occupiers helped achieve in just one short year. She urges us to stay in it for the long haul.
Lockdown on the Pipeline: How a Houston Businessman Helped Shut Down Keystone for a Day Lockdown on the Pipeline: How a Houston Businessman Helped Shut Down Keystone for a Day
by Candice Bernd
Seven people—including Texas landowners whose land has been seized through eminent domain—halted work at the Livingston pipe yard, stopping construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for a day.
Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”? Mining for Gold: A “Pact With the Devil”?
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
The economic crisis—and the rising price of gold—have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here’s what we can learn from El Salvador’s moratorium on new mining permits.
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