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The Cost of Climate Change

Portrait of Shannan Lenke Stoll This has been a summer of severe weather. Across the country, communities are dealing with damage from out-of-control wildfires and devastating hurricanes. As Sarah van Gelder points out in her column this week, these are the sorts of disasters that have been predicted by climate models for decades. She argues that it’s time for the companies who largely caused climate change to pay up. And thanks to a new report published last week in Climatic Change, we know who they are.

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90 Companies Helped Cause the Climate Crisis—They Should Pay for It

The companies responsible for the climate crisis should cover the costs of fighting wildfires and recovering from hurricanes.      READ MORE »


“Carpe Diem Politics”: How to Do More Than Just Resist

Today’s social justice movements must seize opportunities, mobilize quickly, and, finally, embrace a carnival spirit.   READ MORE »


The Importance of Training Teachers to Better Understand Their Native Students

Native students have the highest dropout rates, but a college program for educators aims to change that.   READ MORE »


It’s More Than a Church Parking Lot. It’s a Safe Zone for Homeless Women and Families

Some say safe-parking programs aren’t a solution to homelessness. But these women and families are grateful this church has one.   READ MORE »


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Can You Celebrate American History Without Celebrating Colonialism?

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the move to decolonize the annual Entrada celebration shows how complex identity and culture are.   READ MORE »


Racist Voter Suppression Revealed in a Small-Town Voter Fraud Trial

As the nation faces demographic shifts, the push to suppress voting intensifies.   READ MORE »


How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

Each weeknight, The Free Store redistributes up to 1,500 surplus food items to anyone who wants them—no questions asked.   READ MORE »


What Legal Personhood for U.S. Rivers Would Do

Indian Country could finally see an end to nonconsented infrastructure projects if they follow New Zealand’s Maori in achieving legal protection for natural entities.   READ MORE »


Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play. Here’s Why That’s a Problem

Kids deprived of recess don’t have time to recharge, learn social skills, or solve their own problems.   READ MORE »


Black Neighbors Band Together to Bring in Healthy Food, Co-op-Style

And the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is creating other ways for Black people to circulate healthy food—and wealth.   READ MORE »


A Clear Choice: My Fossil Fuels—or 5.6 Million People Fleeing a Hurricane

Collective action is made up of individuals leading the way, showing what’s possible, shifting the normal.   READ MORE »


My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest

He wanted to know how institutional racism has made an impact on my life. I’m glad he asked, because I was ready to answer.   READ MORE »






Comment of the Week—on “Corporations Have Legal Personhood, But Rivers Don’t? That Could Change”

Reader Tara Ingram writes, “Oh Yes! to legal personhood for nature and living beings. Big NO! to personhood for any non-human entities. #EndCorporateRule #LegalizeDemocracy #MoveToAmend”   READ MORE »


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