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Category: Racial Justice

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Letter from 100+ economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy

The carbon economy amplifies racial, social and economic inequities, creating a system that is fundamentally incompatible with a stable future Jeffrey Sachs, Joseph Stiglitz, Mariana Mazzucato, Clair Brown, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Robert Reich, Gabriel Zucman and others Aug 4, 2020 Published in the Guardian From deep-rooted racism to the Covid-19 pandemic, from extreme inequality to ecological collapse, our world is facing dire and deeply interconnected emergencies. […]

Climate change

Most polluted U.S. neighborhoods haven’t changed after three decades

Nichola Groom (Reuters) – If your neighborhood was among the most polluted in 1981, it probably still is. Likewise, the least polluted areas are still faring the best, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science that analyzed concentrations of fine particulate matter over more than three decades in the United States. Overall, pollution from fine particulate matter fell about 70% between 1981 and 2016, the study found. In that time, air quality has improved dramatically across the country thanks to tighter air quality regulations, cleaner vehicles and fewer coal-fired power plants, experts have found. But the communities most exposed to higher levels of pollution remain the same, the study found. That suggests the United States is […]

Racial Justice

4,002: Not Just a Statistic

  July 25, 2020 Oped by Sanya Bery In May, the Navajo Nation reached the grim milestone of having the highest per-capita COVID-19 infection rate in America. Then, with 4,002 confirmed cases, the Nation averaged around 2,304 cases per 100,000 people. To put that in perspective, New York state had a rate of 1,806 cases per 100,000 and New Jersey was at 1,668.   4,002 cases is an easy statistic to read about. It blends into the data we consume hourly. 4,002 cases is easy to say out loud, too. 4,002. But 4,002 cases is not easy to think about. It’s not easy to think about because as soon as we begin to really think about it, we must also wonder […]

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Eight US cities share how racial justice is embedded into their climate plans

Downtown Los Angeles, California In GreenBIZ – By Jesse Klein  July 20, 2020   As COVID-19 rampages through vulnerable minority populations with tragic consequences, and protests for racial justice surge among a similar demographic, city climate planners see a renewed focus on climate justice. The pandemic, in some ways, has been a trial run for the anticipated coming impacts of […]

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Jane Fonda and Martin ask about why CA Legislature tolerates the oil industry’s environmental racism

Fonda and Martin ask about why CA Legislature tolerates the oil industry’s environmental racism BY JANE FONDA AND DON MARTIN in the THE SACRAMENTO BEE JULY 17, 2020 Of the 1.8 million Californians living near drilling in heavily polluted areas, 92 percent are from communities of color. It is past time to stop sacrificing Black and brown communities to the oil and […]

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Elected officials ask why California regulators under Newsom are approving new fracking permits

In the Daily Kos.   By Dan Bacher  Wednesday July 15, 2020 · Elected Officials to Protect California (EOPCA ), a coalition of current and former elected officials opposed to fracking and increased oil and gas drilling in the state, is asking why California Governor Gavin Newsom is helping the failing fracking industry by overseeing an expansion of fracking operations during a […]

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Hundreds of Local and State Officials Just Endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

Catie Keck12/16/18 1:45PM• In GIZMODO As the Green New Deal pioneered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to gain momentum, the plan to wean the U.S. off of fossil fuels has now found support in more than 300 local and state government officials who called for the initiative in an open letter on Friday. The letter from environmental nonprofit Elected Officials to Protect America and signed by 311 officials from 40 states pointed to extreme weather phenomena exacerbated by climate change that are already affecting communities across the nation and costing billions to manage in their aftermath—dire issues that are only going to worsen as our planet continues to warm. “Our nation’s mightiest cities have been flooded by unprecedented superstorms including Sandy, Katrina, Harvey, and Maria. Scientists warn […]