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The US Withdrawal From The Paris Climate Accord Is A Racist Act

4 Mins Read By: Adrienne Hollis The Paris agreement threw a lifeline to millions of people of color facing a premature death. Trump is tearing that away, writes Adrienne Hollis, the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. It’s official – in 100 days the United States will formally withdraw from the Paris climate […]

From Ghana To Colombia: The Youth Climate Movement Across The Global South

7 Mins Read By: Inés M. Pousadela In early 2020, as millions went into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the environment experienced temporary relief from the impacts of human activity. As skies cleared and birds and animals claimed city spaces, it became apparent that the young people who had mobilized for the climate across the world […]

The Cost Of Environmental Activism For Indigenous Protesters? Death

3 Mins Read By: Rachel Ramirez  Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was shot while riding his motorcycle in April. Four years earlier, the renowned activist Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home in Honduras by assailants taking direction from executives responsible for a dam she had opposed. Four years before that, Cambodian forest and land […]

Environmental Groups Recommit To Climate Justice While Reckoning With Racist Pasts

3 Mins Read By: Shannon Osaka  Already stressed by the threat of coronavirus and widespread unemployment, the United States has erupted into protests after the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. Now, prominent groups in the environmental movement — which has long struggled with a dark, racist past — are speaking out […]

Environmental Racism In The US: Insidious, Unchecked & Made Worse By Covid-19

5 Mins Read By: Ari Kelo From unleashing toxic pollutants in neighborhoods populated by people of color to building oil pipelines on indigenous lands, environmental racism has a long and disturbing history in the United States. Despite this, most injustices caused by environmental racism have gone unchecked and unresolved. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this clear, revealing the […]