Tag: Justice

Pollution is so bad in this Chicago neighborhood, people are on hunger strike to stop it

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Oscar Sanchez’s fight against a scrapyard set to be relocated to his Southeast Chicago neighborhood has taken quite the physical toll. He’s lost about 20 pounds in the past month. He is increasingly unable to sleep, speak, or think clearly. Sometimes it’s so bad he can’t remember what he said even five minutes ago. Sanchez knows […]

Texas’ water problems started way before the winter storm

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On Monday, as record-breaking below-freezing temperatures overcame the entire state of Texas, county officials told residents to run their faucets continuously to prevent their pipes from freezing. But by Wednesday, hundreds of thousands didn’t even have water to run. On Thursday, some hospitals even reported water shortages. As potable water reached dangerously low levels across […]

How do you create the conservationists of tomorrow? Get kids outside.

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Gabe Vasquez first visited New Mexico when he was 8 years old, during a fishing trip to the Rio Grande with his father and older brother. They traveled from their home just south of the border in Ciudad Juárez and planned to camp in state parks along the river. Even now, Vasquez recalls the air of […]

Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout put polluted communities last

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Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood sits on a scant 4 square miles on the southwest side of the city, but it packs a lot into that modest footprint. With a population density similar to New York City’s, the immigrant-rich enclave, sometimes known as the “Mexico of the Midwest,” includes the largest single-site jail in the country, […]

How activists in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia thwarted fossil fuel exports

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This story was produced in collaboration with InvestigateWest. SEATTLE — At the corner of Third and Union, amid a sea of downtown high-rises and just across from Macy’s, members of the Northern Cheyenne tribe in native regalia walked alongside Montana ranchers in cowboy hats. The ranchers’ forerunners occupied the same stretch of the Little Bighorn […]

6 years after Flint water crisis, Michigan’s ex-governor to face charges

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Rick Synder was governor of Michigan when the state approved a 2014 cost-saving plan that switched the city of Flint’s water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewage Department water to the Flint River while a pipeline was built to Lake Huron. The water, however, was not treated to reduce corrosion, leading the majority-Black community […]

Green groups have a racism problem. Waterkeepers are trying to solve it.

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In August, the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global network of grassroots leaders dedicated to the preservation of local waterways, finalized the charter for its justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion committee. This step toward racial equity and representation, which took months of planning, is in line with the surge of anti-racism commitments made over the summer by […]

‘I’ll be fierce for all of us’: Deb Haaland on climate, Native rights, and Biden

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This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Debra Haaland is making American history. The 60-year-old Congress member from New Mexico will next month become the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history, when she takes responsibility for the country’s land and natural […]

As South Africa clings to coal, a struggle for the right to breathe

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This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Thomas Mnguni often woke to find the windows and floors of his home covered in a layer of black dust. Living between two coal mines and a landfill in Middelburg, South Africa, he and his […]

California inmates fight fires for pennies. Now they have a path to turn pro.

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Inmate firefighters have battled some of California’s most destructive wildfires, including the Thomas Fire, the Mendocino Complex Fire, the Ferguson Fire, and the Camp Fire. But for years, most former inmates who had received firefighting training were ineligible to become professional firefighters; their criminal records prevented them from getting the state license necessary for employment. […]