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He brought ‘good trouble’ to environmental justice

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Racial justice and climate justice are inseparable. Few would deny this, but that wasn’t always so. For much of its history, the environmental movement has been overwhelmingly white and gave little thought to the impacts pollution and climate change had on people of color and underserved communities. The convergence of the two, which happened no […]

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 […]

Fix got struck by climate cupid. Here’s who we’ve been crushing on this year.

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A lot of good stuff got buried in the bad news avalanche that was 2020. But fear not! Fix shoveled through the hip-deep snow to reveal our climate crushes — the leaders, thinkers, and system-shakers who gave us goo-goo eyes this year. They’re behind the movements, moments, and milestones that kept the climate momentum going. […]

He thinks we’re on the cusp of a green building boom

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As 2020 draws to a close, Fix asked 21 climate and justice leaders to offer their predictions for 2021. We’re presenting a handful of their responses in depth — because we could all use some extra hope these days. Be sure to check out the full list of predictions here. Growing up in a one-bedroom […]

Apple’s Lisa Jackson on leadership, justice, and generations of change

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Over the last few months, Apple has taken a couple big swings. In June, the technology company announced a $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative that supports more people of color in STEM fields and pushes for criminal justice reform, among other ambitions. Then, in July, it unveiled a big climate plan, with the […]

Tribes and firefighters work together to prevent catastrophic wildfires

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This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Elizabeth Azzuz had already worked with fire three times during the week I spoke with her from her home at the confluence of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in Northern California. Azzuz is a member […]

Coronavirus could help us reclaim city streets — but only if officials act

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This essay was first published in our semi-weekly newsletter, Climate in the Time of Coronavirus, which you can subscribe to here. I live a stone’s throw away from one of the loveliest streets in Brooklyn. It’s tucked away, improbably, between a busy four-lane avenue and ground-level subway tracks: six blocks of Victorian mansions looking out […]

What storytelling means in times of crisis

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An abridged version of this essay was first published in our semi-weekly newsletter, Climate in the Time of Coronavirus, which you can subscribe to here. Some days, it seems as if the bad news is never-ending during this pandemic. The vulnerable communities I cover on my beat for Grist have been especially hard hit. Last […]

The 2020 census can help us fight climate change — if coronavirus doesn’t get in the way

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Every 10 years the United States government endeavors to do something miraculous — a count of every human being living on U.S. soil. This survey of the population, known as the decennial census, is one of the foundations of American democracy. It helps us track changes in how many people live in different areas, so […]

Democracy on hold: States are canceling public meetings amid coronavirus crisis

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On April 14, Rosemary Fuller had planned to speak at a public hearing held by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about a natural gas pipeline that will run 150 feet from her home in the suburbs west of Philadelphia. It would be the first of three upcoming hearings to discuss new permits that Sunoco, […]