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Why the People’s Climate Movement Must Grow

Why the People’s Climate Movement Must Grow

It’s been one month since the largest climate march in history, and recent “Climate Action” pledges from global leaders like the Department of Defense, President Obama and the United Nations do not add up to what communities need. The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, was a historic event. It was historic because of the unprecedented numbers
Port of San Diego Acknowledges Environmental Justice  At one point in June, a draft of the Port of San Diego’s 50-year vision statement failed to fully address the importance of clean air and environmental justice in the area.  At least from the view of the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) and many residents in Barrio Logan, National City and other areas of [...]
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‘Energy Democracy’ Map Charts Local Green Efforts in U.S.  A solar-powered church in Washington, D.C.? A solar farm in Colorado? An effort to put solar panels on public buildings in Washington state? All of these efforts are noted on a new interactive map, part of a project that has been dubbed “Energy Democracy.” One key goal is to share what communities across the [...]
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Pollution: In Our Air, in Our PoliticsAs a kid growing up in the LA air basin during the smoggy 50s and 60s, I thought of irritated eyes and a sore chest as normal parts of life. The sky on hot summer afternoons was a brownish yellow shade, and the air sometimes made your eyes water. In my later childhood years, I [...]
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Kentucky Faith Groups: Protect Land, Stop Gas Pipeline  In Kentucky, the concern is very real for residents: Should a proposed pipeline carry natural gas liquids from fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia through their state to export facilities along the Gulf Coast?  If built, the pipeline would cut across 22 counties in Kentucky’s northern, central and western regions, Kentuckians for the [...]
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Barrio Logan Environmental Plan Wins OK in San Diego  The San Diego City Council voted twice in recent months as to whether heavy industrial businesses should be moved from the Barrio Logan neighborhood - an area that reportedly has higher-than-average asthma rates – so that a buffer could exist between families and what many say are sources of pollution.  Both times, city leaders approved [...]
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Ark. Groups Celebrate ‘Grassroots Victory’ for Clean WaterResidents concerned about water quality in Arkansas are hailing the repeal of a law and the protection of what one community leader calls some of the “cleanest freshwater streams and lakes” in the country. The Arkansas state Legislature on Oct. 19 voted to repeal Act 954, which had stripped the classification of potential drinking water [...]
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Court in Ky. OKs Temporary Stop to Mountaintop Mining  A federal order to stop mountaintop coal mining at the Stacy Branch site in Eastern Kentucky will stay in place, at least temporarily, as environmental groups argue an appeal about a permit and what they say are public health issues, Earthjustice, a legal defense fund, reported last week.  The Sept. 3 decision from the [...]
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National Coal to Halt Surface Mining in Appalachia  Environmental groups in Tennessee concerned about coal pollution are reporting a significant victory with National Coal’s decision to effectively leave the surface mining business in Appalachia. An agreement reached in late June with Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Tennessee Clean Water Network and the Sierra Club involves three sites owned by the company: [...]
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Wheeze. Cough. Group: San Diego Area Needs to be Cleaner  Zoning changes that would make San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood a healthier place for families received commission approval this month and the overall plan is likely to go before the City Council in September, an environmental group reported.  The Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) applauded the July 11 vote by the San Diego Planning Commission, [...]
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