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Category: Environmental Justice

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Unraveling the Personal and Political: Dr. Kenneth Worthy on climate change, denial, and collapse

“Over the past few years, the “personal vs. political” conversation has ricocheted throughout environmental communities and remains a point of discussion among scholars and activists alike… in a recent article, I dipped my toes into this debate. This time, I took a plunge.”

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Jay Inslee for… the Planet?

The 68-year-old governor of Washington is not someone you expect to be the champion of climate advocates. An ex-high school footballer who has been a career politician for decades, Inslee is a far cry from anti-establishment candidates the environmental movement usually support. Yet his “radically simple” campaign is gaining attention from hopeful environmentalists looking for big policy changes on a federal level.

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How Climate Change is Going to Affect the Agricultural and Fishing Industries of the Philippines

The agricultural and fishing spheres are predicted to be among the most affected sectors because of climate change, especially in poorer countries such as the Philippines. A country still transitioning to industrialization, the Philippines...

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Rapping China’s Environmental Plan

“Overall, this rap with all of its clunky lyrics and political meaning has been a great way for China to grab the attention of young people. This rap was even featured in Hasan Minhaj’s weekly political comedy show, the Patriot Act. It also continues to show how while China is pushing for some good environmental change domestically and abroad, the approaches aren’t always successful as they would like it to be.”

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Why We Should All Be Watching the 9th Circuit’s Petition of the EPA

“Each year over six million pounds of chlorpyrifos are applied to a myriad of agricultural crops in the US, ranging from walnuts to broccoli to Christmas trees, as well as landscaping like roadway medians and golf courses. But its ubiquitousness in conventional agriculture means that residents of California, especially the Central Valley, face even more exposure than the rest of the nation.”

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Plastic Straw Environmentalism: Reflections on Single-Use Straw Bans

“The movement to eliminate single-use plastic straws appears to be an area of growing success for grassroots organization and consumer “purchasing power” – but we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back just yet. Due to the ease of which most people can do without them, it has been easy to rally public support for the banning of plastic straws, and though this has certainly helped to draw attention to plastic pollution, the fixation on a single product has drawn our focus away from the larger issues in plastic waste management that need to be addressed.”