President Trump expected to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments by two-thirds

December 4, 2017 by  
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President Trump flew to Utah today to announce plans to drastically reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments. The unprecedented move would rip apart land that is invaluable to the Native American tribes who hold the land sacred, will open pristine wilderness to coal mining and energy exploration and will prevent people from visiting the priceless environment that a majority of Americans want protected. Trump is expected to shrink Bear’s Ears by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante by half – even more than Utah officials have previously requested. Leaked maps obtained by the Wilderness Society reveal that the monuments will be selectively chopped up, which could expose archaeological and sacred Native American sites to destruction. The monuments are also home to diverse plant and animal life, including the endangered desert tortoise, and have been the location of invaluable paleontological discoveries. Related: Trump signs executive order aimed at eliminating national monuments Thousands of people gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday to protest the move, and again on Monday while Trump was making his announcement in the Capitol building. Tribal leaders and Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski spoke, calling on Americans to fight for protecting the land. Mayor @jackiebiskupski says “the future will judge us by what we leave behind”. Trump wants to destroy our past and future. #StandWithBearsEars #grandstaircase #handsoffourlands pic.twitter.com/AY4YrZvXIq — Kristine Lofgren (@Livingston761) December 3, 2017 If you want to help, head to the Bears Ears Coalition , where you can find links to support a lawsuit being brought by the Five tribes coalition in Utah, made up of representatives from the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Ute Mountain Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe and the Pueblo of Zuni. You can also head to Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance to make your voice heard as Secretary Zinke finalizes plans on the monuments. photos by Kristine Lofgren for Inhabitat

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Colorado appeals court sides with teenagers fighting oil and gas industry

March 27, 2017 by  
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Teenagers fighting environmental destruction at the hands of the oil and gas industry in Colorado just celebrated a victory. Last week the Colorado Court of Appeals sided with teenage activist and Earth Guardians director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez , who filed suit, and reversed a lower court ruling so the state could have to prioritize environmental protection before the interests of the fossil fuel industry . Back in 2013 Martinez and other teenagers approached the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), a state organization that according to their website is charged with promoting responsible development of fossil fuel resources in Colorado “in a manner consistent with the protection of public health , safety, and welfare, including the environment and wildlife resources.” But apparently the kids didn’t think they were doing such a great job with that mission – and they weren’t alone. According to The Denver Post, COGCC officials for over 10 years have interpreted their mission to balance fossil fuel industry interests against public health. Since the commission’s formation, over 50,000 oil wells have been drilled. Related: 16-year-old activist demands US gov end fossil fuel use by 2026 The kids asked the organization to not issue any new drilling permits “unless the best available science demonstrates, and an independent third party organization confirms, that drilling can occur in a manner that does not cumulatively, with other actions, impair Colorado’s atmosphere, water, wildlife, and land resources, does not adversely impact human health, and does not contribute to climate change .” COGCC refused after holding a hearing. The teenagers appealed, with the support of over a dozen advocacy groups. But the Denver District Court backed the COGCC. So the teenagers appealed again, and last week a three-judge appeals court panel sided with the teenagers. The fight isn’t over. The COGCC doesn’t have to now implement the teenagers’ rule. Instead the ruling means the organization illegally rejected the rule, and the case returns to district court. Via Business Insider and The Denver Post Images via Xiuhtezcatl Martinez on Facebook and Teja Jonnalagadda on Facebook

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7 ecological charities to support on Giving Tuesday and beyond

November 29, 2016 by  
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‘Tis the season of giving and all through the town, pocketbooks are jingling with the sound of spending. Hang the stockings with care, wrap up the last of the holiday gifts , and pour yourself a glass of cruelty-free vegan nog. With just a few days left on the calendar, it’s time to squeeze in a little more giving before the year is over. Charitable donations are a great opportunity to give back, helping organizations do good deeds around the globe and offering a little boost come tax time. But with thousands of nonprofit organizations asking for contributions, it can be challenging to figure out where best to send your money. To reduce your load during this already stressful time of year, we put together this charitable giving guide so you can rest assured your hard-earned cashola will help high-impact organizations that make the most of every dollar they raise. In order to make this list, organizations had to meet a number of criteria. First, we looked for groups focusing their efforts on protecting our Earth and its inhabitants. We also wanted to identify charities that have figured out how to make donations go as far as possible. That’s measured in two ways: the amount of money the organization spends in order to raise money and the percentage of funds raised that go to programs (as opposed to overhead and administrative costs). Monetary donations to each of these nonprofit organizations is tax-deductible in the United States. © Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice 1. Earth Justice Earth Justice was founded in 1971 “because the earth needs a good lawyer.” This non-profit public interest law firm is dedicated to protecting the environment and wildlife, as well as helping build healthy communities. EJ works on nearly every continent, leveraging legal action to garner cooperation from government agencies. © EWG 2. Environmental Working Group EWG is perhaps best known for its “Dirty Dozen” list which reveals the highest (and lowest) pesticide concentrations in conventionally-grown produce. Regular readers of Inhabitat may recognize the organization from a number of past reports, especially related to safety of consumer products like sunscreen and crayons . EWG reports donations received now will be doubled through a matching campaign. Related: The 6 most pressing environmental problems – and what you can do to help solve them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuaxzgNX1bI&feature=youtu.be 3. Wildlife Conservation Society WCS field scientists working in over 20 countries work to protect wild animals and wild spaces. In particular, WCS researchers have been working to combat elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade with the 96 Elephants campaign. In an effort to stamp out ivory poaching, the organization has even enlisted the help of the Terminator to raise awareness about ongoing legislation in the U.S. that might undermine global efforts to end ivory trading. © Ecotrust 4. Ecotrust Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire innovative ways to create economic opportunity, social equality, and environmental well-being. One of its successful projects is FoodHub, an online marketplace designed to connect wholesale buyers and sellers of regionally grown food. That program is one of many Ecotrust backs that empowers individuals within a system that benefits all parties involved. Via Shutterstock 5. Animal Welfare Institute AWI works on a very specific type of problem – alleviating the suffering of animals caused by people. That ranges from scientific research to agriculture and from wild to domestic life. Most recently, the organization has been working to further legislation in Congress that would phase out orcas in captivity , putting an end to the suffering exposed in the film Blackfish . Via Shutterstock 6. The Conservation Fund The Conservation Fund works hard to protect America’s most important landscapes and waterways. This nonprofit is known for stretching funds far, putting 94 percent of funds towards program costs. In all, the fund reports saving 7.5 million acres of land and water across the United States. Related: Oil-rich Rockefellers divest charitable fund from fossil fuels Via Shutterstock 7. Rainforest Alliance Rainforest Alliance has gained public recognition with their independent certification of common rainforest products, such as chocolate, coffee, bananas, and tea. Producers must meet strict sustainability standards to gain certification. The Alliance also works with foresters and the tourism industry in ecologically vulnerable areas. Their website offers consumer and traveler information, helping us work together to steward some of the most biodiverse, threatened, and globally critical habitats. For information on these and other charitable organizations, check out Charity Watch , an online directory with ratings calculated by the American Institute of Philanthropy. Lead image via Shutterstock (modified)

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Meet the 16-year-old who sued the US government over climate change

August 3, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bu21NL3wNA With his long, dark hair flowing, Xiuhtezcatl takes the microphone like an old pro. He speaks eloquently and passionately, like a veteran of the war against climate change —and a veteran he is. Xiuhtezcatl began protesting the destruction of the Earth when he was just six years old. In the video above, one of his first public speeches—given at a national environmental protection event—demonstrates the strength of his convictions, as well as his confidence. Related: Kids demand presidential candidates take action on climate change Xiuhtezcatl’s poise and determination have made him into a spokesperson for his generation. He has become a world renowned climate activist and is now also the Youth Director of Earth Guardians , a youth-led activist/music movement started in 1992. Two years ago, the nonprofit produced the short film Kid Warrior , below , which profiles the young activist at the age of 14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_EK_9m1H88 Now, some ten years after his first public speech, Xiuhtezcatl works to mobilize young kids and teens in 25 countries to demand environmental protections from policy makers and sometimes, he even addresses lawmakers personally. In the video below, the young activist speaks to the United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change on June 29, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27gtZ1oV4kw The teen is not just an impassioned public speaker, but also a spoken word performer and hip-hop artist. Seamlessly weaving his many talents together, Xiuhtezcatl attends protests, hearings, and events across the country as a representative of the next generation. He calls for government agencies to work to halt climate change and preserve the environment for generations to come. He performs alongside his younger brother Itzcuauhtli Martinez, now 13, and backup singer Jasi Sikora. The video below is his speech and their musical performance at the 2015 National Bioneers Conference last November. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRV8_z5KOZo + Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’ petition for climate change action + Earth Guardians Images via Earth Guardians

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7 charities to support this holiday season

December 22, 2015 by  
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‘Tis the season of giving and all through the town, pocketbooks are jingling with the sound of spending. Hang the stockings with care, wrap up the last of the holiday gifts , and pour yourself a glass of cruelty-free vegan nog. With just a few days left on the calendar, it’s time to squeeze in a little more giving before the year is over. Charitable donations are a great opportunity to give back, helping organizations do good deeds around the globe and offering a little boost come tax time. But with thousands of nonprofit organizations asking for contributions, it can be challenging to figure out where best to send your money. To reduce your load during this already stressful time of year, we put together this charitable giving guide so you can rest assured your hard-earned cashola will help high-impact organizations that make the most of every dollar they raise. Read the rest of 7 charities to support this holiday season

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Patagonia asks people to learn to live with less

December 5, 2015 by  
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According to Jill Dumain, Patagonia ‘s director of environmental strategy, people need to learn to live with less. “People need to learn how to buy less and companies need to learn how to be profitable in selling less,” she said recently. “Something has to give. Something has to fundamentally shift in the consumption world…” READ MORE >

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GOP congressman demands impeachment of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy

September 16, 2015 by  
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A Republican member of congress wants EPA administrator Gina McCarthy impeached, but the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) plans to fight back and they need your help. The Huffington Post reports that Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gossar is circulating a resolution calling for McCarthy’s impeachment. He accuses her of perjury, claiming she lied to members while appearing in front of House and Senate panels earlier in the year. This, combined with the risk of the government shutting down , has the LCV calling for donations to aid in a show of strength for the environmental movement. Read the rest of GOP congressman demands impeachment of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy

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PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK

April 14, 2015 by  
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Strange things are afoot in the state of Wisconsin, where a state agency has banned its employees from “working on or speaking about climate change.” Florida’s state Department of Environmental Protection tried it last month and now Wisconsin has hopped aboard the “ignore it and it will go away” train. In what the media has taken to calling an act of “climate censorship,” Wisconsin has become the latest state where the environmental protection rules and regulations are being constructed by people who refuse to accept that climate change is an integral part of our planet’s (and our people’s ) health. Read the rest of PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: banning climate change , climate censorship , Climate Change , denying climate change , environmental protection , petition , wisconsin bans climate change

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Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

March 21, 2014 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock A few years ago, when the economy took a nosedive, a majority of Americans decided for the first time since the 1980s that the economy was more important to protect than the environment. Fortunately, that trend has reversed itself once again. Gallup has released a poll which shows that Americans once again prioritize the environment over economic growth by a 9 point margin, with Democrats leading the shift. Read the rest of Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Democrat environment , economic growth , economic policy , economy poll , economy vs environment , environment poll , environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental protection , Gallup , Gallup economic growth poll , Gallup environmental poll , Gallup Poll , Gallup poll economy , Gallup poll environment , Gallup poll environment vs economy , Republican economy        

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Three Green Ballot Measures That Won Big On Election Night

November 8, 2012 by  
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Photo by Shutterstock By now, most of America has started to shake the Election Night hangover. While it was the wee hours of the morning before President Obama delivered his victory speech , many other victories were won early in the evening. There were several important environmental and socially responsible initiatives on state ballots this year, many of which were strongly opposed by big corporate and industrial interests. Thankfully, grassroots efforts prevailed in many cases, with environmental advocates winning landmark measures that will help keep humans, wildlife, and the planet safer as a result. Read on to find out which green ballot measures won and which ones will have to try again in the next election. Read the rest of Three Green Ballot Measures That Won Big On Election Night Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , election 2012 , energy policy , environmental protection , fracking , GMOs , green jobs , obama , Romney

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