Just as rising temperatures support the view of the vast majority of scientists that manmade climate change is happening now, with grave consequences, the rising number of judicial vacancies supports the view of many experts that political obstruction has risen to record levels. The consequences of that obstructionism are also quite serious.
The waste management system in many U.S. cities stinks! We’ve created a waste disposal and management system that sanitizes the truth about what really happens after our trash is picked up—we simply toss it and forget it.
It was like a horrible dream: Native Hawaiians fined for growing food and practicing their culture.
For decades, Native Hawaiian kalo (taro) farmers have fought to restore water flows to rivers and streams that plantation companies have drained dry for over a century. No one ever imagined these farmers could be penalized for trying to carry on the vital and sacred practice of growing kalo to feed their families and communities.
Last month, my colleague Ramin Pejan, a staff attorney in Earthjustice’s international program, and I traveled to Cape Town and Pretoria in South Africa. We went to deepen our collaboration with lawyers from the Centre for Environmental Rights—a non-profit working to defend South Africans’ right to a healthy environment—and to meet with activists working to protect their communities against the ravages of mining.
This is a guest blog post by Monica Zappa. Zappa is a three-time Iditarod finisher and holds an M.S. in geography from Northern Illinois University. Before moving to Alaska, she worked as a research assistant for hazard and disaster studies at the National Weather Center in Oklahoma. Her parents were also mushers.
This is a guest blog post by Mary Ting. Mary is an NYC-based visual artist working on installations, drawings, sculptures and community projects that reflect on grief, memories and human interactions with nature. She currently teaches at CUNY John Jay College in the studio art department and the Sustainability/Environmental Justice program. Mary is a member of Earthjustice’s Amicus Society, which honors Earthjustice supporters who have given for 25 years or more.
Like the roots of an ancient oak tree, California’s two largest rivers, the Sacramento and the San Joaquin, carve twisting, gnarled channels into the Central Valley as they converge to form the Delta. The Delta occupies over 1,000 square miles of the state’s interior, connecting water flowing from the mountains that surround the valley to the Pacific Ocean via its vast network of channels, sloughs and marshes. The Delta hosts wetland and aquatic ecosystems critical to the well-being of the state’s wildlife and human inhabitants.