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Portrait of a coal miner

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.

Artist and educator Mary Ting has been an ardent supporter of Earthjustice and a variety of environmental causes for more than 25 years.

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.

Earthjustice is representing Restore the Delta to oppose a massive diversion of fresh water from California’s Delta for Governor Jerry Brown's proposed “Twin Tunnels” project.

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.

Teresa Baker, the founder of the African American National Parks Event, talks to Earthjustice about what national parks can do to welcome communities of color.

Este blog está disponible en español aquí.

Teresa Baker is the founder of African American National Parks Event, a nationwide initiative to encourage African Americans to get outdoors, explore the national parks and join the conservation movement. Below, Earthjustice talks to Teresa about what all of us – the parks and environmental organizations – can do better.


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