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One of the many signs for the Stand in the Sand march in downtown Santa Barbara, California in May 2015.

This is a guest blog by Alexander Rush Favacho. Alex is an undergraduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara and an active member of Santa Barbara’s grassroots environmental movement. Prior to attending UCSB, Alex rode a bicycle across the United States from Duck Town, Tennessee to San Francisco, California where he experienced the extent of the country’s environmental degradation and inequalities. 

The Refinery Healing Walk is an opportunity to bring people together to combat air pollution issues.

Last April, a group of nearly 40 people gathered on a Saturday afternoon to walk 14 miles through suburban sprawl and next to freeways, isolated parking lots, rail tracks and oil refineries. The first in a series of “Refinery Corridor Healing Walks,” the purpose was to walk in prayer and conversation for a safe future for all life on the planet, and to bring attention to the dangers that refineries pose to surrounding communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

El Papa Francisco durante su visita a Nápoles, Italia.

Tengo amigos ateos, o sea que tienen una relación espiritual con la Tierra y otros que no aceptan la noción de la existencia de un Dios. No nos juzgamos unos a otros; simplemente convivimos respetuosamente en esto que llamamos vida. Ellos, al igual que yo, nos permitimos ser guiados por nuestra conciencia y ética y actuamos de manera justa.

Greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes threaten human health and contribute to climate change.

Last week, the EPA determined that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes threaten human health and contribute to climate change. While this is a necessary first step towards controlling these harmful emissions, the EPA’s proposed regulatory approach is not sufficient to reduce the millions of tons of CO2 that airplanes release into the atmosphere each year.

Factory Butte

On Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands sandwiched between Utah’s Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks, rivers wind past red rock spires and arches that seem as if they were carved by alien hands rather than the forces of wind and water. Here, a maze of canyons once sheltered Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid from the law, and the Henry Mountains became the last mountain range to be added to the map of the lower 48 states.

Power plant next to a stream

People who don’t follow environmental issues closely may not realize that where we get our electricity is the most consequential decision we make in terms of whether we have clean air and safe drinking water or not.  Power plants, especially coal-burning power plants, are the largest polluters of our waterways by far—more than the next nine largest industries combined

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