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Polluter-backed members of Congress are bent on putting forth an agenda that eviscerates vital safeguards, such as protections for clean water.

Last November, Americans did not go to polls to vote against protections for our air, water or health. But certain members of Congress backed by polluting industries have taken it upon themselves to unleash a whole new world of legislative attacks aimed at eviscerating our public safeguards.

Bureau of Land Management

My childhood was spent on the water. From the time I was born until I graduated from college, I lived within walking distance of a lake or river. Growing up in Florida, I spent countless hours windsurfing and swimming in the Indian River Lagoon. In college, one of my favorite pastimes was paddle boarding on Lake Virginia, which serves as the stunning blue backdrop for my alma mater’s campus. But even as I appreciated the beauty of my local waterways, I saw signs of environmental problems.

Flint, Michigan, during the lead contamination crisis in January 2016.

Earlier this year, the nation woke up to the serious problem of lead in our drinking water when news broke that the town of Flint, Michigan had been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water. A breakdown at all levels of government led to the poisoning of more than 8,000 children when the city, in an effort to save money, stopped purchasing treated water from Detroit and began using untreated water taken directly from the Flint River.  

“Protect” spelled out by activists in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

One thousand miles, 28 stops, one woman on a bicycle with a portable theater. This Saturday, Miho Aida finishes her cycling tour of the Northeastern United States, where she has been spreading the story of the Gwich’in people through her award-winning film “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins:  Gwich’in Women Speak.”

Seen on the side of the road near Murdo,South Dakota.

Imagine the premise of the new movie “Jurassic World,” but with a little twist. Instead of dinosaurs that have been genetically engineered and recreated for the world to see, it’s butterflies, frogs, sea lions, polar bears and…humans? That’s right; scientists believe humans are having a huge impact on what is now being called the Sixth Extinction, and to our own detriment.

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