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Young activists trade backpacks for briefcases to litigate against climate change

by Neil Auwarter “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.”  – Greek Proverb But imagine if the reverse was true. Imagine that many of your elders not only failed to plant trees, but  actively cut down existing forests.  And imagine those elders seemed intent to smash,

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It’s time to halt the damage of the U.S. consumerist culture – a key contributor to the climate crisis

by Haley Morrison It’s time for the United States, the largest historical contributor to global climate change, to take a leading role in climate action and accountability, especially by reducing its use of natural resources. According to the World Bank the U.S. made up only about 4% of the global population as of 2020.1 When we

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How to convert a climate denier (spoiler alert, stop trying to convert!)

by Christine Carlton “It is an axiom of science communication that you cannot convince a science denier with facts alone; most science deniers don’t have a deficit of information, but a deficit of trust. And trust has to be built, with patience, respect, empathy and interpersonal connections.” (Lee McIntyre for Nature) Science denial is nothing new (just

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The looming migration crisis

by Marvin Contreras Just off the Louisiana coast, in the bayous, an island is disappearing. The Isle de Jean Charles, the ancestral land of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, has nearly been engulfed by rising sea levels.  The native band, which has lived for centuries on the Isle, are the first federally funded climate migrants in the United States.

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What can climate activists learn from the unfolding coronavirus pandemic?

by Richard Rollins “The coronavirus pandemic and the slower-moving dangers of climate change parallel one another in important ways, and experts say the aggressive, if belated, response to the outbreak could hold lessons for those urging climate action. Both the pandemic and the climate crisis are problems of exponential growth against a limited capacity to

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