FOUR YEARS LATER: BIG STEPS TOWARD ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
You may not have heard of the Kemper County Coal Plant, but what it releases in the air impacts more than 186,000 customers and residents across the Mississippi Delta. The coal plant is located in Kemper County, Mississippi, a small county with over 10,300 residents. Many of the residents are of low socioeconomic status and in turn, are gravely affected by the coal plant’s health risks and financial impact.
With an estimated 9 million barrels of crude oil moving over rail lines in North America at any given moment, it’s no wonder that safety and environmental ramifications of oil-by-rail are top of mind for many. In the wake of the one year anniversary of Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic fatal train derailment explosion, it’s imperative that more people become aware of the dangers of unprecedented amounts of oil being transported through the heart of communities and cities in the U.S. and Canada.
[BLOG]: IN HONOR OF SHARK WEEK: HOW TO LIVE A SHARK-FRIENDLY LIFE
A shark-friendly life, you say? Perhaps you’re like me. Perhaps sharks are the last thing that you ever imagined you would need to think about protecting when you shop, dine, or chat with friends about protecting the Earth. I mean, sharks are powerful predators, right? (With rows of razor-sharp teeth!?) Who needs to protect them?! It took me years to realize their needs myself, in part because I needed a major change in perspective.
Even though our national parks are hurting because of climate change, the Department of the Interior (DOI) — keeps auctioning off other public lands for massive coal mines! Tell the DOI to protect our parks and climate, not coal interests! Here’s how:
Join the KIMBERLY-CLARK & GREENPEACE Twitter Chat!
Five years ago, Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace established a framework for collaboration to work positively toward long-term solutions to conserve and protect forest resources worldwide. Appropriately marking the traditional “wood” anniversary, K-C and Greenpeace will host a first-of-its-kind Twitter chat to discuss progress and future goals.
The chat will cover topics such as how K-C and Greenpeace resolved their differences five years ago, what they’ve achieved since, how their relationship thrives, and where the two are moving next.
Twitter chat guests will include:
Peggy Ward (@PeggyatKC), Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability strategy leader for North America consumer tissue
Richard Brooks (@RBGreenpeace), forest campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Canada
Rolf Skar (@RolfSkarGP), forest campaign director for Greenpeace USA
Last year in North Dakota a Tesoro pipeline carrying oil obtained by fracking ruptured in a farmers field, spilling an estimated 20,600 barrels over a seven acre area, one of the largest land based spills in US history. The spill was caused by a leak the size of a quarter coin, and went undetected by Tesoro until the farmer drove his combine into a sodden field of oil. Tesoro has recently begun a two year cleanup, during which they will use a”thermal desorbtion” process, involving the excavation and baking of thousands of tons of soil.
“The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, humans have been here 4 hours, the industrial revolution began 1 minute ago, and in that time we’ve destroyed more than half the world’s forests.”—Greenpeace (via 700seas)
Earlier this month, billionaire siblings Charles and David Koch made it publicly clear that they hate subsidies of all kinds — even the ones they benefit from as oil producers. Although it is refreshing to hear that even oilmen are now against oil subsidies, it would be even more refreshing if the Kochs were willing to lead by example — that is, if the Kochs were willing to return their share of the billions that fossil fuel companies receive every year in government largesse.
[BLOG]: 7 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW TO SURVIVE A SHARKNADO…2
Join @GreenpeaceUSA on 7/30 at 9pm ET for live tweeting of the ultimate fake extreme weather event of the year —Sharknado 2: The Second One — with Climate Campaign Director Kelly Mitchell @kellyemitchell and Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar @JohnHocevar.
Duh-duh, duh-duh, DUH-DUH! Hear that? It’s the sound of the massive social media storm about to hit us this Wednesday at 9pm EDT when Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres.
For the uninitiated, a sharknado is exactly what it sounds like. A tornado made of sharks. But don’t worry, it’s not even close to real. It was, however, the ultimate campy scifi made-for-tv movie of 2013, with over 1 million people tuning in when it aired. And this week, the fin-omenon is back for a second round, featuring Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, and even Kelly Osbourne.
[BLOG]: WASHINGTON STATE BATTLES THE LARGEST FIRE IN STATE HISTORY
“A lot of it has to do with drought, a lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns and a lot of that has to do with climate change,” the president said.
Firefighters made progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.
I was planning on taking a cross country flight next week but I canceled. A small step to reduce my energy use, but I just had to do something concrete to show my deep appreciation for those 30 human beings who risked so much. Someone I care about very much was on the Arctic Sunrise years ago with…