Human Rights

Putting Solar Panels Along the Path of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Solar XL - A coalition protesting the Keystone Pipeline by proposing solar panels along its proposed route

Activists opposing the Keystone XL pipeline have a new way to fight it using solar panels. Solar XL is a coalition led by indigenous activists. The campaign aims to install solar panels along the route of the pipeline in Nebraska and South Dakota. The solar panels will supply power to the homes, farms and indigenous spirit camps of communities fighting against the pipeline. The …

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Standing Rock Sioux Move From Protesting To Calling For Divestment

Standing Rock Sioux shift from protest to calls for divestment

A strategy of protest Protests at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) occurred in 2016, catching the attention of environmentalists and the news media. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,168 miles mile pipeline that will carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields from North Dakota to southern Illinois. It would carry up to 570,000 …

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Environmental Advocacy Under a Trump Presidency

Environmental advocacy under Trump presidency will not be easy. It may seem like a lonely fight, but we stand united and strong as we fight for a sustainable future

Election 2016, the morning after Wednesday morning, coming to grips with a Trump presidency: The slow motion wreck that was election 2016 has finally ended, the smoke has cleared, and now we find ourselves in a very strange place. Not where we wanted to be. We should take the time to mourn the loss we feel, embrace the foreboding sense of fear for what lay …

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The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The mood in Paris last December was unmistakable, the optimism palpable. After decades of gridlock and disappointment, the negotiation at the COP21 climate conference held to its promise of progress. As Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy told me, what was different about COP21 from past negotiations was this time “there were no villains.” From the very first day, …

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Glory Eclipsed by Shame at the Rio Summer Games: A Social and Environmental Review of Brazil in 2016

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - home of the 2016 summer olympics

Rio Olympic Games Special Feature : Brazil, the good, the bad, and ugly  Brazil is a complex amalgam of sustainability successes alongside epic social and environmental fails. The interplay of heroes and villains in Brazilian society sometimes makes it hard to differentiate one from the other. Brazil is a study in contrasts as illustrated by the incongruous site of lavish beach houses framed against …

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