Author: Climate Reality Chicago

Eating the Rainbow

Eating the Rainbow By Emily Murphy My curiosity about not eating meat began at a very young age. I always felt a connection to animals — I was always bringing home stray dogs and cats — and I liked eating the rainbow. When I finally connected the dots of where my food comes from, I…
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We Are Rising!

We are rising against Line 3 By Emily Murphy and Jennifer Linton As fellow climate activists and concerned citizens, we’re asking you to participate in an action, June 5-8, to stand against the Line 3 pipeline and protect our Great Lakes and our future. A group of us from the chapter are planning to attend…
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Illinois needs a strong plan to electrify public transit

Illinois needs a strong plan to electrify public transit By Pam Tate and Kim Stone Since most capital investment has been put on hold by our transit agencies, due to the pandemic, members of our chapter’s Task Force for Electrifying Public Transit believe the time is now for the State of Illinois and transit agencies…
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A student activist finds his voice

A student activist finds his voice — Q&A with JACOB ABASTA — March 1, 2021 Jacob, a 17-year-old climate justice activist from Mount Prospect is the city coordinator for an international youth-led climate education group called Earth Uprising. He organizes young people around climate change in the Chicago area. He recently joined Climate Reality Chicago…
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Demanding climate action as a basic human right

Demanding climate action as a basic human right By Jean-Stéphane Naas When I was in elementary school, I spent weekends with my father picking up plastic bags from the street. We would then use them to dispose of our week’s trash. In other scavenging, we searched alleys looking for furniture that had been left behind.…
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The veto session may have been canceled, but #CEJACantWait

#CEJACantWait By Linc Cohen If you want to take the next steps in our campaign to keep Illinois on track toward a renewable-energy economy, please write letters to your legislators and the governor! Our chapter’s No. 1 priority for 2020 was passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, but the year will end without the…
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Tales from the field: Our first virtual Lobby Day

Tales from the Field Edited by Jane Goldenberg One of the most important things we do as advocates for climate action is to talk to our elected officials — which should be one of the most natural of activities in a democracy because our legislators work for us! For many of us, the first time…
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Ready to fight for our climate

Ready to fight for our climate A longer version of this article previously appeared in The Trapeze, the newspaper of Oak Park and River Forest High School (Oct 30, 2020) By Elizabeth Short At the end of July, I had the opportunity to join people from all over the world at Vice President Al Gore’s…
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Celebrate Thanksgiving the sustainable way!

Have a sustainable Thanksgiving! By Alex Parker With families and friends coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving – in small, socially distanced groups, hopefully! – it’s time to think about how to make your celebration healthy and sustainable. While Thanksgiving is a good time to bust out the good china, if you’re using disposable plates and…
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How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats

How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats Editor’s note: With this post, we begin a new continuing series on living sustainably. By Alex Parker One of the scariest things about Halloween is how much waste it creates. From cheap one-off costumes, an endless supply of candy wrappers and multitudes of…
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