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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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What We Eat

What We Eat: A conversation about plant-based eating By Jane Goldenberg What we eat matters, not only for our bodies but for our planet. We can either create demand for good agricultural practices or enable destructive practices that emit copious greenhouse gases and are actively destroying our land with the overuse of fertilizers and tillage.…
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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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The good, the bad & tipping points

The good, the bad & tipping points By Jane Goldenberg Holy Moly, he’s now talking about climate tipping points! While I wasn’t a complete climate newbie when I went to The Climate Reality Project’s training in Minneapolis in August 2019, former Vice President Al Gore’s nearly three and a half hour slide show about the…
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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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Where are the reusable containers? They’re coming!

Where are the reusable containers? They’re coming! By Jane Goldenberg Editor’s Note: This article continues a series about new/local companies that are working to reduce waste. Please send us tips about others we should know about. — Part II: How the system of containers works in restaurants — Dispatch Goods, which distributes reusable containers for…
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Help, I’m drowning in takeout plastic!

Help, I’m drowning in takeout plastic! By Jane Goldenberg Editor’s Note: With this article, we begin a series about new/local companies that are working to reduce waste. Please send us tips about others we should know about at climaterealitychicago@gmail.com — Part I: Pushing toward a more circular economy — With every takeout order I unwrap,…
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Tales from the field: Lobby Day first-timers dive into advocacy

First-timers dive into advocacy Edited by Jane Goldenberg One of the best things about Zoom meetings is that they make attending meetings that otherwise would require travel far easier. As a result, we got lots of first-timers advocating for the Clean Energy Jobs Act during our Nov. 12 Lobby Day. Here are their stories. Regina…
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