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The fight against General Iron is about environmental justice

The fight against General Iron is about environmental justice By Linc Cohen Climate Reality Chicago is working with a coalition of climate-action groups to amplify a battle by Southeast Side environmental groups aimed at keeping General Iron, a scrap preparation company and serial polluter, from relocating into their backyard. We are asking our members who…
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Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus

Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus By Jane Goldenberg While more than 60 people from our area completed their online training in July 2020, four agreed to be profiled: Oluwaseun Alawode, 32, an account payable specialist and entrepreneur from Chicago, Linda Kurtz, 54, an environmental engineer from Wilmette, Natalie Grimaldi, 38, from Logan Square and…
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Local Companies That Value Sustainability

Local Companies that Value Sustainability By Alex Parker (Disclosure: Alex contributes pro bono PR work to EarthPaint, and previously worked with Hero Power.) With climate change an unavoidable issue, more companies are committing to sustainable practices. Whether it’s Microsoft pledging to draw down its emissions or the corner grocery store stocking more locally sourced products,…
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Six documentaries to rekindle your fire

Six documentaries to rekindle your fire By Alex Parker If you’re like me, you need a break from streaming TV shows that center around violent criminal enterprises. Perhaps you need something a little more uplifting. Or maybe something that reminds you of why you earned that little green pin in the first place. For me…
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“Planet of the Humans” Is a Big FLICC’er

“Planet of the Humans” Is a Big FLICC’er By Julie Sacco FLICC.  That stands for:  Fake experts, Logical fallacies, Impossible expectations, Cherry-picking, Conspiracy theories.  The chief strategies used by science deniers are all abundant in the movie “Planet of the Humans.” The mystique of Michael Moore The executive producer of this film, Moore is widely…
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Earth Week: Transportation & Chicago EV’s

Transportation is responsible for about 14 % of global emissions. Its damage is not limited to CO2. Particulate matter from tailpipes is a major contributor to respiratory disease and fuel spills have created some of the worst environmental disasters on land and sea. As with energy, a transition is underway that will demand attention by…
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Earth Day: Energy & Climate

Today we focus on energy and climate change.  While being sensitive to the difficult challenges the world currently faces with Covid-19, one thing is visibly clear – lower fossil fuel consumption has quickly improved air quality worldwide. From industry to transportation, energy to food production, fossil fuels touch most of our lives every day. Carbon…
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Earth Week: Food & Family

Food is an area where simple individual changes can have a dramatic impact. Did you know that agriculture and forestry account for 25% of all global greenhouse gases?  Here are some things YOU can do DAILY! Simple awareness and action can make immediate improvements. Reduce food waste – Roughly one-third of the world’s food is…
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Earth Week: A Day of Action – Youth Strike & Earth Day Live

Happy 50th Earth Day: Remembering Earth Day with Gratitude The success of the Earth Day movement is a true example of what can be achieved. As we discussed on Monday, the establishment of the EPA and the ensuing environmental acts paved the way for significant improvements to our world and outlined responsibilities for corporations and…
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Earth Week: Drawdown Solutions

The book Drawdown outlines key solutions for reducing or “drawing down” CO2 emissions to slow the damaging effects of man-made pollution. Updated research suggests that if implemented quickly, they will not only stem the crisis faster but at a lower cost than anticipated. Action now is key.