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Climate Equity Report Gives Us Tools to Save Ourselves

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ USA climate equity report, Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas, landed in my mailbox the same day two impassioned articles I wrote about the issue appeared in local South Florida Black weekly newspapers. Read more >

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La equidad climática requiere mayor resiliencia ante el cambio climático en las comunidades en la primera línea de sus impactos

El informe que publica hoy la Unión de Científicos Comprometidos (UCS, por sus siglas en inglés), titulado Sobrevivir y prosperar ante el crecimiento de los mares, se enfoca en identificar comunidades en las costas bajo un doble desafío por peligros del clima y desventajas socioeconómicas, y recomienda soluciones equitativas que las ayuden. Read more >

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Community-based Participatory Science is Changing the Way Research Happens—and What Happens Next

When I started working in environmental health the general rule was “the dose makes the poison.” But then new breakthroughs in endocrine disrupting chemicals turned that theory on its ear, showing how some low-dose effects can be more severe than doses at higher levels. Read more >

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Redefining Food Narratives: Thoughts and Reflections of a Rising Black Fooducator

I remember growing food in the third grade during garden club at Twin Oaks Community Garden in D.C. I grew onions, collard greens, and mustard greens. I’d bring my harvest home for my family to eat. My mother taught me how to wash them. My pencil legs towered over running water as we removed each stem from the leaves before dunking them into cold water. My greens tasted better than the canned Glory Greens my family bought, like the expensive loose leaf ones in the produce section of the grocery store. Read more >

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Engaging Scientists in Environmental Justice Communities

The environmental movement in this country went through a major culture shift in the 1980s, when organizers of color expanded their vision and redefined their goals. Many communities of color felt that the environmental movement prioritized wildlife conservation over the protection of low-income communities, which usually experience the brunt of environmental injustices. Read more >

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