Derrick Z. Jackson

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Derrick Z. Jackson is a UCS Fellow in climate and energy and the Center for Science and Democracy. His UCS blog won a 2018 first prize from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He is co-author and photographer of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock (Yale University Press, 2015). See Derrick's full bio.

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The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

This is what reopening looks like in the United States today. To the White House, governors, and the privileged, they are merely reopening business. To the laborers who keep those businesses open, the madness of being forced back to work when coronavirus still rages reopens the enduring wounds of structural racism. The coronavirus is proving beyond anything we’ve known in modern times how an infected wound can become a death sentence. Read more >

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The EPA’s Dirty Water: New Rule Discards Science, Ignores Importance of Wetlands and Tributaries

In its latest act of abdication, the Environmental Protection Agency has published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register, removing protections from half of America’s wetlands and a fifth of streams and tributary headwaters. Read more >

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The Election Travesty in Wisconsin is a Wake-up Call for the Nation

As much as the denial of science is a hallmark of the Trump administration and the Republican Party, Wisconsin Republicans took things to a new level with their cynical decision to hold in-person voting in the midst of a deadly pandemic. As my scientist wife, Dr. Michelle Holmes, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, put it, “This isn’t just denial of science. This is pure exploitation of science.”

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La lucha por una respuesta justa al COVID-19

Si bien los huracanes Katrina y María turbaron las vidas de las familias afroamericanas y latinx, la recalada del coronavirus trae un temporal de otra magnitud. Un Categoría 5 de enfermedades contagiosas, el coronavirus tiene la capacidad de aplastar las maltrechas comunidades debilitadas ya por las injusticias ambientales, económicas y de salud. Read more >

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Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response

As much as hurricanes Katrina and Maria upended African American and Latinx families, the landfall of the coronavirus brings a gale of another order. This Category 5 of infectious disease packs the power to level communities already battered from environmental, economic, and health injustice. If response and relief efforts fail to adequately factor in existing disparities, the current pandemic threatens a knockout punch to the American Dream.

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