Activism

All forms of advocacy, esp. environmental groups.

Will 2022 See the Start of Formal Negotiations Toward a Global Plastics Treaty?

Plastic waste, already the subject of preliminary international talks, could be increasingly targeted after UN meetings in early 2022. Meanwhile, this ubiquitous product is polluting land, ocean and air in its various forms, as well as through little-understood microplastic particles. The latest TipSheet has the backstory on efforts to forge an international plastics treaty, as well as ideas for how to cover plastic pollution locally.

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"Greenpeace Chief Warns Of ‘Greenwashing’ at UN Climate Talks"

"The head of environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday warned against efforts by countries and corporations at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow to “greenwash” their ongoing pollution of the planet."

Source: AP, 10/22/2021

Climate Risk Disclosure Guides Journalists, Not Just Investors

A profound tightening of companies’ environmental risk disclosure requirements may be ahead, thanks to efforts by the Biden administration’s Securities and Exchange Commission. And the new WatchDog Opinion column argues that as fossil fuel firms position themselves as part of an environmentally sound future, journalists must act too — demanding full disclosure of corporate financial risks related to climate.

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November 3, 2021

DEADLINE: IJNR Virtual Workshop on Environmental Racism and Indigenous Communities

Reporting in and about Indigenous communities requires care and preparation. The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources presents a virtual workshop, Nov 17-18, 2021, on covering the ongoing problem of Indigenous voices being ignored or silenced during conversations about contemporary natural resource management. Deadline: Nov 3.

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October 21, 2021

How White Conservationists Are Changing Life in a Black Farming Town

Pembroke Township, south of Chicago, is a case study in how predominantly white environmental groups can — willfully or not — wind up marginalizing communities of color by prioritizing conservation goals over the wishes of residents. Join ProPublica and Grist for a virtual discussion on race, power and land stewardship. 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Indigenous Activists Demonstrate on Climate In Front of White House

"Casey Camp-Horinek, a tribal elder from White Eagle, Okla., and environmental ambassador for the Ponca Nation, marched in the front of a crowd of hundreds headed toward the White House on Monday and held up her fist."

Source: Washington Post, 10/12/2021

As Locales Move to Decarbonize Buildings, Will States Ban Gas Bans?

While climate change is certainly a global phenomenon, conflicts over addressing it often turn on local concerns. Case in point: Community bans on the use of the fossil fuel methane (aka natural gas), which has in turn prompted some states to ban the bans themselves. The latest TipSheet explains the bans and how they play into the climate change debate, plus story ideas and resources.

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"In Secret Tapes, Palm Oil Execs Disclose Corruption, Brutality"

"Global Witness, an environmental and human rights organization, sent undercover investigators to get the scoop"

"The police drove into the village of Watwat in SUVs during a rainstorm. It was late on a July night in 2019, and they’d come through the rainforest, armed with guns and metal bars.

Men and teenage boys were dragged out of bed, beaten and thrown into the mud. Some were arrested, held for weeks and interrogated about vandalizing palm trees, according to an investigative report by the advocacy group Global Witness.

Source: Washington Post, 10/11/2021

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