All forms of advocacy, esp. environmental groups.

Canada's Climate Minister: "From ‘Green Jesus’ To ‘Radical Pragmatist’

"When top environmental ministers from the Group of Seven industrial countries met in Berlin in May, Steven Guilbeault was among them. But for the first time in his long career, he was meeting with the ministers inside the summit, rather than protesting in the streets outside."

Source: Washington Post, 07/14/2022

Farmers Markets Offer Many Local Environmental Stories

Reporters needn’t always go far and wide to find environment angles. A case in point is your local farmers market, which can yield a variety of food-related stories, ranging from food justice and urban agriculture to pesticides and organics. That and a few tasty samples on the side. TipSheet takes a stroll through the aisles for the backstory, plus reporting resources and story ideas.

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July 15, 2022

Protest Protocol: How Journalists Can Stay Safe in Times of Unrest

Registration is open for a National Press Club Journalism Institute virtual safety training on how to cover political protests and civil unrest while limiting your legal exposure and physical safety risks. 11:30 a.m. ET.

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How 'Rights of Nature' Is Recasting the Relationship Between Law and the Earth

In 2006, a local government council in Pennsylvania concerned about sewage sludge dumping enacted the Western legal system’s first formal “rights of nature” instrument. Today, numerous countries have laws recognizing specific rights or even legal personhood for nature. As legal expert Alice Bleby explains, this new perspective arises from a wide range of contexts and plays out in many different ways.

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Enviros, Property Owners Sue To Block $2.5-Billion Dam In Santa Clara Co.

"As California endures water restrictions due to widespread drought, a proposed $2.5-billion reservoir expansion project in Santa Clara County promises to increase the amount of freshwater for more than a million people."

Source: LA Times, 06/23/2022

Should EPA Chemical Risk Info Remain a ‘Trade Secret’?

The public’s right to know about toxic and hazardous chemicals is currently limited by trade secret rules that no longer serve any true purpose, argues the new WatchDog Opinion column. And a pending federal rulemaking is an opportunity for journalists to make the case to draw back the curtain, for the sake of their reporting and so that they can better cover their communities’ risks.

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