People & Population

October 21, 2021 to October 22, 2021

2nd Annual Conference: Shifting Climates, Shifting People

The Center for EcoJustice at the Iliff School of Theology (Denver) will host its second annual conference virtually, focusing on the intersection of environmental racism and immigration.


Could Hackers Poison Your Local Drinking Water?

A computer hacker nearly succeeded recently in rendering a local Florida facility a source of poisonous drinking water. And the risk of other such hacks is real, even as the vulnerabilities are hidden behind stringent U.S. secrecy laws. The latest TipSheet explores dangers to our drinking water supply — which go well beyond future hacking.

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Top Biden Climate Advisor, Others Preview 2021 Energy and Enviro News

President Biden’s national climate advisor Gina McCarthy joined an outspoken U.S. senator and a roundtable of elite journalists last week to preview dramatic changes possibly ahead in U.S. and international climate policy, environmental justice, clean energy and more. Get the upshot from the Society of Environmental Journalists’ 2021 Guide to Energy & Environment event. Plus, watch video of the full program.

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March 11, 2021

Tom Pelton: Blue Collar Environmentalism and the Red/Blue Divide

Journalist and author Tom Pelton will speak via Zoom, 6:00 p.m. ET, about how focusing on nuts and bolts issues like litter, sewage, and septic systems can help bridge the divide between 'red' and 'blue' America over environmental issues. Q&A to follow.


"Public Lands: Biden Debuts Bold Conservation Goal, Job Corps"

"President Biden today is signing off on an aggressive conservation goal aimed at permanently protecting at least 30% of the nation's undeveloped land and waters by 2030, while calling for the creation of a jobs program focused in part on restoring public lands."

Source: E&E News, 01/28/2021

Coal Communities Want Biden to Fund an Economic Transition to Clean Power

"Coal-state economic development groups, labor leaders and environmentalists are asking President Joe Biden’s administration to fund a “just transition” from coal to renewable energy, given his focus on climate change, environmental justice and racial and economic equity."

Source: Inside Climate News, 01/27/2021
February 4, 2021

Localizing the ‘Land Grab Universities’ Story

Join FIJ and NAJA for an online forum, 11:30 a.m. ET. Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee will discuss their report on land taken from Native Americans and given to colleges and universities, which produced a database of nearly 11 million acres of land and the agreements associated with it. The forum will help you learn how to access and navigate the data to localize this story.


“Environment, Social Justice, and the Media in the Age of the Anthropocene”

A case study in how journalists can center environmental news around social justice is at the heart of a new volume of scholarly essays reviewed in the latest BookShelf. While its tale of rural residents poisoned by contaminants is decades old, its lesson of what happens when power players bank on media acquiescence holds for stories of today.

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