First in a multi-series "The growing disconnection of children from nature,” especially among Blacks and other children of color, was recently discussed at a national conference in downtown St. Paul. Saint Paul RiverCentre was the site of the 2016 Children & Nature Network (C&NN) International Conference and Cities & Nature Summit May 24-27. Over 650 leaders … [Read more...]
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This article was originally published on Twin Cites Daily Planet August 25, 2014. We are republishing the story this week as a nod to the 11th Annual “Dump the Pump Day” on June 16, which encourages people to ride public transportation to save money and gas consumption. I board the Green Line, traveling east from downtown Minneapolis. It’s my first time taking … [Read more...]
Listening sessions used to collects common energy concerns across the state The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) over the past several months conducted community listening sessions around the state on the federal government’s proposed clean power plan. “We have been working closely with the PCA,” notes local environmental justice organizer … [Read more...]
Air pollution, atomic risks grow as toxic dump smolder Residents of this community near Ferguson — site of 2014’s police-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown — have complained for years about lung troubles caused by toxic fumes tied to radioactive waste linked to the atomic bombs that flattened Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Missouri’s Department of Health and … [Read more...]
This time, it’s environmental An underground fire smolders toward radioactive waste tied to the atomic bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This subterranean inferno threatens to sicken area residents just 10 miles from the site of the controversial police-involved death of Michael Brown. Local citizens worry the slowly advancing fire, which has burned at the … [Read more...]
Environmental Justice advocates reiterate the need for community input Minnesota’s Clean Power Plan is still in progress despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision in February to temporarily halt its implementation, says state officials. The Obama administration in August 2015 announced its Clean Power Plan, which requires each state to put in place a plan to reduce carbon … [Read more...]
Earth Day comes around every year on April 22 and gives us a chance to celebrate our planet and take action to protect it. There are many things you can do to honor Earth Day this spring: attend an Earth Day event, plant a garden, clean up your neighborhood and more! Not sure how to celebrate? Check out these exciting Earth Day celebrations hosted by local community … [Read more...]
Have you thought about improving the air at your business, but the price tag holds you back? If your business can reduce the use of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), you may be eligible for a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). VOCs are emitted from industrial and commercial processes used in many businesses. The familiar smells from … [Read more...]