WE’RE MISSING 90 PERCENT OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE STORY

Over the past few months, the Dakota Access pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that opposes this oil project went from anonymity to full blown national news coverage. Since August, the news media has been reporting on the Native Americans who have gathered in camps in North Dakota to protect sacred land and the Missouri River, the Standing Rock tribe’s sole water source. For months, we have been informed only about the most dramatic developments, but I discovered after a visit to the Sacred Stone camp two weeks ago that public understanding of what this movement is all about is based on misrepresentations. We are missing how peaceful, respectful and solemn this struggle is. 

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POTUS Visit Offers Impetus For Increased Public Lands Diversity and Access

 

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On Saturday June 18, President Obama delivered remarks in Yosemite National Park to an audience of about 200 in a scenic meadow with a majestic view of Vernal Falls behind him. Among the audience of conservation advocates was a special group of people. 

These individuals represent an increasingly important component of the conservation movement – Latino Communities.

 

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Do toxic dumps in Puerto Rico portend the next Flint tragedy?

The tragedy of Flint has taught us a great deal about how poor governance can lead to a poisoning of a community. It happened after a decade or more of waning attention to crucial environmental concerns down at the level where Americans live, in their neighborhoods and in homes, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

What is particularly troubling about the crisis in Flint is that it is a clear example of how communities of color and low-income communities are often left behind.

It's not surprising that a predominantly low-income, predominantly African-American city is facing the most egregious form of environmental injustice. Those who depend the most on government too often are the ones facing the greatest harm, and lack the know-how and political power to address the damage, risk and discrimination they face from this unequal protection.

Worse, in some cases, the elected officials that claim to represent them turn a blind eye.

Unfortunately, Flint is just one example.

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Mexican ambassador selected as next UN climate chief

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climate-chief/

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Mexican ambassador selected as next UN climate chief

Published on 03/05/2016, 9:46am

Patricia Espinosa is to take over from Christiana Figueres as head of the
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in July

By Megan Darby

The UN has selected Patricia Espinosa as the next head of its climate
change body.

Mexico’s ambassador to Germany will take over from Christiana Figueres when
she leaves on 6 July, after two terms leading the UN Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Figueres broke the news – which is subject to approval by the Bureau – on
twitter on Tuesday morning.

Espinosa is known in climate circles for taking over the presidency of
talks in 2010, after the Copenhagen summit collapsed.

Now that a UN climate deal has been agreed, her role will be to negotiate
the rulebook and put it into action, together with governments.

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GreenLatinos to Host Frank Karel Fellow

GreenLatinos is excited to Announce that the organization will host one of nine Frank Karel Fellows in 2016.

The Karel Fellowship honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications during his 30 years as chief communications officer for the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations. Karel believed that racial and ethnic minorities were underrepresented in the public interest communications field and that foundations and public interest organizations needed to be proactive in recruiting and nurturing broader participation and leadership in public interest communications and advocacy.

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Puerto Rico Limpio

Several weeks ago a coalition of Puerto Rican residents who have come together under the name “Puerto Rico Limpio” reached out to me about their struggles with several landfills that were environmental hazards to a number of their communities. 

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The group members had heard that GreenLatinos was effective in tackling serious environmental issues impacting Latinos, that we had several successes at the federal level, and they wanted us to come to down to Puerto Rico and see first-hand what they continue to deal with every day.

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Earth Day Means Action

On April 22,1970, millions of Americans rose up together to demand action and protection of our environment – and thus kicked off the first Earth Day.

With the increasing risks posed by the effects of climate change, the threat of increased extreme weather events, and lax enforcement of environmental laws established to protect us, GreenLatinos is celebrating Earth Day by urging the masses across this nation to stand up once again and demand a healthy environment, and a just, equitable, and inclusive environmental movement.

Please join us on Facebook, and share your story of what Earth Day means to you, and what your environmental priority is.

https://www.facebook.com/GreenLatinos

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Latino and Indigenous Leaders Call for an Investigation into the Assassination of Lenca Environment Activist Berta Cáceres

FULL STATEMENT PDF HERE

Latino and Indigenous Leaders Call for an Investigation into the Assassination
of Lenca Environment Activist Berta Cáceres, Justice for Those Responsible
Solidarity Statement Demands Increased Protection for Environmental and Human Rights
Activists throughout the Americas.  
Washington, D.C. -- Yesterday, March 3, 2016, Berta Cáceres, a Lenca environmental activist and indigenous leader in Honduras, was assassinated in her home while she slept.  The prescient words she spoke upon receiving the Goldman Environmental Prize came true:  
“The Lenca people are ancestral guardians of the rivers, in turn protected by the spirit of the young girls, who teach us that giving our lives in various ways for the protection of the rivers is giving our lives for the well-being of humanity and this planet.”  
Berta Cáceres, 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner  
We express our condolences to her family, COPINH, and all those who knew her and loved her. We are deeply outraged for this senseless act and echo the words shared by so many indigenous peoples’ organizations, human rights leaders, and environmental organizations - there must be accountability and justice.   

Berta Caceres was honored and celebrated for her work in Honduras fighting for the right of self-determination of the Lenca people who were not consulted and did not consent to the Agua Zarca Dam projected for construction on the sacred Gaualcarque River. Her leadership and advocacy helped pressure the International Finance Corporation to withdraw from funding the project in 2013.  

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Budget Shenanigans Put Clean Water Rules in Jeopardy

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It has been said that “budgets are moral documents,” and it’s true that you can learn a government’s priorities by studying its spending bills. That’s why it is so distressing to see government budgetary attacks on one of the country’s most widely supported environmental priorities — protecting clean water.

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Latino Voters Call for an Aggressive Agenda to Protect the Environment

"In many ways, environmental issues are connected to many of the other causes close to my heart: civic participation, workers' rights, immigration and health care."

It is time to recognize that we can no longer turn a blind eye to the unique negative impacts of the environment on Latino communities across the U.S. and the opinions of this diverse and robust constituency on the matter. A new national poll of Latino voters conducted by Latino Decisions in partnership with Earthjustice and GreenLatinos certainly opened my eyes.

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