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Welcome to ActionAid USA’s Staff Blog

August 18, 2022 By Brandon Wu

ActionAid USA currently has fourteen full-time staff who spend a lot of time thinking about, advocating towards, fundraising for, and generally working towards, global justice. If you follow our website and our email list, you occasionally get to hear from some of us, like me and our Executive Director Niranjali. …

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Hurricane Ian should be a wake-up call

September 30, 2022 By Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau

Last week, ActionAid joined climate justice activists around the world and in New York City at the United Nations to demand that the wealthy governments in the Global North fund rebuilding efforts from “loss & damage” experienced by poorer countries around the world due to climate disasters, which are increasing…

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Breaking down Kerry’s climate hypocrisy

September 20, 2022 By Kelly Stone

Yesterday Reuters had a story on Special Envoy on Climate John Kerry’s trip to Africa, with a headline that qualifies as clickbait in international climate policy circles: “U.S. climate envoy Kerry calls on African nations to help curb emissions.” This prompted some angry tweeting, including from our own Director of…

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The Co-optation of “Climate Justice”

September 16, 2022 By Brandon Wu

A decade and a half ago, “climate justice” was presented as a radical alternative to the prevailing narrative about climate change which conceived of the problem as purely an environmental crisis, with relatively simple technical solutions (i.e. faster adoption of renewable energy sources). Activists, especially from the Global South, highlighted…

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Patagonia is a unicorn. But it doesn’t have to be. 

September 15, 2022 By Meredith Slater

While much of the corporate sector is out there making claims about social responsibility through greenwashing and pinkwashing and bluewashing, Yvon Choinard has put his money where his heart is. In giving away his entire company, Choinard has truly broken new ground.   Most philanthropic millionaires and billionaires put their money…

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We’re So Not Ready for Melting Ice Sheets

September 13, 2022 By Brandon Wu

A couple of weeks ago, the news circulated that a massive part of the Greenland ice sheet is going to melt regardless of what climate action the world takes. This could trigger up to a foot of sea level rise in the coming decades, which would have catastrophic consequences. As…