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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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In healing mentally, language barriers can be a massive setback for refugees

September 16, 2022 By Saniya Patel

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), today, there are more than 100 million individuals who have been forcibly displaced because of war, violence, human rights violations, and persecution in their countries. 26.6 million of these individuals are refugees. This is the highest number ever recorded.  When…

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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…

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Famine at the door

September 8, 2022 By Alberta Guerra

In a statement on Monday, Martin Griffiths, head of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,  said that “famine was at the door” and was likely to occur in south-central Somalia between October and December this year.  But the alarm is not just for Somalia. Many countries are suffering from…