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Putting Her Life on the Line to Save a River from Illegal Gold Mining

Goldman Prize winner Francia Márquez’s has been involved in a long struggle to protect the Ovejas River and her Afro-Colombian community

Francia Márquez, 36, grew up in La Toma, an isolated town nestled in western Colombia’s verdant Cuaca Mountains. Established in the early 1600s by escaped slaves, the Afro-Colombian community sits along the Ovejas River and residents depend on the river’s water and…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 23, 2018

Not Strawberries Again!

For third year running, popular fruit tops list of produce containing pesticides

It’s common knowledge these days that nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy, well-rounded diet. But according to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) annual “Dirty Dozen” list, there are  some conventional produce items that it may be best to avoid.…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 10, 2018

‘Love Is a Force for Change’

Gina Lopez

Gina Lopez isn’t your average environmental crusader. Born to a wealthy family that owns the Philippines’ largest media company, ABS-CBN Corporation, she hobnobs with the very mining barons whose business practices she’s fighting. As a young adult, however, Lopez eschewed the family business. She spent some 20 years abroad, much of it as a yoga missionary in Africa, before returning to Manila and assuming a position with the ABS-CBN Foundation, the philanthropic…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2018

Inner Beauty

Arie van ‘t Riet

Arie van ‘t RietWagtail Click or tap any of these images to view all of them as a slideshow Radiation exposure isn’t often thought of as the foundation of great art. But for Dutch physicist-turned-artist Arie van ‘t Riet, X-ray machines serve as paintbrushes, and radiation as paint. And it’s hard to see his X-ray images of the inner workings of plants and animals as anything but artistic. The idea for X-ray…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2018

Can Prisons Be Flipped for Good?

Turning old jails into employment hubs is challenging, but some groups are getting creative

Imagine a rural oasis of sustainable agriculture and community. There are aquaponic ponds filled with fish, fields lined with vegetable rows, pastures for farm animals, and hives buzzing with bees. There are dormitories for staff, a community kitchen for culinary classes, and…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – January 8, 2018

Our Movement Needs Radical Change

May Boeve

At 33, May Boeve has been a leader in the climate movement for nearly a decade already. She embedded herself in campus activism while a student at Middlebury College in Vermont, and in 2006 won the prestigious Brower Youth Award for her work coordinating the Road to Detroit – a summer-long road trip in a veggie-oil-powered bus drawing attention to the need for more fuel efficient cars. In 2008, fresh out of…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Winter 2018

EPA Adds Prison Locations to its Environmental Justice Mapping Tool

EJ activists celebrate move as an advance in the struggle to recognize the environmental rights of prisoners

As an environmental reporter, it’s not every day that I get to communicate good news — the state of our environment often feels pretty bleak. But today, at least, there is a victory to celebrate: Thanks to the persistence of a small…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – September 21, 2017

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