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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

Likely Carcinogen Contaminates Drinking Water of 90 Million Americans, Report Finds

Trump's pick to head chemical safety office at EPA has downplayed dangers of the toxin, say advocates

According to a new report by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, the drinking water of more than a quarter of Americans — some 90 million people — tested postive for a likely carcinogen known as 1,4-dioxane between 2010 and 2015. And public…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – September 6, 2017

“We’re All in the Same Boat”

Mustafa Ali

Mustafa Ali has dedicated his life to combating environmental injustice, to lifting up communities in need, and to taking inspiration from grassroots advocacy. So when the Trump Administration announced plans earlier this year to slash funding for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – including the possibility of axing the agency’s environmental justice office entirely – Ali knew he had to take a stand. photo Environmental Change and Security Program In March, Ali…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Autumn 2017

DOJ Withdraws Plan for Kentucky Prison on Mountaintop-Removal Site

Proposed prison would have been terrible for prisoner health and local wildlife, say advocates

Last month the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) withdrew its request for funding for construction of a maximum-security prison atop a former mountaintop-removal coal-mining site in eastern Kentucky. The proposed $444 million facility, planned for Letcher County, has faced ongoing opposition…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 30, 2017

Enduring Torture and Death Threats in Service of Conservation

If Virunga is threatened again, “I will be there,” says Congolese ranger and Goldman Prize recipient

The trials that Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo have overcome as a warden in Virunga National Park are hard to imagine from my Bay Area home — he’s been beaten and kidnapped, threatened with death, and tortured. He’s gone undercover to document the transgressions of…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 23, 2017

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