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Youth Voices Are Powerful

In many ways, Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced Shoe-Tez-Caht) Martinez is a typical teen. He’s passionate about music, concerned about his homework, and peppers his speech with words like “yo” and “damn.” In other ways, he’s not so typical: At just 16 years old, he has more experience fighting for the environment than most people twice his age, more than most people, period. Raised in the Aztec tradition and aware early on of the connection…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2017

Losing Home

As rising waters eat away the land beneath their feet, many Native communities are turning into climate refugees.

Fawn Sharp grew up in Taholah village, a small community on the Quinault Reservation nestled between the mouth of the Quinault River and the Pacific Ocean. She spent her childhood summers surrounded by water, splashing in Lake Quinault on the eastern edge of the reservation, and hiking along the local beaches near the village, scouring the rocks for starfish and other treasures. In the mornings, she was often up before the sun,…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2017

Trump Greenlights Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines

Environmentalists, indigenous activists vow to 'resist with all of their power’

President Donald Trump signed executive orders this morning paving the way for both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline projects to move forward. Both projects have been fiercely opposed by indigenous and environmental activists, who have so far been successful in…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – January 24, 2017

Up in Smoke

Big Pot can come with big environmental consequences. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in lush Humboldt County, the Northern California enclave at the epicenter of California’s booming marijuana industry. The signs of pot cultivation in Humboldt are many. A view from Google Earth shows a forested landscape fragmented by clearings, roads, and greenhouses. At night, the sky is illuminated with the glow of artificial grow lights, and humming generators disturb…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren

Cheap Food is a Myth

Alice Waters

photo Ian Umeda Alice Waters occupies a special space in the sustainable food movement. Part world-famous chef, part educator, part slow-food advocate, her reach is broad and her message is simple: We must respect the land. We must respect our farmers. And we must educate ourselves about what we put in our bodies. Much of Waters’s philosophy, not to mention her celebrity status within the food community, can be traced back to…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Winter 2017

Looking to Nature in the Search for Global Soil Solutions

Ray of Hope Prize winners mimic Andean nurse plant to help restore depleted soils

Soil is the unsung-hero of our food system. We depend on it to grow the food we put in our bodies, yet we treat it poorly, compacting it with tractors, depleting it of nutrients, and filling it with chemicals. The Food and…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – October 25, 2016

Can California Finally Ditch Single-Use Plastic Bags?

Proposition 67, facing fierce industry opposition, puts the issue before voters

Two years ago, the Golden State took a strong stance against plastic pollution when Jerry Brown signed SB 270, which made California the first state in the country to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. While environmental groups celebrated the victory, a group…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – October 11, 2016

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