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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

Sculpting Hope

Courtney Mattison

Artwork by Courtney Mattison, photo by Arthur EvansOur Changing Seas III, the third in a series of large ceramic installations that depict the vulnerability of coral reefs,…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Autumn 2016

Feds Move Oil & Gas Lease Auctions Online in Effort to Avoid Opposition

23.8 million acres of leases in Gulf of Mexico are being auctioned today amid protests from community activists and environmentalists

This morning, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction 23.8 million acres of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s sale is the agency’s first attempt at auctioning oil and gas leases using an online, livestream auction…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – August 24, 2016

Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Coal Exports in Big Win for Local Advocates

Councilmembers cite strong concerns about public health and safety

The Oakland City Council took a strong stand against coal last night. Following a long and often emotional city council meeting — during which whistles and cheers were at times met with boos and yelling — the council passed an ordinance prohibiting…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 28, 2016

Environmental Justice Activists in Alabama Fight $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit

ACLU cites First Amendment, files for dismissal of suit that has ‘chilling effect’ on free speech

Free speech is enshrined in the American ethos. It is a core principle of the Constitution, protected by the First Amendment, and has been defended for centuries in the courts. In Uniontown, Alabama, however, a group of concerned citizens-turned-environmental justice activists are…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 9, 2016

One Valley, Many Dreams

Jumbo Wild
by Nick Waggoner
2015, 52 min

Jumbo Wild gets right to the point. The documentary film, released in October 2015, opens with piercing footage of British Columbia’s Jumbo Valley and the haunting image of a conductor standing over the Jumbo Glacier conducting an invisible orchestra. As the camera pans over the magnificent Purcell Mountains, an orchestra, accompanied by poignant audio clips, set up the debate at the heart of the movie: Keep the Jumbo Valley wild, or open…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Summer 2016

Accidental Ranger

Betty Reid Soskin

When Betty Reid Soskin speaks, you can’t help but listen. The oldest full-time park ranger in the United States, Soskin has a compelling presence and captivating voice, not to mention 94 years worth of stories.   Soskin’s path to the National Park Service is unique, or as she says, “accidental.” She didn’t grow up going to national parks, and first became aware of plans for a waterfront national historical park in Richmond,…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Summer 2016

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