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Contact: Alyssa Ritterstein
Washington, D.C. – Today the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal that would limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions permitted by new power plants. The safeguards would be the first of their kind and would target coal-fired power plants, the biggest single source of manmade climate change pollution in the U.S. The proposal represents the first major step in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which he rolled out on June 25.Read more
Written by: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All
Crossposted on Huffington Post. Read the original post here.
Throughout history, nearly all of the progress we’ve made toward a more just and peaceful world has started with seeds of discomfort with the status quo, and the growing sense that a better way is possible. That feeling is what gave birth to bold, audacious visions that have fueled our greatest gains over the past century—from child labor laws to the Civil Rights Movement.Read more
Authors: Natasha Soto, GFA Fellow, Class 5
This is the story of how we fought to make the air in our community cleaner - and won.Read more
Dec 21, 2011
Authors: Markese Bryant, College Ambassador Program
Last week, Congressmember Mike Pompeo of Kansas introduced the "EPA Student Nondiscrimination Act," an effort to prevent funding of an EPA program he deems "radical." The program is the Environmental Justice eco-Ambassador Program, which recruits minority graduate students for a 10-week internship to work with community-based groups addressing issues like asthma and other health effects of pollution in low-income communities. Two million Americans die prematurely as a result of air pollution. One in six African-American children has asthma. But Rep. Pompeo thinks putting resources into a program that would address these problems is too intense, too wild an idea. I wonder if he'd feel the same if his children had to grow up breathing mercury, lead, and particulate matter – things known to cause brain damage, physical disorder, aggravated asthma or chronic bronchitis.Read more
Authors: Green For All
WASHINGTON – Building on its commitment to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans, the Obama Administration today announced Federal agencies have agreed to develop environmental justice strategies to protect the health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution and provide the public with annual progress reports on their efforts. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder were joined by agency heads across the Administration in signing the "Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898" (EJ MOU).