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Yes! Magazine

Iris M. Crawford

10 February 2021

Georgia, United States

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Two climate coalitions led by BIPOC have strengthened their communities by empowering diverse stakeholders to address social inequities. The coalitions are engaging and centering the voices of Black, Indigenous and pe...

The New Yorker

David Owen

8 February 2021

Rome, Holy See (Vatican City State)

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Molly Burhans, a young cartographer and environmentalist, is using GIS technology to map out the Catholic Church’s global property holdings to encourage them to improve the environmental impact on the lands they own. ...

Gimlet Media

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Alex Blumberg

4 February 2021

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Yurok Tribe is tackling climate change through the use of a carbon-offset program, sustainable forestry principles, watershed and river recovery methods, and even beaver restoration practices. Over the years, the ...

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Ted Alvarez

2 February 2021

Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, United States

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The Grand Coulee, a 500-foot-tall dam on the Columbia River, nearly eradicated the salmon population that the Colville Tribes relied on, but the Indigenous community initiated a restoration effort to save the fish. Th...

The Narwhal

Julien Gignac

30 January 2021

Yukon, Canada

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Under the structure of unique treaties called final agreements, Yukon First Nations are able to exercise the powers of self-governance over projects proposed on their land. Implementation of the agreements isn’t alway...

Energy News Network

Tom Perkins

29 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice was created to advise Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on environmental justice issues related to pollution and energy access. In its first year, the 21-member council was i...

Slate

Terry Greene Sterling

29 January 2021

Navajo Nation, Arizona, United States

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A collaborative experiment between Indigenous community activists, tribal officials, loggers, nonprofits, and the U.S. Forest Service is delivering firewood to residents who need it for heating and cooking. The progra...

Yes! Magazine

Breanna Draxler

27 January 2021

Alaska, United States

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A viral campaign from Indigenous activists, TikTok creators, and documentary filmmakers led to about 6.3 million letters being sent to federal agencies encouraging them to halt fossil fuel development in the Arctic Na...

Eco-Business

Tim Ha

21 January 2021

Kampung Buayan, Borneo, Malaysia

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An indigenous-led nonprofit group called Tonibung installed a micro-hydro electrical system for a village deep in Borneo’s rainforests. The project not only supplied much-needed energy for the villagers of Kampung Bua...

Investigate West

Robert McClure

18 January 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For over a decade, environmentalists, Indigenous tribes, ranchers, politicians, scientists, and fishers in the Pacific Northwest have been able to defeat more than 20 proposals from coal and oil firms to ship fossil f...

Civil Eats

Gabriel Pietrorazio

14 January 2021

Collins, New York, United States

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Gakwi:yo:h Farms aims to increase the Seneca Nation’s food security and sovereignty by engaging in traditional agricultural practices. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the farm has been able to continue its work to esta...

Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

14 January 2021

San José de Apartadó, Colombia

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Plagued by an internal war, a group of villages in Colombia created a “Peace Community,” declaring themselves neutral in the conflict and focusing their efforts on cultivating the 150 hectares of cacao trees in collec...

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Jenessa Duncombe

13 January 2021

United States

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The Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network (IFKN) connects Indigenous scholars, community members, and leaders from tribes in the Arctic and the U.S. Southwest to work together on achieving food sovereignty. By visiting ...

Gimlet Media

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Alex Blumberg

7 January 2021

Redwood Falls, Minnesota, United States

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More and more farmers are turning to regenerative agriculture techniques as a way to cut down on costs, increase crop yields, and sequester carbon into soil as a way to reverse the effects of climate change. One farmi...

BBC

Peter Yeung

7 January 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Under an innovative scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous communities are obtaining the legal right to own and manage the forests where they reside. This ownership has shown success in slowing defores...

Grist

Greta Moran

4 January 2021

New York, United States

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Landowners, residents, community leaders, and activist groups across New York state came together to halt several pipeline projects. By conducting research, holding public events, and building a multiracial coalition ...

WEWS-TV

Mike Brookbank

16 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A mother-daughter trio started the nonprofit See You at the Top as a way to get children engaged in outdoor sports where there is traditionally a lack of people of color represented. The program has reached hundreds o...

Planet Detroit

Tom Perkins

10 December 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Environmental deregulation and budget cuts opened the door for a loose coalition of environmental attorneys and activists to do the accountability work for the regulatory system. The groups sue to force companies to f...

The Huffington Post

Rachel Ramirez

1 December 2020

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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With rising temperatures occurring all over the world, cities are implementing plans to combat heat waves and protect its residents. The city of Ahmedabad in India has been a model for heat resiliency after it created...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

26 November 2020

Quapaw, Oklahoma, United States

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The Quapaw tribe runs the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma where they combine Indigenous food and farming knowledge with modern hotel operations. They have seven greenhouses and two gardens with 20 varieties of ve...

National Geographic

Agostino Petroni

25 November 2020

Manaure, Colombia

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A community gardening project growing the guajiro bean has allowed Wayuu farmers in the Colombian desert to achieve food security despite the effects of climate change and external pressures. While scaling this agricu...

The 19th

Alexis Lanza

25 November 2020

United States

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A growing number of climate activists — mostly young women — are using social media to post about sustainability and encourage others to live a greener lifestyle. While climate activism can be a slow process, people ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Alfred Lubrano

24 November 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Life Do Grow Farm in Philadelphia, run by the nonprofit Urban Creators, is a two-acre plot that yields food needed to feed the community who might not be able to make ends meet. Since June, the farm has distribute...

The Washington Post

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Jovelle Tamayo

24 November 2020

Fidalgo Island, Washington, United States

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The Swinomish tribe in Washington state is combining traditional knowledge and science to combat the effects of climate change and improve the health of its land, water, and people. In recent years, their salmon harve...

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Hannah Weinberger

17 November 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle’s urban agriculture community saw a boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. BIPOC-led urban farms — like YES Farm and Black Star Farmers — had an increase in volunteers and people wa...

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