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High Country News

Sarah Sax

28 December 2021

Washington, United States

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In their fight to protect eelgrass, The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community sued the Army Corps and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Swinomish Tribe argued that creating wide exemptions to shellfish farming co...

The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

20 December 2021

Livingston, Texas, United States

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At Texas’ Polunsky Unit, 106.5FM The Tank is a prison radio station run by and for the prison's incarcerated men, including nearly 200 on death row for whom the radio's shows form "a community center for men who can n...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

16 December 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Modeled on a long-running and successful program in Oakland, Philadelphia schools' Relationships First program uses restorative justice to reform school discipline. The program follows a three-step approach to changin...

Model D

David Sands

14 December 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a coalition of nonprofits and organizations are coming together to transform buildings into resilience centers. A resilience center is a hub that people can go to for help, especially in moments of a natur...

Grist

Jesse Nichols

8 December 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Moss get their nutrients from the air, providing a snapshot of the air quality around them. A team of scientists in Portland seized upon this. In 2013 they sampled moss from over 300 trees in the city. It was cheaper ...

WPVI-TV

Tamala Edwards

6 December 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's LandCare program has cleaned and greened 12,000 vacant lots, removing trash and other signs of blight. A study showed that the program led to a large drop in violent crime in the cleaned-up areas. A U P...

Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

6 December 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Public art initiatives bring more than a pop of color to communities. Tourism, street safety, and new jobs are all real and quantifiable benefits seen in cities like Philadelphia and Cincinnati. The process of collabo...

Christian Science Monitor

Roy Rivenburg

6 December 2021

California, United States

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In Orange County, a group of more than 300 volunteers patrol public spaces and remote highways when there's the threat of a fire. They are called the Orange County Fire Watch. Some of the things they do include educat...

The Washington Post

Danielle Paquette

3 December 2021

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Alhaji Siraj Bah created Rugsal Trading to decrease deforestation in Sierra Leone. One of the reasons people clear forests is to make wood-based charcoal for fuel. In order to address that need while enouraging susta...

Kouvenda Media

Emily Previti

Stephanie Marudas

2 December 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The city lot where Sanctuary Farm now grows vegetables that it distributes free to the community once was strewn with trash and drug paraphernalia, hardly a hospitable place for the neighborhood kids who played in it....

The New Arab

Carla Rosch

2 December 2021

United Kingdom

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Community buy-in for refugee resettlement is providing a legal avenue for those seeking asylum. Local groups across the UK have come together with the intention of helping refugees get settled. The groups raise money ...

The Current (Georgia)

Margaret Coker

30 November 2021

Glynn County, Georgia, United States

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The murder of Ahmaud Arbery sparked nationwide rage, but the people most affected by local racism felt it most keenly. A Better Glynn formed to seek reforms in Glynn County law enforcement after years of status-quo ra...

Knox Pages

Grant Pepper

29 November 2021

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Year-round shelters for people experiencing homelessness are uncommon in north central Ohio, making Harmony House a vital resource for the community. The organization provides a place to sleep in addition to wraparoun...

Premium Times

Abdulkareem Mojeed

28 November 2021

Nigeria

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In Nigeria, climate change has led to food scarcity causing some farmers in rural Abuja communities to adopt sustainable agricultural practices. Also known as smart agriculture it encompasses things like reducing pest...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Helen Ubiñas

22 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The group Moms Bonded By Grief went beyond the support-group work it has done for years for survivors of gun violence homicide victims to take 50 children and their mothers and grandmothers to a Poconos Mountains wate...

Yes! Magazine

Hannah Steinkopf-Frank

19 November 2021

United States

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Queer activists and organizers are centering their identity in the environmental justice movement. They form part of a growing movement that doesn't exclude their queer identity in the fight against climate change. So...

The New York Times

Sarah Trent

15 November 2021

Philippines

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In the environmental sector there is still rampant sexism, women find it difficult to enter leadership positions and face discrimination, according to a six-author study. However, the study also shows that when women ...

Pioneers Post

Sasha Gallick

14 November 2021

Saarijärvi, Finland

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Snowchange is a co-operative formed by a network of villages across Finland. The co-op formed after fishermen found all the fish in the river dead due to pollution. They decided to take action. They began "rewilding,"...

Mother Jones

Matt Simon

11 November 2021

Monterey Bay, California, United States

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Kelp is a great way to sequester carbon. A kelp forest that grows well can cancel the emissions equal to 5 million automobiles. In California, the amount of kelp in the ocean decreased due to a boom in the sea urchin...

New Frame

Sanket Jain

11 November 2021

India

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In India, animals like crocodiles, snakes, and bison are increasingly entering towns and villages due to the destruction of their habitat caused by climate change. The Wildlife Protection and Research Society use a nu...

New Frame

Sanket Jain

10 November 2021

India

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In India, there were 1.2 million snakebite deaths reported between 2000 and 2019. Agricultural workers and farmers are the worst hit. Amit Sayyed wanted to find a way to reduce the number of snakebites, particularly i...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

5 November 2021

Milan, Italy

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A third of food produced, or about 1.3 million metric tons per year, go to waste. They generate a third of greenhouse gas emissions. The city of Milan in Italy is a pioneer in eliminating food waste. The city launched...

What's Next Magazine

Michael Hovde

1 November 2021

United States

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DontCallThePolice.com went online at the height of the 2020 social justice protests to give people a list of resources when they need help and might otherwise default to calling the police. The site is a directory of ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Prince James Story

26 October 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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There are about 480,000 school buses in the country, less than one percent of them are electric. Replacing diesel school buses with electric ones would reduce greenhouse emissions by 5.3 million tons a year, it would ...

Prime Progress

Angela Umoru

26 October 2021

Nigeria

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Step Up Nigeria’s "Catch Them Young Initiative" uses children’s storybooks and animated films to teach school children how to become anti-corruption ambassadors. The books, which have recently been adapted to animated...

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