WILL CLIMATE DIE ON THIS HILL?

INSIDE THIS WEEK'S EDITION:
➩ How to put climate change back in the infrastructure bill
➩ Why solving the climate crisis is actually good for the economy
➩ Bernie and Warren’s new tactic to go after fossil fuels

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Geraniums blooming outside the Capitol Building, Washington, DC. MATTHEW BORNHORST/UNSPLASH


Each week, we bring you the top campaigns, actions and events — with links to everything to make taking action as easy as possible.

DEFUND LINE 3

Big banks have been funding Enbridge for far too long. ATTEND AN EVENT at a local bank on August 13th and tell them to stop funding destruction.

#STOP FORMOSA

A polluting plastics corporation wants to build in Louisiana. TELL BIDEN that we don’t want another poisonous factory in Cancer Alley.

GO BIG ON CLIMATE

Without climate action, the budget resolution is not a solution. TELL YOUR SENATORS to pass big, bold climate action in Congress

PROTECT THE ARCTIC

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last truly wild places in the U.S. CALL ON CONGRESS to protect this ecosystem from oil and gas drilling.

MAKE POLLUTERS PAY

Five senators just introduced a bill to make polluters pay $500 billion for wrecking the planet. SPREAD THE WORD!

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This is the spotlight for the climate heroes doing the most urgent work on the front lines.
STEVEN DONZIGER is an American lawyer who successfully sued oil giant Chevron for poisoning Indigenous peoples in Ecuador. Donziger has since become a target of the company and its court connections. He has been under house arrest for two years.

Steven
Donziger


STEVEN DONZIGER is an American lawyer who successfully sued oil giant Chevron for poisoning Indigenous peoples in Ecuador. Donziger has since become a target of the company and its court connections. He has been under house arrest for two years.
KATHRYN KELLOGG is a sustainability activist who advocates for zero waste living by providing tips and how-to’s to encourage others to adopt a lower waste lifestyle.

Kathryn
Kellogg


KATHRYN KELLOGG is a sustainability activist who advocates for zero waste living by providing tips and how-to’s to encourage others to adopt a lower waste lifestyle.
MARGARET KLEIN SALAMON, Ph.D., is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth. She is the Executive Director of the Climate Emergency Fund and founder of Climate Awakening.

Margaret
Klein Salamon


MARGARET KLEIN SALAMON, Ph.D., is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth. She is the Executive Director of the Climate Emergency Fund and founder of Climate Awakening.

Climate science can be overwhelming. Here’s your easy-to-share highlight reel.
PLANTS ARE PRETTY METAL

One Malaysian village is really growing up to its potential by harvesting metals from plants.

RECYCLING IS HARD(DRIVE)

Google is quietly experimenting with an innovative way to recycle one type of common e-waste. This solution could cut down on the need for heavy metal mining.

PEOPLE PROBLEMS

We’re studying everything to combat climate change… except one thing. And it may be the heart of the issue.

REMOTE-CONTROLLED BOATS

Autonomous solar-powered boats are going where humans can’t, navigating the brutal waters of Antarctica to learn more about how our oceans fight climate change.

THE PRICE OF LIFE

How many lives is our lifestyle worth? A new study shows that pollution from every 7 Americans kills 2 additional people worldwide.

GREENLAND WEIGHT LOSS

Greenland is currently experiencing a severe “melting event.” The territory lost almost 17 trillion pounds of surface mass. That’s the weight of over 23,000 Empire State Buildings gone in just a day.

CALI DROUGHT

The west is experiencing its worst drought in 1,000 years. Water shortages are just the beginning, as California prepares for a devastating wildfire season.


THE ANTS & THE GRASSHOPPER — A Malawian activist dealing with climate change in her homeland decides to go to the heart of the pollution: the U.S. Follow her experience as she convinces Americans to take action. (Raj Patel & Zak Piper) 

BALANCING ACT — We hear scientists talk a lot about the Earth’s “tipping points” — but what are they, and what happens if we hit them? (Grist)

CLIMATE VS THE ECONOMY? — It’s a myth that fighting climate change hurts the economy. One of the world’s top energy experts breaks it down and shows how solving climate change can put change in your pocket. (The YEARS Project)

WIND ENERGY IS A BREEZE — When you think of West Virginia, you think of coal, not wind turbines. One energy worker explains how that’s changing. (IUOE Local 132)

AGROFOREWHAT? — Agroforestry is one of the most vital solutions we have to fix our agricultural systems. But what does it even mean? (Friends of the Earth UK)


Here’s what it looks like when people show up, voices ring loud and leaders act for the sake of the planet.
BACK TO THE FUTURE?

Europe’s economy is recovering from the pandemic, but greenhouse gas pollution isn’t as high as it used to be. Learn why.

JERSEY EMBRACES THE NEW

New Jersey is planning on doubling its solar production by 2026 creating tons of clean energy jobs. Will other states follow?

KEEPING ORCAS AFLOAT

The U.S. government is trying to protect a beloved species. 16,000 square miles = protected Chinook salmon = protected orcas.

ADEUS COAL

One of the largest funders of infrastructure projects in Brazil just announced they will no longer issue credit to coal projects. It’s the first step of many as it moves to finance more renewable projects.

NEWLY RENEWABLE

Clean energy had a record-breaking year in 2020. Nearly 80% of new power installations were renewables.

INSURER DROPS TRANS MOUNTAIN

Cincinnati Global just became the 15th insurance company to drop coverage for the dangerous Trans-Mountain Pipeline. Going after banking and insurance institutions is working!


The climate crisis in pictures. Our lens is global.

The nightmare continues as #wildfires rage throughout #Greece. The archaeological site of Ancient Olympia now under threat. North Evia fire has a 30 km frontline, consuming ~150 houses till now. via @LAPI_epfl

I'd say the majority of downtown Greenville is completely destroyed. All I see standing on the main st. Is a dollar general. My heart is broken for this beautiful little town. #dixiefire via @stuartpalley

President Joe Biden drive an electric Jeep Wrangler around the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Thursday. #ElectricVehicles #Biden via @Al_Drago

These are not fire victims — but Turkish firefighters sleeping after countless days putting out the 120+ fires in #Turkey. Heroes. via @KhaledBeydoun


WHAT’S IN THE BILL?
Lawmakers reached an agreement on a $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill. It’s a big deal, but omits many of the measures we need to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Here’s what’s in and what’s out.
BUILT FOR(D) THE ROAD AHEAD
Within just two years, Ford will be spending more on EVs than on gas-powered cars. For a U.S. based car company, that’s a big deal.
CLIMATE BLITZ
It’s now or never. Green groups are planning a huge media “blitz” pushing Democrats to act on climate before they lose their opportunity.
NOT A DROP IN THE BUCKET
Government subsidies for fossil fuel companies have always been confusing, but this new report highlights which specific subsidies are keeping oil & gas afloat. (Canary Media)
HYPER-POLLUTERS
A small handful of power plants generate three quarters of global energy pollution. Where are they and what can be done?
WATER STRESSORS
Iran’s climate change-driven drought has led to violence, with at least 8 Iranians killed in water protests. This situation may only get worse, overwhelming Iran’s already unstable government.
COP-OUT
The UN Paris Accord is the only worldwide agreement to act on climate. But 58% of the countries that signed have missed their own deadlines. What will this do for COP26?

Every week we highlight three climate campaigns having real impact. There are many more than 3, see many of them here.

RISE St. James is a faith-based grassroots organization formed to advocate for racial and environmental justice in St. James, Louisiana.

The Wilderness Society advocates for the protection of federal public lands across the U.S. from mining, drilling, logging and other development.

The Climate Emergency Fund supports activists who tell the truth, demand transformation at emergency speed, and put everything on the line to protect humanity and the living world.