under the microscope
Climate change describes the rapid rise in global temperatures due to human activity. This results in catastrophic changes to our environment that manifests as warming, acidification of oceans, melting glaciers, extinction of species, and a marked increase in extreme weather events that include forest fires and hurricanes. To combat this phenomenon, environmental sustainability refers to actions we can take to use resources in a way that does not cause further harm to the planet.
In this multi-part series, we delve into the state-level climate advocacy efforts of non-profit organization Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY) with Legislative and Climate Associate, Amanda Sachs and those at the local level from March for Science NYC with Co-Director and Operations Director, Dr. Ingrid Paredes, PhD, and Gianna White, respectively. We explore the lived experiences and grassroots work of the Cherokee Concerned Citizens, an organization dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of their fenceline community. Our guests, Barbara Nelson and Jennifer Crosslin, discuss what it's like living next to production plants for companies like Chevron, VT Halter, First Chemical, and Mississippi Phosphates, and how they're using "citizen science" to fight environmental injustice. We then spotlight indigenous peoples. We sit down with João Víctor, a young climate change advocate and member of the Pankararu indigenous community of Brazil. Though João is currently a PhD student in Pharmacy, he remains a fierce advocate for his community, working to rally others to combat climate change and ameliorate the effects this global issue takes especially on indigenous communities.
With Dr. Ingrid Paredes, PhD, and Gianna White
Marching for Science: Scientists for Climate Change Policy
With Cherokee Concerned Citizens (Barbara Nelson and Jennifer Crosslin)
Protecting the People: a Fenceline Community's Fight for Environmental Justice
Cherokee Concerned Citizens
Cherokee Concerned Citizens is an advocacy group in Pascagoula, MS, that fights for the right to clean air and water.
Citizen Science with CCC
A survey conducted by the Cherokee Concerned Citizens revealed pervasive respiratory issues. Check out the results.
ProPublica on Pascagoula
ProPublica's article, "They Knew Industrial Pollution Was Ruining the Neighborhood’s Air. If Only Regulators Had Listened" delves deep into the issues affecting the residents of Pascagoula.
Indigenous Communities Combat Climate Change
This award-winning documentary highlights the inspiring story of the Maijuna of the Peruvian Amazon as they fight for their biologically rich ancestral lands and cultural survival.