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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Climate Justice: A Fight for Equal Opportunity

Climate Justice: A Fight for Equal Opportunity

By Gina McCarthy and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. (Cross-posted from EPAConnect) Fifty years ago, Americans facing racial injustice marched the 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest discriminatory voting laws.  It was a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement, influencing the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and forever redefining and improving our cherished values of freedom and fairness.  February marks Black History Month—a time to reflect…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Santa Barbara Earth Day

Hometown Environmental Justice

Honoring our charter to be an advocate of environmental justice, The Justice Project was proud to be a sponsor of Earth Day Festival produced by the Community Environmental Council in our hometown of Santa Barbara, California. While the crowd was estimated at 35,000 visitors, the experience each of us has with our planet is uniquely individual. And so too was my experience in slowly walking Alameda Park and enjoying the colors,…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Anadarko Petroleum Pays Biggest Environmental Cash Settlement in History

Anadarko Petroleum Pays Biggest Environmental Cash Settlement in History

It is a story right out of the movie theatre, a gas company ordered to pay billions of dollars to clean up toxic sites making people sick. Except, this is no movie theatre and nobody is passing the popcorn. Anadarko Petroleum was just ordered to pay $5.15 billion dollars in the largest cash settlement in environmental history leaving dozens of sites full of toxins dating back as far as 1953.…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | World Water and Energy Day

World Water and Energy Day

Today is World Water and Energy Day! Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers. In 2014, the UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | The Fiercest Liberal in Justice

The Fiercest Liberal in Justice

Often when we think about justice what first comes to mind isn’t a specific environmental, educational, economic or social justice, it is the justice system. And highest of high courts in that justice system, least for the United States is the Supreme Court. How often do we think about their rulings when we think about justice? Typically we think of the system as a whole, but there are a group…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | My Environment

My Environment

One of the real keys to making environmental justice issues relevant to people is finding a way to show the impact it has in their everyday lives. Recently we were poking around the Environmental Protection Agency website and we found a very cool tool called My Environment. You enter in your zip code and up pops a whole plethora of information, here is a example from our Santa Barbara zip…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Environmental Justice Gets Some New Tools

Environmental Justice Gets Some New Tools

Sometimes when people talk about science tools others might check out due to boredom, but we found a couple new science-based tools which are helping the environmental justice cause and we just had to share! Environmental Justice Comes of Age with New Science-Based Screening Tools Kristina Daniel Lawson Partner Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP This past April, the state of California released a first-of-its-kind statewide environmental health-screening tool.  Known as…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Environmental Justice is a World Issue

Environmental Justice is a World Issue

When we talk about the environment at dinner parties and casual conversations we tend to think of our immediate region. We don’t tend to think about the environment in a far off country or another coast, we focus on what matters to us, our immediate environment. But the thing about environmental justice is that it is a world issue, not just a local community issue. Environmental justice has the opportunity…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Empathy Gone Nature

Empathy Gone Nature: A Paradigm Shift

We are thrilled to share with you The Justice Project’s Third Place Winner for our Writing Competition: Empathy Gone Nature: A Paradigm Shift by Johannes Kleiner The preacher looks at her congregation. After a short pause she begins to speak, “One day all of you—this entire congregation—will be dead!” Silence. Again, “One day, everyone in this congregation will be dead!” Just what you want to hear Sunday morning. But apparently…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Life is Not a Walk in the Park So Don't Forget to Take One

Life is not a walk in the park, so don’t forget to take one

One of the lessons that’s tough to learn when you’re young and impossible to forget as you get older is: Just because nothing is happening doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Every woman learns that pregnancy’s period of waiting has everything to do with giving birth. Yes, Ecclesiastes got it right: To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven. In the Torah (the Hebrew…

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