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Superfund site in Camden, NJ

Newsletter: Communities Rise Up to Resist Becoming “Sacrifice Zones”

May 30, 2023

The New York Times recently published a major story titled: “Living and Breathing on the Front Line of a Toxic Chemical Zone”. It addressed corporate profiteering by the petrochemical industry while communities near their plants suffered diminished health, including cancer and premature death. The Biden EPA is proposing stronger protections in such border areas, which many have called “sacrifice zones.”

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Flooding from street, August 18, 2021. Brighton, MI. Photo by Amber Bismack

Newsletter: Call to Mitigate Flooding by Banning “Fill and Build” Picks Up Steam

May 12, 2023

A national campaign to ban what’s known as “fill and build” is picking up steam, with Anthropocene Alliance partnering with a coalition of allies to raise awareness about the dangers of this controversial practice.

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Newsletter: Warehouse Pits Locals Against Developers. At Stake is the South Tacoma Aquifer.

April 19, 2023

Opposing forces are prepared for battle in South Tacoma. In one corner are environmentalists with a proposal for an economic green zone to generate a more sustainable future. In the other corner are industrialists looking to build one of the largest warehouses in the world that would endanger the South Tacoma aquifer.

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US Map from Business Insider showing pipelines and gas lines throughout the country.

Newsletter: That Sound You Hear isn’t Dripping Oil, it’s a Ticking Time-Bomb

March 28, 2023

Oil and gas pipelines continue to leak toxic contamination that threatens communities across the country. The leak of nearly 600,000 gallons of oil from TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline into a creek in Kansas on December 8, 2022 is just the latest example of a long string of such environmental disasters. Roughly 3 million gallons of oil from pipeline accidents are spilled in the U.S. each year. 

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Brooke C. White, Untitled [Wetland/Ralph Lauren Interface], Gulfport , Mississippi, 2022

Newsletter: Gulfport Mississippi Group Looking for Justice

January 25, 2023

Gulfport activists have taken their struggle for environmental justice to the national level, naming the U.S. Department of Transportation and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg as defendants in a landmark lawsuit intended to halt a potentially disastrous road expansion project

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Newsletter: A Year of Support for Frontline Communities

January 3, 2023

It wasn’t just because of the big increase in federal funding, but because so many people in the government and nonprofit sectors worked hard to direct the new money to frontline communities who needed it most. Anthropocene Alliance and its partners were among them.

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Aerial picture of Diablo Canyon plant

Newsletter: Will Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Become the Next Fukushima?

December 21, 2022

Environmental groups concerned about cost and safety issues at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County on California’s central coast thought they’d scored a big win in 2018 when a Joint Proposal was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)  to retire the aging plant by 2025.

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Newsletter: Island-Wide Blackout Confirms the Failure of LUMA, the Newly Privatized Electric Utility in Puerto Rico

September 27, 2022

More than a week after a hurricane hit the American territory of Puerto Rico, 750,000 customers are still lacking service. The reason is not only the hurricane’s wind and rain: though it packed a lot of precipitation, Fiona was a relatively weak, Category One storm. The primary culprit is the island’s system of privatized electricity, which values profits over service.

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Newsletter: End-Times: a Visit to Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana

August 12, 2022

I left Thibodaux, Louisiana at 9 a.m. on July 27, 2022. An hour later, I arrived at Isle de Jean Charles where I had a vision of the world a hundred years in the future.

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Newsletter: Joe Manchin as Alibi

July 22, 2022

But is he the devil incarnate? “It seems odd,” says Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff and Obama whisperer John Podesta, “that Manchin would choose as his legacy to be the one man who single-handedly doomed humanity.”

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*What's In A Name?

Anthropocene: noun, An·thro·po·cene | \ ˈan(t)-thrə-pə-ˌsēn , an-ˈthrä-\ – Here’s how to pronounce it.

“Anthropocene” is the name of the epoch in geologic history when earth systems no longer follow their natural course but are directed by humans. Its geologic markers, found across the globe, consist of technofossils (industrial litter deposited by rivers and streams) and radionuclides (from atomic blasts). Before it is officially part of the geologic time scale, the name must be adopted by the International Union of Geological Sciences.

But regardless of its official acceptance, Anthropocene has entered our vocabulary. The reason is it summarizes what so many people have understood for two generations: that humans have changed for the worse the physical and biological nature of the planet. The degradation of air, water and soil, the disappearance of habitats and extinction of species, and the growing threat to human civilization itself, combine to make ours a perilous time.

The solution to the crisis is not obscure. It is simply humans acting in concert – in alliance – to protect vital air, water and land, and end the use of fossil fuels and other sources of global warming. Anthropocene Alliance was formed to advance this essential work of self and community transformation.

Image top: The North Star newspaper, Rochester, New York, edited by Frederick Douglas, June 2, 1848