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The Schad Lithium operation near Custer, SD. BHCWA experts believe the operation to be an exploratory site. Photo Credit: Journalism to Raise Environmental Awareness, 2022.

The A2 Times: In South Dakota’s Black Hills, A Lithium Boom Promises More of the Same from Mining Industry

February 11, 2024

South Dakota’s Black Hills are no stranger to mining. The hills — sacred land to the Lakota — have long been exploited for gold and uranium deposits, the lands scarred and rivers polluted in the process. The area is a relatively small island of lush trees and rolling hills amid a vast expanse of grasslands, but one in every five acres has an active mining claim.

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Panelists Marquita Bradshaw of Sowing Justice, Memphis, TN; Madison Naves of Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution, Birmingham, AL; Shamyra Lavigne of Rise St. James, St. James Parish, LA; and moderator Kayla Shannon of Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, at Green Table Talk on Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C.

The A2 Times: A2 Activists Gather to Demand the “Dirty South” Clean Up Its Act

January 11, 2024

Activists from A2 member organizations recently gathered with other environmental advocates in Washington, D.C., to “talk dirty” about pollution and viable solutions in the American South.

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Harriet Festing, Executive Director of Anthropocene Alliance, at the White House, Dec. 14 2023

The A2 Times: A2 closes year with $4.7 million in funding for members!

December 18, 2023

We’re thrilled to wrap up 2023 with news that 29 members of Anthropocene Alliance were successful in individual and group applications for funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation! Some of the grants were relatively small ($20,000) and some big ($700,000).

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Participants at White House climate summit. Please note A2’s Dorothy Terry, back row, second from left. Photo: The White House

The A2 Times: A2 Represented at First-Ever White House Summit on Climate Resilience

October 11, 2023

The White House hosted its first-ever Summit on Building Climate Resilient Communities, and Anthropocene Alliance was there!
Ali Zaidi, Assistant to the President and National Climate Advisor opened the event noting the diverse group representing 25 different states, territories and tribal nations gathered for an event he said was conceived over the summer as President Biden was flying to California to talk about climate impacts out west.

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The A2 Times: Global Warming Hits Home: A2 Members Cope and Resist 

July 27, 2023

Global warming continues to accelerate, just as climate scientists predicted it would. During the two weeks following July 4th, the entire planet was hotter than it’s been in about 125,000 years. As I write, Phoenix is suffering its worst heat wave ever, with 23 days in a row of temperatures at or above 110 degrees F.

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Whitehouse Profil picture of Justin Pearson when sworn in to congress.

Newsletter: Talking Environmental Justice with Tennessee Legislator Justin J. Pearson

July 11, 2023

We caught up with Justin on May 24 to talk about his work in Tennessee and the struggle for environmental justice across the country and the world. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.

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