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The A2 Times: In New Mexico, Advocates Demand Clean Air from Intel

May 9, 2024

Semiconductor manufacturing claims, falsely, to be a clean industry. The plant in Rio Rancho requires 2.4 million gallons of water daily, and uses around 250 dangerous chemicals, acids and inorganic compounds to manufacture microchips. Waste products are filtered once by pollution control devices, and whatever is not destroyed or captured is emitted into the air or water.

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The A2 Times: A2 Activist Tells Her Neighbors: “You Are Your Environment!”

April 17, 2024

Jackie Echols didn’t need another crisis to add to her dossier. As president of the South River Watershed Alliance (SRWA), she was already working hard to clean up a river — almost forgotten by locals — that flows through Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale and Henry counties in Georgia. South River traverses a mostly low-income African American community and has long been polluted by sewage spills and hemmed in by landfills, truck yards and industrial sites.

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The A2 Times: A2 Members Get Organized in New Orleans

March 21, 2024

The partnership between A2 and ACORN is an attempt to initiate what A2’s co-founder Stephen Eisenman calls a “relentless and skillful organizing of grassroots, working-class communities impacted by climate change and environmental abuse.”

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The A2 Times: How a Georgia Woman Waded Through Bureaucracy to Help Her Flooded Town

February 29, 2024

Jacqueline “Jackie” Jones wasn’t looking for a second career when the Tennessee native settled in tiny Reidsville, Georgia, after retiring from crunching numbers for the IRS.

But she quickly found herself thrust into the position of environmental activist when the role practically washed up on her doorstep – or rather, up to her windowsills – with flooding that inundated her property.

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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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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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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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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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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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