Sacramento groups encourage advocating for environmental justice

Sacramento organizations fighting for social and racial justice are taking up environmental issues as another core cause to advance equality. It’s a sign of a greater acknowledgement that poorer communities bear the brunt of pollution and other environmental concerns, ones that aren’t always obvious to the eye. “When we’re talking about water or we’re talking […]

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Integral ecology: social and economic gaps shape environmental woes

Seven out of ten Californians live in counties with bad air quality and three million people in the state suffer from asthma, according to an environmental advocate who spoke at a recent event in Fresno. How does the condition of air and water relate to social structures? State representatives who want to do something about Fresno’s pollution problem just returned […]

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Green 2.0: How diverse is your staff?

A national campaign to make environmental groups more racially diverse is asking Bay Area nonprofits to share their diversity data with the public. It’s the first step in addressing a long-felt discordance. Polls show that people of color tend to be highly supportive of environmental issues, and are more impacted by environmental problems, from air pollution to lack of […]

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‘Agua4All’ water campaign launches in Eastern Coachella Valley

‪‎Agua4All, a pilot project to bring clean drinking water to California, launched Wednesday in Thermal, Calif. The project will fund the installation of water bottle refilling stations, or “taps,” in schools and other accessible locations in rural communities where access to clean water is scarce. The eastern Coachella Valley is the first location to pilot the tap […]

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Chevron and Richmond try a new path, but doubts remain

A 2012 Chevron refinery explosion sent black clouds over Richmond and touched off a local and regional movement calling for more transparency and consideration for community safety from the oil giant. Chevron proposed new developments for its Richmond refinery, which the company says address environmental and safety concerns.  But local groups maintain that the project is just another way for the company […]

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Mapping environmental risks

Environmental officials have now released maps that rank neighborhoods and display data concerning vulnerability to pollution and other environmental hazards. CalEnviroScreen maps were designed to pinpoint where pollution overlaps with socioeconomic underdevelopment, in the hopes of pointing policymakers to areas that need the most attention. More on the maps is on Access Sacramento.  

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Locals use comedy to protest Keystone XL

Locals from environmental and health organizations combined forces with Richmond’s RAW Talent to stage a performance satirizing the job promises made by corporations supporting the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  Keystone would extend the transfer of unrefined oil, a move that Richmond residents fear would extend Chevron’s reach – and its pollution.  Read about and watch […]

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Central Valley residents grapple with fracking regulations

Bakersfield residents testified at a recent public hearing on the state’s new fracking regulations, saying they will be impacted most by the local expansion of the oil extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Attendees expressed concern over potential harm to air and water in a region already burdened with air and groundwater contamination.  A lack […]

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