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How to Have Difficult Conversations

Campaigners aren’t known for being contemplative. By definition they are trying to change something beyond themselves. But what if collective introspection made us into better campaigners by improving our ability to listen and learn, especially from those we disagree with?

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Global Climate Strike Aims to Spur Transformative Change

The world’s youth have infused a new urgency into the global fight against climate change. Through movements like Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion, millions of young people have gathered in public squares and busy streets, senate chambers and assembly rooms, to call on government leaders to curb greenhouse gas emissions and enact meaningful environmental policies.

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Britain Becomes First Major Country to Commit to Legally Binding Zero Emissions Target

Theresa May will make the UK the first economy in the G7 to legislate for zero emissions. The CCC report also confirmed that even if other countries followed the UK by setting a zero emissions target, there was still just a 50/50 chance that the planet would remain below the recommended temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. Anything above that guarantees a shift in climate that will threaten human life.

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Sudan’s Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance

As dawn broke on Monday, June 3, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) began a violent crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in the capital of Khartoum in response to a nationwide general strike the previous weekend. Despite the government’s endless attempts at coercion, the people of Sudan have continuously shown the fortitude to continue protesting and the courage to remain nonviolent.

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Making the Leap to Electric

In Europe, the transport sector is currently responsible for over one-quarter of Europe’s CO² emissions — with 45% of that coming from road transport alone — putting it dead center in our climate emergency. It’s choking our communities with air pollution while rapidly heating our planet.

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Extinction Emergency – We Need Action Right Now to Save New Zealand Dolphins

Human activities are pushing some marine species towards extinction, including some of the smallest dolphins in the world. Collectively known as New Zealand dolphins, Hector’s and Māui dolphins live only around the coast of New Zealand and they are dying in fishing nets at a rate that will see them extinct if we don’t change our behaviour around them and remove the destructive fishing nets from their home.

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Don’t Give J. Edgar Hoover a Posthumous Victory in his Attempts to Assassinate Dr. King’s Character

For seven and half years from 1960 to April 4, 1968, I was privileged to serve Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a political advisor and subsequently as his personal lawyer and draft speech writer. With assistance from Jonathan D. Greenberg, co-founder with me of the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, the following is my response to the current publicized statements by author David Garrow about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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‘A Green Wave Has Swept the European Parliament’: In Show of Demand for Climate Action, Green Parties Surge in EU Elections

Underscoring the growing demand for bold climate action that has found expression in global youth-led strikes, marches, and civil disobedience over the past year, Green parties across Europe had their strongest-ever EU parliamentary election performance after running on a platform of transformative environmental change.

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Climate Change: ‘We’ve Created a Civilisation Hell Bent on Destroying Itself – I’m Terrified’, Writes Earth Scientist

To understand you are in a prison, you must first be able to see the bars. That this prison was created by humans over many generations doesn’t change the conclusion that we are currently tightly bound up within a system that could, if we do not act, lead to the impoverishment, and even death of billions of people.

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Hasan Minhaj Breaks Down Deforestation in the Amazon — and Offers a Way to Help

Comedian Hasan Minhaj grew up watching public service announcements about protecting the Amazon rainforest. While some of them were definitely cringey, global calls to action eventually slowed deforestation rates in the Amazon. But last year saw an alarming reversal of that progress, Minhaj explained on the latest episode of his Netflix series, Patriot Act.

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Interfaith Power & Light Connects Faith and Climate

“I read an article on the geopolitics of food that really helped me connect the dots between crop losses that were due to drought and wildfire that were fueled by climate change, resulting food shortages, and then the rise of conflict that was connected to that.” Interfaith Power & Light works on a variety of programs with places of worship to help connect people of faith to climate action.

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Leading the Public Into Emergency Mode

Imagine there is a fire in your house. What do you do? What do you think about? The climate crisis is an unprecedented emergency. It is the United States’ top national security threat, public health threat, and moral emergency. How we react to the climate crisis will shape centuries and millennia to come.

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