Patti Lynn

How the coronavirus has created an opening to save our climate

With swift and utter clarity, the coronavirus pandemic is smashing the myth of U.S. individualism. We are not independent individuals as many of us like to think, making it because of our own strengths or failing because of our own weaknesses. The virus has shown us how we are a complexly interdependent—and deeply unequal—society; our fates irrefutably linked to each other.

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This is the structural change we need to prevent another Trump

As the impeachment of Donald Trump marches forward, it’s important to keep in mind that Trump is neither an anomaly, nor an accident when it comes to the forces that landed him in the White House. Corporate power made a Trump presidency possible, and Trump’s entire presidency has been about enriching and protecting corporations and the handful of wealthy, predominantly white men behind them. While impeachment might lead to Trump’s ouster from the White House, and the 2020 elections will be another key moment to alter the landscape, the change we need is deeper and more structural than a new president.

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The industries that have fueled the climate crisis should have no part in dictating the solutions — they should be made to pay

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has convened a climate summit this week, which he hopes will spur ambitious action by countries around the world. While the summit has laudably galvanized people, organizations, and governments globally to gather in New York City, unfortunately, Secretary-General Guterres and many others demanding urgent action are missing critical pieces of the puzzle. No truly ambitious solutions or actions can come to fruition when fossil fuel, agri-business, and other polluting industries are at the table. The industries that have fueled this crisis should have no part in dictating the solutions—rather, they should be made to pay to address the massive damages they have caused and to finance real solutions to the crisis.

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Transformative climate action is possible — here's how

2018 was a groundbreaking year in the public conversation about climate change. Last February, The New York Timesreported that a record percentage of Americans now believe that climate change is caused by humans, and there was a 20 percentage point rise in “the number of Americans who say they worry ‘a great deal’ about climate change.”

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Here's Why the New York Times Is Dead Wrong About the Future of Climate Change

No, it’s not too late to address climate change. No, families with minivans aren’t equally to blame for failing to address the climate crisis as are oil executives who have stopped at nothing to protect their profits. And with respect, no, the only meaningful attempts to address climate change haven’t stemmed primarily from a couple of white men in the US three decades ago — however valiantly they’ve fought.

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In Memoriam: Yul Francisco Dorado Was a True Champion for People and the Environment

¡Lo logramos! “Whenever there was a victory, my father started with those words,” recalled Daniel Dorado. In 2009, when Colombia passed one of the most comprehensive tobacco control policies in the world, Yul Francisco Dorado called his son in the middle of his law class to say, “We did it!” And surely the elder Dorado, who served as the Latin America director of the nonprofit Corporate Accountability International, would have said the same in July 2016 when, just two months after he suddenly passed away, the tobacco giant Philip Morris International lost its lawsuit against the country of Uruguay for passing strong public health laws.

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