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Indigenous Wisdom is Necessary to Win the Climate Fight

Rep. Sheila Therese Babauta (D-Saipan) was born and raised on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean. She is currently serving her second term on the 22nd Northern Mariana Legislature in the House of Representatives where she is chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Babauta is also the chairwoman of the Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument, dedicated to the protection of the monument. In this Q+A for Green 2.0 to mark Asian American Pacific Islanders month, Rep. Babauta discusses her role introducing President Barack Obama at the recent 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference and how more Indigenous climate and environmental leaders should be welcomed to the table where policymaking is taking place.

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Women’s Leadership is Key to Bringing Forward a Regenerative Future

In this co-written guest blog post, Seleyn DeYarus, Founder and Executive Director of Regenerative Rising, and Reilly Thomas, Regenerative Rising’s Content Coordinator, discuss how women’s leadership is a key to bringing forward a regenerative future and how convenings like the upcoming Women Leading Regeneration Summit, May 3-5, help facilitate that process.

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Artists Are Building Community Power: Daniel González

In this guest blog post by the League of Conservation Voters, we learn about artist Daniel González, who teamed up with LCV and Chispa AZ to make a beautiful papel picado inspired art installation. The piece called attention to the urgent need for climate justice, immigration rights and voter protection. LCV asked the artist some questions about his story and what climate justice means to him.

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El Pueblo Unido Jamás Sera Vencido (The People United will Never be Defeated)

Alyssa Rae Garza is pursuing their master’s degree in sociology at the University of Texas in El Paso, and developed a passion for climate justice after learning about environmental injustices in their hometown. She participates and learns from local grassroots coalitions and movements while applying an intersectional and jotería-muxerist (queer-Chicana/Latina/Latinx) lens to shape community organizing practices. 

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 ʻĀina Momona: Restoring a Land of Abundance 

‘Āina Momona is a Native Hawaiian 501(c)(3) organization founded by Walter Ritte for the purpose of achieving environmental health and sustainability through restoring social justice and Hawaiian sovereignty. In this guest blog post for Green 2.0, research and translation specialist Julie Au discusses the origins of the organization and why Hawaiian sovereignty is so important.

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Air Pollution: Black Communities are “Sacrifice Zones”

Shaila Vester-Skinner is a 2022 Winter Fellow at Green 2.0, and currently majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a Concentration in Human response to climate change at George Mason University. In this blog post to mark Black Climate Week, Shaila writes about how air pollution has disproportionately affected Black and POC communities and why this needs to change. This story resonated with Shaila because as a Black woman, she doesn’t want to continue to see other POC/Black citizens endure these conditions.

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Brown Girl Surf: Holding Space for the Ocean’s Joy

Brown Girl Surf, is an Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit that is focused on creating a surf culture that is rooted in joy, inclusion, and empowerment. This guest blog post by the organization’s executive director, Adriana Guerrero, talks about the mission of the organization and why it’s important to increase access to the ocean.

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Using Your Dollars to Fight Climate Change

Anjulina Desai is a co-founder of DEZEN, the first circular fashion accessory brand ensuring sustainability by using renewable, plant-based, petroleum-free materials with zero-waste production, made in the U.S. Based in San Francisco, DEZEN, uses technology to minimize its impact as a low carbon brand and has won awards for its innovation in design. The company’s mission is to design beautiful, innovative accessories that are respectful to the earth and the people who work with the company. In this guest blog for Green 2.0, Anjulina discusses how consumers can use their wallets to fight for a healthier planet.

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