March 12, 2018

Teens’ Lawsuit Battling Climate Change Wins Victory Over Justice Department

A group of teen activists in Oregon, Youth v Gov, are suing the US government for violating their constitutional right to life with fossil fuel policies that promote climate change.  As the Trump administration tried to have the lawsuit dismissed, Youth v Gov had a courtroom victory: The US Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the case can proceed toward trial.

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice focuses on the adverse life effects of environmental pollution on those most affected: low-income communities of color and recent immigrants. Learn more about their work on social change and justice here.


Study shows LA can reach 100% renewables by 2030, with help from storage

Two groups, Synapse Energy Economics and Food & Water Watch, released a report outlining how the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water can transition to 100% clean energy by 2030. The study suggests this will require “new wind and solar sources, investments in storage and energy efficiency and smart management of the grid.”

To support statewide policies and a movement for environmental justice in California, check out the California Environmental Justice Alliance.


Renewable Energy Saves Water in Iran

In a country that generates more than 80% of its electricity from water-intensive thermal-electric plants, renewable energy has helped saved more than 412 million liters, or 110 million gallons, of water since 2009. That’s over 160 Olympic-size swimming pools saved in a country prone to drought.

Concerned about water closer to home? Learn more about New York’s Catskill Mountain Watershed and how renewable energy affects its preservation at Catskill Mountainkeeper.