Coronavirus Friday Forecast Top Stories

Prison abolition: as COVID-19 and climate change hit U.S. prisons, ending mass incarceration is climate justice

The fight for climate justice must put ending mass incarceration at the forefront of organizing efforts, as incarcerated people are on the frontlines of both a racist legal system and the impacts of the climate crisis. (Cover photo by Ryan Inzana) Introduction: Waste Management Over fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed […]

Environmental Justice Friday Forecast Indigenous Sovereignty Top Stories

Growing Sovereignty: Turtle Island and the Future of Food

Introduction I had the great privilege of interviewing four amazing people who are Indigenous to various areas across Turtle Island (North America). I wrote different sets of questions specific to each person and worked to create an open flow of dialogue and communication. The conversations that ensued informed and guided me as I began the […]

Coronavirus Top Stories

Science denialism: How Climate Change paved the way for COVID-19

It is a bit eerie: Scientific warnings are bypassed for political convenience, misinformation propagates on social media sites to prey upon those susceptible to unprecedented political polarization, and prominent Republican politicians heed upon economic worries to sow doubts that solutions are too expensive or potentially repressive. No, I’m not describing climate change- but the public […]

Climate Solutions Politics and Protest Top Stories

Fossil fuel divestment around the world and in the heart of Texas

As global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions threaten the world with irreversible climate collapse, activists around the United States and the world have turned to fossil fuel divestment as a major strategy to stop fossil fuel extraction. Experts agree that global warming is caused by humans burning fossil fuels and that it will continue to accelerate […]

Friday Forecast Indigenous Sovereignty Top Stories

Spirit of the Buffalo: An Interview with Geraldine McManus from the Frontlines of Resistance to the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline

Introduction The Spirit of the Buffalo Facebook Page states the following: “Indigenous resistance to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion set up a prayer camp in Treaty 1 territory near Gretna, Manitoba, meters away from the Canadian/United States border. Spirit of the Buffalo Camp was established by lighting a sacred fire and conducting a sunrise ceremony, and is […]

Climate Solutions Deforestation Top Stories

‘Global village’: Indigenous nations’ fight to protect Amazon rainforest is pivotal to global public health

Last year, global attention briefly coalesced around fires ravaging the Amazon Rainforest. As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to affect the whole world, Branch Out reported in the past weeks that deforestation is the leading cause of new infectious diseases. In addition to threatening global public health, deforestation threatens the very existence of the Indigenous […]