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As the city’s Equity Office says, “Austin has a long history of systemic racism and racial inequity that continues today.” That’s why we apply an equity lens to everyday reporting, writing stories that investigate the intersection of equity and the outdoors, climate change, and even the food that we eat.

Lummi Nation
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey Coming Through Texas

Guest Post – from the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club On May 9th, the Lummi Nation began a powerful journey from Bellingham, Washington to Miami, Florida to demand the release of the blackfish (orca whale) Tokitae from the Miami Seaquarium. Tokitae, along with many other

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Border Wall Press Conference
Amy Stansbury

Environmental Activists Protest Trump’s Border Wall

“I don’t see myself as just an environmental activist… I think that environmental activism is racial activism, reproductive rights activism. I think it’s all intersected and you can’t look at one without the other. You can’t look at the environment without thinking of humans…The two can’t be

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Police Contract Meeting
Blogs
Austin EcoNetwork

The Will Of The People Is Not A Bitter Bill

Guest Editorial from – Shane Johnson, Chas Moore, Janis Bookout This op-ed was written with contributions from Fatima Mann, Angelica Erazo, Ashely Gordon, MEASURE. A Spanish language version of this op-ed is available here. December 13th, 2017 was a historic night for Austin. Thanks to the hard

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KOOP Radio
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

What the heck is CodeNEXT? And How Is It Doing?

What the heck is CodeNEXT? It’s the city’s effort to rewrite its land development code (and it will affect everything from transportation, to affordability, to gentrification in Austin). So what’s in it? And what does it mean for you? Find out with the latest podcast

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Guadalupe Mountains
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Just Air

Sponsored Post – from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) This post was written by Amanda Masino, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology at Huston-Tillotson University and Faculty Co-Advisor, Green is the New Black. Huston-Tillotson University and National Parks Conservation Association are partners in educating, engaging,

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Indigenous Peoples Day
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Columbus Day Is Out. Indigenous Peoples’ Day Is In.

 Monday, October 9th is Austin’s first ever official Indigenous Peoples’ Day. After City Council approved a resolution at their meeting on Thursday, Austin joins several other cities that have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, “in an effort to create a path of healing and reconciliation.” According

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Rancher Disaster Relief
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Environmental Consequences of Hurricane Harvey

Now that the flood waters are beginning to recede in some parts of Texas, attention is being turned to the environmental consequences that Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake. More research, studies, and stories will surely be published in the coming weeks and years, but for

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Huston-Tillotson University
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Building Green Justice

Want to get more involved in Austin’s local environmental justice movement? Then be sure to check out Huston-Tillotson University‘s fourth annual “Building Green Justice Forum” on Thursday, September 28th. This year’s theme is “Organic Activistology.” At the event, the university will be inviting presenters and participants to reflect on their roles

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Hurricane Harvey Rescue
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Hurricane Harvey: How It Happened And How To Help

Hurricane Harvey struck Texas nearly a week ago, but its effects will continue to be felt by the state and the entire country for the next weeks, months, and years to come. Houston is underwater. Rockport has suffered widespread destruction and Beaumont has lost access

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Zilker Park
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

Austin’s Park System: How Does It Compare?

Austin’s park system ranks 46th amongst the 100 largest US cities. That’s according to the latest ParkScore rankings, which were just released by the Trust For Public Land last week. The biggest reason we weren’t ranked higher? A lack of equitable park access. Each year, the

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Climate Justice Week Panel
Climate Change
Amy Stansbury

What is Climate Justice?

In order to encourage action and facilitate education beyond the Austin People’s Climate March (happening this Saturday, April 29th), its organizers dubbed April 23rd through April 28th as Austin Climate Justice Week. The week has been marked by a series of educational panel discussions all aimed at “an equitable

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People's Climate March
Climate Change
Amy Stansbury

It’s Climate Justice Week in Austin

This Saturday, thousands of people will gather together to host climate marches in cities all over the world… including Austin. “We are one earth, one people, one community,” says the Austin People’s Climate March Facebook page. “We demand: slashed greenhouse gases, a clean energy economy, and climate

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