• Community members working the land at El Huerto. (Image still from documentary by Luis Enrique González Lozano)

    Puerto Ricans transform abandoned land to build food sovereignty

    Luis Alexis Rodríguez Cruz writes that in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, activists have turned abandoned land into a community garden.

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  • An energy plant full of machinery and smokestacks, with a blue sky in the background during a toxic tour of Wilmington, CA, a predominantly Latinx neighborhood surrounded by industry and oil.

    Historic redlining increases exposure to oil and gas wells

    Rachel Morello-Frosch finds structural racism in federal policy is linked to higher exposures to oil and gas wells in marginalized neighborhoods.

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  • Headshots of three smiling men: Ekow Edzie, Roger Perez, Michael Billingsley

    Get to know our new trustees

    We’re excited to welcome three new members to the Board of Trustees: Ekow Edzie, Roger Perez and Michael Billingsley. Learn more about them and their inspiration to join.

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Many people in sitting at tables in a park eating, talking and writing. Jose leans over the table in the foreground pointing to the paper a man is writing on.

As a child José regularly visited family in Mexico, where they had abundant natural space to explore, but he was disappointed in the lack of safe parks to play in when he would return to Los Angeles. As a community organizer, he saw the value of quality greenspace to working class communities. These experiences ultimately led him to pursue a career as a landscape architect working to advance park equity.

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Fellows in the News

Nov 23, 2022
Andrew Cohen's op-ed in the Hill, the pollution EPA refuses to regulate , describes the consequences of failing to regulate ballast water discharges. Ballast water inadvertently transports invasive...Read more >
Nov 23, 2022
Kristy Deiner's organization SimplexDNA has published the Franklin: Digital eDNA tokens to better preserve life on Earth . The white paper outlines their Proof-of-Life Protocol” for biodiversity...Read more >
Nov 23, 2022
An international group of scientists calling for protective limits on fishing in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. Their paper in the journal Science reports that current levels of fishing, combined with climate change, are taking a concerning toll on a diverse ecosystem of global significance.Read more >
Nov 23, 2022
On many occasions, Brooks says, she was told that working in conservation wouldn’t pay, that she would struggle to earn a living, that she wouldn’t be rewarded for it. Now she’s being rewarded for it by the Explorers Club and the Society of Women Geographers.Read more >

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