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Some Arguments for Carbon Tax

by Sara Löwgren

It is a well-known and widely accepted fact that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion contribute to the greenhouse effect, which in turn leads to warming of the planet and a changing climate. While projects around the world continue to promote renewable energy, the US government spends $4.7 bn annually on fossil fuel subsidies

Carbon tax is put forward as a solution to our destructive fossil fuel use by environmentalist groups such as Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the PutAPriceOnIt.  Let’s have a look at the most compelling arguments. 

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International Divestment – Nordic Banks Defunding DAPL

by Sara Löwgren

Two Nordic banks are divesting from companies which contribute to the continuous violations of indigenous rights at Standing Rock through their direct involvement in DAPL. The divestment is following a special UN report on indigenous rights and the cancellation of an Environmental Impact Statement after Trump’s inauguration, and strongly supported by Nordic Arctic indigenous Sami people.

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Bears Ears National Monument: The Argument Continues

by Sara Löwgren

The designation of Bears Ears national monument was viewed as a major victory for indigenous rights and environmental conservation. But many local politicians remain skeptical and after the inauguration they are now trying to rescind the designation. Tribes, local people, NGOs and the outdoor industry are fighting back to protect the national monument. The conflict is growing increasingly complex with every day.

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Diversification for Sustainability – Lobster fishing and Aquaculture in Maine

By Zebadiah Campbell

 

My name is Zebadiah Campbell. I am an eighth generation lobster fisherman and a second generation oyster farmer from North Haven, Maine. North Haven is an island 12 miles out to sea in Penobscot Bay. The island is home to a year round population of 350 people and 45 of these islanders are licensed commercial fisherman. This small number of fishermen make for a close knit, and sometimes high tension relationship between the fishermen themselves. We all work very closely with one another which can be a blessing and curse. There are times when conflicts happen, however the intimate nature of the small fishing community typically breeds wishes for fair winds and following seas to one another.

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Animal Agriculture and Climate Change

By Elaina Burress and Hana Bracale

Today I sat in on one of the few (if not only) COP22 side events on the impacts of animal agriculture in driving climate change. Speakers came from Brighter Green (a US non-profit action tank with a focus on food policy and equity), Humane Society International, and the Global Forest Coalition (an organization working for socially-just forest policy, with a special focus on Indigenous Peoples’ rights).

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