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An Urgent Juneteenth Call for Climate Solutions

 

Generations of Black Americans have faced racism, redlining and environmental injustices, such as breathing 40 percent dirtier air and being twice as likely as white Americans to be hospitalized or die from climate-related health problems. So the quest for racial justice now must include addressing the climate emergency, writes Heather McTeer Toney in her book Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions.

 

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Generations of Black Americans have faced racism, redlining and environmental injustices, such as breathing 40 percent dirtier air and being twice as likely as white Americans to be hospitalized or die from climate-related health problems. So the quest for racial justice now must include addressing the climate emergency, writes Heather McTeer Toney in her book Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions.

Black Courage Upon the Sea: Robert Smalls' Heroic Escape From Slavery

 

One night in May of 1862, an intrepid Black man named Robert Smalls commandeered a Confederate ship called The Planter in Charleston, South Carolina and liberated himself and his family from enslavement. We’ll share and reflect on the harrowing story of his escape and life of public service after gaining his freedom.

 

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Robert Smalls' Legacy and Liberating Nature

 

We continue our conversation about Robert Smalls by discussing his legacy, the current enslavement of nature, and how his courage relates to the courageous action and leadership that is now urgently needed to deal with the climate emergency.

 

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Beirut's Deadly Air

 

Clouds of diesel fumes clog the air in Beirut, Lebanon where the virtual collapse of the power grid has led residents to rely on diesel generators. The city’s air is now so badly polluted researchers at the American University of Beirut are linking it to a startling 30% spike in cancer cases.

 

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Queer Brown Vegan

 

Isaias Hernandez is an environmental activist and social media creative who uses the handle @QueerBrownVegan on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. His topics include environmental racism, mushroom foraging, and queer ecology. Isaias joined us during Pride Month to talk about intersectionality, “rainbow-washing”, and more.

 

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Roots of Black Hair Care

 

Hair care products marketed to Black women today often include cancer-causing formaldehyde and hormone disrupting chemicals. But back in the early 1900s, an enterprising Black woman named Madam C. J. Walker used mostly natural ingredients in her hair products to empower Black women and become the first female American self-made millionaire. Her great-great granddaughter joins us to share her story.

 

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Alaska's Rusting Rivers

 

Streams in northern Alaska are turning a cloudy orange, and scientists think the cause is metals like iron leaching from melting permafrost as the Arctic rapidly warms.

 

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Join the Living on Earth Book Club on October 13th!

 

Bestselling science journalist Ed Yong joins us to talk about his new book. Click here to learn more and register!

 

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Celebrating 30 years of Living on Earth!

 

Host Steve Curwood in the Living on Earth studio

 

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An Urgent Juneteenth Call for Climate Solutions


Generations of Black Americans have faced racism, redlining and environmental injustices, such as breathing 40 percent dirtier air and being twice as likely as white Americans to be hospitalized or die from climate-related health problems. So the quest for racial justice now must include addressing the climate emergency, writes Heather McTeer Toney in her book Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions.

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Finding Climate Hope in the Black Vote


Heather McTeer Toney shares more from her book Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions, including how faith, voting, and community engagement can help address the climate emergency.

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Black Courage Upon the Sea: Robert Smalls' Heroic Escape From Slavery


One night in May of 1862, an intrepid Black man named Robert Smalls commandeered a Confederate ship called The Planter in Charleston, South Carolina and liberated himself and his family from enslavement. We’ll share and reflect on the harrowing story of his escape and life of public service after gaining his freedom.

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This Week’s Show
June 21, 2024
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An Urgent Juneteenth Call for Climate Solutions

listen / download
Generations of Black Americans have faced racism, redlining and environmental injustices, such as breathing 40 percent dirtier air and being twice as likely as white Americans to be hospitalized or die from climate-related health problems. So the quest for racial justice now must include addressing the climate emergency, writes Heather McTeer Toney in her book Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions.

Finding Climate Hope in the Black Vote

listen / download
Heather McTeer Toney shares more from her book Before the Streetlights Come On: Black America’s Urgent Call for Climate Solutions, including how faith, voting, and community engagement can help address the climate emergency.

Black Courage Upon the Sea: Robert Smalls' Heroic Escape From Slavery

listen / download
One night in May of 1862, an intrepid Black man named Robert Smalls commandeered a Confederate ship called The Planter in Charleston, South Carolina and liberated himself and his family from enslavement. We’ll share and reflect on the harrowing story of his escape and life of public service after gaining his freedom.

Robert Smalls' Legacy and Liberating Nature

listen / download
We continue our conversation about Robert Smalls by discussing his legacy, the current enslavement of nature, and how his courage relates to the courageous action and leadership that is now urgently needed to deal with the climate emergency.


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