An Indigenous mother with her child attempts to block riot police as they evict the tribe from their homeland in Brazil.

Indigenous people have been on the front lines for too long - it’s past time to follow their example.

It is not up to the poor to be on the frontlines yet again. It is not up to the indigenous to be on the frontlines. It is not up to the non-humans to be on the frontlines. It is our responsibility as beneficiaries of this system to bring a halt to the system.

MEND (the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) have been able to reduce oil industry output by up to 30 percent in Nigeria. They have done so because they love the land they live in and that land is being destroyed. We have much greater resources at our disposal. It’s our responsibility to use those resources and to use the privilege that we have to stop this culture from killing the planet.

(Source: socialuprooting)

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Infographic: How a landfill works
Maybe you’ve heard it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Here are some other facts you may not know.

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Recovery Act Initiatives Kept Nearly 7 Million People Out of Poverty in 2010

Six temporary stimulus initiatives that Congress enacted in 2009 and 2010 kept 6.9 million Americans out of poverty in 2010, according to a report that we issued today based on newly released Census data.

The six provisions — three new or expanded tax credits, two enhancements of unemployment insurance, and an expansion of SNAP (food stamp) benefits — were originally part of the 2009 Recovery Act, though Congress later extended or expanded some of them.

Looking at the six initiatives individually, we found that:

  • Expansions in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) kept 1.6 million people out of poverty.
  • The Making Work Pay tax credit, which expired at the end of 2010, kept another 1.5 million people out of poverty.
  • Expansions in the duration and level of unemployment insurance benefits kept 3.4 million people out of poverty.
  • Expansions in SNAP benefits kept 1.0 million people out of poverty.

(Source: abbyjean)


‘The Big Fix’: Documentary says Gulf oil spill crisis isn’t over
When it became clear that problems were only getting worse, filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Harrell Tickell used their cameras to expose the ugly truth about the spill.

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15 of our favorite signs from Occupy Wall Street

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“It’s the worst I’ve seen in any situation in the world.”

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres about the current aid crisis in Somalia.

(A malnourished child is one of the residents at an internally displaced camp in Somalia. Photo by S. Modola/UNHCR.)

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The United Nations says today symbolically marks the moment when the world’s population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast? With the help of a sound montage and video, it gets a little easier to see how the Earth can produce that kind of a crowd.

Watch our video: 7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast

Photo: Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard / NPR

Great two-minute video. Check it out.

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U.S. Navy successfully flies biodiesel vehicle
The Fire Scout, an imposing, futuristic, unmanned craft, is fueled by a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and plant-based camelina, reducing carbon dioxide output by 75 percent.

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