Greener Together

It’s nice to be reminded that the world is so much bigger than the few rooms or blocks that most of us have been confined to for the past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of some of great natural spaces you can check out on your computer from the friendly confines of your own living room.

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

A huge petrochemical plant is receiving $1.6 billion worth of subsidies from Pennsylvania. Does plastic manufacturing and fracking deserve that kind of support?

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

When companies engage in environmentally destructive behavior and fail to clean up after themselves, the rest of us pay -- either with a degraded landscape or with our tax dollars.

Social distancing may mean putting a pause on certain outdoor adventures. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the natural world from the comfort of your own home. Consider watching some (or all) of these 14 nature films to make you feel like you are summiting a mountain or trekking through the Amazon.

Looking for a great book about nature? We got you covered. We asked some of our staff to share their favorites.

Guest blog from John Ammondson of Environment New Mexico about his daily neighborhood walks and reminders that he has found of nature all around us

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Wendy Wendlandt
Acting President, Environment America; Senior Vice President and Political Director, The Public Interest Network

Taking a socially-distanced walk around your neighborhood is a great way to get out of the house, stretch your legs, and see some of the wonder of the natural world in your own backyard. Here is a list of 10 ways to appreciate nature on a walk around your neighborhood.

As people in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, and across the United States brace for weeks of school closures and social distancing, I am searching for ways to make the most of this challenging period. While our own health, essential needs, and family care arrangements are top of mind, we are also staring down the inevitability of long stretches of boredom. I’d love to help my step-kids fill this time by learning about the planet and how to protect it. So I asked my colleagues at Environment America to help me come up with a list of ideas.

Every year, in late spring and early summer, the Porcupine caribou arrive on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Numbering between 120,000 and 200,000 animals, the Porcupine herd – so named for their birthing grounds along the Porcupine River – is the largest in North America. 

As the Arctic ice recedes, more and more polar bears are being forced to carve out a new life on the land, where they face a new set of dangers — including the potential disruption of their habitat to produce even more of the fossil fuels.