Environmental Racism in the United States

Guest Post By Amber Skinner Environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, and income” in all environmental decisions and policies (EPA, 2020). Unfortunately, environmental justice is rarely achieved. Instead, many communities of color are subjected to environmental racism. According to a 2007 study, it’s […]

polluted water contributes to environmental racism

Ecosystem Services Explained

Guest post by Emma Dawson Have you ever wondered how much a total ecosystem is worth? How much value do trees give us in timber and food? What about air purification and carbon sequestration? How about flood protection, erosion control, or even natural beauty? It’s hard to imagine all the benefits that nature provides humans. […]

ecosystem services - money growing on a tree

Can Forests Heal the Rural-Urban Divide?

Guest Post By Brianna Cunliffe There are growing gaps between rural and urban Americans in terms of economic opportunity, access to resources, and political orientation. This is often referred to as a “rural-urban divide”. Americans who rely on the land to make their living have an enormous stake in keeping it healthy for generations. But […]

rolling hills and farmland

Biodiversity In Your Backyard: Reptiles

Guest post by Emma Dawson The Southeastern United States is home to a variety of reptile species, some of which you’ve probably seen in real life! In fact, in 2016 the area was named the world’s 36th biodiversity hotspot. Reptiles are an important part of this biodiversity. Lizards, turtles, snakes, and crocodiles are scaly animals […]

North Carolinians Speak Out on Forests

Guest Post By Brianna Cunliffe North Carolina’s forests are in peril. Governor Cooper and state laws fail to stop destructive logging and dirty bioenergy.  The timber industry claims carbon neutrality, evading accountability for the harms it generates. But across party lines, North Carolinians are getting tired of the greenwashing. Dogwood Alliance asked 1,000 people how […]