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 […]

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Industrial Logging and the Wood Pellet Industry Hurt Us All

For most of us, especially folks living in the South, we see industrial air and water pollution expanding. We feel the negative health, environmental sustainability, and economic impacts across the region and beyond. Unfortunately, most policy makers haven’t gotten the memo. Why else would we continue to see the expansion of polluting, extractive industries like […]

How We’ll Get Through This Together

In the Fall of 2008, I was serving as the Development Director for a small, tuition-free middle school for girls in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood when the bottom of the US economy dropped out. As a tuition-free school, programs were funded almost entirely through grants and private donations. In my previous ten years in fundraising, I’d […]

Wood Pellet Facilities Sourcing Radius Affects Neighboring States

The biomass industry is expanding pollution in the South under the greenwashed banner of clean, green, and renewable energy. In this time of an international pandemic and climate change, it is immoral, unjust, and irresponsible to let this industry keep expanding. In the South, the national pandemics of COVID-19, climate change, and institutional racism relentlessly […]

Deforestation and Pandemics

Our health is vital in these times. Climate change is one of the great threats facing the world today, along with pandemics like COVID-19. To protect our communities and our livelihoods, we need to address the problem before it is too late. What if I told you that natural forests and wetlands are vital to […]