Climate Change: The Ultimate Threat to Environmental Justice
From the Birmingham Jail in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." And he observed that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Every year I appreciate how his words, spoken decades ago, bear relevance to the challenges we face today. Not only do we continue to grapple with both racial and financial discrimination and inequality, but we see the high standard of living enjoyed in some parts of the world resulting in devastating impacts across the globe.
The Powerball jackpot just capped $1 billion and I'm thinking about money. Losing money, that is. Food waste in America is costing each one of us our hard-earned money, and yet most don't give it much attention. But there is real value (perhaps shock value) in making each of us more aware of just how much food, and subsequently money, we are wasting.
In July of 2013, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), with support from the Vermont General Assembly, launched an innovative new program called the Business Transformation Initiative that would increase DEC's ability to serve the public by developing more effective, efficient, timely and transparent processes. The DEC adopted an approach widely known as Lean, a set of concepts and tools focused on the elimination of waste.
ANR LANDS STEWARDSHIP TEAM CAPS OFF THREE YEARS OF WORK
To many of us, the term "riparian area" brings to mind images of lush land bordering tumbling rivers. As correct as our visualizations may be, riparian areas are much more -- they surround wetlands, lakes, ponds, vernal pools and streams of all sizes. In fact, water defines iconic features of the more than 350,000 acres of Vermont's state parks, state forests, and wildlife management areas.
FISH & WILDLIFE TAKES A COMPREHENSIVE AND COOPERATIVE APPROACH TO WILD TROUT MANAGEMENT
Vermont is fortunate to have a wealth of wild trout populations, a symbol of clean water and high-quality habitat. But their welcome presence in our waters is no accident. Centuries of environmental stressors such as river channelization, deforestation, development, and introduction of harmful species have taken their toll on a fish that requires cold, clean water and connected, diverse habitats.
OUR PHOTO CONTEST RETURNS WITH A FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Do you have striking pictures of climate change impacts in Vermont? We're building new ANR web pages focused on how Vermont's climate is changing, what we can do to prepare our communities and how we are reducing our contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Selected images will be displayed on our site with your photo credit.