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Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | GW Law School
DC's Youth Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20, showed the power children have in making their voices heard all while continuing to learn outside the classroom and ignite a movement of change for the environment.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured these images of several fires burning in the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará, and Mato Grosso on August 11 and August 13, 2019. (NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership)

Cal State LA
A longtime opponent of environmental advocacy, the personal politics of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro have made him an international liability. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, center, speaks about Green New Deal with Sen. Ed Markey, right, in front of the Capitol Building in February 2019. (Senate Democrats/Creative Commons)

SUNY College at Brockport
The Green New Deal, co-sponsored by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is a proposed series of new laws and programs to both help combat climate change and social inequity.

On a traditional milpa farm, rows of agave are interspersed with other crops: pitaya-bearing cacti and ramón trees. (Evan Barnard/University of Georgia)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | University of Georgia
Milpa is a type of sustainable farming historically practiced by the Maya in the Yucatán and other parts of Mesoamerica. The milpas, planted with numerous crops for local consumption, are facing challenges from climate change.

"Frau Fiber vs. the Circular Knitting Machine" (2015), by Carole Frances Lung. (Courtesy of International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Archive)

Planet Forward Digital Content Creator | George Washington University
Fast Fashion / Slow Art, an exhibition at Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran School of Art and Design, puts a microscope up to the intricate threads of our clothing culture.

A protester with the youth-led Sunrise Movement called for Democrats to support the formation of a Select Committee to advance a Green New Deal to address climate change at a demonstration in December 2018. (Peg Hunter/Creative Commons)

SUNY College at Brockport
Even though every major Democratic candidate has told their base that climate change is a serious threat, they each have their unique take on how to deal with the issue. 
Northwestern University
Several hundred animal rights activists joined similar groups around the world on Aug. 17, to protest cruelty to animals, marching from the White House to the Capitol. André Earls reports.

A homeless encampment in Seattle from 2018. (David Lee/Flickr)

Seattle, WA
When I leave my apartment in the Chinatown neighborhood of Seattle I see lush green trees, the VA medical building sitting atop a hill, Mt. Rainer off in the distance, and a man with all of his possessions in a rundown van. 
E-waste piles up in China

(Shanzhai Archeology - Research Database/Flickr)

Planet Forward Digital Content Creator | George Washington University
While e-waste constitutes a small portion of the waste that is ultimately found in landfills, it is responsible for the majority of hazardous waste.

(Gábor Adonyi/Pixabay)

Planet Forward Digital Content Creator | George Washington University
As August rolls in, one thing is clear: It's back-to-school shopping season. Here are our tips to get an A+ in sustainability as you stock up for the semester.

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