In Whatcom County, WA, a community-led process has delivered a landmark policy protecting against fossil fuel expansion

“Whatcom County’s policy is a blueprint that any community, including refinery communities, can use to take action to stop fossil fuel expansion.”
— Matt Krogh, Campaign Director for’s SAFE Cities movement

In the northwestern corner of Washington state, Whatcom County has just become the first county in the nation to pass a policy permanently prohibiting new fossil fuel refineries, piers, and transshipment facilities, while enacting groundbreaking new restrictions on existing fossil fuel facilities’ abilities to expand. …

Photo Credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink, Flickr

The International Maritime Organization didn’t go far enough to protect Arctic waters.

by Anna Barford, James Gamble

Anna Barford is a Canadian shipping campaigner for James Gamble is Arctic program director with Pacific Environment.

This article first appeared on Policy Options and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

A decade after the Arctic Council first identified oil spills as Arctic shipping’s greatest risk, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) finally agreed to a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO). It is set to be formally adopted by the IMO in June 2021.

Already banned in Antarctica and in…

Every year RBC pours billions into dangerous tar sands, gas and even coal projects. It’s time for shareholders and RBC employees to join us in stepping up real climate action.

Photo credit: Stephanie Lake

On April 8th, you, the shareholders and employees of RBC, will gather for the bank’s annual shareholder meeting to hear all about RBC’s plans for the future. You will undoubtedly hear that business as usual is going great and that you can rest at ease, knowing that the bank’s investments and business are in good hands.

What you will not hear about is RBC’s continued investment in fossil fuels, including dangerous tar sands, gas and even coal projects. Some of these projects violate Indigenous rights. Since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, these investments have added up to over…

The world’s largest consumer goods company continues to fail to address concerns over its deforestation and forest degradation in the boreal forest of Canada and tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia.

An example of a clearcut in the boreal forest in Ontario, Canada. Photo credit: River Jordan

It’s been more than 100 days since Procter & Gamble’s shareholders told the company to do something about the forest sourcing impacts in its supply chains, but a coalition of environmental advocacy groups are raising the alarm over the fact that the company continues to do almost nothing to address massive forest impacts causing deforestation and forest degradation in the boreal forest of Canada and tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia.

This 100-day milestone comes just days after BlackRock CEO Larry Fink published his annual letter doubling down on his strategy to integrate climate risks into the investment business.

In viral videos seen by 300,000+, youth activists on TikTok & Instagram target the world’s largest consumer goods company & its Charmin toilet paper brand over concerns about caribou habitat, boreal forest destruction, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Graphic credit: Washington Youth for Climate Justice

The kids are all right, as the saying goes. But they’re also mad as hell — at Procter & Gamble, for its greenwashing — after watching the world’s largest consumer goods company promote things like tree planting initiatives while decimating the boreal forest in Canada to make Charmin toilet paper.

As Procter & Gamble executives took center stage at CES 2021 this week to tout their sustainability initiatives, youth activists upset over the company’s greenwashing have been overwhelming social media platforms TikTok and Instagram to air their grievances in dozens of viral videos and posts seen by more than 300,000…

The fashion industry remains heavily reliant on fossil fuels to power factories & make clothes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how you can cut through the greenwash & use your purchasing power to push major fashion brands to be more sustainable.

By Todd Paglia, Executive Director,

There are few products as personal as our clothes. What we put on our bodies, what lies against our skin all day long, the version of ourselves that we project to the world — this all means something. And at this moment in time, with a global pandemic and holiday shopping season upon us, what this all means is evolving.

Many of us were already occasionally confused about the millions of choices around the clothes we wear. Now that the holidays are coming (at least on Zoom), we have to contend with whether…

Fashion’s biggest sustainability event of the year — the Copenhagen Fashion Summit — is about to kick off. Here’s what leading brands need to do to clean up their climate pollution and build back green after the COVID-19 pandemic.

If fashion brands were waiting for the right time to actually stop runaway climate change — by weaving tighter relationships with suppliers and shifting their supply chains away from fossil fuels — the time is clearly now. Photo credit: Pixabay

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is debuting as CFS+ this year, rebranded like many other conferences forced to shift to an online format to accommodate the global COVID-19 pandemic while seeking to continue forward momentum, even in an altered landscape.

Despite being hit hard by the pandemic, fashion brands are increasingly coming around to the view that cleaning up the industry’s climate pollution will be critical to the sector’s recovery, not hinder it. …

Elected leaders speak at NYC Climate Week 2020 about the local regulatory strategy to protect public health and fight climate change that is gaining momentum across the U.S. and Canada


AS THE U.S. federal government implodes, with little to no focus on fighting climate change or tackling the fossil fuel industry’s massive lobby, leaders at cities and counties across the U.S. and Canada are stepping up to take action to pass policies to protect public health and fill in the gaps where the federal government has failed.

These local leaders are trailblazers in the new SAFE Cities movement, a campaign led by environmental organization to support the growing number of cities and counties across the U.S. …

The devastation from Hurricane Laura brings important fossil fuel lessons to California

Wildfires fueled by climate change are raging across California. Photo credit: Shutterstock

By Matt Krogh, SAFE Cities Campaign Director,

Earlier this month, exactly 15 years to the week after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Laura tore through Texas, destroying homes and chemical plants and creating a toxic soup for nearby communities — places that already suffer the effects of pollution from regular operations of hundreds of petrochemical plants and refineries.

In an interview about Hurricane Laura, Retired Lt. Gen. Honore, who led the emergency response to Louisiana’s Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, observed that the power to reject these fossil fuel facilities had been taken away from people in the coastal parishes of…

There is no second chance when it comes to a heavy fuel oil spill

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization on Flickr

By Anna Barford, Shipping Campaigner,

Off the once pristine shores of Mauritius, a disaster is unfolding. Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is spilling into a wetland recognized internationally as important for wildlife. Hindsight is once again teaching us that there is no second chance when it comes to spilled HFO — and it’s a lesson Canada’s leaders must learn before it’s too late.

On July 25th, a bulk carrier in Mauritius ran aground on the reef and consequently spilled hundreds of liters of HFO. …

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