Happy Earth Day weekend! With a legacy that stretches back to 1970 (hat tip to Nancy Gilberg for the link), Earth Day is a reminder that we only have one planet, and we need to take better care of it. Forty-eight years after the first Earth Day, organizations like the Earth Day Network work hard to keep the welfare of our little, blue-green home front and center in the hearts and minds of American citizens.
So, even as we fight for racial and economic equality and resist the current administration’s decimation of our civil rights and attempts to denigrate our judicial branch and the journalistic fourth estate, we should take a moment – at least – this weekend to remember that the very survival of our home – the Earth – is also at stake. In honor of Mother Earth, we may want to focus our attention a little more on the shenanigans (such a harmless-sounding word to describe actions that are causing irreparable harm) of appointees like Ryan Zinke and Scott Pruitt.
Want tips on how to help our environment? Check out this zippy little video from attn: 5 things we should use to help save the planet. Or, if you subscribe to NYT, you can take their carbon footprint quiz. And here’s a list of 100 steps to a plastic-free life. Wow.
In the meantime, here are a few happy headlines to help you keep your chin up.
In local good news:
- Gretchen Van Ness is officially on the primary ballot for State Rep in the 14th Suffolk District (Hyde Park, Roslindale, West Roxbury)! She makes history as the first women ever to run in this district!
- Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) bill moves forward – The Legislature’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Friday favorably reported out a bill that would allow a family member or law enforcement official to seek out an “extreme risk protective order” for someone who poses a danger to themselves or others.
- Portugal’s Renewable Electricity Production in March Exceeded Consumption
- Companies like Google and Apple are funding enough new US renewable energy to power Iceland
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Federal Judge Holds Kris Kobach In Contempt For Failing To Follow Court Order To Register Voters –She said the Kansas secretary of state had failed to properly inform people they were eligible to vote.
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Blocking Trump Policy Punishing Sanctuary Cities
- Don’t be fooled into thinking he’s one of the good guys, but Trump pick Gorsuch casts deciding Supreme Court vote against deporting immigrant
- The reporting that dethroned Harvey Weinstein and sparked a reckoning just won a Pulitzer Prize – Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow’s New York Times and New Yorker pieces were honored for public service.
- 7-Year-Old Havana Edwards on Why She Joined the National School Walkout – “You are never too little to make a difference.”
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- Stormy Daniels’s former lawyer said to be cooperating with federal probe of Michael Cohen
- Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks alleging 2016 campaign conspiracy
- Cohen Would Turn Against President if Charged, Counselor Warned Trump – Former prosecutor Jay Goldberg says he cautioned president that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, could be compelled to cooperate with prosecutors
- Related: Russia’s RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- A small city in Georgia is fighting back against neo-Nazis in a novel way
- Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400. Here are the tapes.
“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography