By: Heather O’Brien

As is the case across the globe, the people of Queens and elsewhere in the NYC-metro area all face a myriad of climate crises, from to , to the imminent threat of . While all are at risk, certain communities are and will be disproportionately affected by environmental injustice and related health issues. With a population of approximately 2.23 million people, the borough of Queens is the second-largest in New York City. It is also the most diverse, with 47% percent of residents born outside the U.S.


By: Martha Molfetas

We know being cooped up can make even the most ardent home-body go stir crazy. We also know that if you’re getting our emails, you care deeply about climate and environmental injustice. Here’s a shortlist of five things you can do that are good for the environment, starting with Earth Hour!

  1. Participate in Earth Hour! This Saturday, March 28th at 8.30pm (your local time) — shut off all your lights and devices to help cut emissions. Maybe use the time to play cards by candlelight with your family. Learn more about Earth Hour here.
  2. Recycle! Even here…

Our Executive Director, Martha Molfetas, is featured on the Climate 2020 Climate Chats podcast! Have a listen learn more about our work, and how sea level rise will impact coastal communities in the US and around the world.

Listen here.

SOME INFO ABOUT THE PODCAST EPISODE AND PODCAST SERIES, FROM THE CLIMATE CHATS:

By the end of March 2020, the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainability and Climate Change Management” will be organizing a worldwide online climate conference, CLIMATE 2020. We will invite presenters, organizers and partners of the conference on to the Climate Chats podcast for quick chats around their fields of expertise. The first guest in this series is Martha Molfetas:

Martha…


By: Jessica Toale

Jess is a political and international development specialist. She’s spent over a decade working as an advisor to politicians in the UK parliament, and with UN Agencies and governments around the world. She’s had her work on foreign and international development policy published in The Guardian, The New Internationalist and the Fabian Society. She’s also spoken at key international development policy events at Chatham House, RUSI, the Fabian Society, and PS21 to name a few.

The city of Cape Town is famously nestled around the base of Table Mountain, peering out over the south Atlantic Ocean. Its…


By: Martha Molfetas

Impact Wins: these days, it can seem like good news rarely happens — especially in relation to climate change and the environment we all rely on. Once a month, you can expect a blog from us that features some good news on climate action and environmental protection.

Photo by: Martha Molfetas | From our ‘Another Summer Lost: Algae and Red Tide Blooms in Fort Myers’ project

If soil is unhealthy, the crops they produce will be unhealthy. For decades, intensive farming practices have reduced soil health and nutrition here in the United States. Monoculture, or where farms produce a single crop, is the standard practice here in the states and for other industrialized societies, but it…


By: Matthew Goldberg

Matt heads fundraising, humanitarian assistance, and grant implementation efforts at BioLite — a clean energy company that designs and manufactures products that transform the way off-grid households cook, charge devices, and light their homes. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matt is dedicated to advancing market-based initiatives that expand clean energy access and combat climate change. Matt has previously worked as a researcher and policy analyst focusing on the role of non-state actors in international and national climate policy. …


By: Martha Molfetas

Impact Wins: these days, it can seem like good news rarely happens — especially in relation to climate change and the environment we all rely on. Once a month, you can expect a blog from us that features some good news on climate action and environmental protection.

Photo by: Femke Gubbels | From our ‘Displacement in Dar es Salaam’ project

The world just got some amazing news, last week the European Union (EU) did something unexpected — they banned single use plastics! Right now, the ten plastic items banned account for 70% of all the litter on Europe’s beaches and waterways. …


By: Alex Foote

Alex Foote works in the recycling and paper manufacturing industry in New Jersey. Previously she studied sustainable development at the London School of Economics, with research focuses on China’s urban pollution and rural conservation practices. You can follow her on Twitter @afootie

Photo by: Martha Molfetas | From our ‘Miami Sea Level Rise’ project

Know that feeling when you’re out, finish a drink, and are about to throw the bottle away when you realize there are no recycling bins nearby? Then you spend an hour carrying around your trash? This is sort of the predicament Western countries are in now. Last July, China’s government announced that the country would…


By: Martha Molfetas

We’ll be sharing more on this in our upcoming project, ‘Another Summer Lost: Algae and Red Tide Blooms in Fort Myers’

By: Martha Molfetas, from Impact Human’s upcoming project.

We went to the Fort Myers area over Labor Day Weekend, not really knowing what to expect. News reports over the last four months told a story of fish die offs and health impacts from the gasses algae and red tide emit. We saw the footage of manatees, 100-year old turtles, and a whale shark — all washed up against those once pristine Florida beaches, only to later be carted off to a dumpster. A far…


By: Martha Molfetas

Impact Wins: these days, it can seem like good news rarely happens — especially in relation to climate change and the environment we all rely on. Once a month, you can expect a blog from us that features some good news on climate action and environmental protection.

It’s not new to anyone, air pollution is bad news. It prematurely kills 600 million people every year. Researchers found that inhaling polluted air over a prolonged period increases the risks for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. It even impacts the health of our soils and the food…

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