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This blog was authored by Caroline Burney, a fourth-year student at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Recently I participated on a panel with Clive Hamilton, author of “Earthmasters,” at American University hosted by Washington Geoengineering Consortium www.dcgeoconsortium.org, we discussed geoengineering and environmental justice. Before the panel discussion Mr. Hamilton lectured on his book and ended his comments with a question, “Why are the Environmental Justice NGOs not a part of the conversation on geoengineering?”

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Crossposted from Greenpeace's blog, The EnvironmentaLIST.

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344 Take Back St. Louis Turns in Signatures in July!ST. LOUIS -- Yesterday, Judge Robert Dierker sided with Peabody Coal’s lawyers to grant a temporary restraining order to keep a citizen-driven ballot initiative to end tax breaks to fossil fuel companies off the April 8, 2014 ballot. He set a hearing date on the permanent injunction for March 31, 2014.

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343 Twenty years ago today, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898. This landmark victory for the Environmental Justice movement was the first serious action to address environmental justice at the federal level -- requiring federal agencies to stop minority and low-income populations from being dumped on, polluted on, and incinerated on “disproportionately”.

But does the Order do enough?

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331 I know that I am preaching to the choir, environmental gladiators fighting for our communities and the planet, to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. But if our message to reject this pipeline is to be effective we need the folks on the sidelines to join us. There is a 90-day National Interest Determination period where President Obama will decide if the pipeline is in the national interest, and Energy Action Coalition is leading the push to raise the people’s voice with The People’s Review.

The President has said time and time again that it is his job to govern and our job to push him. Well gladiators, at this moment in time, we need to push him hard. This decision on Keystone XL will set the tone and direction of the United States energy policies and politics moving forward. Don’t be fooled that this fight is solely about Keystone — it is not. This decision will impact every fight that we are engaged in within the environmental movement along with our allies in other movements.

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Crossposted with NRDC's Switchboard

Big scary question: What’s your vision for the future of the planet? I think about mine a lot. I come at my work from many different angles, but my primary focus and interest is on building a future that looks like a lot like an ecosystem. In a healthy ecosystem, plants, animals, fungi and other organisms work together and rely on each other for survival regardless of their species or preferred communication style.

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Monday night’s Keystone XL protest vigils were nothing short of incredible. At over 280 vigils from coast-to-coast, we saw thousands of people turn out in the cold and snow to show their resolve that this dirty and dangerous pipeline must be rejected.

But our work is not done. As you’ve probably heard, the State Department just released its final environmental review, kicking off a final 90-day stretch for people power to fight back.

Demand President Obama and John Kerry reject Keystone XL — help launch the People’s Review.

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Yesterday, I wrote a post on how 2014 is the defining year of the critical decade to act on climate.  Today, I want to announce a new opportunity to engage in this year's defining climate policy fights: Climate Action Lab.

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