Derrick Z. Jackson

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Climate colonialism at COP26: Derrick Z. Jackson

Every day that goes by in which wealthy nations fail to hold themselves accountable for achieving net zero reductions is a declaration that they don’t care if developing nations drown or dry up.

The refusal of the United States and fellow rich nations to compensate developing countries for the devastation wrought by air pollution and climate change smacks of a kind of modern colonialism at its worst.

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“Code Red” for climate means reducing US oil and gas production: Derrick Z. Jackson

This summer, the report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that keeping the increase in global temperature under 2 degrees Celsius would be "beyond reach" without "immediate, rapid and large-scale" reductions in global warming emissions.

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The environmental justice movement moves front and center: Derrick Z. Jackson

The voice of environmental justice, once lonely in the wilderness of systemic racism, is growling like a tiger and prowling like a panther in the halls of power, helping shape President Biden's cabinet with nominees pledging to restore environmental and public health protections dismantled by the previous administration.

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Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

When Fox News announced the lineup of topics for the upcoming presidential debate, climate change and environmental justice were nowhere to be seen.
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The word "minority" being torn from the page of a book
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Time to cancel the term 'minority.'

Nearly three decades ago, I wrote the following sentence in a Boston Globe column: "Let us bury the term 'minority.'"

Silly me, thinking in 1991 that I could eliminate this amorphous, diminutive label for people of color with a few taps on a keyboard.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: A Rhode Island city gets serious about climate justice
Pol Tavarez, Vatic Kuumba, Leah Bamberger (left to right) have all helped shape the Providence, Rhode Island, Climate Justice Plan. (Credit: Derrick Z. Jackson)
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Derrick Z. Jackson: A Rhode Island city gets serious about climate justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Vatic Kuumba, a local poet and playwright, has little tolerance for climate change resilience plans that leave out low-income families forced to be resilient for decades from environmental degradation.

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Politics

Op-ed: Coronavirus pandemic—the consequences of sidelining science

Having paved over the science on pandemics, the Trump administration puts up parking lots. Literally.

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