Emily Atkin

Emily Atkin


Covering dems, lefty politics & 2016 for @Circa & Sinclair Broadcast Group. I like the environment, too. Formerly @thinkprogress. Troll me: ecatkin@sbgtv.com

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A story in three, chronological parts. Cc: @Chevron 

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“I don’t think black people have ever not noticed birds, really. Birds are allegories for freedom. Birds do things black people can’t.” I spoke with J. Drew Lanham, author of "Birding While Black," about race, fear, and the environmental movement

“A lot of our knowledge is held with the elders. If they’re gone, we lose everything.” I wrote about why environmentalists should care about COVID-19's decimation of Navajo Nation, and the Grand Canyon's premature reopening

A lil scoop from my wonderful research assistant in today's newsletter: The pro-oil American Energy Alliance is spending thousands promoting Michael Moore's climate change documentary on Facebook as a way to attack green energy

Longtime climate activist @RL_Miller  was just elected to the DNC. Her first priority? "I really hope to be able to tell Tom Perez, to his face, to fuck off."

Real question— Has @MMFlint  engaged with any of the *very many* critics of this movie in a meaningful way? If the climate movement really is “in bed w/ Wall Street,” why isn’t Moore confronting them to their face? & Why didn’t he ask those he accused for comment?

The new ED of Minnesota @350  is Sam Grant, a black man who's spent decades doing environmental work in Minneapolis He told me: "The most critical environmental justice issue in Minneapolis is the terrible relationship between the police and the community"

Are you a climate activist who doesn't believe racial inequality is related to the climate fight? Or do you believe racism and climate *are* related, but you don't think it's "good strategy" to focus on it? Congrats, you're a Climate Chad.

"As a marine biologist and policy nerd, building community around climate solutions is my life’s work. But I’m also a black person in America. I work on one existential crisis, but these days I can’t concentrate because of another." Read@ayanaeliza: 

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