“Green Activist” Investor and Former Tulane Trustee Board Member, Chris James, Pushes Toxic Grain Elevator in Majority Black Community

Financial news was set ablaze last week when upstart hedge fund Engine No. 1 won at least two seats on Exxon’s board, siphoning shareholder votes–including backing from BlackRock–in their climate change-focused proxy battle. Chris James, Engine No. 1’s founder, was hailed as a victorious, environmental activist, securing industry recognition and what Matt Levine from Bloomberg called a “halo of environmental virtue” that Engine No. 1 “can fund raise off…forever.”

Environmental Activists Trek from New Orleans to Houston

On Monday, May 10th, youth activists from the New Orleans and Houston Sunrise Movement, a national, youth-led climate justice movement dedicated to fighting the climate crisis and creating millions of good jobs, set off on their “Generation On Fire: Project 400,” a 400-mile trek from New Orleans to Houston. The trek represents the displacement from Hurricane Katrina, when many families fled to Houston and some never returned to New Orleans.

Report Shows 5 Refineries in LA Above “Action Level” for Cancer-Causing Benzene

The Environmental Integrity Project, a non-profit watchdog focused on environmental regulation, released a report naming 5 oil refineries in Louisiana as above “action level” for benzene, a Group A carcinogen. The report, titled “Environmental Justice and Refinery Pollution: Benzene Monitoring Around Oil Refineries Showed More Communities at Risk in 2020” explored the relationship between cancer-causing releases and proximity to poor and Black and brown communities.

New Orleans City Council Votes Unanimously To Oppose Formosa Plastics

The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to pass Resolution 92, a bill introduced by City Councilmembers Kristin Palmer and Cyndi Nguyen that would oppose the proposed Formosa Plastics mega plant in St. James Parish and further petrochemical buildout in Cancer Alley. The introduction of the bill was deferred from last week after Formosa Plastics submitted objections for the Council to review.

"No Community Is Disposable," Activist Welcome Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act with Projections on Superdome

On Monday night, activist from the Stop Formosa Plastics Coalition projected slogans including, “#BreakFreeFromPlastic,” “No Community Is Disposable,” “Libérate del Plástico,” “Environmental Justice = No New Plastic” and a skull and crossbones onto the Superdome. They join activist groups in cities across the U.S. including Washington D.C., San Francisco, Houston, Portland, and Pittsburgh who projected similar messages onto local landmarks to welcome the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act

An Unlikely Pairing: Instagram Influencing and Intersectional Climate Activism —

When you hear the phrase Instagram Influencer, what do you imagine? For me, it conjures up images of traditional (harmful, exclusionary) beauty standards to the extreme. Thin, white women, with immaculate hair, nails, and makeup posing with expensive goods, and expensive views. Paired with groundbreaking captions like *Thursday vibes* or *Beach vacay*, Instagram influencing can come off as insufferably shallow.