Yessenia Funes

Climate Justice Reporter
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Yessenia Funes is the climate justice reporter for Colorlines. She was previously an editor at YES! Magazine, where she covered racial justice with a solutions lens. Her work has appeared in Grist, AlterNet, Public Radio International, and Truthout. Her writing touches on how race and the environment intersect, but she is passionate about any and all social justice issues. Readers can find her essay on El Salvador's environmental degradation in the 2017 Women of Color Anthology. A daughter to Salvadoran immigrants, Yessenia dreams of reporting on climate and environmental justice in Latin America.

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STUDY: What Did People Google Throughout the Flint Water Crisis?

Searches suggest Flint residents knew something was wrong with their water before government officials or local media did.

Courtesy of People's Climate March

How to Join the People's Climate March Without Heading to D.C.

Cities around the world are organizing sister marches.

 Flooding in Edgecombe County, which declared a state of emergency April 25 and whose population is more than half Black.

Severe Flooding in the South Kills 2, Puts North Carolina County in State of Emergency

When a community floods, its people of color are often hit the hardest.

 From left to right: Congress members Donald McEachin (D-VA), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

3 State Reps Announce Congressional Caucus Dedicated to Environmental and Climate Justice

The task force aims to provide marginalized groups with a voice.

A Hidden Problem: Lead-Poisoned Children in the United States. April 2017. Available online at www.cehtp.org/hiddenlead.

Study Shows a Third of Childhood Lead Poisoning Goes Undiagnosed

The report was released the same week as the three-year anniversary of the Flint water crisis. 

The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance.

President Signs Executive Order to Review National Monument Designations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to submit a final report within 120 days.

Illustration by Chris Kindred for The Washington Post

Washington Post Launches Podcast About Being Mixed Race in America

The five-part series begins May 1.  

Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013, in Qaqortoq, Greenland. Greenland loses, on average, 375 gigatons of ice per year, according to a new report.

Two Recent Climate Change Studies Paint A Grim Picture

The manmade global catastrophe is already influencing extreme weather—and that includes in the Arctic, where sea ice is melting rapidly.

Solar panels sit on top of three side-by-side houses in Uniondale, N.Y., on March 4, 2017. The predominantly Black and Latinx community is seeing a dramatic shift toward solar energy.

Where Are Communities of Color Turning to Solar?

Look from the west to the east.

Congressman Donald Payne Jr. attends the World Business Lenders ribbon cutting in Jersey City on July 20, 2016, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

What One Congressman Thinks of Environmental Justice

“The positions and policies of the Trump administration are a direct threat to the health of African-American communities,” writes Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ).

Colorlines screenshot of Facebook live video posted to Shailene Woodley's Facebook page, taken on October 11, 2016.

ICYMI: North Dakota Court Closes 47 Cases Relating to DAPL Protests

However, no felony charges were dropped.

Activists—undocumented immigrants and their allies—hold their banner in solidarity with immigrants who are facing increased ICE detentions.

Immigrant Rights Action Ends in 3 Arrests in Michigan

Activists blocked a highway in lead up to the Day Without Immigrants strike set for May 1.

Activists protest in front of the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline January 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Montana Tribes Want Keystone XL Away From Their Drinking Water

The 1,179-mile long pipeline is set to cross west of their reservation.

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd from the inaugural parade in front of the White House on January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Energy Interests Contributed $7 Million+ to Trump's Inauguration

Since taking office, the president has repealed many regulations impacting the fossil fuel industry. 

A hazy sky looms over palm trees and traffic along the 101 freeway near Hollywood, on June 14, 2004, in Los Angeles, California.

What Do the Most Polluted U.S. Cities Look Like?

Hint: They're all in California, with large Latinx populations.

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READ: A Look Into What, Or Who, Might Have Been Behind the Flint Water Crisis

Why did the city take the step to change its water source to the one that caused lead contamination?

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Flint Mayor Wants City to Stay With Current Water Supplier

The final decision will be made after a public town hall.

A Forward Looking Infrared image from the incident location, taken during an overflight on April 14, 2017. Well 2 and the extent of crude misting is visible on the snow within the red-lined area.

UPDATE: Natural Gas Leak Near Alaskan Native Village Stopped

Authorities were able to stop the leak after nearly four days.

The coast of Grand Isle ahead of Tropical Storm Karen on October 4, 2013, in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

LISTEN: Louisiana Tribes Losing Their Traditional Food in Face of Climate Change

Sinking land and rising sea waters are forcing people off their land and destroying the means to raise cattle. 

A windmill is seen during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2016, in Indio, California.

STUDY: Countries Need to Transition to Renewables Sooner to Meet Paris Climate Goal

If nations stay on their current course, global temperatures will rise more than a degree higher than the agreement's goal.