United Nations committee releases nuclear weapons ban treaty draft
On May 23, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability honored ICAN director Beatrice Fihn recognizing ICAN's leadership in the nuclear ban movement at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The day before, Committee chair Elayne Whyte Gómez released a draft of the historic nuclear weapons ban treaty, which comprehensively prohibits nuclear weapons on the basis of their humanitarian impact. Negotiations resume June 15.
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How to Ban Fracking
Maryland recently became the first state with recoverable methane gas reserves to legislate a ban on fracking. Health professionals were instrumental in winning the ban, and Chesapeake PSR played a leading role in bringing their voices forward. How did they do it? Let them tell you in their powerhouse webinar, which presents their strategy, framing, organizing plan, and principles for winning.
Important Victory on Methane Regulation
Great news! The U.S. Senate voted, 51-49, to preserve the Bureau of Land Management's rule that reduces methane leaks and waste from oil and gas wells. Eliminating the rule was a major policy priority for the industry and for the Trump administration. Just after the vote, Sen. Tom Udall thanked health groups for our strong work on this issue, and PSR got an especially enthusiastic shout-out.
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PSR to President Trump: Do Not Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
President Trump wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a global accord that would put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change. PSR members are calling the White House to remind the president that climate change harms our health while damaging our economy. For health and survival, pulling out of the Agreement is the wrong direction for our nation and the wrong signal for us to send the world. Read more here.