Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.

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JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank Set New Coal Policies

They’re the two most recent in a line of banks, including Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo, that have committed to phase-out coal financing.

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Groups Call For Green Climate Fund To Reject Banks Linked to Coal

More than 170 civil society groups worldwide have a message for the Green Climate Fund, the financial mechanism of the Paris climate agreement. They’re calling on the fund’s board to reject the accreditation of two international banks, HSBC and Crédit Agricole, citing their connections to the coal sector.

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Excessive CEO Pay is a Big Problem

CEO pay grew a staggering 997 percent over the past 36 years, “greatly outpacing the growth in the cost of living, the productivity of the economy and the stock market,” as a recent report by As You Sow reveals.

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Lush Campaign Tells Syrian Refugees: You Are Welcome

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics joined with the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit organization that responds to humanitarian crises around the world, to send a clear message that Syrian refugees fleeing a war-torn country are welcome in the U.S.

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Stockholm Wants To Ditch Fossil Fuels By 2050

Sweden’s capital is out to completely eliminate its use of fossil fuels by 2050, and local leaders say “the city is well on the way to achieving its goal.”

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Trader Joe’s is Going Cage-Free With Its Eggs

First up are Western states: Trader Joe’s eggs sold in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado will be 100 percent cage-free by 2020.

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Wind Energy is Top-Dog in the EU … But Will It Last?

The EU added more new wind-energy capacity than any other form of power last year. But, as Oliver Joy of the European Wind Energy Association put it, “The world is hot on Europe’s heels, and now is no time to rest on laurels.”

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The Child Labor in Your Valentine’s Chocolate

It’s painful to hear, but it’s better in the long run, right? Those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate come at a steep human price. We purchase chocolate for our valentines as a symbol of love and affection — don’t let your purchase harm a child.