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Jerry Cope
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Working at the intersection of filmed and live cultural events and advocacy, Jerry has worked with numerous organizations, including the Annenberg Foundation and Morgan Freeman's Rock River Foundation, producing films, video, music and other artist events, to raise awareness and funds for the most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues of our day. Cope is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Cope's work has been featured in numerous documentary films and on Democracy Now, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and Al Jazeera. Cope's latest project for Friends Of the Earth and the United Nations Foundation has him joining forces with music's heavy hitters to help fight climate change, with the song "Love Song To The Earth" now avaible on Itunes.

Entries by Jerry Cope

The End of Appeasement Politics; Bernie Sanders

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 5:19 PM

As the primary process moves toward a welcome conclusion, the fault lines within the democratic party are now registering on the Richter scale. The party leadership which has leaned decisively in the direction of the Clinton campaign finds itself exacerbating the situation and Sanders supporters are feeling increasingly disenfranchised by...

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Crude Justice: Stuart Smith, How to Win the Legal War with Big Oil (Interview)

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:54 PM

In the world of environmental pollution especially related to big oil and carbon, there are a handful of attorneys who command the respect and grudging admiration of the global corporations whose pursuit of profit has frequently resulted in human suffering and serious pollution of the environment. Stuart Smith,...

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On the Lam and Back in Command: Interviews With Captain Paul Watson and The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 10:04 AM

For the past eight years the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) led by Captain Paul Watson has prosecuted its anti-whaling campaigns in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary near Antarctica and disrupted the annual Japanese whaling hunt. This year another ship is being added to the expanding...

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Obama to Attend UN COP18 Climate Conference in Qatar?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 10:45 AM

The global climate system may have received a stay of execution with President Obama's reelection to a second term and hope for meaningful action to avert climate catastrophe remains alive. While the silence on the climate crisis during the U.S. presidential campaign was truly deafening, Obama was quick to include...

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The Obama Administration and the Environment: Real Progress (Change You Can Believe In)

(6) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 5:51 PM

As the presidential campaign hits high gear, the Obama administration is reaching out with senior advisers and federal executives traveling around the country touting the administration's achievements. Jon Powers, the Federal Environmental Executive at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, traveled to Colorado this week...

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BriteSol Introduces Revolutionary Sustainable LED Lighting and a Business Model for a Brighter Future

(8) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 11:23 AM

This week in Las Vegas a local company, BriteSol, unveiled the Holy Grail of lighting technology. BriteSol has developed breakthrough LED lighting technologies for a wide range of applications that run at dramatically low energy costs, with almost no heat generation, and with expected lifetimes in excess of...

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Gratitude: Louis Schwartzberg Inspiring the New Paradigm Shift

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:58 PM

If you are one of the 23 million plus who have viewed one of Louis Schwartzberg's videos on YouTube you already know the power and beauty of his films. In his 30-plus years in the film industry he has been a director, producer, selected as one of Kodak's top 50...

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The Climate Changed World of 2312 With Kim Stanley Robinson

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 4:41 PM

The brilliant and highly decorated science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson has published an expansive new novel set in the near future, entitled 2312. In this visionary portrait of a possible future, humanity has spread throughout the solar system in the great diaspora. On Mercury, a city rides...

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The Big Fix Opens New Orleans Film Festival as Fresh Oil Continues From BP Macondo Site

(6) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 12:00 PM

The Big Fix, Josh and Rebecca Tickell's powerful new film documenting the massive cover-up of the continuing effects from BP's Blowout at the Macondo site in the Gulf of Mexico, premiered to open the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival Friday night. The filmmakers who received...

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Interview: James Hansen on the Tar Sands Pipeline Protest, the Obama Administration and Intergenerational Justice

(43) Comments | Posted August 21, 2011 | 6:21 PM

On the first day of a planned two-week sit in at the White House organized by TarSandsAction over 70 people were arrested including one of the lead organizers organizer Bill McKibben. In an attempt to intimidate concerned citizens and policy makers from continuing the sit-in, the...

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Exclusive: Terry Tempest Williams On Sacred Rage, Abundance, and the Upcoming White House Tar Sands Pipeline Action

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Beginning this weekend on August 20th and running for 2 weeks through September 3rd, thousands of people will gather in Washington DC for Stop the Pipeline! to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Texas. The 7 Billion dollar project has been condemned...

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Winds of Change Blow in Coal River Valley, Alpha Energy Takes the Higher Road

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 4:58 PM

The face of Big Coal in West Virginia has changed. Gone (but not forgotten) is the larger-than-life Coal Barron Don Blankenship the former CEO of Massey Energy. Notorious for his hatred of "greeniacs" and love for Mountain Top Removal (MTR), Blankenship was ousted last year after...

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Films Illuminate Human-Animal Relationships -- a Paradigm Shift Is Underway

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 5:28 PM

In the past few years films focusing on animals have dramatically shifted their focus from nature oriented to an examination of the changing relationship between humans and animals. They represent a growing awareness that our treatment of animals and attitudes towards them are evolving into a more healthy respect for...

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Government Oversight Committee Demands Economic Considerations for Gulf Safety Regs

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 5:36 PM

The Committee on Government Oversight and Responsibility released its report The BP Oil Spill Recovery Effort: The Legacy of Choices Made by the Obama Administration on the BP blowout last week and it is strongly positioned as a broad attack on the Obama administration's response to the BP...

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Environmental Activism: 33rd Mountainfilm in Telluride Focuses on Action

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 4:14 PM

For 33 years the Mountainfilm in Telluride festival has established an annual tradition of bringing together filmmakers, environmentalists, educators, students, and mountaineers to the breathtaking box canyon high in the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado. This year's theme is Awareness into Action and festival director

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NASA Data Strengthens Reports of Toxic Rain on the Gulf Coast From BP Spill

(191) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 3:45 PM

Along the Gulf Coast, the marketing blitz for spring break is rolling out as the oil from the BP blowout 11 months ago continues to roll in along with increasing numbers of dead infant dolphins, in numbers completely without precedent. The beaches remain polluted with toxic oil and...

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US District Court Finds Feinberg/GCCF NOT Independent of BP

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 9:33 PM

In a sweeping ruling late Tuesday afternoon, US District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier issued a ruling that Kenneth Feinberg and The Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which has been tasked to process all claims related to the BP oil spill in the Gulf, are not independent of BP...

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Spill Commission Concludes Dispersants Are an Acceptable 'Tradeoff'

(28) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 5:18 PM

If one were to judge by the amount of media attention and press recently the BP blowout at the Macondo site in the Gulf of Mexico nine months ago is a wrap. The report given to President Obama from the National Oil Spill Commission, which was completed on...

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Sea Shepherds Locate Japanese Whaling Factory Ship

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 11:38 AM

For the past seven years, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) under the leadership of Captain Paul Watson, has launched an annual campaign in the Southern Ocean to prevent the Japanese Whaling fleet from killing whales. Every year, the Japanese send a fleet of ships to the Southern...

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Happy Holidays From BP, the Gift That Keeps on Giving

(9) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 3:03 PM

Under gray overcast skies eight months after the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, waves of crude oil roll into estuaries, bayous, and onto the deserted beaches as winter sets in along the Gulf Coast. In Orange Beach, Alabama, large slabs of crude continue to come in on a...

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