Marcia G. Yerman

Marcia G. Yerman
New York, New York, USA
February 10
Marcia G. Yerman is based in New York City. Her writings – profiles, interviews, essays, and articles – focus on women’s issues, the environment, politics, culture and the arts, and can be found at She has been published by Women News Network, AlterNet, RH Reality Check, AlterNet, The Raw Story, and the Women's Media Center. She also writes for Moms Clean Air Force, a site bringing visibility to the issue of clean air and environmental concerns. Yerman was a co-founder of cultureID, an online platform that was dedicated to the nexus of culture and activism.

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safe climate caucus

When I first wrote about the Safe Climate Caucus, they were new on the scene.

Last year, the agenda of the Safe Climate Caucus was to have a member of the House of Representatives speak daily on the impact of climate change. Now, with new members on board,Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2014 2:51PM

A Conversation with Dudley Charles

Dudley Portrait HP* Most artists talk about their personal history with a definitive sense of knowing that they were destined to be an artist.

Not Dudley Charles.

A soft-spoken man with a melodic cadence to his voice, Charles shared with me his story of growing up in Plaisance, Guyana,… Read full post »

Exxon The Internet has become a stomping ground for outrageous stories that are destined to go viral. The latest one concerns Rex Tillerson, Chief Executive and Chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation. It’s the kind of material that late night comedians dream of.

Tillerson has become part of a… Read full post »

It seems that despite whatever statistics are presented to show evidence of climate change, a vocal contingency continues to question the findings. It has become an ongoing source of contention and debate.

Recently, Wellesley College hosted a conversation entitled “The Politics of Climate Chan… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 12:06AM

India, Human Rights and the Bhullar Case

BhullarFinal In 2011 I wrote a story covering a demonstration to protest the impending execution of Sikh Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar in India. Bhullar’s mercy petition, filed in 2003, languished for eight years until India’s President rejected it in 2011. Since that time, not much ha… Read full post »

As we enter into the final month of the year, it’s natural to take an inventory of 2013. As I reflected on the environmental front, the nagging image of climate deniers immediately came to mind. There are several members in the United States Congress that I find positively scary…right up… Read full post »

There are days when I get seriously concerned about whether or not we will move substantially forward in the fight against climate change. Despite all the dire news that comes into my mailbox, I have also been encouraged to read about research that continues the efforts to understand and document sciRead full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 2:44PM

"Toxic Hot Seat" Ignites Awareness

Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants. It interweaves the multiple narratives of investigative reporters, scientists, lawmakers and community activists as they fight for transparency around a 1975 law. That pi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2013 11:14PM

Should the Media Deny the Denier?

As an online writer focusing on environmental issues, remarks posted on my pieces tend to skew toward, “Give it a rest” or “What hysterical nonsense!” This usually leads to a mudslinging fest between self-proclaimed anti-Greenies and those begging the “skeptics”&md… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2013 1:06PM

Sports and Health: What Price Glory?

Don and Curtis at Senate 2-1 
Don Hooton (l) and (r) Curtis Wenzlaff
2004, Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control 

As the baseball season comes to a close and football mania ratchets up, I can’t stop thinking about a FrontlineRead full post »

PMBBookCoverHPPaula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist, by Diane Radycki, relates the personal story and artistic history of a woman that has much to offer today’s audiences.

Radycki’s book, which had its origins in a Harvard Ph.D. dissertation, sees Modersohn-Becker as a pioneer… Read full post »

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its new report on September 27. The media and blogosphere were immediately filled with articles, comments, and push back. It’s a square dance that happens with regularity around this issue. Everybody plays their role.… Read full post »

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its new report on September 27. The media and blogosphere were immediately filled with articles, comments, and push back. It’s a square dance that happens with regularity around this issue. Everybody plays their role.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 9:10PM

Fall Climate Change Preview

Summer is considered a quiet time, a hiatus before the renewal of fall. However, on the environmental front, there is no time for a break or a respite. My inbox was filled with information about concerns that we cannot look away from. Moving forward, these are the issues that will be… Read full post »

What do Indigenous people living in Fort Chipewyan in Northern Alberta, Canada have in common with communities of color in Port Arthur, Texas?

The answer is the Keystone XL Pipeline—and the correlation isn’t positive. If anything, the connection shows how those without the clout of power… Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2013 7:35PM

Climate Change "In Our Backyards"

Last month, the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a full committee hearing on the topic, “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now.”

In Chairperson Sen. Barbara Boxer’s opening statement, she referenced previous testimony from a range of witnesses&… Read full post »

ginamccarthy2x2 On July 30, Gina McCarthy gave her first public speech as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at Harvard’s Environmental Law Program building.

Described by the New York Times as an “earthy, tough talking New Englander,” McCarthy didn’t disappoint her… Read full post »

In the widening post-Obama “Climate Plan speech” conversation, small business owners are becoming vocal on what their needs and beliefs are. I was on two press calls this month about the intersection of the environment and the economy.

The first call was to alert the media that the AmerRead full post »

JULY 17, 2013 12:47AM

The Empathy Gap between Us and Them

Photo: Trayvon Martin Family

How do people get past the feelings they have of “otherness” toward those who are different than they are? A lack of empathy and connection is often at the root of the chasm that separates us and other members of society.

That’s what I thought about all… Read full post »

“What did you think of Obama’s climate speech?” This was the question people were asking. I monitored talking heads from both sides. They came up with the usual right/left talking points they always espouse.

I experienced a few surprises. One was from a commenter on my previous artRead full post »


On June 25, with the hot sun beating down on him, President Barrack Obama delivered his initiative to fight climate change to an audience of young people at Georgetown University. Standing in front of four American flags, frequently mopping his perspiring brow, Obama intoned, “We hav… Read full post »

“Conservatives have the answer. We just need to raise our hands.”  This statement is from Bob Inglis, former representative of South Carolina’s 4th District (1993-1998; 2005-2010). Inglis told me he believes Conservatives “indispensible part of the solution&rdquRead full post »

JUNE 2, 2013 1:59PM

Redefining Cancer Survivorship

June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day. For Karen Shayne and Judy Pearson, co-founders of the Women Survivors Alliance, it is also an opportunity to galvanize others to their 365 days-a-year mission.

Shayne and Pearson have both survived cancer. They have joined forces to spearhead a global call to… Read full post »

New York State Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been an unwavering voice emphasizing the importance of environmental protections. The mother of two young boys, she has pointed to the connection between children’s health and the air that they breathe.

Gillibrand has also been working in tandem wiRead full post »

It hasn’t been a great week for moving the American environmental agenda forward. On Thursday, the Republican members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works decided to boycott the vote on Gina McCarthy’s nomination.

However, on a positive note, the Safe Climate Caucus, c… Read full post »