Politics & Policy

A roadway in Kashmir is flooded with brown water reaching up to the bumpers of a car.

This is a photo taken by my uncle, Irfan Shahmiri. He is the founder of an organization called CHINAR International which provides humanitarian and disaster relief to Kashmiri families. (Irfan Shahmir)

George Washington University
The recent floods in Pakistan are personal to me because I know what it's like to have your homeland be devastated by a disaster. Here's why you should care too.
Labor activists join environmentalists wearing turtle costumes at the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, Washington.

Labor activists join environmentalists wearing turtle costumes at the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, Washington. (Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives, Item 175623)

Georgetown University
I interview labor and environmental activist Joe Uehlein about the historic intersections between those two activist movements and how he tells those stories in his music.
A small white boat rests buoyed on clear, blue-green waters under a cloudy blue sky with a gentle mountain in the distance.

The shores of Pointe d'Esny, Mauritus, as seen from Île aux Aigrettes, one of the most prominent reserves in the Indian Ocean, on July 21, 2022. Almost two years prior, this water was blackened by an oil spill from the MV Wakashio. (Zoey England/University of Connecticut)

University of Connecticut
This July marks two years since the MV Wakashio oil spill. Though environmental NGOs have left the island and news coverage of the disaster has ceased, youth around Mauritius are still reeling from the effects of the tragedy.

A curious Galápagos sea lion swam circles around the lumbering snorkelers invading their waters. (Deepti Bansal Gage)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent
The Galápagos Islands are famous for being the inspiration of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. These days, legal mechanisms protecting the ecosystems surrounding the islands themselves are also evolving.
The white dome of the US Capital building is illuminated under a dark sky.

The Capitol on the night of Biden’s first State of the Union, Tuesday March 1, 2022. (Isabel Miller/Medill News Service)

Northwestern University
Isabel Miller and Jonathan Lehrfeld report: The climate crisis, which President Joe Biden has previously called an “existential threat to humanity,” received little attention during his first State of the Union.
Water cascading over a rock waterfall.

Cascades at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (Jeff DeWitt/Unsplash https://unsplash.com/license).

Northwestern University
An EPA federal advisory committee met last week to discuss PFAS research and the EPA's new PFAS strategic plan. Delaney Nelson reports for Medill.

The author, Francesca Edralin, stands before the COP26 sign in Glasgow. (Image courtesy Francesca Edralin)

George Washington University
Despite all advocating for the same issue of climate change, the energies and objectives of each space at COP26 were actually quite different. But what we need is to work together.
Muddy brown waters fill what is presumably streets and lower levels of a parking garage, which stands behind a bank of trees. Two mid-height office buildings are in the background

Flooding took over the northeast after Tropical Storm Ida in early September 2021. These floodwaters are in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's neighbor to the northwest. (Michael M Stokes/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
Climate Hits Home | Philadelphia's sewage system and water infrastructure are being stressed by climate change and it's leading to a rather gross — and dangerous — situation.

(Adam Bouse/Unsplash)

President, American Conservation Coalition
The Road to COP26 | At COP26, the American Conservation Coalition will host the first-ever Global Conservative Climate Summit, showcasing conservative leadership on environmental issues.
In a crowd of people in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., a sign reads: "Planet BEFORE Profit: change the politics, not the CLIMATE!"

Protesters at a 2019 climate march in Washington, D.C. (Victoria Middleton/Planet Forward)

Digital Editor, Planet Forward
The Road to COP26 | You often hear conversations about how to convert climate change deniers into science believers. Yet I don’t see a cultural struggle for “hearts and minds,” but a material struggle for power.

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