Politics & Policy

Not just talk: policy leads to law which leads to action, but the politics behind going green are complicated.

Tuskegee University
These four places and events illustrate how environmental racism has become the rule — not the exception — for minorities everywhere. 
Robert Rosner and Suzet McKinney stand on either side of the Doomsday Clock, which reads "It is 100 seconds to midnight."

Robert Rosner, left, chair of the Bulletin Science and Security Board, and board member Suzet McKinney unveil the time on the Doomsday Clock at a Zoom news conference on Jan. 27. Rosner is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Chicago, and McKinney is CEO and executive director of the Illinois Medical District. (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Northwestern University
Scientists sound the alarm on climate change and nuclear risk as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the 2021 time for its historic clock, which counts down to a “midnight” apocalypse. Carlyn Kranking reports.

Supporters of President Joe Biden join others in downtown D.C. on Inauguration Day. (Madison Muller/Medill News Service)

Northwestern University
President Joe Biden said the U.S. is facing “a climate in crisis” in his inauguration speech Wednesday, marking the beginning of a presidency that promises action on climate. Nico Portuondo reports for Medill.
Future 500
There’s no denying that climate is a polarizing political issue. Here are 10 ideas on how environmentalists can beat the power brokers and save the planet.

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg director Makoma Lekalakala speaks at the Madrid U.N. Climate Change Conference in December 2019. (Photo courtesy of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
In South Africa, a country with the world's largest wealth disparity, poor communities face daily environmental threats. Find out how environmental justice activists are chipping away at this inequality through grassroots efforts.

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Digital Content Producer & Assistant Editor, Planet Forward
The Elephant Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Prohibition Act, first proposed in 2015, was passed after a push from investigative work and grassroots organizing.

In a time before stay-at-home orders, crowds gathered for D.C.'s global climate strike in September 2019 (Image by Victoria Middleton).

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Even during a global pandemic, youth climate activists engaged people across the world during Earth Day Live, a three-day, virtual mobilization to stop the climate emergency.

(Deepti Bansal Gage/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | GW Law School
Environmentalism is a relatively recent concept in the Western world, creating challenges when confronting our growing environmental issues. Looking to other, non-western cultures and leaders, may help develop enduring solutions.
Digital Content Producer & Assistant Editor, Planet Forward
In 2019, a Humane Society investigator claimed Georgetown’s L’Enfant Gallery displayed the “most elaborate and expensive” ivory pieces he had seen in years of investigating ivory sales across the country.
SUNY Plattsburgh
In this episode of our special late-night show, we were joined by the Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins! 

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