Politics & Policy

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

Ivy City Neighborhood

The Ivy City neighborhood in NE Washington DC. Pictured is the Hecht Warehouse, an old warehouse converted into an apartment building and shopping area. (Ted Eytan/ Flickr)

Towson University
The Crummell school in the Ivy City neighborhood in Washington, D.C. has decayed over time, turning it into a vacant plot of land. This article dives into the environmental, social, and political struggles to change the school for the better. 
bear ears

A part of the 1.35 million acre Bear Ears National Monument (Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Mangement/ Creative Commons)

Towson University
A major policy focus of Theodore Roosevelt was to preserve the natural beauty the United States, but that legacy is challenged by President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. 
George Washington University
The Trump administration recently rescinded a 2011 ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in National Parks, which data show worked to prevent waste.
The George Washington University
I traveled this summer to Bangladesh with CARE. It quickly became clear that strong women are everywhere, and it would be important to keep an open mind during this trip.

Centralia, an abandoned mining town in Pennsylvania in which a mine fire has been burning for 50 years. Pennsylvania has $5 billion in unfunded abandoned mine land liabilities. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

Northwestern University
A proposal to immediately unlock $1 billion set aside to restore abandoned mine lands in the future has the support of congressional leaders, but lawmakers in key states are skeptical. 
Political third-party logos

A sampling of political third party logos: Green Party (top left), Constitution Party (center left), Patriot Party (center right), Pirate Party (top right), Socialist Party (bottom left), Libertarian Party (center left), New Whig Party (center right), and Justice Party (bottom right). (Democracy Chronicles/Creative Commons)

Towson University
The 2016 Presidential Election had more than 6.9 million Americans voting for a third party. As registered independents increase, what do these third parties look like, and what are their views on the environment? 

A poster for Caleb Q. Dyer for State Representative. (Photo courtesy Caleb Q. Dyer)

Towson University
New Hampshire State Rep. Caleb Dyer is a 21-year-old libertarian in a state which the economy is reliant on carbon eminent forms of energy.

At the U.N. Climate Talks at COP22 in November 2016, U.S. and global youth gathered after Trump’s win and spoke about what his presidency would mean for global climate justice. (John Englart/Creative Commons)

Ithaca College
The problem that exists is not only about Trump’s trashing of a climate agreement and process. What happened is that the sustainer of the world order is disintegrating the world order.

In Pittsburgh, which famously was compared to Paris in President Trump's Paris Accord withdrawal speech, protesters gather weekly to share their views with Sen. Pat Toomey. On March 3 — even before the withdrawal announcement — their focus was the environment. (Mark Dixon/Blue Lens via Flickr)

SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry
After Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement, now what? What should Americans with a sense of concern and responsibility for global climate outcomes be focusing on?
Planet Forward
This is the first in our series of Expert Voices sharing their thoughts on how we move the planet forward following the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.

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