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McDonald's essential worker

Restaurant employees — often low-wage earners with no employer-provided health insurance — were deemed "essential workers" during the pandemic. (Paul Sableman/Creative Commons)

The George Washington University
Throughout this pandemic we’ve seen a vast amount of people be affected in different ways. But COVID-19 has especially exposed the discrepancies facing people from marginalized groups.
Ellen Lawton
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
COVID-19 is creating a financial crisis for families — including the inability to pay basic bills like mortgage or rent, car payments, and utility bills — which only adds to the global health emergency.
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
COVID-19 is impacting both Black and Brown communities disproportionately. This pandemic has brought attention to health disparities, specifically in the Latino population.

A baby zucchini grows beneath a yellow blossom. (Maja Dumat/Creative Commons)

The George Washington University
The pandemic may have forced you into a new relationship with food. But the food that ends up on your plate has always traveled a complicated, exploitative, and convoluted path to get there.
Twitter teen activism

(Photo illustration by Matías Heitner)

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Gen Z has tools that past activists never had. The age of the internet emboldens teenagers profoundly, allowing us to spread our messages more quickly and extensively than previously was possible.
electric car at charging station

(pxfuel.com)

The George Washington University
How has The Great Lockdown affected the electric vehicle market? We look at the impact, and what countries are doing that are helping — or hindering — EV sales now, and going forward.
Helen Riess, M.D.
Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and social unrest, we are seeing people around the world be more sensitive and understanding to one another.

(Elina Mariutsa/Northeastern University)

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Climate change has always been a vital issue for Gen Z — but we also know we have the ability to make a difference. Learn more about me, my generation, and our ideas to change for good.
Learn how to reduce food waste, save money on groceries, and help the environment
Featured Contributor
Nearly a third of food is wasted at the household level and that eats into our own finances while damaging the environment. How can we fix this?

GW students march through campus in February 2020 as part of a Sunrise GW demonstration to demand divestment. (Photo courtesy Sunrise GW by Natalia Madrinan)

Planet Forward Assistant Editor
This week, the George Washington University community is celebrating as it joins fellow D.C. area schools in significant action against climate change.

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