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Franklin & Marshall College
I was raised in the concrete jungle that is New York City, however mi tierra, Puerto Rico, is where my environmental identity's origins begin, step into my world for a bit.
2019 climate strike D.C.

Thousands of people protest at the Global Climate Strike, demanding the government take action against the climate crisis on Sept. 20, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Arielle Bader/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
Our house is on fire and environmental activists are determined to put the fire out. Scroll through this photo essay for a look at those fighting to save our planet.
Planet Forward Correspondent | University of San Diego
Correspondent Maggie Scholle observes a grunion run, a seasonal phenomenon of fish spawning that lines the Southern California coast.

Many species of reef-building corals, which are vital to the health of ocean ecosystems, face risk of extinction. (Joe Hoyt/NOAA)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
Each year, the International Union of Conservation of Nature is finding more and more plant, animal and fungus species threatened with extinction across the globe. What could be causing it?

Murals, graffiti, posters and sculptures make a city come alive. They become attractions, a mark of home. (Photos by Tabitha Wechter/SUNY-ESF)

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
The photos included in this essay serve as a tour through the city of Syracuse, NY, and use street art as a tool to measure community status and gentrification.

Fidan Karimova's reusable products are seen on her cloth napkin. (Arielle Bader/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
Who says that individuals can’t make a positive change right in their own communities? Three women share their journeys to living a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Rorschach drawings always stood out to me as being reminiscent of cloudy structures.

SUNY ESF
This is an exploration of the languages of nature and the first step into understanding how to establish more durable and intimate environmental relationships.
Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | The George Washington University
The invention of plastic has transformed human life. Plastics are incredibly convenient, and far more affordable than alternative materials. However, the downsides are overwhelming.

New materials are added to a compost pile at Lederer Gardens in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photos by Arielle Bader/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
Despite our obsession with food, we throw so much of it away. Learn more about composting, a change you can make at home to help the earth.

(Photoillustration by Sejal Govindarao. Image courtesy Canva; screenshot of The Earth Institute at Columbia University)

George Washington University
Nordic nations are known for their sustainability-first approach to life. Now, universities in the United States are taking a similar approach when integrating sustainability into academia.

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