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The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is one of the most-visited national parks. (Photos by Colton Stevens/Northeastern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northeastern University
As our national parks suffer in the wake of the government shutdown, I reflect on why national parks matter to me, and why they should matter to you, too.
Puffins in Maine

Two Atlantic Puffins on Maine's Eastern Egg Rock. (Photos by Evan Barnard/University of Georgia)

University of Georgia
The beloved Atlantic Puffin is a symbol of conservation success. After the birds disappeared from islands along the coast of Maine, victims of feather hunters, biologist Stephen Kress restarted colonies using innovative techniques.

Petcoke piles are stored at a Koch Bros. storage site on the Calumet River in Chicago, Illinois, in 2014. (Terry Evans)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Loyola University Chicago
Communities outside of Chicago stifled by BP's largest oil refinery are taking defiant steps to end its expansion of production—and dangerous emissions.
Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
You wouldn't think the stars would be a big part of an urban kid's life. But the opposite is true for Planet Forward Correspondent Colin Boyle thanks to an upbringing by a family of environmentalists.

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Planet Forward Correspondent | Northwestern University
A global advisor to the UN Global Compact Cities Programme gives her take on the future of urban sustainability on local, national and global levels.
Overflowing dumpsters

Here's an unpopular, but environmentally friendly habit that can prevent food waste and reduce the amount of waste that heads to the landfill: Dumpster diving. And, surprise! You might also make some money doing it. (Photos by Peter Jurich/University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
My partner and I have been dumpster diving for a little over a year now. It sounds gross — and it certainly can be — but we've found mostly benefits to this uncommon practice.
Mark Lichtenstein on a boat in Brazil

Mark Lichtenstein, Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is shown here while exploring the Amazon river outside Manaus, Brazil, with Planet Forward in June 2017 for our Storyfest storytelling expedition. (Hannah Dale/Planet Forward)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry sustainability expert Mark Lichtenstein discusses the social equity aspect of sustainability, which is often overlooked when discussing environmentalism.
Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY Plattsburgh
Marine group works with ports to provide cleaner air and waterways through voluntary environmental certification program, offering economic and community benefits.

(Photos by Colton Stevens/Northeastern University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Northeastern University
In a fight that extends from a small, native Alaskan village all the way to Washington, short-term economic benefits clash with long-term environmental responsibility.
Image courtesy of Claudia S. López, PhD, Director of the Multiscale Microscopy Core at Oregon Health & Science University.

(Image courtesy of Claudia S. López/Oregon Health & Science University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Reed College
There have been 9.1 billion tons of plastic produced since the 1950s — with no efficient way of getting rid of it. Luckily, a recent college graduate may have found a new solution to combat our plastic waste.

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