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  • No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

    No, the Climate Town Hall Isn’t Just Lip Service to Liberals, It’s a Strategy to Win the Midwest

    NEWSWEEK 09/03/19 By Michael Shank The planet has finally arrived on America’s political main stage. On Wednesday, 10 Democratic presidential candidates will speak to voters for an expected seven hours about their policies to combat the climate crisis. This is unprecedented. Climate change has never received this kind of attention […]

  • The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

    The Way We’re Talking About Climate Change is All Wrong. Here’s How We Win Hearts and Minds

    NEWSWEEK 08/21/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett While reports forecasting a climate change apocalypse and doomsday climate scenarios may get our momentary attention, they are not producing action. Even as we see the impact of climate change in devastating, intensified weather and the spread of disease, we […]

  • 12 Principles for Climate-Centric Behavior Change Communications

    12 Principles for Climate-Centric Behavior Change Communications

    MEDIUM 08/09/19 By Michael Shank In order to quickly move cities and towns towards carbon neutrality, one social science game changer that needs to be scaled up is behavior change communications. Few of the more technical game changers in our climate-leading communities— enumerated in Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance’s Game Changers […]

  • As Climate Threats to Cities Grow, the Time to Act is Now

    As Climate Threats to Cities Grow, the Time to Act is Now

    REUTERS 07/22/19 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke As the costs and threats from climate change rise, the key is not to wait until it’s too late to take action U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke represents New York’s 9th district and serves on the House Energy and Commerce […]

  • Climate Change is International Security Threat

    Climate Change is International Security Threat

    VTDIGGER 06/19/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dr. Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Meeks is a senior […]