Articles by: Michael Shank

Pesticide Raises Human Health Concerns

Pesticide Raises Human Health Concerns

October 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm

ADDISON COUNTY INDEPENDENT 09/30/19 By Michael Shank The way our society responds to problems — be they social, economic, or environmental — rarely prevents that problem from occurring again. We’ll quickly treat a cough, by temporarily suppressing it with cough medicine, for example, but not change the conditions that created […]

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Film Contest Encourages Environmental Awareness

Film Contest Encourages Environmental Awareness

September 26, 2019 at 2:42 pm

BRANDON REPORTER 09/26/19 By Russell Jones BRANDON — A new film competition set for next spring will encourage aspiring, young filmmakers to help spread environmental awareness. Students in area elementary and high schools within the Otter Valley Union District will be the focus of the festival. The Brandon Environmental Film […]

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We Need DIY Activist Architecture to Fight Climate Change

We Need DIY Activist Architecture to Fight Climate Change

September 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm

ARCH DAILY 09/24/19 by Niall Patrick Walsh Architecture is inherently linked to policy, politics, and power. With responsibility for the design and perception of the built environment, architects have a distinct role in shaping the human urban experience. As the world confronts issues of climate change, forced migration, and affordable […]

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The Real 9/11 Tragedy America Is Missing

The Real 9/11 Tragedy America Is Missing

September 13, 2019 at 12:24 pm

NATIONAL INTEREST 09/11/19 By Daniel L. Davis “If we want to once again be worthy of emulation by people around the globe while still guaranteeing the security of the American people, we must demonstrate fortitude and courage by admitting that some of our policies and actions have in the past […]

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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

September 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

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 […]

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Brandon Environmental Film Competition

Brandon Environmental Film Competition

September 3, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Key Dates for Student Competition Competition announced on September 3, 2019 Submissions accepted until March 1, 2020 Winners announced online on May 1, 2020 Purpose of competition To encourage environmental awareness in the Brandon area To foster Brandon area skills-building in storytelling and environmental filmmaking To support young aspiring filmmakers […]

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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

August 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

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 […]

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12 Principles for Climate-Centric Behavior Change Communications

12 Principles for Climate-Centric Behavior Change Communications

August 9, 2019 at 3:09 pm

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 […]

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A portion of the Stafford Hill solar power project gathers energy from the sun in Rutland, Vt., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.  With the completion of the project developed by Green Mountain Power, Vermont's largest electric utility, the city of Rutland claimed it has more solar capacity, 7.8 megawatts, per capita than any other city in the New England region. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Brandon Public Invited to Weigh in on Enhanced Energy Plan

August 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 07/31/19 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. BRANDON — The town must hear from the public before it can adopt an “Enhanced Energy Plan,” that will give it more clout with the state over renewable energy projects. According to the town’s website, public hearings on the proposed “Brandon Enhanced Energy […]

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

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

July 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

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 […]

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