International Analysis

Shifting to Sustainable Investment Is Not ‘Pie-in-the-Sky’

Shifting to Sustainable Investment Is Not ‘Pie-in-the-Sky’

October 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm

REUTERS 10/17/19 By Michael Shank Banks are still investing too heavily in fossil fuels, but 30 other top investors are making a green shift The news this month that the world’s largest banks still heavily finance fossil fuels, failed to respond to climate risks, and have yet to make substantial […]

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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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Climate Change is International Security Threat

Climate Change is International Security Threat

June 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm

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 […]

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It’s Time for the U.N. Security Council to Take on Climate Change

It’s Time for the U.N. Security Council to Take on Climate Change

June 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

REUTERS 06/07/19 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks With climate threats growing fast, the U.N. Security council has the power to cap greenhouse gas emissions on every country and sanction those who fail to comply Congressman Meeks (D-NY) is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee […]

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Stop the Bullying

Stop the Bullying

January 17, 2019 at 10:26 am

VTDIGGER 01/15/19By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Mike HondaEditor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and former Rep. Michael Honda. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Honda, a Democrat, represented California’s 17th congressional district between […]

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The Climate Crisis is Real

The Climate Crisis is Real

October 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

VTDIGGER 10/10/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Rep. Hank Johnson. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Johnson, a Democrat, represents Georgia’s 4th congressional district and […]

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CEOs and Celebrities Have Also Made Climate Change a Priority

CEOs and Celebrities Have Also Made Climate Change a Priority

September 15, 2018 at 9:08 am

THE HILL 09/13/18 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda The latest frightening climate study, predicting a devastating rise in sea levels in the lifetimes of babies born today, isn’t generating the sense of urgency that it should. Many more people need to be alarmed and engaged and […]

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Fashion Industry Treats Everything as Disposable — Even the Women Making the Garments

Fashion Industry Treats Everything as Disposable — Even the Women Making the Garments

August 16, 2018 at 3:59 pm

THE HILL 08/15/18 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat The controversy surrounding Beyoncé’s fashion label, Ivy Park, is back in the news, trending globally in social media. After the story flared in 2016 that Sri Lankan women, responsible for cutting and sewing Beyoncé’s Ivy Park garments, were poorly paid and […]

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Wasted Food is a Factor that Remains Noticeably Absent from the Climate Change Discourse

Wasted Food is a Factor that Remains Noticeably Absent from the Climate Change Discourse

August 12, 2018 at 10:59 am

THE HILL 08/07/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva When it comes to tackling climate change, one of the greatest challenges we face is understanding the myriad factors that influence our warming planet. Addressing some while ignoring others will only allow the mercury to continue to rise. And […]

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More Recycling Can’t Fix The Fundamental Flaws With Fast Fashion

More Recycling Can’t Fix The Fundamental Flaws With Fast Fashion

April 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

FAST COMPANY 04/24/18 By Michael Shank and Maxine Bedat Everyone in fashion is talking about “circularity,” but just focusing on reuse isn’t enough to lower the industry’s massive carbon footprint. Imagine if every piece of clothing you own could be recycled into fully new garments when they were worn out, […]

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