International Analysis

We Need to Make it Cool to Consume Sustainably

REUTERS 11/12/19 By Michael Shank and Joachim von Braun This week in Vatican City, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, we discussed one of the world’s most critical economic, environmental, and social issues: food loss and waste. When one-third of all food is lost or wasted, this is a crisis […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Stop the Bullying

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 […]

The Climate Crisis is Real

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 […]

CEOs and Celebrities Have Also Made Climate Change a Priority

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 […]