National Analysis

Activists participate in the sHell No Flotilla part of the Paddle In Seattle protest.  Nearly a thousand people from country gathered May 16, 2015 in Seattle's Elliot Bay for a family-friendly festival and on-land rally to protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans.  Photo by Greenpeace

Ramping Up Action by the Climate Community

September 20, 2018 at 9:43 pm

VTDIGGER 09/20/18 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 there […]

Read more ›
The Carbon Footprint of Wasted Food

The Carbon Footprint of Wasted Food

August 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

VTDIGGER 08/15/18 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 while […]

Read more ›
The Water Crisis

The Water Crisis

July 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

VTDIGGER 07/14/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district and serves […]

Read more ›
We Must Take Action on the Nation’s Coming Water Supply Crisis

We Must Take Action on the Nation’s Coming Water Supply Crisis

July 17, 2018 at 4:12 pm

THE HILL 07/17/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Most Americans take water for granted. It’s a resource that people assume will always be accessible, available, and consumable. For most people in this country, whether they’re at a public drinking fountain, a restaurant or at home, water is […]

Read more ›
Goal-Setting Necessary to Save Our Environment

Goal-Setting Necessary to Save Our Environment

July 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm

VTDIGGER 06/25/18 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This country desperately needs a positive vision, some goals for where we’re going. Instead, it’s all negative all the time, a daily slashing-and-burning of hard-fought protections. Take the environment, for example. The offensive has been non-stop. Thanks to months of […]

Read more ›
Toward Sustainable Diets and Food Security

Toward Sustainable Diets and Food Security

May 9, 2018 at 11:07 am

VTDIGGER 05/08/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Matt Cartwright. Shank, of Brandon, teaches at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Cartwright represents […]

Read more ›
farm fresh vegetables on table

The Government Knows A Plant-Based Diet Is Best–It Should Make It Official

March 25, 2018 at 9:53 pm

FAST COMPANY 03/23/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright The USDA is formulating its next set of dietary guidelines. An advisory panel has already recommended an increase in plant-based diets, and the USDA should listen to them. The latest developments in the food industry show how fast the […]

Read more ›
Defining Clean Energy

Defining Clean Energy

February 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm

VTDIGGER 02/13/18 By Michael Shank and Leilani Münter Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Leilani Münter. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and Urban Sustainability Directors Network and writes in his personal capacity. Münter is a biology graduate turned professional race […]

Read more ›
12 Ways to Improve Climate Change Communications

12 Ways to Improve Climate Change Communications

November 22, 2017 at 11:19 am

HUFFINGTON POST 11/22/17 By Michael Shank Environmentalists have long depended on good data and sound science to determine the direction of their advocacy agendas. Climate change campaigns are an excellent example of this. They’re reliant on rigorous modeling, and the science-based estimates and forecasting that follow, to substantiate and legitimate […]

Read more ›
Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

Building Political Will for a More Sustainable America

August 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm

THE HILL 08/21/17 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This country desperately needs a positive vision, some goals for where we’re going. Instead, it’s all negative all the time; a daily slashing and burning of hard-fought protections. Take the environment, for example. In this month, the Trump administration […]

Read more ›