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Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

July 31, 2020 at 2:42 pm

THE HILL 07/31/20 By Michael Shank The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now needs bipartisan Senate support, is the bellwether for what’s possible in tackling systemic racism in America. The bill, which targets racial discrimination and excessive use of […]

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3 Ways to Launch a Factory Farm Divestment Movement

3 Ways to Launch a Factory Farm Divestment Movement

June 17, 2020 at 9:46 pm

THE HILL 06/17/20 By Michael Shank It’s time for a global divestment campaign against the factory farming industry. It has now proved itself to be as harmful to human health as the fossil fuel industry. While air pollution is prematurely killing 7 million humans annually — for which fossil fuels, […]

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It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

June 4, 2020 at 9:37 am

THE HILL 06/03/20 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda While governments act aggressively to save lives, stop any further spread of COVID-19, and reopen their economies, let’s not wait to prevent the next virus. More will come. Pandemics are picking up their pace. Thankfully, prevention is entirely […]

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A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

A Prescriptive Path Forward for Saving Struggling Countries’ Economies

May 21, 2020 at 9:15 am

THE HILL 05/20/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Gregory Meeks When the heads of all the agencies at the United Nations come together and find consensus on something, their advice is worth heeding. Recently, they did just that, issuing an emergency fund appeal and urging a rapid and coordinated […]

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Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

Electric Cars Are Here to Stay — Despite What the Oil Industry Thinks

May 8, 2020 at 1:47 pm

THE HILL 05/08/20 By Michael Shank Thanks to a new study by Harvard University – that there’s a clear link between long-term exposure to air pollution and higher COVID-19 death rates, there’s yet another reason to electrify our transportation. (As if 50,000 Americans dying prematurely every year from transportation emissions […]

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Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

Link Between Factory-Farmed Animals, COVID-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

April 21, 2020 at 10:40 am

THE HILL 04/21/20 By Michael Shank and Carter Dillard While there’s much to celebrate this week as we recognize the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the world made a baseline mistake in developing environmental policy decades ago. It chose to treat nature as an unlimited resource for humans. This baseline […]

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Our Climate is Not For Sale

Our Climate is Not For Sale

October 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm

THE HILL 10/07/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson As President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency drops “climate change”, and its impact on children, from its latest rule on hydrofluorocarbons, it is time to talk honestly about science. Americans are busy working, taking care of their kids and loved […]

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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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