Connecting Alaska to the Gulf Coast and to Racial Wealth Inequality

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by Algernon Austin This week, President Obama was in Alaska to call attention for the need for global action on climate change. Last week, he was in New Orleans commemorating the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While Alaska is 4,000 miles away from Louisiana, both states face similar challenges from climate change. And, in both […]

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Mother Nature Always Wins: My #WaterStory

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Before I entered the fray of Washington, I lived in Colorado. It was an amazing life, one in which I was surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty, and humbled by Mother Nature herself. As I approach another World Water Day in my new world, absent of mountains but full of a lot that is equally meaningful, I’m […]

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50 Days of Action for Women and Girls: Making advocacy count

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One thing I love about my job is that no two days are the same.  “Policy and advocacy” means lots of things: listening, persuading, recommending a course of action and—perhaps most importantly—giving a voice to people who haven’t been given the opportunity to speak up for themselves. Advocacy happens when someone engages in dialogue about […]

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Policy Round Up: Climate Change

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Earlier this month, President Obama announced Gina McCarthy as the new administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency and Ernez Moniz as the Secretary of the Department of Energy. These nominations are only a catalyst for a stronger focus on environmental-related policy this term.

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It Doesn’t Have to Happen: Lessons From a Cholera Epidemic

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Charles Dickens wrote “I hope I have taken every available opportunity of showing the want of sanitary improvements in the neglected dwellings of the poor.” He couldn’t have been more spot on in his observations of the links between sanitation, poverty, rapid urbanization and population growth in the 19th century.

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