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 […]
In case you haven’t noticed, big things are happening in the world of water. Just last year, Americans stepped up to ask their government to pass legislation that prioritizes water, sanitation and hygiene for people with exceptional need—and it did. Shortly after, jaws dropped as business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates made a point of […]
The second week of September was “back to school” time for members of Congress. They arrived on the steps of Congress with their new backpacks, sack lunches, and a slew of legislation to get through before the Lame Duck session.
Why is it that many children in the developed world don’t get sick from drinking water? Is there something in the water? Or is it actually what’s not in the water?
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 […]
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 […]
Water is a women’s issue. It’s an important adage, one that highlights how we expect governments to prioritize investments in safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and water resource management. It links to the theme of this year’s World Water Day, too.
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.
Ever heard of NTDs? They are the 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) whose infamous members include trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helminths (STH) or worms.
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.