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This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent polling, they found that Americans believe that politics are as badly divided as they have ever been, but that people are optimistic despite that.
“We’ve been tracking Americans’ attitudes toward civility — how bad do they think it is and who do they blame — and this year the top two slots are special interests and social media.”
“When you look at an issue like climate and what is holding people back, going back to that point in the poll about people blaming special interests, I’m curious as we do more research on this, to see how people define that because I would suspect that even that is polarized…both (sides) blaming those special interests but having different definitions of who those special interests are.”
Mo says that in his view the key is for policymakers to stop talking to each other and the press and instead to talk to the people who are impacted. That sounds like good advice to us! Thanks, Mo!
Earlier this year, the NY Times’ Bill Broad shone a spotlight on the fine work of Linda Zall, who was a leader in using the CIA’s spy satellites to gather and analyze climate change data and intelligence for the government.
This past week, Our Daily Planet got a chance to sit down with the Right Honorable David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, as well as the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor in Keir Starmer’s Shadow Cabinet. We were inspired to talk to David after a recent TED Talk he […]
The Wheelabrator waste-to-energy incinerator is Baltimore’s biggest standing source of air pollution. Its smokestacks send toxic mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides into the air off of I-95 in South Baltimore, whose residents are primarily Black and low-income.
Why This Matters: High polluting incinerators like the Wheelabrator facility are both harmful and expensive.
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