Environment America Research and Policy Center Latest Blog Posts

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and shelter-in-place orders, I’ve been spending a lot more time at home. More time indoors in the old house in Boston where I live means I’m using a lot more energy. I’m doing my best to be energy-conscious and ensure that I’m only using power that I really need. I do this because it’s both better for the environment and a way to make sure I don’t see a large spike in my utility bills. 

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Confession: I’ve never really paid attention to Earth Week.

Sure, in years past, I would read the pro-environment editorials in the newspaper and skim the letters to the editor about saving the planet. Maybe I’d pass some well-intentioned ‘Respect Your Mother’ signs that kids put up at intersections, and see images of the “Blue Marble” (what astronauts called this planet when they first viewed it from space) just a bit more frequently.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

The Public Interest Network’s Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working on multiple campaigns to help America get through the coronavirus pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. But we're also working to ensure that when the outbreak ends, the United States’ policies and practices ensure a cleaner, safer, better world for all of us.

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Ian Corbet
Conservation America Campaign, Associate

The Canadian boreal forest is far away for many of us, but now is the chance to catch a glimpse of its incredible wildlife in your own backyard.

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

This past weekend, I was basking in the sun on my porch, reading, when I overheard my neighbors discussing something that made me put my book down and listen.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

The Public Interest Network’s Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working on multiple campaigns to help America get through the coronavirus pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. But we're also working to ensure that when the outbreak ends, the United States’ policies and practices ensure a cleaner, safer, better world for all of us.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

There’s no doubt that the last few weeks have been bizarre. The vast majority of us across the country are now home-bound, and we’re all doing our best to protect our neighbors and the many heroic healthcare, grocery store and other essential workers who are holding our society together through this crisis. That means doing our best to keep our distance (and sanity).

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Alex Petersen
Conservation America Campaign, Advocate

The sounds of nature can be delivered directly to your home, which is particularly valuable right now as there is a growing body of evidence that simple exposure to natural sounds can help reduce stress. 

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James Horrox
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

It’s almost clichéd to say of environmental challenges that “everything’s connected.” But in the case of the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, it is now clear that unsustainable practices on the other side of the globe – along with those taking place right in our own backyards – are increasingly putting our health at risk.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

The Public Interest Network’s Environment America and U.S. PIRG are working on multiple campaigns to help America get through the coronavirus pandemic as quickly and safely as possible. But we're also working to ensure that when the outbreak ends, the United States’ policies and practices ensure a cleaner, safer, better world for all of us.