Wen Stephenson

Freelance journalist and climate activist Wen Stephenson, a former editor at The Atlantic and The Boston Globe, contributes frequently to Grist and has written about climate and culture for the Globe, The New York Times, The Nation and Slate. On Twitter: @wenstephenson

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Over 20,000 people attended the first Earth Day observance in Philadelphia, April, 1970. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham) Views
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:30am
'Fuck Earth Day': Let This Year's Be The Last
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a...
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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:15am
Harvard Fossil Fuel Divestment Smackdown: The Faculty vs. President Faust
On Thursday morning, a large and distinguished group of faculty at Harvard University released an open letter to President Drew Gilpin Faust and the Harvard Corporation. It calls, in striking terms, for divestment of the university’s endowment—the largest university endowment in the world—from...
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:47pm
Why We Must Divest From Fossil Fuels: A Student’s Open Letter to Harvard President Drew Faust
The movement for fossil-fuel divestment has swelled to what an Oxford University study calls the fastest-growing divestment movement in history, one with the potential to shift the political ground beneath the fossil-fuel lobby’s feet.
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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 11:18am
From Occupy to Climate Justice
It’s an odd thing, really. In certain precincts of the left, especially across a broad spectrum of what could be called the economic left, our (by which I mean humanity’s) accelerating trajectory toward the climate cliff is little more popular as a topic than it is on the right. In fact, possibly less so.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 7:59am
Keystone XL and Tar Sands: Voices From the Front Lines
Eriel Deranger, an activist and spokesperson for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation , doesn’t live in her community in northern Alberta.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 8:57am
A Climate Truth-Tellers Honor Roll of 2013
It’s the closing weeks of 2013 and The Boston Globe , the recently acquired real estate of proud Red Sox owner John W.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 9:21am
#WeStandWithYou: Young Activists Fast for the Climate
Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 2:30pm
Dear Chris Hayes: Good Job. Now Let’s Get Real.
Dear Chris,
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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:55am
The Naïveté We Need: Notes on a Climate Action
“A lot of naïve people around here today.”
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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:35pm
Thoreau's Radicalism and the Fight Against the Fossil-Fuel Industry
On a clear and seasonably cold Sunday morning in March, I made my way through the streets of an old neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts, and entered a large, converted brick building from some other century.
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