Basav Sen joined the Institute for Policy Studies as the Climate Justice Project Director in February 2017. His work focuses on climate solutions at the national, state, and local level that address racial, economic, gender and other forms of inequality.
Prior to joining IPS, Basav worked for about 11 years as a strategic corporate campaign researcher at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). He has also had experience as a campaigner on the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and global finance and trade issues. As a member of a grassroots neighborhood-based environmental group, he has been involved in local struggles on energy justice in Washington DC.
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In this White House, the most dangerous industry on earth has a stranglehold on U.S. foreign policy.
In a political system awash with money, it's Big Coal vs. democracy.
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It's time for the world to consider sanctioning the U.S. and companies who benefit from its efforts to undermine climate action.
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