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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This Is a Climate Emergency. We Need More Than Half-Measures from Democrats.

How to get the Democrats’ climate policy from “better than the Republicans” to “sufficient to save the planet.”

Key Oil and Gas Pipelines Are on Their Last Legs — That’s Good News

A systematic program of investment in renewables and energy efficiency will create many more jobs than pipelines and pose far less threat to life on our planet.

Cyclone Amphan Is a Warning for the United States

The storm ravaged India and Bangladesh all the worse because of social and economic inequality. The same, or worse, could happen here.

Protect, Repair, Invest, and Transform

Why the IPS Climate Policy Program Supports a People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy.

Coronavirus Denial and Climate Denial Have One Thing in Common: Greed

Despite 100,000 confirmed US coronavirus deaths, powerful economic interests are fighting to reopen the country prematurely — no matter the cost to workers.

Fossil Fuel Bailouts Are Class War. This Is How We Fight Back

When it comes to distributing financial support, the federal government should be propping up those who need it most.

Congress: Put Workers and Communities First, Not Corporate Polluters

The IPS Climate Policy Program and 339 other organizations are calling on Congress to support ordinary people through this crisis, not the fossil fuel industry.

COVID-19 ‘Shock Doctrine’ Has Begun

We need a collective response to the coronavirus crisis to bring out the best of humanity.

Cruel Immigration Policies Make the Pandemic Worse

Warehousing people in unsanitary conditions and then deporting them to poor countries is a recipe for contagion.

Don’t Use Coronavirus to Bail out Oil and Gas Companies

The fossil-fuel industry’s problems were self-inflicted, and it’s barreling us toward the next crisis.

Five Ways Using Stimulus Funds for Energy Efficiency Would Reduce Inequality and Protect the Planet

Any economic stimulus package must include an initiative to retrofit homes and public buildings for low-income communities and communities of color.

Why the Trump-Modi Friendship Is So Dangerous

India is tilting toward fascism with U.S. backing. That’s not just dangerous for Indians — Americans should beware, too.

When It Comes to Sustainability, Amazon Delivers… Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Amazon profits from helping oil and gas companies destroy the planet more frugally. Jeff Bezos’ $10 billion climate fund must be viewed in this context.

Dear Countries at the Madrid Climate Talks, We’re a Rogue Superpower. Sanction Us, Please.

Responsible world governments could publicly shame the US government for its climate policies, with sanctions to follow if we don’t step up our game.

Most Americans Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels. Isn’t That Worth a Headline?

The Washington Post downplayed the most hopeful findings of their own poll on climate action, so we highlighted those findings for them.

Crony Capitalism Can’t Save Coal Country

What coal country needs is a just transition from a corporate-controlled extractive economy to a community-driven Green New Deal.

Dig Beneath the World’s Far-Right Governments — You’ll Find Fossil Fuels

From Brazil to India to the United States, extractive industries have aligned themselves with authoritarian governments waging war on minority populations.

Hurricane Dorian Is a Grave Climate Injustice

The destruction of the Bahamas highlights the Global North’s debt to the South for slavery, colonialism, and the climate crisis.

Name and Shame Big Political Contributors

Donors don’t like it, but using this publicly available information is one of the best ways to fight corruption.

Brazil Isn’t the Only Far-Right Government Destroying the Planet

As the Amazon burns, the terrifying parallels between the U.S. and Brazilian governments highlight the damage authoritarian leaders are doing.