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LISTEN: Ans Irfan’s vision for progress and equity in global public health

Ans Irfan joined the Agents of Change in Environmental Health podcast to talk about his path from Pakistan to public health—and how the field can and should place equity and justice at its core.


Irfan, a public health scientist and lecturer at George Washington University, was part of the first group of fellows for Agents of Change, an ongoing series featuring the stories, analyses and perspectives of next generation environmental health leaders who come from historically under-represented backgrounds in science and academia.

Irfan wrote about farmworkers' rights in his essay, New country, same oppression: It's time to bolster farmworkers' rights.

The Agents of Change in Environmental Health podcast is a biweekly podcast featuring the stories and big ideas from past and present fellows.

You can listen below or subscribe to the podcast at I-tunes, Spotify or Stitcher.

"We have all this research; how do we take it and then apply it into policies and practices …where we can adapt our society and our systems in a more equitable way?"

plastics industry’s ‘advanced recycling’ claims
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Experts decry ‘funny math’ of plastics industry’s ‘advanced recycling’ claims

Environmental experts say there’s a strong possibility that a federal bill will be introduced in the U.S. that seeks to strengthen an industry known as “advanced recycling,” or “chemical recycling.”

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The sustainable future of food must bring everyone to the table

At this year’s RE:WIRED Green event, food scientists and environmental justice activists mapped out how we can end world hunger and preserve our planet.

Climate justice is possible—just look beyond technology

At RE:WIRED Green, technologists, hackers, and activists explained how green tech must be combined with bold policy and bring people together.
Saving Winnipeg’s urban forest

Can an ambitious tree planting goal help save Winnipeg’s urban forest?

Three years into Winnipeg’s One Million Tree Challenge, the city is still cutting down more trees than it plants. But with a new council being elected this fall, experts hope a new vision — and new policies — can save the urban forest.

Ian ravaged one of the fastest-growing areas in the U.S.

Hurricane Ian’s path of destruction cut through some of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, pulverizing communities whose populations have doubled and tripled in recent decades during a period of deceptive atmospheric calm.

China’s heat waves show its climate adaptation plans have a way to go

While China has increasingly focused on carbon mitigation efforts over the last decade, the country is just beginning to seriously tackle the equally difficult question of adapting to the effects of climate change.

Feeling overwhelmed about going all-electric at home? Here’s how to get started

You can’t completely banish fossil fuels from your home in one fell swoop, but some achievable plays are within reach.

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Shell's new petrochemical complex in southwestern Pennsylvania

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