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Wen Stephenson

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Wen Stephenson

Wen Stephenson

Contributing Writer

Wen Stephenson, an independent journalist and climate activist, is at work on a book about climate justice to be published by Beacon Press in 2015. He helped launch the grassroots network 350 Massachusetts and serves on the board of Better Future Project, a nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass., dedicated to building the climate movement. A former editor at The Atlantic, where he co-created and edited TheAtlantic.com, and at The Boston Globe, where he edited the Sunday "Ideas" section, he was most recently the senior producer of NPR's On Point. He has written about climate, culture and politics for The Boston Phoenix, Grist, Slate, The New York Times, and the Globe. On Twitter: @wenstephenson.


News and Features

If you live in a toxic environment like this, surrounded by refineries, you’re probably not thinking about some future apocalypse. You’re living in one.

The student-led protest was a dramatic demonstration of the youth climate movement’s growing resolve—and its sense of solidarity.

There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.

Activists in Texas are connecting the fight against the Keystone pipeline with the struggle for environmental justice.

Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara are reminiscent of the human-centered, Quaker-inspired anti-nuke founders of Greenpeace.


“Environmentalism” has failed. The planet now needs a movement far more radical.
A large group of Harvard faculty release an open letter to President Drew Gilpin Faust calling forcefully for fossil-fuel divestment.
Student climate activists in Massachusetts win a meeting with Governor Deval Patrick about banning new fossil-fuel infrastructure. But they...
Harvard graduate student Benjamin Franta implores President Drew Gilpin Faust to be honest about her opposition to divestment.
Eriel Deranger of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta, and Maya Lemon from Nacogdoches, Texas, speak out on struggles of frontline...
What would our national conversation on climate change sound like if this kind of honesty broke through with any regularity?
At the UN climate conference in Warsaw, a youth-led fast in solidarity with the Philippines is spreading around the world.
A response to Harvard President Drew Faust by climate activist Tim DeChristopher, now studying at Harvard Divinity School, on fossil-fuel...