The Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts

Heather Coleman

Heather Coleman

Heather Coleman is a senior policy advisor on climate change at Oxfam America and sits on the board of the US Climate Action Network. She holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and previously worked on regional and state climate-related initiatives at Environment Northeast and the Clean Air Association of the Northeast States (NESCAUM).

Climate change

Sandy and climate change: All in this together

Many Americans are experiencing the same sense of helplessness, and maybe some level of solidarity with people who are more vulnerable to extreme weather events than those of us who have resources to cope. We should seize this temporary moment of realization to push forward towards a global response to climate change.

Climate change

Senate caves to industry on climate

In the early morning hours on Saturday, the Senate caved to industry pressure and dealt a blow to the planet. This action comes at a time designed to avoid public attention and as many Senators head out to the campaign trail to save their jobs. The Senate passed the “Thune Bill” (S.1956) by unanimous consent […]

Climate change

Leading companies release first-of-its-kind guide to build climate change resilience

Extreme weather is putting climate change back on the radar this summer. Record high heat in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, raging wildfires in the Rockies, deadly wind and thunder storms, and a drought covering more than half of the country have people connecting the dots between climate change and extreme weather events. But it’s not […]

Climate change

G20 needs to get back to work

This year’s G20 Summit in Mexico just wrapped up with hugely disappointing results on the issues that Oxfam cares about, including food security and price volatility, innovative financing, and reducing inequality. G20 leaders were fixated on the ongoing European financial crisis and managed to barely skim the surface on critical environment and development issues. It’s […]

Climate change

A winnable agenda for Rio+20

While we know that binding agreements won’t be achieved or new significant sources of financing agreed to, governments can make progress towards addressing a series of critical development and environmental priorities.

Climate change

No more Etch-a-Sketch on climate: Let’s rebuild, not rebrand

Politico ran a story last week highlighting what they called the “rebranding” of global warming. Organizers and pollsters from across the country have concluded that the terms “global warming” and “climate change” have been politicized. The case pollsters and communicators make is that campaigners working on these issues need to know their audience – they […]

Climate change

Businesses speak out about extreme weather and climate resilience on Capitol Hill

At the tail end of one of the most dramatic spring heat waves in US history, businesses from across sectors addressed a bipartisan audience on Capitol Hill to discuss escalating risks to their global supply chain resulting from shifting climate patterns and severe weather events. The forum comes at a time when more companies are […]