Welcome back to my blog post! I am going on week 5 of my internship with Carbon180. I have been learning a lot about carbon removal, policy analysis, and the professional environmental field. I have also been getting to know the Carbon180 team and my fellow interns a lot more lately. All of my co-workers are extremely supportive and fun to talk with; I am glad to be working with such a diverse and passionate team this summer!
The past couple weeks I have been finalizing my plan for my final project: crafting policy recommendations regarding Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Thus far, I have researched current nongovernment organizations’ stances on CCS, policy actions regarding CCS, and federal agencies/programs that work with CCS.
Last week was unique because the policy interns helped Carbon180 review and analyze the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis policy recommendation report. Carbon180 originally sent policy recommendations to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis detailing carbon removal. A lot of the recommendations made it in the report! We had to dive into this 500+ page report, and all read portions of it to analyze it by the end of the day. We looked for Carbon180’s recommendations and general carbon removal recommendations in particular. I was responsible for the public health, worker’s rights, and environmental justice portion. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised to find was the emphasis on addressing mental health amidst the climate crisis. There was an entire subsection in the public health portion dedicated to mental health. I was extremely happy to find this in the report. I was also pleased to see that the environmental justice portion was very extensive. Although I wish that some recommendations were a bit more specific, I could tell that the committee put a lot of meaningful time and dedication into crafting this report. I definitely learned a lot about the policy making process during this adventure with Carbon180.
I am also continuing to work with the Carbon180 full time team on the environmental justice project. It is heading a different direction than they had anticipated, so we are reshaping the goals and project timeline a bit. Because I am putting a lot of time into this project, I am going to merge this work into my final project. My final project is going to be about policy recommendations regarding CCS from an environmental justice lens. I want to prioritize social justice and equity in the recommendations that I present at the end of my internship.
Additionally, I am continuously working on a blog post about the intersection of CCS and environmental justice.
My priorities for the upcoming weeks will be researching federal agencies and existing policy regarding CCS as well as analyzing the injustices and potential to address those injustices while still deploying CCS. I am curious to see if there is potential for CCS and environmental justice to work together rather than work against one another as they have in the past.