Sophie HirshExecutive EditorLocation: New YorkEducation: Muhlenberg College
Sophie is a New York-based journalist, animal lover, and Taylor Swift fan.
Since graduating from Muhlenberg College, she has reported on a wide range of topics at media outlets including Mashable, Romper, Reductress, and across 10 Condé Nast brands. She has been part of the Green Matters team since 2019, where she currently serves as Executive Editor. At Green Matters, Sophie covers all things sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice; she also manages the Green Matters Instagram, newsletter, and more.
Sophie is passionate about treating the planet well, and she loves getting to write about her favorite topics every day for the Green Matters audience. After work, you can find her thrifting, baking, or trying a new vegan restaurant.
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Twitter Roasts Shell for "Gaslighting" Consumers With Emissions PollShell's Twitter poll regarding emission reduction did not go over well with the brand's followers, as well as climate activists in the Twitterverse.
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Green People Voting Blue: Climate Activists Share Why They're Heading to the PollsClimate activists share why they're voting for Biden and Harris with Green Matters.
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Why Amy Coney Barrett's "Neutral" Views on Climate Change Are Actually DangerousAmy Coney Barrett shared her views on climate change during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and environmentalists were not impressed.
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Biden's vs. Trump's Climate Plans: Whose Policy Is Stronger? Cheaper?How do Biden and Trump’s climate plans compare?
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15 Black-Owned Vintage Stores You Can Shop OnlineThese 15 Black-owned online vintage shops will help you get your thrift on.
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How the Climate Crisis Harms Native AmericansIt's Indigenous Peoples’ Day — let's look at some of the ways the climate crisis has been harming Native Americans for centuries.
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