Every Friday, fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg skips school to sit outside the Swedish parliament in order to raise awareness about climate change. She will do so until Sweden is in line with the Paris Agreement. In light of the UN’s large climate conference that starts today, her actions have inspired a global movement called Fridays for future where young people strike for the sake of the environment. Greta’s activism went viral this fall when she decided
During the last two years, climate change has taken the back seat. Between the looming threat of nuclear war, children being put in cages, and rampant transphobia in the White House, it’s no surprise that carbon emissions aren’t at the forefront of people’s minds. However, with the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords and the Trump Administration’s complete neglect of the issue, the deadline for global catastrophe is only moving up. On Tuesday, Washington
The global heat wave that struck the world this summer has gotten a lot of media attention, particularly through its relation to climate change. But how exactly does this summer stick out and why is it a strong demonstration of global warming? If you haven’t been keeping up with the heat wave news, here’s a quick break down of the ways that this summer has shown the world how climate change isn’t something of the distant
Palau is the first nation on earth to “change immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection.” From now on, visitors of the country must sign a passport pledge promising to act in an ecologically responsible way. To quote the official website, “A pledge of, for, and by Palau’s children.” The pledge is not only a monumental step forward in the battle to conserve our climate, but Palau delivers its message with elegance and sincerity.
Recently, even within the past year, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of natural disasters that have disrupted the lives of so many people. Most know that climate change is “bad” and is going to drastically affect our world eventually, but it isn’t as well broadcasted that we are already seeing its effects. Hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts are just a few of the phenomena that have become more prevalent in recent years as
Trump is an infamous climate change sceptic. For instance, during his campaign, Donald Trump described climate change as a concept that “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing less competitive.” Joke or not, it’s clear that he doesn’t take the fact that the Earth is globally 1.7°F warmer than it was in 1880 or that we are loosing 286.0 gigatonnes of land ice per year seriously. And as if that
For many years, the switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet has been a widely debated and controversial subject. Humans have been eating meat and animal products since the beginning of time, and only over the past few decades or so have many people begun to switch their largely omnivorous diet and lifestyle to cater to a more plant-based one. There are many studies that support both the negative and positive aspects of a largely plant-based diet, but do the pros outweigh the cons, or do the cons...
When I think about the popular discourse surrounding anthropological climate change, my mind always comes back to this tweet from the sitting president: It snowed over 4 inches this past weekend in New York City. It is still October. So much for Global Warming. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2011 It frames climate change in a way that makes it seem as though he — if he did believe it to exist —
The effects of climate change are glaringly obvious now more than ever. The Carribean has been ripped apart, Japan’s being dominated by tsunamis, the USA’s drowning and little islands are facing the very real possibility of their whole livelihood being taken over by the sea. But the Guna Yala autonomous region, which is inhabited by Panama’s indigenous Guna people, has an escape plan. The Guna Yala autonomous region is constructed of a strip of territory on the
In 2006, the United Nations reported that rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars. This report explained that at the current rate, breeding and raising cattle produces more greenhouse gases than all modes of transportation combined due to the high amounts of Methane gas livestock produces. This places animal agriculture as a direct and leading causes of climate change. So what part of your dinner, and/or lunch and breakfast causes a long time