By: Vamika Sharma
There are a lot of insects in the world, they are more populated than any other phylum on Earth. It is estimated that insects have the largest biomass of land-dwelling animals, and at any given time, there are roughly 10 quintillion individual insects alive. There are an estimated 5 million different species and only 1/5th of all species have been discovered. So, what seems to be the problem? The International Union for Conservation of Nature has been tracking 2200 species of insects and found that nearly half face declining populations. These crucial insects are challenged by climate change, loss of habitat and pesticides which are threatening their existence.
How many times, this year, were you able to step outside? The neighborhood you live in has been in the worst condition you have ever seen with trash piled up on the sidewalks and empty streets with no footprints. If this year has taught us one thing, its caution. Due to COVID-19 that resulted in over a million deaths around the world, we have grieved and suffered over the damage this pandemic has caused. We all know that the pandemic started due to a transfer from a bat to a human but the problem is rooted much deeper than this.
By: Althea Ocomen
Water is a basic human need.
Without it, survival is not possible. Yet, in 2020, 2.1 billion people still wake up each morning without access to clean water. This means that millions of vulnerable families around the world do not drink, cook, or bathe with clean water. For most rural schools and communities, access to clean water depends on outside NGOs (nonprofit organizations) purchasing or “giving” a well. However, there are millions of schools and communities that do not have access to nonprofit agencies or local government support. We must then ask ourselves: “How can we make water available for all?” Something must change.
By: Paul Warner
Taking action to reduce an individual’s environmental impact and embrace local gardens is an admirable goal. We may have a high degree of motivation to make this a priority in our lives, but our world systems do not make these choices very convenient. We end up falling back into patterns of using plastic bags, not recycling enough, using energy-consuming transportation or eating food originating from far away.
But there is a way to get your motivation to overcome convenience to enact the change you wish to see in the world.
This is the way: start by putting what you are motivated to do in your path of current convenience. What does this mean? Here are a few examples.
By Isabel Cabrera
The fashion industry as we know it produces over 10% of all humanity's carbon emissions, pollutes the oceans with microplastics, and stands as the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply. As society takes a turn to more conscious efforts, thousands of sustainable goods/sustainable fashion companies have developed.
By: Will Roth
Like many others, the tumultuous nature of this past year compelled me to plant a garden. I refrained from calling it a “Victory Garden,” skeptical of jinxing things on my first real attempt at growing food. Sure enough, that decision proved prescient, as the radishes that I harvested (weeks after they should have been ready) were about the width of a Ticonderoga #2 pencil. They tasted as if they were full of rage. I ate them all anyway.
By: Kay Kim
Any consumer will throw something into the garbage, but how many know what happens to their discarded items and where it goes? There are generally 3 different bins to throw something out:
By: Manya Gupta
Located deep in the African forests, enormous mountain gorillas are currently foraging for food. But they may not be doing so for much longer. Unfortunately, thousands of species around the world are endangered, and mountain gorillas are just one of them.
By: Isobel Li
Dorothy Stang once said “the death of the forest is the end of our life,” and she’s absolutely correct. Not only do 80% of terrestrial animals live in a forest ecosystem, but almost a third of the world also directly depends on forests to live. That’s nearly 2.6 billion people, and that number continues to grow by the day. In the past 25 years, we’ve lost more than 502,000 square miles of forest—that’s nearly two Texases—and in 2018, The Guardian reported that every second, a soccer field-sized piece of forest is cut down.
One of the places in the home that we, as a society, spend the most time is our kitchen. Between dishes, groceries, and hundreds of meals, we produce a lot of waste.There are some simple but effective ways to reduce waste in your kitchen that will help not only your wallet, but our beautiful planet, too.
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