COVID-19 Has Caused Food Insecurity
By: Jussa Kudherezera
Considering the fact that summer is with us, now is the optimal time for TUGI Zimbabwe to start work on our gardens, but COVID-19 has given rise to food insecurity and shortages for the majority of Zimbabweans. There is a need to spearhead urban gardening and experience high yields for our communities to compensate for the lack of food during the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 has disrupted the nation as a whole, especially concerning agriculture. If urban agriculture is well established, it will help communities to sustain themselves even with the lockdowns in Zimbabwe.
Greenwashing and How to Avoid It
By: Danielle Labrum
Greenwashing is defined as when, “a company or organization spends more time and money on marketing themselves as environmentally friendly than on minimizing their environmental impact” (Corcione). Dozens of so-called ‘green’ companies are deceiving thousands of buyers in order to make more money and then using their resources to cover up this corruption.
5 Most Endangered Species
By: Althea Ocomen
For some species, time on planet Earth is running out. Human beings are the greatest threat to the survival of endangered species with poaching, habitat destruction, and the effects of climate change and deforestation causing detrimental problems within the environment.
By: Carlos Trejo
Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables is easy if you have your own garden, but what if you live in an urban area? The concept of an urban veggie garden is becoming more popular, and it’s easy to start your own with the right space and the right materials. Even if you’re new to the idea of gardening, you can still start your very own urban vegetable garden at home. Read on for some advice and insight that will inspire you to start enjoying the fruits of your labor without ever having to leave the house.
Why Are Species Endangered?
By: Althea Ocomen
An endangered species is a specific group of organisms that are threatened by extinction. Species become endangered for two main reasons: loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation.
By: Shriya Atreya & Tanvi Pulavarthy
No matter how young or old, sustainable life is always attainable. Although it can be difficult in a more uninformed household, it is easier than you think! As teens ourselves, we face the same struggle. Through our experiences, we have learned some helpful tips and tricks to be more sustainable while living under someone else’s roof.
A Revolution Called Youth
By Ankita Baidya
At first glance, sustainable development means to improve upon our society without compromising the future of it. This statement is true, but sustainable development, in reality, has a fuller meaning than first comes to mind.
By: Althea Ocomen
The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, harming the citizens residing in that area. The chemicals, resistant to breaking down in the environment, are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Some have been linked to cancers, liver damage, low birth weight, and other health problems which may shorten the average lifespan of an adult. The findings by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) show the group's previous estimate in 2018, based on unpublished U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, that 110 million Americans may be contaminated with PFAS, could be far too low.
By: Anya Shetty
During quarantine, many people can leave their rooms, go to their kitchen, and can see a myriad of options. Do you want a sandwich with whole-wheat bread, turkey, and mustard? Do you want some chips or ice cream? Maybe you’ll opt for something more healthy like a salad or a fruit bowl. The overall point is that you open your pantry, open your fridge, open your freezer, and see options. Many people in the country, however, don’t have these options, especially those living in low-income communities. Injustice and inequality have been engraved into the DNA of the United States since its conception. This injustice has spanned from police brutality, rejection to the right to vote, Jim Crow Laws, and wage gaps but, there is one area where injustice is unexpectedly prevalent: food. Food justice should be more discussed as it impacts a fair percentage of the United States and everyday communities. The question at issue here is whether or not low-income communities and people of color are more impacted by food injustice? According to research studies and prestigious news outlets: yes. Low-income communities and people of color are disproportionately affected by food injustice which halts social equality and mobility by promoting racial and economic inequality.
By: Sarah Hieta-aho
A garden is a valuable and tasty commodity in an urban setting, and soon starts to look very inviting to the local wildlife. Neighborhood stray cats may want to use your garden as a litter box or roll around among your plants. Birds may eat unprotected starts and seedlings. Raccoons, rats, or other rodents may start sniffing around your compost pile or fresh fruit and veggies. You may have to deal with slugs, earwigs, or caterpillars. You may wonder what has been leaving half eaten squash or tomatoes around your balcony. Hint: It might be some squirrels!
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