1. Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Hi, I'm Lauren! Although I'm Chinese American, I've spent most of my life living in the Philippines. I'm extremely passionate about educational inequity and female empowerment. I'm an incoming freshman at Barnard College of Columbia University, where I plan to major in Political Science. I love journalism and photography!
1. Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Hi, I'm Joshua Gabriel Oluwaseyi, a 19 year old Climate Activist, Global Teen Leader, Social Entrepreneur, and Executive Director at LearnBlue Global. I huge fan of the TV show Sherlock, love all things good environment, (that's beautiful landscapes and clean and clear water bodies), my hobbies, I would say just learning stuff at random, like watching YouTube videos on American Politics and then a Video on the latest tech gadget, or surfing through several webpages for different opinions on whatever topic I search for.
By: Sarah Hieta-aho
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That old saying holds true even today. There are many people right now, who cannot or may not want to purchase containers for their garden. Either they do not have the money to spend or they want to find creative ways to reuse items they already have.
If you have a workplace, school, family member, friend, or neighbor who absolutely refuses to stop buying plastic items even though they know how bad they are for the environment—you can stockpile these and use them in your garden! Besides raiding trash and recycling bins, I also asked my local Buy Nothing Project group if they had any “trash” I could collect!
By: Arian Lobon
I’ve always been mindful of the fact that we as people often live our lives without fully considering the immense scale of consequences for our actions.In some cases, we may be aware of this potential for our actions causing harm, though we have a difficult time finding a solution to this negative impact, which is why we continue to live our lives unchanged.
By: Jussa Kudherezera
Political and security disorders are undeniable. Zimbabwe is experiencing a high population growth rate, environmental degradation and rural-urban migration that aggravate the sustainability of the current food production.
Cities are experiencing great difficulties in creating sufficient employment opportunities and this has led to high unemployment and very poor living conditions in the slum areas. Population growth in Zimbabwe is combined with a gradual shift in the focus area of poverty from rural to urban locations.
By: Anya Shetty
As of late, the world feels like it’s having one big anxiety attack. With the recent protests of the wrongful death of George Floyd against the backdrop of COVID-19, it feels almost impossible to think or talk about anything else. COVID-19 has been a prevailing issue, the main topic of news segments and newspaper articles for around 4 months now. Although lots of people know about COVID-19, not a lot of people know exactly where it came from - not just its origins in China- but exactly how it came to be. While it does seem to be a hassle and the last thing any of us needed, being the cause of many colleges closing, online graduations, waiting in outrageously long lines, and influx in zoom meetings and mask-wearing, it also plays a useful role in grasping climate change and the human environment.
By: Isabella Sferra
Pesticides are part of an evolving narrative around environmental health and human safety that pose a problem with no simple solution. They’ve been in the environmental hot seat since Rachel Carson’s publication of Silent Spring and are likely to remain so for a long time coming. While they’ve helped enable greater harvests and increased food security for millions, there is a clear need for less harmful methods of pest management. Fortunately, there are things that gardeners and farmers can do to reduce the risk of pesticides to themselves and the environment.
By: Devon Daniusis
Though COVID-19 has definitely limited the amount of publicly accessible green spaces, it has also illuminated how much can be accomplished from home! Your windowsill is the perfect place to start experimenting with growing plants, herbs and vegetables, and cultivating one’s own produce and seasonings can be one of the most gratifying growing experiences.
By: Arushi Rai
In our ever changing and growing population, sustainability is vital to preserving the Earth. As our communities expand, our carbon emissions continue to grow which causes us to have a greater carbon footprint. A large carbon footprint/CO2 emissions is very harmful to our environment. One negative impact is global climate change. This is endangering natural habitats of animals, causing glaciers to melt resulting in sea level rise, harsher weather patterns, and it’s making agriculture and human life very difficult. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we all need to learn how to become environmentally sustainable in our community.
By: Will Roth
Food waste makes up over 20% of material in landfills. Once there, it is surrounded by inorganic materials and lacks the airflow needed to break down. Instead, it releases methane, which is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Putting our food waste in the trash is the absolute last resort. Luckily, for many of us, there is an environmentally-beneficial alternative that is just as easy.
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