What 2016 Could Mean for the Climate

In this historic presidential primary race that has so far been characterized by chaotic rallies, a disjointed GOP, and a real estate mogul turned Republican frontrunner, media outlets have enjoyed an abundance of issue-pertinent and drama-filled footage. Over the past few months, the country has watched primary candidates debate headline issues such as minimum wage and immigration, but one issue has been largely absent from the candidates’ campaigns. After a close second-place finish at the first caucus in Iowa, Bernie Sanders stated in his speech: “The debate is over: Climate…

#ExxonKnew

For decades Exxon Mobil has funded climate change dissenters. These dissenters have varied in profession from lobbyists, politicians, and other carbon industry promoters to MIT and Princeton trained scientists. This climate change denying machine has spent millions and has successfully prevented widespread acceptance of the realities of climate change among the American people. In the process, Exxon and other oil and energy companies have done so much to exacerbate the destruction of this planet. The very nature of their business, the extraction of carbon based fuel sources, causes massive production…

Why the Current Approach to Environmental Policy Needs to Change

Mention the name Richard Nixon to the average American citizen and the first images that pop into their mind will undoubtedly be those of Watergate. The scandal changed how the country viewed the Presidency and forever redefined a man, eclipsing his other achievements almost entirely. One of these achievements was the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency, which consolidated existing efforts to combat human activity’s effect on the Earth’s climate. Since 1970 the Agency has grown in size and scope, using its current annual budget of $7.9 billion to “protect…

Going Green in Greensburg, Kansas

In the wake of disaster, communities face many pressing questions. One such question is how to go about the rebuilding process. When a tornado destroyed 95 percent of Greensburg, Kansas, that process included a concerted effort to rebuild sustainably. Greensburg, Kansas—population of just over 1,300—used to be known for little more than having the world’s largest hand-dug well. Then, on May 4, 2007, an EF5 tornado (the largest possible) struck the town. The tornado, measuring an estimated 1.7 miles across, destroyed 95 percent of the town and damaged the other…

Why Millennials Are Generation Responsibility

In 2011, William Deresiewicz contested in The New York Times that youth cultures of the past could be defined by two factors: The emotions which they assign the most value and their ideal social form. He used the boom of liberation in the late 1960s as an example, writing “for the hippies, the emotion was love: love-ins, free love, the Summer of Love, all you need is love.” For them, the ideal social form was utopia, “understood in collective terms: the commune, the music festival, the liberation movement.” Our generation, known…