Talking about Climate Change

Talking about Climate Change

By Avery Miller - Milton ‘20

In the Independent School Sustainability Coalition, Milton Academy, as well as countless other schools, are working towards being more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Our schools have implemented composting, single-stream recycling, reusable water bottles, and more. While these solutions are great, they also present a problem: they feel distant and disconnected.

Stewardship through Responsible Consumption

Stewardship through Responsible Consumption

By Rwick Sarkar - St. Mark’s

This past summer, I spent a week at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland at the Young Environmental Stewards Conference. It was a great experience during which I had the chance to meet other like-minded high school students from across the country and get first-hand experience in the field by collecting soil and water samples, observing professionals bird-band, and boarding the college’s research vessel on the Chestertown River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Wind Turbines in Block Island, RI

Wind Turbines in Block Island, RI

Many private companies are investing in clean energy developing things like solar panel fields and wind farms. However, the reality is that there is still too much carbon dioxide emitted nationally and it is a very expensive proposition to develop the infrastructures needed to produce clean energy to meet our total consumption. One significant alternative energy project that I have experienced first hand is the development of the first offshore wind farm three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, courtesy of Deepwater Wind.

Keeping it Grand: A Fight Against Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon

Keeping it Grand: A Fight Against Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon

Even though the goal of a national park is preserve and protect the land, the Grand Canyon is a battleground for its richness in uranium. Political figures are fighting to sell parts of the Grand Canyon to those seeking to earn profits from the uranium mining industry, while the Navajo nation fights to protect both the land they have lived on and their own wellbeing.

Why Red Hates Green: the 70s to 90s Conservative Backlash to the American Environmental Movement

Why Red Hates Green: the 70s to 90s Conservative Backlash to the American Environmental Movement

When Richard Nixon, a Republican president, signed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into law in January 1970, nobody found it entirely too startling. If President Ronald Reagan had done the same only ten years later, however, the nation would have been shocked. What made it so that environmental issues became a question of political affiliation by the 1990s?

Tainted Food Production: Food, Inc and Big Ag

Tainted Food Production: Food, Inc and Big Ag

A great deal of the film also focuses on human and animal rights. The food industry has an almost unlimited, convenient, and cheap supply of labor: the poor and immigrants. Overall, the film does a great job of showing how mass food production is no longer a natural process, but instead a highly mechanized, industrial system led by a few powerful people separated from the grim reality of animal agriculture.