Humans’ impact on the environment is not just limited to the rivers and lands — we also have enormous influence beyond our planet. From the first launch in 1957, humanity has been launching thousands of projectiles into space. However, except for astronauts that have safely returned, everything we have sent up is still there. The atmosphere is polluted with thousands of objects, no different than all the pollutants dumped in our oceans. On Earth, natural processes disintegrate or just moves our trash out of sight — everything in space stays there unless we bring it back down.
By Mariah Padilla (she/her)| May 27, 2021
Climate Change. Climate Crisis. Climate emergency.
All too often these words and phrases evoke images of the melting polar ice caps, of rising sea levels, and of natural disasters of increasing ferocity. I have found myself often pondering, wondering, and questioning, why do these phrases not evoke images of people and communities? I believe that as a society we have created a nostalgic and eerily comforting image that the impending climate crisis is a phenomena separate from our current lives. It is a problem reserved for non-human species, for future generations. …
“Natural scenery…is for itself and at the moment it is enjoyed. The attention is aroused and the mind occupied without purpose…There is little else that has this quality so purely.”
-Frederick Law Olmsted, Landscape Architect
Earlier in May, the Biden administration released a plan, pledging to conserve 30% of America’s wilderness from future development by 2030. It goes on to encourage building green spaces in areas that historically lacked access to nature, preventing degradation of habitats, and protecting natural resources. The plan is not official law, more of an announced outline for federal action — but these types of efforts…
By Desiree Chalmers
Don’t let the tiny paw prints, fluffy fur and charming whiskers fool you. Your household feline companion may be much more fierce than you think — and if they spend any time outdoors, they are likely disrupting the natural local ecosystem!
Studies have shown that cats are an invasive predator, meaning that they disrupt the natural food chains when they go outside and kill animals that are native to the region. Around the world pet cats are directly responsible for the extinction of 33 bird species, and in the United States they are estimated to kill more…
In a summer which marked the hottest US temperature on record in Death Valley, and five wildfires ranking in the top six of California’s largest fires, a hot summer and dry winter forebode an even worse crisis as the state reels from the tragedies of the pandemic. While time seemed inconsequential during quarantine, seasons did pass, and they passed without water. With drought creeping in as water seeps out, California prepares for another devastational, possibly worse, fire season.
Sarthak Raval. Apr 30, 2021
No other event has the scope of Earth Day — the day’s observance extends throughout the entire globe and is meant to honor the Earth’s people, ecosystems and animals. Earth Day stands out from other annual events, as it has a form of prescribed ritual for the occasion. Just as people are expected to exchange presents in December or feast on Thanksgiving — Earth Day is observed by encouraging people to do good for the environment: communities host litter pickup days, towns conduct recycling drives, and schools hold events for their students. Earth Day has…
Alexandria Williams April 23, 2021
Similar to the bombardment of supermarkets with a slew of organic labels, ‘carbon neutral’ peppers business websites, product labels, and corporate advertisements. While the implication of offsetting carbon emission is in the name, is neutrality a good step in addressing climate change? Focusing on a common carbon offset method, reforestation, this article critiques carbon neutrality for allowing business as usual and upholding the very systems perpetuating climate change.
The 2015 Paris Climate Accord, in line with keeping temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, established a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by…
Alexandria Williams April 7, 2021
When shopping at the local supermarket or co-op, food items everywhere contain a “green” slogan. Consumers find themselves bombarded with different labels all claiming to be “natural”, “organic”, “non-GMO”, “ecofriendly”, and “sustainable”, but what does it all mean? In searching to discover the truth behind the labels, this story uncovers more of how the spirit of a movement meant to liberate the food system from toxins, no longer runs counter to industrialized agriculture.
Sarah Schuette February 24, 2021
Advancements in traveling-focused technology and growing interests in varying cultures have caused tourism to become a treasured activity for many individuals. Traveling across a nation or overseas to witness the natural and unnatural wonders of other regions is often equated to a modern day vacation. This perspective has both benefits and consequences for the environment. Tourism is a great way to encourage people to appreciate aspects of life outside of the familiar. However, the toxic chemicals released by traveling vehicles and the events and activities associated with tourism also has immense consequences for the environment…
By Alexandria Williams
Almost everyone, whether it’s you, your friends, or a family member, has tossed a banana peel or orange peel on the ground with the adage, “it’s biodegradable”. As a result, food waste is strewn across environments as if people are returning the organic substance to its natural form, but nature and its products are not a one size fits all. Humans often imagine biodegradable as coming from the earth, and therefore returnable, but this ignores the vast variety of environments, organisms, and ecosystems existing within nature. …
Campus Center for the Environment is a student-run, student-funded environmental advocacy unit of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis