This March, 1.4 million kids took to the streets to protect their futures. Some were marked absent from school, and many were lambasted by local news outlets, but all helped bring to light the threat of climate change and government inaction. Ever so slowly, people are taking note.
On July 5, as temperatures rose and Ann Arborites flocked to the river to spend their day on the water, they were met with a disappointing development. A sanitary sewer main breakoccurred that morning causing sewage to enter a storm pipe and empty into the river.
Happy July, everyone. Hot take: the Fourth of July sucks. Before the comments section swells with beer-drunk, barbecue-stained American spirit to chastise me, I am a patriot. I love pigging out on burgers and lathering on suntan lotion to celebrate the soldiers that fought in the dead cold with little to no food for our freedom. Sorry, I gave no warning — that was sarcasm.
In our current political climate, environmental issues typically fall along party lines. Stereotypically, liberals tend to adhere to environmentally friendly policies and climate change awareness, while conservatives do not embrace these issues in their platforms. While the politics of sustainability is definitely affecting the way people view climate change and personal habits, there is also a basis of psychological factors that can determine a person’s view and use of these methods and policies.
On June 13, 2019, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel was due in U.S. District Court in Detroit to explain the University’s sexual misconduct policy in a settlement conference for the ongoing Doe v. University of Michigan lawsuit. On June 12, this hearing was delayed until further notice.
A pop-up in my Facebook browser prompted me “How much do you think Facebook cares about its users?” I thought about it for a bit, and decided that “neither agree nor disagree” most adequately summarized my feelings.
So when Facebook thanked me for my feedback, promising to “use it to improve Facebook,” and asking me to share any additional thoughts, I decided to do my civic duty and participate in the democratic process.
Dioxane, a potentially carcinogenic chemical that has leaked into Ann Arbor’s aquifer slowly over two decades from Gelman Sciences, Inc., was found in our drinking water on two separate occasions in the Huron River and Barton Pond.
The Met, MoMA, the DIA, even our very own UMMA: There’s one thing these so-called “high art” institutions have in common — the art is usually displayed on white walls. This is done intentionally to avoid distraction, to create a void-like space in which you can experience the art while expelling your prior biases, so you may receive each piece of art with a more open mind. Those in charge of the walls can't seem to be influenced by their own design, however, as the problem with these white walls is that most of the art that adorns them is, in fact, white — and male.
In Costa Rica, there is a relaxed pace in both wild life and human nature. It is a place to truly take in the untouched world around you. When I visit, my favorite spots to explore are the empty miles of coast line, waterfalls or jungle pathways. Beaches are stripped away of human presence and footprints through the circuitous cycle of washing waves. To experience Costa Rica is to understand the beauty and importance of a place that values the natural world.