Imperfections of the Zero Waste Movement

The zero waste movement encourages consumers to reduce their trash production and urges a shift to a circular way of using resources. Emphasis is placed on items lifecycles including production and end of life. In the 2010s, images of sea life dying from plastics in the ocean and the statistic that the average american produces…

The Need to Act

American culture glorifies moral complacency, from Batman choosing not to kill Joker to politicians sending thoughts and prayers instead of actions, American culture praises those who do nothing “wrong” instead of those that make loud and lasting change. It discourages subversive actions and behaviors by painting them as morally ambiguous but allows inaction to lauded…

Ashley Schiff Preserve Awareness Assessment 2021

Our third Awareness Assessment survey is out! What do you think about your own university campus environment? How do you think the university should handle the forests on campus? Tell us about it and share your ideas! who? Current Stony Brook University Undergraduate students from any academic programs About? Your knowldge and opinion on Stony…

Veganism and Vegetarianism- What’s Really Ethical?

With rising awareness of the impact agriculture and raising livestock has on climate change and the quality of the environment, many environmentalists are making the switch to veganism and vegetarianism. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, their 2014 reports stated that 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions came from agriculture, forestry,…

A Strategy for Successful Environmental Conservation at a community level: Ashley Schiff Preserve and Stony Brook University

This year’s World wildlife day theme is Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. According to the website (www.wildlifeday.org), “on 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora…

Forests and their Benefits

 Forests are often taken for granted, but their existence is crucial for supporting human life on Earth – we need them to survive. The rate of net forest loss has been declining over the past decades. However, the main reason behind the decline in forest loss in the most recent decade is still due to…

The “Trump Manatee” is a Symbol of Our Society

I am sure many of you have seen/read with a painful heart the report of a Florida Manatee discovered with scarring on its body which spells the word, the name “Trump”. Personally, I find it challenging to muster the right words to describe this cynical act, no matter what was etched into this defenseless animal….

How to Manage a Sustainable Holiday Season

By Molly Showers The end-of-the year holiday season can be a time of plenty. We often give gifts, eat a lot of good food, and partake in a myriad of family holiday traditions. Unfortunately, many customary practices specific to the holiday season are not particularly sustainable, though there are eco-friendly options that you may want…

How the Pandemic shifted my Perspective on Environmental Activism

The year 2020 has been an unpleasant learning experience for us all. The onset of a lethal pandemic made the world witness situations that are only dystopian-fiction material. The fact that we are living through these troubled times is still difficult to comprehend. A pandemic is one of those things that you read about in…

A Brief History of Public Lands

Recently, the topic of public lands seems inescapable. But what are public lands exactly? Reductively speaking, public lands are lands used by the public but are owned and managed by the government. Examples are national parks, national forests, state parks, conservation areas, and various other designations. In New York, there are a multitude of federal…