No Planet B

No Planet B

Wildfires blazed across California, torching over 2.1 million acres of land in 2020 alone. The year’s hurricane season consisted of 30 named hurricanes, greater than any year in history. Global sea levels are rising around 3.3 millimeters annually, threatening millions along coastal cities. The UN now forecasts over 200 million climate migrants by 2050. Since […]

2020: Just a number

My last conversation in 2019 was with my friends. We spammed our group chat with cheers about the end of the year and lamented the difficulties of ninth grade, deciding that no matter what would happen in 2020, it had to be better than 2019. Yikes. Sure, hindsight is 2020 (literally), but there was nothing […]

Shutting down for the environment

Although the global shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc in humans’ daily lives, it has also affected our environment in various ways. Just two months ago, Angelenos lined up in their cars on the 101 Freeway as they headed to work. As they sat worrying about whether or not they would arrive […]

Former Vermont Gov. addresses climate change

Former Vermont Gov. addresses climate change

Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke to students about environmental leadership and climate change during second and third period Jan. 21. Shumlin calls on administration to improve environmental footprint Shumlin’s visit is part of a larger effort from the administration to call the school community to take action on sustainability in any way they can. […]

Accountability for our planet

Accountability for our planet

Everyone is missing Greta Thunberg’s message, especially world leaders. Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, has become a major player on the world stage. She addressed the United Nations about climate change and led a series of school strikes, one here in Los Angeles Nov. 1, for the same cause. Thunberg has drawn the […]

The metal straw in an era of uncertainty

The metal straw in an era of uncertainty

My sister recently coerced our mother into buying rainbow, stainless steel straws for our family (0.5” wide and angled for better boba consumption). The straw came in a slick wood case with its own cleaning brush, and it fit easily into a bag. Toting her straw around in her backpack, my sister whips it out […]

Climate Strikes: I will not stop here

I was not involved with planning the Los Angeles Youth Climate Strike, but I walked at the front of the hundreds-strong group, leading the occasional chant, and staring down photographers’ lenses. The atmosphere was dynamic: the students were colorful and loud, flaunting their witty signs. It was powerful to be among these caring few. I […]

Students protest to raise awareness for environmental problems

In order to demand action regarding climate change, students skipped class to participate in an international, youth-led strike at Los Angeles City Hall on March 15. In the past four years, global temperatures have reached unprecedented highs, according to CNN. Across the world, extreme weather conditions such as floods, wildfires and droughts occur with increasing […]

Our generation is doomed

Our generation is doomed

Energy dominance: it’s a defining phrase of the Trump presidency. Emphasizing the expansion of coal and oil production, the doctrine actively weakens attempts to curb the growing threat of global warming. A recent report by national climate scientists is the most detailed and blunt assessment yet of the dangers of unchecked global warming, and time […]