The IPBES Global Assessment was released last week, painting a vivid picture of our planet’s current environmental trajectory. The report details the multifaceted threats to our food security, biodiversity, and general way of life, simultaneously offering policy-based solutions to a number of said problems.
Its conclusion is clear, which I will try to spell out without overstating it:
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason blocked the Trump administration’s year-long initiative to scale back Obama-era legislation protecting the Arctic from large-scale drilling operations. The decision upholds a ban on energy exploration in over 128 million acres of ocean off the Alaskan coast.
In a rapidly changing world, sustainability has become a centerpiece of the public conversation surrounding the environment. With the US government’s attempts at clean energy initiatives being generally sidelined by powerful corporate lobbyists, private institutions have taken it upon themselves to adopt more energetic environmental practices. In this space, the private sector has found varying degrees of success, with a whole host of economic, behavioral, and structural challenges barring the full breadth of potential progress. And in a particularly interesting way, OES serves as a microcosm for both the successes and failures of the current system.
Three days before my seventh birthday, my parents woke me up at midnight to watch the bottom of the ninth inning. It was game 4 of the 2007 World Series, and I had fallen asleep in my Dustin Pedroia jersey.
The Dig’s mission has always been to report on school-related issues that it feels are most pertinent to the student body, often opting to leave politics to markedly less prestigious publications like the New York Times or the Washington Post.
In its Mission Statement, OES commits itself to helping its students realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities. But over the last several years, as the intensity of the national political atmosphere has tested the school’s commitments to civic engagement, inclusion, and open dialogue, it has backed down at every turn.