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The Climate Clock is ticking, but for whom?

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.

Sile Surman, Columnist

October 8, 2020

In the last several weeks, you may have come across a picture circulating around social media of a large digital timer in New York City. An Instagram post of the 15-digit clock from Washington Post garnered well over one million likes. The Climate Clock, created by Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, faces Union...

We can’t get back to “normal”

Sile Surman, Columnist

September 10, 2020

If you haven’t parsed through Trump’s 2020 campaign platform yet, first of all, smart thinking. It’s a waste of time. The "goals" are so vague and unattainable that I question the judgment of its author. (I seriously question the judgment of the entire administration, too, but that’s beside the po...

Foot fetishists urge public to make carbon footprint as large as possible

Ann Karneus, Toe Sucker

March 12, 2020

Last week, Foot Fetishists United (FFU) issued a controversial press release stating that they are in support of climate change.  “While overwhelming scientific evidence shows that the planet is warming, we actually see this as a positive footstep in the right direction. We urge the public to r...

Green New Deal Q & A with Professor Brick

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2020

What is the Green New Deal? Besides serving as an example of the current polarization of climate-related issues, the Green New Deal is a legislative package that proposes sweeping changes to the current energy and job structure of society. The Green New Deal relies on a shift to clean energy and r...

What you can do to stop climate change

Gavin Victor, Columnist

October 9, 2019

In the wake of the climate strike, it's obvious that Americans are worried about climate change. We know our culture is doing something wrong, but we brush the guilt off of ourselves and onto corporations. This is an act of indifference: the deflection of moral burden is completely invalid. We shoul...

Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you should know about

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 9, 2019

The 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg, a climate change activist, has been making headlines all over the world since she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness for climate change. She has also given powerful speeches that have been broadcasted by media all over the world. However, Gr...

Divestment: An Economic Perspective

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

November 9, 2018

During the height of the U.S. anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s, college students all across the nation protested university investment in companies that traded with or owned operations in South Africa. Due to increasing pressure from these students, many institutions divested from these companies ind...

Geoengineering and Climate Change

Illustration by Abby Takahashi

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018

Geoengineering is the concept that we can directly use our technology to alter the climate. Instead of our effects on the environment being collaterally harmful, they can be positive, intentionally. Geoengineering is a highly debated hypothetical solution to the anthropogenic climate change problem, involvi...

Community, Commissioners, Respond to Water Bottling Proposal

Community, Commissioners, Respond to Water Bottling Proposal

Ben Kunz and Christy Carley

February 15, 2018

On November 29, 2017, Darlene and Perry Dozier filed an amendment to the Zoning Code Text Amendments through the Community Development Department to allow them to start bottling water on their farmland in Waitsburg. The proposal has two components: the first would amend the Walla Walla County Code to ...

Trump’s Climate Change Challenge

Illustration by Catalina Burch

Jack Fleming, Columnist

September 10, 2017

American political leaders are typically swept into office on a tidal wave of partisan fervor driven by their own campaign rhetoric. This was especially true in the 2016 election; the partisan lines drawn during the rancorous and divisive campaign season were impossible to ignore. But after the dust s...

Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

May 5, 2016

It is painful to see a major news outlet ignore questions that need to be asked and criticisms that need to see the light of day—it is painful because it happens over and over again in the media.

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

North Bennett

February 15, 2016

The Pioneer previews four workshops from the 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium via a Q&A with workshop organizers.

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