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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

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

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

Geoengineering and Climate Change

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

Trump’s Climate Change Challenge

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.

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Alya Bohr, Columnist

February 11, 2016

At the end of the day, the sad truth remains that climate change – though universal and all-encompassing – doesn’t affect us all universally.

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Allie Donahue

May 7, 2015

Shell's Arctic fleet is moving north to the Port of Seattle, and a coalition of environmental groups, including a group of students from Whitman, is planning to protest in a flotilla of kayaks on May 16. Whitman activists will join other environmentalists from the sHELL NO coalition to demonstrate...

Ocean Acidification

Jessica Parker

April 15, 2015

There have been five mass extinctions over the course of life on earth. The largest one, known as the Great Dying, occurred at the end of the Permian period, 252 million years ago. Around 96 percent of earth's marine species, 70 percent of terrestrial vertebrates and 57 percent of all insect famil...

Divestment refuels for spring

Natalie Berg

February 5, 2015

Though the Whitman College Board of Trustees stated the college will not divest from the fossil fuel industry, students in the Divest Whitman movement are still trying to change their minds. Students and faculty in favor of divestment hope the combination of the faculty resolution passed last week,...

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