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Nuclear Power Offers Different Solution

Nuclear Power Offers Different Solution

Dani Hupper

October 31, 2013

After Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island (nuclear power plants that unintentionally exposed thousands to radioactivity), it has been taboo for an environmentalist to be pro-nuclear. While I don't mean to be unsympathetic to the victims of radioactivity-caused cancers, we should not forget nuc...

Meat’s Contribution to Climate Change

Meat’s Contribution to Climate Change

Dani Hupper

October 17, 2013

It probably seems impossible to give up sizzling bacon with your eggs in the morning, barbecue ribs right off the charcoal grill or Grandma's roasted Thanksgiving turkey. But if you're seriously committed to minimizing your carbon footprint, consuming less meat may be the simplest, most effective decision you can ...

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Dani Hupper

October 10, 2013

The public debate on hydraulic fracturing (the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack rock formations and release natural gas) is nearly impossible to follow. It's hard to find unbiased information on a subject so intermingled with political and economic self-...

Meet Tristan Sewell, Whitman’s New Sustainability Coordinator

Dylan Tull

August 6, 2013

While Whitman students have a reputation for being environmentally forward thinking, there has never been a permanent staff member to harness that passion on a wider scale in terms of school policy and plans for the future. New Sustainability Coordinator Tristan Sewell, who arrived on campus on Monday, July 1, is hoping to end ...

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Sam Chapman

May 13, 2013

At Whitman, ideals are one thing you can always count on finding somewhere. There is no shortage of people who believe strongly in something––in the end of rape culture, the abolition of modern slavery, the inadvisability of GM crops––and assert that the only way to get it is to fight for it. This...

Individual Blame Won’t Address Environmental Problems

Sam Chapman

April 25, 2013

I find it hard to recall the moment I first became an environmentalist. It's not as defined as the instant I became a writer (after reading "The Amber Spyglass" at the age of 11) or an environmental humanities major (about the fifth week of organic chem lab). What I do remember is that when my tender...

Letter to the Editor: Whitman Must Be Accountable on Climate Change

April 18, 2013

I have joined a campaign at my college to call for our endowment to be divested from the companies with the largest reserves of fossil fuels. We call for divestment in solidarity with people on the front lines of extreme resource extraction (like mountaintop-removal coal mining and fracking) and victims...

Divestment Should Be More than Just Symbolic

April 11, 2013

This column was contributed by Martha Sebald '14 This past weekend, a few dozen students and student representatives crowded into Reid Campus Center for an informational hearing to help ASWC determine whether or not it will support divestment: an important conversation indeed. Here I would like to ...

Environmentalists Are Not All Well-Off

Sam Chapman

April 4, 2013

The image conjured by the word "environmentalist"––a vague and overlong term I still hate––is similar to the vision of the typical Whittie: a semi-outdoorsy, dirty-blonde post-hippie who jogs in sandals, feels very deeply about only the trendiest of issues, and is, in all likelihood, financially...

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Lachlan Johnson

February 21, 2013

Campus Climate Challenge's (CCC) campaign to encourage Whitman to divest from fossil fuels has gained traction on campus, but has met with new challenges as students and administrators disagree over the best way to use the investment to lower the burning of fossil fuels. Students and administrators...

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

Sam Chapman

January 24, 2013

In 1970, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans––10 percent of the entire population––to a nationwide protest. This was the tail end of the Vietnam Era, when young people were justifiably outraged at a system that had failed them and their planet. Sensing a threat to their interests,...

Hurricane Sandy Shakes Things Up for East Coast Whitties

Hurricane Sandy Shakes Things Up for East Coast Whitties

Emily Lin-Jones

November 15, 2012

Hurricane Sandy interrupted everyday life for many people, including Whitman students, when the storm tore through the eastern United States two weeks ago. "I remember talking to my mom on her cell phone that night and she said it sounded like a freight train outside," said Hensley Fradkin, a senior from Westchester County in New York....

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