• News,  This Week's Paper

    Is Queens College green?

     Young people across the country are rising up and speaking out about the need to take serious action when it comes to climate change.  A recent report from the United Nations warns that in just 10 years, Earth’s global temperatures will rise by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, even further exacerbating extreme weather, storms, and drought around the world. Humanity must make drastic changes to carbon emissions and work toward more resilient communities. In April, the Queens College community, led by the Urban Studies Department, came together for a forum on the Green New Deal, a nationwide movement toward revamping our economy and reinvesting in the infrastructure needed to save our planet.…

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    Faith groups provide local solutions to climate change

    Religious and secular groups joined together on Nov. 11 at the Blackbox Theater in Rathaus Hall to talk about climate change and solutions to it. The Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding, along with other city-wide groups, created the event to unite groups of different faiths—Christianity, Islam and Judaism—as well as non-religious groups, like the New York Public Interest Research Group. Yael Rosenstock, director of programming at CERRU, said the organization’s fourth Innovation Exchange program is different than before, as it would feature different sessions. “This year, we decided to transform the structure into a more participatory event. That’s why, when the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Central Queens Y approached us about doing…

  • Op-Eds

    Mercy, mercy me and why the ecology needs to be protected

    Originally, for this op-ed, I intended to shame students obsessed with making astronomical salaries in their career and how they were ignorant of an upcoming climate catastrophe. I felt such an idiotic perspective should be challenged. However, after listening to podcasts like “Citizen Radio” and reading about Fight for 15, I began to reconsider what I was doing and looked at my personal rules I follow in journalism. One of them is get out of the way for the story. I began to think to myself, “Am I placing myself in a major issue to feel great about myself?” Is it right I report on the divestment movement to empower…

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    Club Spotlight on QC Environmental Club

    Queens College’s Environmental Club is a student-run organization focusing on making the campus more eco-friendly and introducing the benefits of sustainability both on and off campus. It was founded in 1998, said the QC website, and their main initiative is to spread awareness and make the world more livable, both for today and for future generations. President Nicole Smith, Vice President Lisa Darrigo and Treasurer/Secretary Leah Goodman currently run the club. Their slogan is “Think Global Act Local.” “We are a group of young students in a generation that needs to take action now. We have the ability to use our voice to make a difference and spread awareness about…