The practices which Princeton employs currently — to make every service free, regardless of the resources used — are cultivating a wasteful mindset among us undergraduates which will end up costing us and the Earth more after graduation. Instead of allowing its students to be willfully ignorant within the Orange Bubble, the University should begin charging us on a usage basis, teaching us to be more conscientious and responsible citizens of this planet while helping us to save money in the long run.
Tragically, Tigerbook is a shell of what it used to be.
Recycling allows us to get there, but only if we all participate willingly and enthusiastically. It’s not that difficult to take five minutes to familiarize yourself with Princeton’s recycling guidelines and then change your daily routine to make sure you’re tossing things away correctly.
There are certainly benefits to statistics and dollar amounts – they help us make quick assessments of the worth of a project or the costs of certain actions. Yet it is also up to us to constantly remember what is lost in the quantification process and to learn to recognize and communicate those losses when we can.
In the 21st century, however, with the increasing emphasis on both equitable representation among the undergraduate student body and ethical institutional behavior, there is more to a university than just test scores and salaries post-graduation.
It is in this space of confusion and social angst, wondering whether we as a species can ever come to grips with the permanent damage that fossil fuels will inflict on our planet, where I have found climate activism, such as the upcoming Global Climate Strike on Friday, to be most compelling and useful.
And consider this article an exhortation. If you were expecting a robust political activism scene here as I was, given the prowess of the Woodrow Wilson School, think again. It’s up to us — including you, Class of 2023 — to change that.
To minimize this reckless disposal and waste, Princeton needs to stop giving out free shirts or at least place severe limits and regulations on the trade.
Despite all of the warnings that students wouldn’t vote, our climate referendum ended up passing with 42 percent of the campus voting and 95 percent voting in its favor.
While referenda may not immediately modify administrative actions, they do a fantastic job at sparking and accelerating conversation among their topics of interest.