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Claire Wayner


Digital living must be our new normal

This is the life that we are going to increasingly have to live if we want a shot at limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius, a threshold that climate scientists believe marks the difference between manageable and catastrophic global change.

The need for nature in the COVID-19 crisis

The ultimate goal of all of these initiatives should not be alienation of our planet. Rather, it should be to promote a culture and global worldview that sees humans and nature as inextricably linked and that recognizes the need to preserve one, nature, in order to keep the other, human, healthy. 

The importance of bats

As winters get milder and human populations grow, we will be forced into more contact with bats, and we will have to decide whether to treat this as a conflict or as an opportunity. 

We need a student ‘utilities’ bill

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.

Recycling is not dead, but we need you to help revive it

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. 

The dangers of quantification

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. 

Number One in what?

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’s time for climate activism to burst the Orange Bubble

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.