Change the Values That Have Destroyed the Environment

The planet is in peril. Society’s mass production and consumption have created a multitude of environmental crises: global warming, mass species extinction, ecosystem failure. The list goes on. The response to this societal crisis — specifically, the degradation of the natural environment — has been timid. Where global warming has not been met without outright denial, the solutions have been mixed. Many seem to think that a carbon tax will be a cure-all, when in reality we’ll need something much more ambitious (perhaps the Green New Deal). …


Green New Deals are all the rage. Although the name has been around for a while, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, submitted to Congress in 2019, was the first to gain major prominence. Her Green New Deal set forth the reasonable goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, while also creating millions of good jobs and supporting vulnerable communities. Given the popularity of her proposed resolution, it should come as no surprise that a faction of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada wants to get in on the action, proposing “Canada’s Green New Deal” at the…


A Case for Impeachment

The world watched in horror on Wednesday as a pro-Trump rioters, incited by President Trump, laid siege to the Capitol Building (with the aim of overturning November’s election results). The violent white supremacist mob beat a Capitol Police Officer to death, endangered elected officials, and ransacked the Capitol Building. The House of Representatives has started a new impeachment proceeding against the president due to his role in Wednesday’s attack — an attack which 21% of voters and 45% of Republicans supported. This support is not surprising; it is the logical outcome of Trumpism. It has been suggested that impeachment should…


The past few months have helped reveal flaws in our society and economy. During times of prosperity, such as the past decade, it is easy to lose sight of the less fortunate, and even of those vital to the day-to-day functioning of our economy. However, a few months of economic shutdown, with only essential businesses remaining operable, have shown that society’s essential workers are also often its least acknowledged, valued, and well-paid.

We as a society have come to place the utmost value upon free-markets and deregulation (in a word, neoliberalism), resulting in unintended consequences — the most dire of…


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Today is an odd day, for today is the day America elects a new president. It is particularly odd from the perspective of a dual citizen, both having a say in America while simultaneously viewing America from the outside. Born, raised, and living in Canada, I realize that I’m not the most likely of Americans.

I have only been to America three times in my life — spending less than four months of my life in the country. However, I can trace my family history in America back to 1635, when my British ancestors sailed from Romsey to settle in…


Scientists have warned of global warming since the ’80s, yet the crisis is as dire as ever. Politicians have stalled climate solutions for decades. Year after year, politicians decided it was too much trouble to end global warming. Apparently, it cost too much to leave a healthy environment for future generations.

Being born in 2001, nature has been at risk my entire life. Politicians could have done something. They could have phased out fossil fuels, and championed conservation. Instead, politicians did nothing. British Columbians have had an excellent opportunity to protect nature, yet all we have to show for it…

Saverio Colasanto

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