Food is a huge part of the holiday season and with the year we’ve had so far, hearty meals are much needed. But the food we eat also has many intersections with climate change and the ongoing pandemic. From the greenhouse gas emissions to the overall agriculture industry itself, there are a lot of nuances to be understood and changes to be made. But the good news is that when it comes to our food choices, everyone has ways to make a difference in their own lives! Listen to Molly and Jennifer’s conversation with UP environmental studies professor Dr. Heather Carpenter about all of this and more!
The week of the 2020 election was incredibly stressful, but it has resulted in a victory for Joe Biden over Donald Trump which will hopefully push the U.S. towards taking action to address climate change. But while we celebrate this win, there’s still a lot to unpack and a lot of work to be done for the future we want. Today, Molly and Jennifer chat with three current environmental studies students from UP about the election and what their hopes are for the future.
Odds are you’ve probably donned a sweater, had a spiced hot beverage or even frolicked through a pumpkin patch in the past few weeks. An essential part of fall is comfort foods and baked goods that taste like the season and warm you from the inside out. Trust me when I tell you, store bought baked goods only give you a fraction of autumnal experience that home baked goods do. After scouring the internet, here are three quality tested fall baking recipes (college student friendly) that give the optimal autumnal experience.
As the 2020 U.S. election draws closer, climate change remains one of the biggest topics that are being talked about. From the candidates’ climate policies and plans to the Supreme Court to the Green New Deal ideology, there’s a lot happening that could affect the way the U.S. acts on climate change in the near future. In this episode of What on Earth? Molly and Jennifer chat with Grist reporter Zoya Teirstein for a crash course on climate policy. Resources: Grist.org - For all of your environmental-focused news needs. By calling climate change “controversial” Barrett created controversy - What Barrett’s evasive response could mean for the Republican party and climate change. How the U.S. can become a climate leader in 8 simple steps - 8 things the U.S. can start doing right now to take big action on climate change. NRDC Expert Blog - For opinion and analysis from NRDC’s science, legal, and policy experts. InsideClimate.org - Another source for climate change, energy, and environment news. Don’t forget to vote!
In the U.S., we’re seven months into the coronavirus pandemic which has changed our lives and left us with questions we may have never thought to ask. Where do viruses come from? What does it mean to be asymptomatic? How does a vaccine get made? And what do we do to stop the spread of the virus? In today’s episode of What on Earth? Molly and Jennifer talk with Dr. Susan Murray from UP’s biology department about all things COVID-19. Resources: New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker - Stay updated on the progress towards getting a safe and effective vaccine. Oregon Health Authority - For Oregon residents, find information on cases, testing, resources for mental health, and more.
At the end of June in 2019, Mattie Vanhonsebrouck received a text message from a friend saying: “Hey, I think you should get this TikTok app. You would totally get famous from it.” Vanhonsebrouck disagreed, but after arguing back and forth, they decided to try it. One month after downloading the app, Vanhonsebrouck had gone viral.
Wildfires have been raging up and down the West Coast of the U.S. Make no mistake, this is a product of climate change. Today, one year since the Global Climate Strike, Jennifer and Molly talk with Dr. Sharon Delcambre from UP's environmental science department about climate change, the West Coast wildfires, and how to stay hopeful and involved in the movement for climate action.
Last week my world went dark. Like most Northern Californians, I woke up to a thick layer of smoke that blocked out the sun and cast a dark red glow over my hometown. For the past month, wildfires have torn through the western United States, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate from their homes, destroying entire towns and setting startling records. Make no mistake, this is climate change.
Swift’s eighth studio album, “Folklore,” is a heartbreaking collection of songs inspired by made up stories. Although this album was released at the end of July, I had to wait to write a review for The Beacon, especially since “Folklore” rocks major autumnal vibes. If you’re looking for an album to spark a cathartic cleansing of emotions, this is the album for you. Do yourself a favor; light a candle, don your favorite cardigan and sit back while “Folklore” tells you tales of woe and wonder.
Like everyone else, life has shifted abruptly and dramatically for these seven photojournalists. Although The Beacon continues to work remotely amidst the coronavirus pandemic, photojournalists face new challenges as they attempt to capture images that represent the stories we continue to write. They are faced with the grief that comes from what they have lost in the transition, the frustration that comes with helplessness, and the anxiety of not knowing what will happen next.