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Washington Square News

Protestors march in Manhattan as part of a climate strike. Sustainability movements must recognize the need for intersectionality. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

OPINION: Let’s include voices of color into the sustainability movement

By Batoul Saleh, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

For the most part, Earth Day inspires people to post on social media with calls to action about the climate, the environment and how we, as individuals, can combat these changes. Unfortunately, the face...

The National Grid is constructing a fracked gas-line that runs through many marginalized communities in Brooklyn. This unsustainable energy method presents a real danger to the communities in which this main runs through. (Staff Photo by Alexandra Chan)

OPINION: Brooklyn’s fracked gas pipeline endangers vulnerable communities

By Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Opinion Editor April 26, 2021

A 7-mile natural gas pipeline is under construction in northern Brooklyn. The multinational utility company National Grid wants to build the pipeline to pump natural gas from Pennsylvania to Brooklyn....

America needs high-speed rail

America needs high-speed rail

By Kevin Kurian, Deputy Opinion Editor March 26, 2021

The United States falls behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to high-speed rail. From the Czech Republic to China, governments across the world are innovating to create efficient and comfortable...

NYU climate action must prioritize Indigenous knowledge

NYU climate action must prioritize Indigenous knowledge

By Michelle Han , Contributing Writer March 24, 2021

Though discussions around the climate crisis have taken a back seat to COVID-19, the pandemic has reinforced the speed with which natural disasters can break down our understanding of the economy, governance...

The Cultured Meat Solution

The Cultured Meat Solution

By Gabby Lozano , Deputy Opinion Editor February 13, 2020

Who knew the potential solution to global crises would take shape in the form of a hamburger? Well, not your average hamburger. Clean meat, cultured meat, lab grown meat: while experts argue about the...

The Significant Climate Impact of the USMCA

The Significant Climate Impact of the USMCA

By Jun Sung, Opinion Editor January 31, 2020

On Jan. 29, President Trump signed into law the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement, a free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada that builds upon the North American Free Trade...

Good for Business Isn’t Good Enough

Good for Business Isn’t Good Enough

By Cole Stallone, Opinion Editor December 2, 2019

NYU’s Chief Sustainability Officer Cecil Scheib recently outlined the reality of achieving sustainability goals at NYU: in order for them to be accepted, they must be good for business.  “NYU’s...

Pay Attention to Middle America

Pay Attention to Middle America

By Gabby Lozano, Staff Writer November 21, 2019

The 2020 presidential election is well underway, and the first caucuses in Iowa are quickly approaching. As the primaries draw nearer, there has been increased scrutiny of the candidates and their policies....

Food Injustice, or Food Ignorance?

Food Injustice, or Food Ignorance?

By Gabby Lozano, Staff Writer November 4, 2019

Former First Lady Michelle Obama cultivated a movement to increase access to the high-quality, nutrient-dense food necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One of her more innovative ideas was the White...

Redefining Environmental Activism

Redefining Environmental Activism

By Nicole Chiarella, Contributing Writer October 14, 2019

Environmental activism is not unique to the 21st century. For hundreds of years, countless individuals have fought for a cleaner and healthier Earth. The late 1890s experienced the creation of the Sierra...

NYU’s Collusion with Amazon Deforesters

NYU’s Collusion with Amazon Deforesters

By Asha Ramachandran, Contributing Writer October 3, 2019

The Amazon rainforest is still on fire. Last week, demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters took place in New York City to mark the annual U.N. Climate Action Summit, calling attention to...

Not All Activism Is Created Equal

Not All Activism Is Created Equal

By Sarah John, Contributing Writer September 30, 2019

Greta Thunberg is a climate activist. You’ve probably heard of her because of the recent climate strikes or seen the subsequent social media posts applauding her for her work and fame — applause she...