I am the first Durham MEM student set to participate in what will hopefully grow into a strong reciprocal exchange with Duke’s sister school in Kunshan, China.
I came to realize that “it’s complicated” adequately describes almost everything I’ve encountered in relation to Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project.
A lot of the costs of climate change will be borne by society at large, through taxes and insurance premiums.
For Rose Abejero, a poet and environmentalist, livelihoods are not only the cause of destruction but the reason for protection. She’s just one example of the many perspectives that have reshaped my own this summer.
In light of this assault on an environmental policy that did its job, what can a despairing environmentalist do?
Although untouched remains a myth and pristine has ceased to exist, the remote stunning nature of the African wilderness is what draws people near and far. The ubiquity of plastic is not something new.
Contaminated sites are often synonymous to barren, unproductive eye-sores. However, these sites hold tremendous potential to be transformed into assets that could propel Hawaii into a clean energy future.
I recognized that I will always have to work to gain people’s trust and sometimes it won’t feel good. It will require me to reflect deeply, un-learn to re-learn, and be wholly uncomfortable.
With environmental news perpetually disheartening, the tragedy that struck Cape Town filled me not with discouragement nor worry, but rather hope.
As my internship ended, I thought about this project and how it still feels incomplete. There are hundreds more stories needing to be told, people eager to be given a voice.