Sustainability Film Series: Antarctic expeditions in “Ice and Sky”

On Wednesday, February 8, the Common Experience Project presented the third film of the Sustainability Film Series, “Ice and Sky,” which follows the story of Claude Lorius, one of the first leading glaciologists. After his first journey to Antarctica at the age of 23, Lorius, made several expeditions to the coldest parts of the planet…

Free movies that free the mind: The Spring Sustainability Film Series

A free, thought-provoking, environmental documentary may be one of the more therapeutic ways to process the socio-political-environmental state of affairs in the United States and around the world. Each semester, the Common Experience Project on Sustainability provides students with this opportunity, followed by meaningful discussion, with its Sustainability Film Series. Playing at the Athena Cinema…

Saved For Now –– Environmentalists vs. Keystone XL Pipeline

By Bethany N. Bella American environmentalists celebrated a victory last Tuesday, Nov. 18, when the controversial Keystone XL pipeline was struck down in the United States Senate, with a narrowly-missed 59-41 majority in favor of the “biggest carbon bomb on the planet.” But environmental activists shouldn’t get too comfortable –– Republicans take over the Senate…

Debatin Talks: How Countries Respond to Climate Change

By Bethany N. Bella After discussing the implications ofrising sea levels, due to rapidly-advancing climate changes in the Earth’s atmospheric concentrations, Dr. Bernhard Debatin of Ohio University’s environmental journalism program argued that each nation’s response to these sea level changes will ultimately affect citizens’ opinions in preventing further atmospheric warming. “Different countries have different traditions in…

Issue 7 Passes, Bans Fracking in Athens

By Cassie Kelly, Editor-in-Chief Video by Cassie Kelly On Nov. 4, Election Day, Athens’ Bill of Rights Committee gathered around the television, awaiting the fate of their proposed mandate to ban fracking operations within city limits, known as Issue 7. After years of petitioning, picketing, fundraising and registering people to vote, Issue 7 passed by…

Miss Earth Ohio: Joshelyn Smith

Story by Taylor Stano   Ohio University junior and Athens native, Joshelyn Smith, represented the state of Ohio in the 2014 Miss Earth United States beauty pageant, held on July 12 in Los Angeles, California. Smith and the other state delegates made public appearances, participated in community service acts, and attended sustainability fairs to promote environmental…

Mad Leaf’s mission

By Cassie Kelly During one of his many hikes at Valley of Fire State Park just outside of Las Vegas, NV, Brent Martin happened upon an idea that would fuel his desire to own a business as well as save the planet. Martin established Mad Leaf Apparel, based out of Dallas, TX, in July 2014 with…

The Pledges and Promises of Climate Change

Story by Bethany N. Bella Since Al Gore’s infamous film An Inconvenient Truth thrust the idea of global warming into everyday American politics, climate change has become a highly-contested, highly-controversial issue. Despite results from the “Global Carbon Budget of 2014” (recently published in the journal Earth System Science Data Discussions) indicating global greenhouse emissions have risen…