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living downstream

The film “Living Downstream” really does sum up and epitomize our semester, in terms of the idea that we must be more conscious about how our actions effect others. This idea is highlighted and narrated by Sarah Steingraber and her … Continue reading

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why not nature?

I grew up in a cul-de-sac in a typical Boston suburban neighborhood filled with plenty of children my age, some older and some younger. Yet despite this seemingly ideal setup, my brother and sister and I were usually the only … Continue reading

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millenials vs. baby boomers

The generational gap between baby boomers and millenials with regard to environmental awareness is sharply stark. Even my parents who are the products of a northeastern liberal arts college would admit that little to none of their education emphasized terms … Continue reading

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is “poverty” inescapable?

When you hear the word poverty, what comes to mind? Before taking this class, the first thing I would think of would be beggars in New York City who loitered outside of McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts, shaking old coffee cups … Continue reading

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sometimes I don’t understand what the environmental movement wants to me believe

In this week’s reading of Cradle to Cradle, I realized how confused I sometimes become when examining the environmental movement and initiatives that McDonough & Braungart, Orr and others discuss in their work. The confusion struck me when we were … Continue reading

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its more than just a pipeline

After the Pipelines in PA discussion on Monday night, I felt somewhat unsatisfied about what I had learnt. While the panelists gave compelling arguments, I did not think that they gave well rounded, cost benefit analysis of the positive and … Continue reading

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the demise of capitalism within these limestone walls

I was very struck by Chapter 10 “The Problem of Sustainability” in David Orr’s Hope is an Imperative by the author’s explanation of the end of our capitalistic system. While Orr and others usually spend time hating our modern world system, this … Continue reading

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the self-interested American

My friend Austin made a comment last class period that really made me think; “Why is government the most important player in this eco-movement?” While I hate to admit it, government has an enormous impact on the success or the … Continue reading

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first month

Its’ been over a month since I landed in Yaoundé along with 9 other Dickinsonians. After going through a honeymoon period during the first week, we ran into a period of difficulty and sickness during the second week. Some might … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong and Maintaining Relationships

  As my internship comes to a close, the value of finishing strong is becoming very apparent. Looking around at the group of interns that are working here at PKSOI, it is clear that not everyone working here has the … Continue reading

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