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Cattle and carbon: Why I chose to stop eating beef

An expanding animal agriculture industry leads to deforestation to open up new lands, but by cutting down on customer demand by either eliminating or minimizing personal beef consumption, the impact is twofold: forested lands are protected, combating the effects of CO2 emissions, and methane produced by cattle farming decreases.

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

January 21, 2020

At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit held on Sept. 23 in New York City, one speaker’s words were particularly convicting. In a YouTube video from Guardian News, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg boldly declared to world leaders, “Right here, right now, is where we draw the line...

#TeamTrees raises environmental awareness

by Mark Hu and Nina Gee

November 18, 2019

A large black number hovers momentarily at 19,999,966 on a live YouTube subscriber count and suddenly spikes past 20 million; James “Jimmy” Donaldson, better known as MrBeast, has just reached 20 million subscribers on YouTube. The ensuing torrent of comments and Reddit posts all prompt him to do...

Hurricane Dorian strikes coast: Rebuild process begins after 8 billion dollars in damages

Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas on Aug. 24.

by Anmol Velagapudi and Irene Yuan

November 9, 2019

Dorian, the latest major incident of climate change, was the most intense tropical storm on record to hit the Bahamas. Causing more than seven billion dollars in damages, it is just one of the many hurricanes and cyclones that have occurred this year. As weather changes, storms escalate and the planet ...

“No Planet B”: Students, faculty join millions worldwide on strike at rally for climate action

Climate strikers march down Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose, chanting and shouting for environmental protection policies and governmental action. Last Friday, millions of protestors around the world took to the streets to demand climate action from national governments, most of these strikes led by youth activists.

by Sriya Batchu, Kathy Fang, and Arushi Saxena

September 22, 2019

As a student speaker dressed in a red shirt finishes her speech and steps away from the microphone, the vast crowd of mostly young people erupts in cheers while waving brightly colored handmade signs with slogans such as “I’d be in school if the planet were cool” and “The climate is changing ...

Climate change: “The existential crisis of our time”

The logistics team brainstorms how to get students to Diridon, the starting place of the Sept. 20 climate strike.

by Eric Fang, Mark Hu, Nina Gee, and Saloni Shah

August 30, 2019

Youth demand climate action  The sidewalk outside the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel was flooded with yellow. Last Friday, over 250 young people protested outside of the hotel, where the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting was being held. They carried yellow posters with words li...

The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal

by Arya Maheshwari, Varsha Rammohan, Lucy Ge, and Michael Eng

April 27, 2019

The icecaps are melting. Wildfires and polar vortices are breaking out. The ocean is acidifying. Category 5 hurricanes are ripping through the U.S. seemingly every year. In the face of looming disaster, the Green New Deal (GND) attempts to address the increasingly detrimental effects of climate change. ...

Climate Narrative Project founder shares career story in upper school visit

Jeff Biggers motions during an interview.  Biggers, the founder of the Climate Narrative Project, a project dedicated to the convergence of science and the humanities to effectively communicate the message of climate change, visited the upper school on Feb. 8 and participated in the faculty retreat over the following weekend.

by Nicole Tian and Arya Maheshwari

March 24, 2019

Jeff Biggers, the founder of the Climate Narrative Project, a project dedicated to the convergence of science and the humanities to effectively communicate the message of climate change, visited the upper school on Feb. 8 and participated in the faculty retreat over the following weekend. As part of ...

Over 250 students step out of class in climate strike

Green Team members Alex Shing (11), Sachi Bajaj (10), and Anvi Banga (11) led Harker students on a walkout as part of the Youth Climate Strike. Green Team organized the event, which was partaken in by students all around the world in efforts to push lawmakers to focus on climate-related policy.

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

March 16, 2019

Over 250 students participated in a 15-minute walkout organized by Green Team on Friday in solidarity with the Youth Climate Strike. The Youth Climate Strike was participated in by students from around 112 countries according to the website of the organizers of the strike. It was originally orga...

Global Reset: Local efforts to be environmental

Global Reset: Local efforts to be environmental

by Eric Fang and Anna Vazhaeparambil

February 26, 2019

How can we replace plastics in our schools with compostable material? How can we reduce idle energy? What are some activities that may get students more interested in the environment? Attendees of the Students for Green High Schools Conference on Jan. 26 brainstormed solutions to these questions in small...

Keep up the progress

Some opportunities for citizen science include Agent Exoplanet, Project BudBurst, Mark2Cure, Christmas Bird Count, the Citizen Weather Observer Program and Cyanotracker.

by Jin Tuan, STEM columnist and lifestyle editor

December 8, 2018

Scientists work hard to come up with breakthrough after breakthrough. Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising step into the future, but like any other solution proposed, they aren’t the be-all and end-all of solutions to sustainability. Hydrogen fuel, though relatively straightforward to use and cons...

Green Team hosts screening of environmental documentary

Students enjoy lunch and snacks while watching the environmental documentary. Green Team is hosting the screening of

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

November 17, 2018

The Green Team hosted a screening of the first part of the documentary, Tomorrow, on Nov. 14 in Diane Moss’ classroom to offer a unique outlook on the environmental issues that affect the planet and the feasible solutions people can implement as a response. "It is very different compared to other...

From California to Alaska: Human ecology comes to life

Participants in the

by Gloria Zhang, Features Editor

November 5, 2018

It was late June in North America, but Dr. Kate Schafer was dressed in brown rubber boots, windbreakers and knitted beanies. After trudging in muddy soil for hours, many on the trek were exhausted and soaked, but all was forgotten as a towering waterfall came into view. Torrential water poured downwar...

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