What will the year 2100 look like if the Earth gets 2°C warmer, according to current predictions? In her debut piece, Madison Fielder paints a harrowing picture of an immediate future that will be our reality only if leaders take action now.
What do meerkats, elephants, orang-utans and octopuses have in common? In Emma Belanger’s newest creative non-fiction piece, learn about what makes mothers - animal and human ones alike - so special, and why the maternal instinct is both so strong and universal.
Living in Chicagoland and submerged in the world of constant college activities, the great outdoors seem pretty far removed. Especially now, when leaving the building means exposure to numbing temps and piercing winds. However, exposure to nature—even just looking at it!—could have positive affects on your mental health, productivity and more. Read more in Emily Jahn’s Ecopinion.
The government shutdown affects us all—Congress, teachers and even National Parks. With nearly all of the NPS furloughed, parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone are a dangerous free-for-all. Read more in Emily Jahn’s article.
How do cacao pods become the smooth and sweet chocolate that we adore? What the heck is molasses? If agave is a succulent, why does it produce agave nectar? We’re pretty far removed from the plants that our food comes from today, especially in Chicago in winter. A couple weekends ago, ION members trekked to Garfield Conservatory to rekindle their understanding of the process from plants to food. Read more in Carlyn’s article.
Now more than ever, environmental legislation is of the utmost importance in order to preserve and protect our nation’s health and beauty. For this reason, ION has listed the environmental policy track records of every individual who has announced their campaigns to run in the 2020 presidential election.
Environmental issues seem to have been put on the back-burner this election. They are just as if not more relevant this race, however, especially with the open position of Water District Commissioner. Marleigh Thorn has the scoop—a succinct and informative summary of the environmental policies of politicians this midterm. Don’t forget to hit the polls this November 6 and cast your informed ballot.
What do Beethoven and recycling have in common? Taiwan’s unique solution to rising populations and the resulting trash production involves both! Find out more in Ginny Ip’s latest Grass Routes article.
Denmark is famously known for the cycle capital of the world, Copenhagen. As of 2016, there has been more bikes than cars on the streets. What makes cycling so popular among the Danes and can other countries follow this example? Read more here.
India turned to 100% organic in 2003 as the harmful effects of chemical pesticides and fertilizers on the land and its people became intolerable. What were the results of this radical experiment, and can other states follow? Ginny Ip has the answers.
How does one of the largest and most sustainable Asian cities, Hong Kong, deal with its recycling? Find out what these “cardboard grannies” do in this ECOpinon piece. By Ginny Ip.
This week on Atmosphere, Emily Jahn's poem "January Afternoons" transforms the natural world around us into powerful images that conjure up the metaphysical in the mundane, and project a dynamic inner world onto the simple and painfully beautiful scenes of everyday life.
“The encyclopedia Britannica/ Defines a cataract as containing large volumes of water/ Rushing over a precipice/ If something so characterized/ By transition can be said/ To contain anything.” Emily Jahn’s latest edition of Atmosphere gets deep into the meaning of ‘cataract’, including a beautiful and flowing description of the medical condition that might even rival the flow of one of these waterfalls. Read more here.
Fast fashion can be defined as cheap, trendy clothing that are discarded almost as quickly as they are created. It’s harmful to our wallets, well-being and most importantly, the environment. How can we make this phenomenon more widely known to the public? In her debut article, Margo Milanowski proposes a simple solution: infographics.
Curious to learn about the organization that first planted the Shakespeare Garden, a place where students and visitors alike love to go to seek quiet refuge? Find out why conservation, education and beautification are central to the Garden Club of Evanston’s goals with Marleigh Thorn’s newest piece.
Life is often busy and has the tendency to pass by without us realizing it. Once in a while, it’s important to slow down, fully engage in the present moment, and become one with nature. What better way to do that than to read Emma’s debut poem “Becoming One?”
Ambrelyn Rodriguez, a resident of the 10th ward of Chicago, says people often have no idea where that is. However, the nearly 70 industries that surround this community and use it as a dumping ground for harmful pollutants know exactly where the 10th ward is.
Bella Wilkes shares insight into the environmental justice struggles of “the forgotten 10th ward.”
Most of us have seen the infamous video, “How Wolves Change Rivers”, and if you haven’t, you should! But what’s the latest on gray wolf numbers in Yellowstone National Park since 2014? Find out by reading Emma Belanger’s latest piece!
What two things do you and Meghan Merkle have in common? You both attend(ed) Northwestern and care about dressing sustainably, of course! Alexandra Huang, in her debut piece, gives us the rundown on three eco-conscious brands that you can feel good about wearing.
What in sunscreen protects your skin from the sun? What makes gives makeup waterproofing quality? And what happens to these substances when you jump in the ocean or wash your face? Find out how to simultaneously care for your skin and the Earth with Emma Belanger’s debut piece!
Curious what “Certified Humane” and other food labels really mean? Ginny Ip has you covered.