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January 2020

AN ENVIRONMENT STUDENT MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE: Field Courses Spring 2020

I am in my fifth year of the Environment, Resources and Sustainability program and have had the fortunate experience to take three field courses throughout my degree. I strongly encourage students to make the most of every spring term they have here at the University of Waterloo – whether they be off, on coop, or on a study term.

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HOW TO: GREEN YOUR ROARING 20’S

For at least the past few years of consciously doing stuff to minimize my carbon footprint, here are some of my findings. This list is definitely a work in progress, but it’s a culmination of practical tips from a bunch of different sources: from YouTube, articles, and kick ass environmentally conscious people I’ve met.

RECYCLING: A REVIEW

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been sceptical about recycling. I’ve always done it of course, but I recall seeing curbside recycling bins filled with unclean, unsorted waste like plastic jars still smeared in peanut butter and wondering what happened to it all after it’s picked up.

PART ONE: WHAT DO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE?

This article is the first in what is to be an ongoing series exploring the link between stories and climate change. Through these I hope to address how narratives have gotten us here, to this place of climate crisis, and how we might use stories to get us where we want to go.

“YOU ARE NOT ALONE”: LESSONS AND INSPIRATIONS FROM COP25

Master of Climate Change student, Brooklyn Ruston, was among seven students selected by the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) from the Faculty of Environment to represent the University of Waterloo at COP.

I sat down with Brooklyn to ask a few questions about her experience at COP. 

EVERYONE’S A SLACKTIVIST

Slacktivism. A paradoxical portmanteau comprised of two actions: slacking and being an activist. Slacktivism is defined as the practice of supporting a social, environmental, or political cause with little effort or commitment through the use of social media or other online platforms.

STARTERHACKS 2020: CODING THE FUTURE

For some, January 18 was a snowed-in Saturday, spent to drink hot chocolate, catch up on work, and watch the UFC match between McGregor and Cerrone. For others, however, it was the beginning of StarterHacks, a potentially life changing experience and glimpse into the computer science industry.

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