COVID & the climate

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are alarmingly similar crises that can be solved in similar ways if we act boldly It is no question that we are living through an unprecedented crisis that has impacted everything from our social lives and livelihoods to the international policies and procedures observed by governments and businesses across…

Trump admin slashes historic environmental protections

Rule changes once again put profit over planet and people Patriotism is often described as a love, devotion, dedication and support for one’s country.  President Donald Trump and his administration’s brand of patriotism blatantly excludes a dedication to the physical land and resources of our nation, unless they are profitable or exploitable.  Since his inauguration…

Greenwashing: Can you market your way out of environmental degradation?

Informed consumerism requires looking past the green curtain Consumers are becoming more and more informed; in just this semester, I’ve covered multiple issues of informed choices from what coffee you choose to drink to the clothes you buy or thrift.  Our digital era allows us to be more aware than ever about the products and…

Shelly Simonds is ready to fight for the future of Hampton Roads

A long-time environmental activist, Simonds will deliver the environmental policy that VA-94 needs This past week, the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport hosted the only debate this election cycle for residents of Virginia’s 94th district delegates. Candidate Shelly Simonds and incumbent David Yancey took to the stage for an hour of policy-specific…

Sustainably sourced cold-brew showcases an exciting partnership

Chameleon Coffee, a company with impressive environmental and social initiatives, is now on tap in Einstein’s Cafe As an Einstein’s Cafe regular as well as an avid cold-brew coffee fan, I was excited when I, along with many other students, noticed the new cold-brew tap at our campus cafe. The Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee (with traditional and…

The Bay needs us to push back against budget

Trump’s 2020 budget could halt decades of environmental progress Since 1983, the collaborative Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has been in place to restore over two centuries of unregulated pollution, development and degradation to the Chesapeake Bay. Consisting of combined efforts from the Bay’s six watershed states and federal agencies, the program oversees and carries out…

Pipelines will harm Va. communities

Environmental, social and financial risks are too high to ignore ~James Duffy, Staff Writer~ In a search to surge profits and expedite fossil fuels, specifically natural gas from shale reserves in Appalachia, energy giants such as Dominion, Duke and more are pushing hard and continuing work to construct hundred-mile long gas pipelines across Virginia, West…