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Worldwide shutdown amidst pandemic allows Earth to breathe

Since everyone has been in lockdown during the coronavirus and is using less transportation, pollution in the sky has cleared.

By Melissa Redlich, Sports Editor

May 21, 2020

For decades, a polluted cloud has loomed over China and murky waters have filled Venice’s canals. But recently, both the skies and the waterways have begun to clear up, leaving beautiful and clean cities. If everyone is determined enough, we can keep it this way.  It’s ironic that these positive changes ar...

Valentine’s Day: not so sweet for the environment

The Walgreens in Potomac Woods Plaza has begun stocking the iconic chocolate heart boxes of Valentine's Day. Most of this chocolate will not be bought or eaten, and as displayed by the pile of boxes on the cart, creates waste. The quantity of candy available in early January also prompts thought on the fossil fuels necessary to make all of these products and transport all of them to thousands of stores throughout the country.

By Victoria Park, Opinions Editor

February 3, 2020

There is no better way to show how much you love someone than  presenting them with a bouquet of roses, a heart shaped box of chocolates and a plush teddy bear. But these flowers die in a week or so, the chocolates are left half-uneaten and the teddy bear gets shoved into a closet corner never to b...

Lungs on fire: Amazon news encourage environmental action

Just outside the Capitol stands a group of WCHS juniors after walking out of school on Friday, Sept. 20, the day of the D.C. Climate Strike. Holding their handmade posters, they take their picture to commemorate the day they fought for environmental regulation, a controversy similar to that being fought in Brazil regarding the Amazon.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

October 11, 2019

The ongoing fires in the Amazon are a prime example of an environmental crisis that has been fueled by a political and economic agenda. As the Amazon is the most biodiverse area on earth and additionally provides approximately six to nine percent of the world’s oxygen, its current undoing should be r...

Zero waste lifestyles are unrealistic

In order to promote a “low-waste lifestyle” instead of a “zero-waste lifestyle,” students should be encouraged to carry reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones when at all possible.

By Caitlyn Jennings, Staff Writer

June 4, 2019

Taking care of the environment has become a new trend. This is a good thing because many nearby restaurants have started to hand out paper straws instead of plastic ones, and stores encourage customers to bring their own plastic bags with them for shopping. While it is quite possible to live a low-wa...

Fast Fashion Leads to Environment Concerns

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018

Need a cheap yet fashionable outfit fast? Never fear! Look no further than Forever 21; it has everything you could possibly hope for and more, as long as you do not mind contributing to water pollution and supporting the brand’s violations of federal law. Fast fashion, by definition, is a term used...

Churchill Green makes environment priority

By Allison Srour Contest Manager

December 22, 2010

Churchill Green, a club founded by senior Aaron Katz and junior Hal Zeitlin this year, was created to help the school become more environmentally aware. Its main goal is to promote a “greener” environment and to instill a greater sense of the environment’s importance in the community. Through...

Club Corner: Enviornmental Club

By Donald Kim, Staff Writer

September 30, 2009

The CHS Environmental club focuses on creating a environmentally friendly school by recycling paper and bottles around the school and promoting the use of more efficient energy. “The new blue and green recycling bins placed around the school and the new energy efficient compact fluorescent light...

Toxic plastic bags need to be banned

By Dina Khatib
Online Observations Editor

May 28, 2009

The Empire State Building is a renowned landmark in the US, known for once being the tallest building in the world and now, after the destruction of the World Trade Towers, being the tallest of all New York City buildings. So, it may be strange to imagine the 102 story, 1,250 foot high building completely...

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