Bye, Black Friday!

By Presley Church After 8 months of distancing, it’s difficult to envision crowded lines snaking through linoleum floors littered with “SALE” signs, dotted with panting, turkey-stuffed, discount-crazed shoppers. Late-fall in covid-riddled, economically-ailing America is quite possibly the worst time for a holiday dedicated to mass consumption. The problems with Black Friday, however, are not specific to this pandemic year. The environmental repercussions from the overproduction and over-consumption across many industries are reason alone to boycott Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The fast fashion industry in particular must be repudiated for the sake of our planet and humanity. Does that sound…

What Are We Doing About Ozone in the Front Range?

Colorado Local Science Engagement Network Science Note RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post By now you may have seen the infamous “brown cloud” that sits over the Front Range during Colorado’s hot and sunny summer months- a visible reminder of the severity of Colorado’s poor air quality. Recently, Denver – the largest Front Range city – earned the notorious distinction of being the 7th worst city in the US for air quality. In fact, many counties throughout the front range have long failed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ozone standards. What is going on here? Let’s get into the details of ozone, nonattainment…

Colorado’s Non-Fiction Lorax Tale

Colorado Local Science Engagement Network Science Note When we think of regulation of the natural world we think of policy that limits who has access to which resources and how much they are allowed to alter that land, right?That’s where rights of nature organizations are coming in, changing the way we look at land regulation and perhaps taking the term “natural rights” literally.  A broad look at the rights of natureIn May 1992, the United Nations Environment Programme Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on Biological Diversity convened in Nairobi, Kenya for the Conference for the Adoption of the Convention on…

The Inauguration: Visual Messaging

The symbols, designers, and genius at the 2021 Biden-Harris Inauguration.