Kenia French is a Features Editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a junior majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies. She can be reached at [email protected].

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: To move forward, take action

For me, the hardest part about the climate emergency is figuring out how to move forward. It’s not easy to immerse yourself in climate research because it’s sad, heavy and thoroughly depressing in many ways. The activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) equates processing the climate emergency to learning that a loved one has been diagnosed […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: Thinking outside the box

Climate change is an existential crisis that needs creative and innovative solutions. In other words, in order to accomplish anything, we’re going to need to think outside of the box. But what does that even mean?  One example of an environmental organization that has found a way to think differently is the Center for Health, […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: Greta & co.

Climate activism is an incredibly important part of addressing the climate emergency. If we don’t go out into the streets to make our voices heard, there’s nothing to push change forward.  By now, you’ve probably heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden who’s responsible for launching the Fridays for Future movement. Her […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: Montreal Protocol

In order to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, it’s absolutely essential that we switch to a decarbonized economy. This is entirely within our power as a nation and a world: The green energy sector is rapidly growing, and in many places, is significantly more lucrative than fossil fuels.  In order to do this […]

New Fletcher Dean Kyte discusses climate activism, leadership

Rachel Kyte officially assumed the deanship of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on Oct. 1, making her the first woman to lead the Fletcher School after 13 previous male deans.  Kyte comes to Fletcher with rich experience working on the front lines of the climate change battle. She previously served as the CEO […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: Nature’s pretty insane

I’ve spent pretty much all of my life living in urban areas where the natural ecosystem has been effectively destroyed, so sometimes I forget that nature is a vast entity that we still don’t really know all that much about. Dodging cars within the 150 acres that is the Tufts campus makes it very easy […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: The Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is still burning, and it’s very sad. Here’s my SparkNotes version of the current situation: Although deforestation rates in Brazil decreased 75% between 2005 and 2014, rates of fires have dramatically increased after the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, and have been linked to illegal logging. These fires threaten indigenous rights and threaten biodiversity — so activists are […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: To save the climate, just add trees?

Today, I have very exciting news for you about one my favorite conversation topics: trees. While it’s been clear that trees have some sort of carbon sequestration potential that can help mitigate climate change, until recently we didn’t know anything specific about what this storage potential could possibly be.  This summer, a team of European […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: Gray Wolves

Gray wolves — canis lupus — used to dominate the entire continental U.S., with a population upwards of two million wolves.  However, by the 1930s, gray wolves were effectively extinct from the lower 48 states as a result of human activity. While indigenous people revered and respected wolves, European settlers feared and demonized wolves, blaming […]

Antidotes to Climate Apathy: We’re not out of time just yet

Hey. Do you often spend the night awake, worrying about the impending warming of planet Earth and subsequent death of all Earth’s creatures? If so, welcome to Antidotes to Climate Apathy, because this column is for you. As I’m sure many of you have heard, it’s not looking too great on the average global temperature […]