Spaceship Earth: The Smart Consumer and Anti-Consumption

If you have ever spent some time around leftists, maybe you have heard the phrase, “there is no such thing as ethical consumption under capitalism.” This idea originates primarily from the fact that those who produce goods do not receive their fair share, as their employer takes a significant cut without actually producing anything. Other blaring […]

Pretty Lawns and Gardens: Taking responsibility for traveling

Many Tufts students travel home by air for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, polluting the atmosphere in the process. Air travel can make up a significant portion of an individual’s carbon footprint — a round-trip flight to a city in Western Europe will cost about two tons of carbon dioxide — so what can we do about […]

Green Line Extension prioritized for federal funding

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)’s Green Line Extension (GLX) is on a list of transportation and infrastructure projects prioritized by President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a document obtained by the McClatchy Washington Bureau. The GLX project would extend the MBTA’s Green Line into Somerville and Medford, including a stop adjacent to Tufts at Medford’s College […]

Kelly Sims Gallagher discusses last year’s Paris agreement, future of international climate policy

This academic year saw the adoption and subsequent signing of what a Dec. 16, 2015 Atlantic article called “one of the most important piece of international diplomacy in years.” At the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris in Dec. 2015, 195 nations finally hammered out a deal on international cooperation on greenhouse gas mitigation; last month, on Earth […]

Climate change: A unique opportunity

 In the words of President Barack Obama, it was a “shellacking.” November 2, 2010, the day the Republican Party netted a historic 63 seats in the House of Representatives, proved to be a catastrophe for domestic initiatives that would mitigate climate change. The number of seats captured by the GOP, which pledged to oppose all […]

Politics, pollution and “overpopulation”

As an Environmental Studies and International Relations (IR) major (probably), I’ve discovered that there are a few topics you’re bound to encounter in almost any class that addresses the politics of the environment. One of these topics is “overpopulation.” In my Introduction to International Relations class last semester, we read one of the articles that helped […]