• I forgot to embed my citations so I am posting them here in case you want to do some further reading.

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics,” ellenmacarthurfoundation.org, 2016

    Toronto Environmental Alliance, “Where else in the world have governments banned plastic bags?”…[Read more]

  • Hello Audrey,
    Thank you for opening up this important conversation, I really enjoyed reading your post. I am really scared to see the outcomes of this problem. Especially when living in our valley when we see these problems at their worst. I found a source that outlines big issues and effects this might have on us in the future that I think you…[Read more]

  • Hello Stella,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for opening up this important conversation. It is really sad to watch this become a trend considering all the negative effects and lack of research of participants. I found an article with a bunch of statistics you might enjoy that highlights the scale of this issue.…[Read more]

  • It seems like we are all aware that plastic consumption is at all time highs. Even if you specifically or people we know aren’t doing much about it, for the most part we all know it is a problem. I feel badly

    • I agree with everything in your post. It is difficult because we can try to avoid plastic as much as possible but sometimes there’s no way around it – there are times when it is our only option. This is why the responsibility falls on the large corporations to make more sustainable decisions, and on the government to enforce restrictions on plastic. If they don’t take responsibility, our planet might be doomed, but in the meantime we should try our best to reduce our plastic use.

    • I forgot to embed my citations so I am posting them here in case you want to do some further reading.

      Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics,” ellenmacarthurfoundation.org, 2016

      Toronto Environmental Alliance, “Where else in the world have governments banned plastic bags?” http://www.torontoenvironment.org,

      Transparency Market Research, “PLASTIC PACKAGING MARKET TO THRIVE ON THE BACK OF EXPANDING FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRIES” http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com, 2015

      Thank you.

    • I agree with everything you stated. There is no easy way to get around the problem of plastic and plastic pollution, but addressing and bringing more awarness to this problem will give us some hope for a better future.

  • Hi Kira,

    Thank you for opening up this discussion, I think mental health is huge issue among young adults right now. More than ever we are pressured by education and other responsibilities. I think Oregon is beginning something that is the future. We all know that it is a big issue but it seems like this is the first thing being done about it.

    I…[Read more]

  • Hi jimmy,

    I respect your opinion and that you have opened up this discussion however, I disagree with you in many areas. The first place being the number you brought up about rape related pregnancies. Rape is a real problem in our world. Although the number may be small, women do get pregnant as a result of sexual assault and solely using…[Read more]

  • Capital punishment has been debated for the entire length of United States history. In the last decade, the increase of incarceration and the amount of Death Penalty cases are co-related.  Lots of questions come

  • Melanie Elizabeth and Evelyn, I agree that prisoners should be able to vote because without their vote the turnout in elections and laws is made by an unrepresentative population considering the overwhelming percentage of people that are incarcerated in our country. I also agree with you that it is important that not every right is stripped away…[Read more]

  • Hi Mijin,
    I also feel like the only publicized opinions on zoos are negative, and I agree that most zoos are not the best option for the animal. Animals should be left alone in their habitat to live where they belong. However, some zoos are purely rehabilitation, which benefits the species. I found an article that I linked below that talks about…[Read more]

  • A vegetarian diet holds ethical, environmental, and health benefits. The meat production system is producing a large percentage of methane contributing to the greenhouse effect, Fresh vegetables are a good source

    • Hi Lola,
      I like your post because it brings awareness to those who may think about changing to a vegetarian diet. You give good examples and links to reasons why people don’t change their eating habits. Here is a link to why vegetarian diets are good. https://www.vegsoc.org/info-hub/why-go-veggie/environment/ I do eat meat but if it came down to it, I would be willing to go vegetarian. It is a pretty big change going from eating meat to not. For me, there is the factor of my family because they all eat meat and cook most of our meal with meat. It’s hard for me to change diets if my family doesn’t but I’m happy for your decisions and how far you have gone as a vegetarian. I hope you know all the good your doing!
      Sincerely, Audrey 🙂

  • Hello again Audrey,

    I really apologize for not including a link! This below is a link to statistics on mental illness in adolescents. I think its really showing of the amount of mental illnesses that the youth face.


    Thanks again, Lola

  • Jonah,

    I really like your essay and the conversation it opens up. I think it is important to note however that although strides are being taken in the right direction, society is still skewed in a negative way. Earlier in your essay you said that people are not getting jobs because of their skin color but because of their ability to work. In…[Read more]

  • Hello Audrey,

    I really like what you wrote and I think its a really important discussion to have. Schools should not only be responsible for our intellectual growth but schools should be held responsible to support us in ways that grow our mental health as well which I think is being poorly done right now.

    With more studies being held and the…[Read more]

  • We live in a society where we are expected to go to college straight out of high school. Many people don’t end up paying off their student loans until late into their adulthood. Bigger bucks are spent when s

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