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At UBC, inklings of environmental activism can be traced back to the 1960s, with students worried about the effects of pollution.
The BRDF is a bioenergy facility that processes renewable biomass sourced from urban wood waste to generate thermal energy for heating campus buildings.
“I’m interested in the ways sport can be enabling for people, like forms of activism related to sport, and the ways that sport can be problematic and constraining for people.”
Alberta is not the villain in the climate crisis story. Albertan workers are just as much victims as anyone else.
Globally, infrastructure and construction account for 39 per cent of total carbon emissions, presenting one of the largest challenges and opportunities in mitigating the climate crisis. With over 415 institutional, residential and mixed-use buildings housing over 12,000 people on campus, UBC’s infrastructure is currently a significant contributor to the climate crisis.
Kamaishi bore the brunt of the full force of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, where almost all of the city was wiped out by 14-foot high waves and over 1,250 people were either killed or went missing.
Since 2004, UBC has hosted a closed-loop, in-vessel composting system on campus. This means, like "Hotel California," most organic waste generated at UBC can never really leave.
While much public attention has been given to the phasing out of single-use plastic at UBC, there are many other complex considerations and initiatives that go into building a sustainable campus food system.
Minimizing the overall amount of animal products consumed, such as partaking in Veganuary or Meatless Monday, is much more beneficial than pointing fingers and doing nothing.
From makeup to menstrual products to skincare, it can be hard to find companies that make products with the environment in mind.
Although millions look up to Greta Thunberg as the face of the climate movement, she’s only bringing awareness to a longstanding concern. Indigenous peoples continue to advocate for the environment, despite often being overlooked by the media.
Standing at over 2,700 metres, Mount Shuksan, located in Washington state, is touted as one of the most-photographed mountains in the US — but this photogenic fixture is under threat.
As a response to the changing climate, many soccer organizations are now training the referees on how to deal with the heat to protect the players.
In British Columbia, changing climate conditions and rising average temperatures are threatening the existence of many of the province’s ski and snowboard areas by shortening their seasons and making snowmaking conditions tougher.