An Eco-Friendly Christmas?

Merry Christmas from LetsTalkEarth! Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays, and it is often known for its trees, lights, decorations, and of course, gifts. The two main colors associated with Christmas are green and red, but the green in Christmas does not mean the sustainable “green”. Holidays like Christmas cause humans to …

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“The Vine That Ate the South”: A Look Into Invasive Species

In 1876, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, many plants with origins in Japan were displayed, including the Kudzu vine, also known as Pueraria montana. Since then, many farmers discovered the vine’s potential as an erosion prevention method due to their fast-growing roots. In fact, throughout the 1900s, hundreds of men were hired to plant …

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What Monitoring Sewage Tells Us About the Coronavirus

Susan Gardner, the Ecosystem Division Director of UNEP, said that “wastewater is a precious resource that the world needs to know how to tap. Not only could it be used to feed crops, but the water in our sewers can act like an early warning system that could alert us when diseases begin to move …

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The Importance of Stream Monitoring

Over the summer, I took part in a stream monitoring activity with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District as an additional activity to my Independent Research Project. Specifically, I went to the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Fairfax, VA to monitor the Big Rocky Run stream. This park is located in the Chesapeake …

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COVID-19, an Ecosystems Crisis – National Town Hall Part 2

Part 2: It is well understood that COVID-19 is a health crisis. COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, meaning that the virus is transmitted from animals to humans. Other examples of recent zoonotic disease outbreaks include the Zika virus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Ebola, West Nile Virus, Avian Influenza (bird flu), and numerous others. In …

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The Climate Crisis – National Town Hall Part 1

The Youth Climate Action Team nonprofit recently set up a National Town Hall for the newly created Youth Climate Action Team hub located in the DMV area. Given the current unprecedented situation, we hosted this event virtually via Zoom, which gave the team the opportunity to open the event worldwide. Our main speaker for this …

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