Daily, plastic water cups are provided to students during nutrition and lunch for the convenience and luxury of the students to stay hydrated. Even though there are water fountains and refillable water stations, the water cups are still put into place. It is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
The thing about plastic is that it is super durable and long lasting which is a reason it is used worldwide but those are also the same reasons it is so harmful to our environment. The durability makes it impossible to decompose, normally taking plastic bags up to 10,000 years In landfills and water bottles taking up to 450 years to decompose. But most of that garbage and plastic will end up in our oceans washed up ashore, in rivers and in our food chain.
The cafeteria staff at our school provides at least 500 water cups daily and 100 plastic straws or more. According to Greenpeace, only 9 percent of the plastic in the world gets recycled. Americans use 500 million plastic straws every single day. The fact that our school contributes to the pollution in the oceans is disgusting when it can easily be prevented.
Small pieces of plastic are eaten by fish, turtles and seabirds, often resulting in their death. Animals and birds can also become tangled up in plastic debris, leading to serious injuries and fatalities
To lessen your impact on the environment reduce your use of plastic by shopping with reusable grocery bags, using reusable silverware and straws, carrying reusable water bottles, and recycling whenever possible. Be aware of our planet the next time you pick up a plastic water cup because there is no planet b.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals around the world are killed for their heads, hides, pelts and other body parts. This is known as trophy hunting which has been around for decades first popular amongst presidents, kings, wealthy sportsmen, few women and nowadays even doctors, dentists, and accountants who can afford it partake in this activity as well.
In 2015, a lion named Cecil who was a major attraction of the Hwange National Park and also part of a long term study by a research team of the University of Oxford, was cruelly murdered by Walter Palmer, an American dentist. The death of the loveable lion shed light on trophy hunting and sparked international outrage.
The Safari Club International (SCI) holds a convention every year for hunters. The convention occupies 650,000 square feet of exhibit space. SCI members go to book hunts, shop for the latest guns, and hunting equipment. A succesful 14 day hunt for a rhino costs $66,790 including trophy fees, the smallest of a hunt which is 5 days in New Zealand for an elk will cost $24,000.
Hunters argue that their activities actually support conservation by boosting local economies and “providing incentives for the preservation of land and wildlife for high-paying hunters.” According to the article, Exclusive: Hard Numbers Reveal Scale of America’s Trophy-Hunting Habit written by Rachael Bale, many Conservationists, animal welfare advocates, and many scientists argue that hunting for sport in fact puts pressure on vulnerable populations, disrupts social networks, and doesn’t pump money into local economies as much as hunters believe.
Sabrina Corgetelli, a self titled, “Italian Huntress” and accountant posts numerous photos of herself on her social media with her trophy kills. On a particular kill of a giraffe she exclaims, “Day #2 I got an amazing old giraffe. Such an amazing animal!!!!! I couldn’t be happier.” After receiving backlash from animal rights activists she defended her posts by saying, “There is a connection to the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn't mean we don't have respect for them.”
While trophy hunting is legal in many countries the hunting and killing of innocent animals remains a very controversial action.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, 1.26 million wildlife trophies were imported to the United States between the years 2005 and 2014. That averages 126,000 a year and 345 trophy imports a day. Over 1,200 species are hunted and killed as trophies including Africa’s Big 5 which include buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos. And only 9 states have banned the sale of ivory to protect elephants from hunting and poaching.
On January 12, in Pan Pacific Park , LA there will be a rally held to protest trophy hunting. Show support for those vulnerable and endangered species by coming along. Bring a friend and be a part of the change.
Mother’s Market and Kitchen is an organic grocery store that holds a juice bar, deli, and salad bar within the Costa Mesa location. On October 31st there was a grand opening for a second Mother’s Market location on 17th street.
Mother’s Market is open for breakfast and lunch, is vegan friendly and only uses fair trade products and grass fed real chicken. The concept of the store is brand new to Mother’s doing a build a bowl idea similar to Chipotle. For breakfast, staff members guide you through the large arrangement of options and help you assemble your bowl. For a bowl there is a choice of base (options: tofu scramble, egg whites, and scrambled eggs) and then there is a choice of two toppings plus garnishes. If a hot bowl doesn’t appeal to you there are other breakfast options available. A customizable yogurt fruit bowl with yogurt options being plain greek yogurt, almond, and cashew. A less popular item is the hot oatmeal bowl with a choice of milk varying from 2% milk to rice milk and everything in between. Just like the yogurt bowl it is customizable with whatever fruit is available. Panini’s, and soup are also available throughout the day and are freshly made every morning.
During the lunch hour the food is quickly swapped with different options but the concept remains the same. Eaters can pick their base, either cauliflower rice, brown rice or ancient grains, with a choice of mixed greens or romaine lettuce over the base. My favorite is the soft cauliflower rice topped with crunchy romaine lettuce. Protein is then selected over the base. There is tofu, veggie patties, salmon, meatballs, or chicken to pick from. I’ve only tried the tofu but it is so good and filling. Each bowl comes with two side toppings out of three available. There are roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, or yams. I highly recommend the yams because I had never had yams before I tried them at this restaurant and now I constantly crave them, though all three are delicious. Once the base, protein, and toppings have been selected an unlimited amount of garnishes are available with the only exception being the avocado which will cost a bit extra. There is a juice bar open from 8am to closing time at 8pm that also offers smoothies. If you are a discernible eater or not and are looking for fresh, healthy, organic, and tasty food, i highly recommend trying Mother’s Market and Kitchen.
Mothers Market and Kitchen: 263 E 17th street
Breakfast hours are from 8am-11:30am.
Lunch hours 11:30am-8pm
On weekends closing time is 6:00pm
Do Americans need guns in order to feel protected ? According to, Gun rights vs Gun Control studies in OpenSecrets.Org, “89 guns are owned within every 100 people. “ Gun owners argue they have a right to bear arms according to the 2nd amendment, but when the 2nd amendment was created back in 1791, the guns that exist now did not. Our founding fathers used guns then known as muskets or flintlock pistols, which could fire 3 bullets in one minute and shoot as far as 50 meters. While the guns that exist today are capable of firing 45 shots a minute and have a range of 550 meters at accuracy.
These are murder weapons, created to kill, to hunt, and to provoke fear. Guns should be more regulated or taken off the streets in order to prevent more tragedy.
According to Amanda Macmillan a gun control advocate, “Everyday 96 Americans die due to gun violence. 1,300 students die every year due to gun related injuries in the United States and about 50 women a month are shot by their intimate partners with a household gun… about 13,000 people die a year in gun homicides…”
“In 2017 a music festival that took place in Las Vegas , which killed 58 concertgoers and injured hundreds more, was considered the United States’ deadliest mass shooting in history. Just 16 months earlier, a gunman armed with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle murdered 49 people and injured 58 at an Orlando nightclub in what was then the country's worst mass shooting.”
‘In 2015, followed by the San Bernardino incident on Dec. 2, the very next day the Senate rejected a bill to tighten background check requirements on would-be gun buyers, just as it did in 2013. Shortly after, a lone gunman killed six adults and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.’ Why isn’t the government doing anything to stop this? People are dying, innocent lives are being lost and the only thing offered by the government are condolences that don’t bring back the lives stolen at the hands of a killer, by the bullets in the guns the National Rifle Association ( NRA) keep pushing and protecting. The NRA benefits some democrats and Republicans such as our president, Donald Trump. The NRA spent 30 million dollars to elect him as president and continue to support him as does Trump. In 2018 alone, according to Gun Violence Archive, “there have been 48,913 incidents, 12,447 deaths, and 306 mass shootings in the United States.”
On Sunday, October 27, an armed man entered the Tree of Life, Synagogue church in Pittsburgh. Loaded with three .357 caliber handguns and an AR-15 rifle he took rage upon the Jewish group. The youngest to die was 54 and the oldest was 97 years of age. In total 11 were murdered.
If a place where you go to pray is not safe, then where is ?
On Wednesday November 7, just over a week after the shooting in Pittsburgh another mass shooting occurred. In a popular music bar in a Southern California club, 11 college students and a local county sheriff who responded to the call lost their life.
Protest gun rights and make a difference by speaking out about the horror that is guns in the United States. Vote against those who continue to support and be supported by the NRA. Currently Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Marco Rubio from the Republican party support Gun Rights. Paul Ryan has received a sum of $352,464 in support from the NRA. While Marco Rubio has put $1,008,030 of his own money into supporting gun rights. Mitch McConnell has invested $771, 175 and received $135,350 in return.
I care about animals. I think that goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway. I also care about the planet I live on, as well as my health. There are multiple types of diets that exist, hundreds, but the average American eats a shocking amount of 222.2 pounds of red meat annually. In one lifetime a person will consume a staggering 7,000 animals. Most people aren’t aware of how unhealthy it is to eat meat on a regular basis, but the truth is, the consumption of animals will shorten your lifespan.
In Michael Ruhlman’s article, “Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat” he states, “Our eating animals is good for the animals. They exist because we care for them, and we care for and raise their offspring. If spit-roasted dodo bird had been delicious to eat, I’d wager the dodo bird would still exist.” I’d like to argue that the dodo bird became extinct because it was being eaten by Dutch sailors and hunted by invasive species in 1662. It was hunted so easily because the bird was defenseless and the processing of animals that exists today did not back then.
Ruhlman also says, “To put it as simply as possible, then, to give up eating what made us who we are possibly endangers us genetically and socially.” Personally, since cutting meat and dairy products out of my diet I have noticed significant changes in my body and health. I have dropped excess body fat, my skin complexion is glowing, I no longer get pimples that would appear at random before, my energy level is high and my depression is no longer an issue. I feel happy to be healthy and to know that by myself I will save approximately 200 animals a year.
Farm animals today are forced to breed and are put into warehouses and cages. Chickens are crammed into cages with tens of thousands of others, with nothing to do but eat, sleep and defecate. They are unable to walk more than a few inches and are fed corn their entire short lived lives, and fattened up to 5 times their normal weight. Many chickens die from constipation, with broken legs caused by the weight that they carry that disables them. When they are big enough they are crammed into wire cages to be shipped to slaughterhouses with no space inside. In transport they can't spread their wings and are forced to urinate and defecate on one another. In order to keep the birds from pecking each others’ eyes out due to the confined space, part of their sensitive beaks are cut off and millions die from the stress of the journey.
The reality is that consuming meat opens doors to health risks such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, contributes to erectile dysfunction in men, and also makes it harder to maintain a healthy body weight. Yet even with all this information available to consumers the demand for meat is on the rise.
Research shows that cramming billions of animals on factory farms is a major explanation for climate change. According to Haley Hansel’s article, How Animal Agriculture Affects our Planet, “every second, 1-2 acres of rain forest are cleared for grazing livestock or growing animal feed. Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day because of the destruction of these biodiverse regions of our planet.” The amount of cow, duck, chicken, and pigs, being bred and fed has led to an excess amount of manure which releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gasses include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide which are all major contributors. According to PETA a non profit organization which stands up for animals rights claims, “It is more ‘climate efficient’ to produce protein from vegetable sources than from animal sources.”
The bottom line is, if you care about the environment, as well as your health and want to stop climate change, stop eating meat, dairy, fish and eggs. Even minimizing the amount of meat and animal products will make the slightest difference in your health and on our planet. Alternative foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, kidney beans and plant based milk or tofu. The way we currently grow, process, slaughter and distribute meat is unhealthy and unfair to animals who don’t have a voice to defend themselves. Be the voice that stands up for animal rights.
On Sunday of September 23, 2018 the annual Community Run of Costa Mesa took place in Fairview Park. This event takes place with the goal of bringing the community together to ‘Run for Fun’ while proceeds help benefit the public schools in Newport Mesa..
Most people don’t know that initially the run was held as a friendly competition between rival high schools, Costa Mesa and Estancia. The idea evolved after consideration from staff members which turned into a 5k fun run and in the following years became a 10k run involving the whole community. Run organizer Karen Barloon said, “We want to showcase Costa Mesa and it is every year somebody that comes will say, ‘I didn't know there was a park here’ and well this is why you’re here to see what Costa Mesa has to offer, they have this beautiful natural habitat out there.”
The first run brought in 500 participants and last year’s run included near 900 entrants. Estancia High School English teacher, Marian Dickey said, “I participate every year in the community run to support the local public schools. I’m happy to be able to see the run bring the community together.”
First, second and third place winners were awarded a prize and all participants received a goodie bag as well as a custom designed Tech t- shirt. The first place winner received a $250 gift card to South Coast Plaza, the second place winner received a $100 ASICS gift card for brand new foot wear, and lastly the 3rd place runner earned a $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
People of all ages were seen supporting the event, families as well as grandparents were seen hand in hand walking to the finish line. All of those that completed the run received a participation medal.
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