The Justice Friday series continued at Saint Mary’s on Sept. 4, with a talk on sustainability by sophomore Kristhel Torre. The discussion, titled “How SMC Students Contribute to Environmental Problems and What We Can Do About It,” focused on minimizing trash output and practicing a sustainable lifestyle.Torre said the problem resulted from an excess amount of trash being produced. In response, the consumers need to find alternative ways of disposal, she said.“The problem is we’re entirely producing way too much waste, very unnecessary waste in the world from food waste, containers, things that we don’t take into consideration that we can reuse or give away to someone else instead of just throwing it away in the trash,” Torre said.“I was looking through the trash cans around school and was looking at what was in it, if people were putting stuff in there that could be recycled or could have been used in a different way,” Torre said. “I saw a lot of cardboard and papers and water bottles that could have easily been put towards the recycling and not contributing towards the landfills.”Torre said the average American produces more than four pounds of waste per day. In a three-person household, 90 pounds of trash are produced per week, not including recycling.“I’m really passionate about this and saw this as a problem,” she said. “Especially in the United States because we are producing all this stuff but we aren’t really consuming everything. … We don’t take it into consideration how we could reuse it or find other ways to use it.”Trash not only affects lakes and rivers but also animals, Torre said. She gave the example of the penguin Lovelace from the movie “Happy Feet” and how a plastic six-pack ring was fastened around his neck.“Some people find that humorous, he is a cartoon, but once you take that into perspective, you see real life events where that is happening all the time, where, for example, an animal is caught in a plastic bag,” Torre said.“For our trash to affect all these animals, not just our animals but our environment … it just puts it into perspective,” she said. “All of this trash that we are putting out there, we could minimize that. We have to be a little more cautious about the stuff that we are using. … Our trash is not just going in the landfills … it’s affecting more than we think.”Torre asked the audience why Saint Mary’s students don’t recycle when there are recycle bins on every floor of the dormitories.“People know cardboard can be recycled and water bottles can be recycled, why are they not doing that?,” Torre said. “We have recycle bins on every floor. Is it because it’s far from your room?”Junior Maranda Pennington said a reason students don’t recycle might be that they don’t have to deal with the direct consequences.“When people don’t have to deal with the direct consequences right then, and they can live in their happy state and not realize what they are doing affects other people and the environment … they don’t take an initiative or care,” Pennington said.Torre defined sustainability as taking what is needed now without jeopardizing the potential for future generations.“Landfills keep filling up and we keep manufacturing more and more,” Torre said. “Let’s take an initiative … making sure we know where our trash is going.”The Justice Friday series takes place every Friday from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Student Center.Tags: animals, Justice Fridays, recycling, saint mary’s, sustainability
Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” Transparency is a word that gets thrown around a lot at governmental meetings. Politicians like to use it, and media folks do too.Â Local governing bodies get tired of hearing about it, but as media members, that is part of our job. We can’t really report on what we don’t have access to. We do keep a close eye on that because even if they are making a good effort to be transparent, you don’t want to make it easy when the going gets tough and they really do want to hide something.James JordanI think we are seeing a bit of progress though with the Wellington City Council. The council has never been really bad. I have experienced much worse in other states. But even the best bear watching. Any of us might bend things a bit when in a pinch. Who hasn’t gone over the speed limit when they felt the need?Recently, we reported that the city of Wellington had self reported what they thought might have been a KOMA (Kansas Open Records Meeting Act) violation. Turns out it was, and now they have to go watch a presentation on the law itself.That meeting was a town hall meeting where several council members showed up.Â Because most of them spoke, it became a violation. Had only two been there, or if they had remained silent, it would not have been a violation.It was unintentional.At the timeÂ I didn’t think it was a problem, but some people did question it so they reported it themselves and got the ruling.Their reaction was different this time, than it was the last time they had a questionable meeting.I did question the one last summer when the city went into an executive session with hospital officials when they were discussing hospital business. I wrote about it at the time, but there was no self reporting then.They cited attorney client privilege, but the state law says you cannot have attorney client privilege if you meet with another group â€“ which they did by meeting with the hospital officials. That was pretty cut and dry I thought at the time.They could have been fined over that one, but we thought better of reporting them. The fine is not that big – $500 max, and they would not have gotten the maximum â€“ and that is not a good use of taxpayer dollars. We felt at the time is was better to just point out the fact that it did appear to be a violation.I still think we did the right thing.The second time it happened, they reported themselves. So maybe just pointing it out was good enough at the time.Mayor Shelly Hansel has said she wants to improve things, and she has said she would talk about any issue. True to her word, she did address this when asked.Here is her comment:â€œAs far as I’m concerned I’m going to focus on the more pressing issues facing our community. What’s done is done. We have made some mistakes in the past and we are still learning. However, rather than dwelling on the negative I’m going to focus on the positive and put my energy into moving Wellington forward.â€So some people are perhaps talking about the one last summer still. They did do a better job of handling the second one, so maybe we should call it even.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Teenage West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews snatched a four-wicket haul to help Hobart Hurricanes stun Melbourne Renegades via the one-over eliminator in a thrilling contest in the Women’s Big Bash League here yesterday. Amy Satterthwaite’s unbeaten 52 had propelled Hurricanes to 121 for five off their 20 overs at Queen Elizabeth II Oval, and off-spinner Matthews then derailed the Renegades innings with four for 23 from her four overs, to ensure that the scores were level at the end. Set 13 to win from the one-over eliminator, Hurricanes easily reached their target with the 18-year-old Matthews and Satterthwaite gathering the required runs. The victory was the second straight for Hurricanes following their three-run verdict, also over Renegades, on Saturday. Sent in, Hurricanes lost Matthews cheaply for seven in the third over as they slumped to 56 for four in the 13th over. However, Satterthwaite struck four fours and a six in a 41-ball knock as she put on 45 for the fifth wicket with Corinne Hall (27) to bolster the innings. Renegades got a start of 32 from captain Rachel Priest (19) and Grace Harris (15) before Matthews, who shared the new ball, removed both in the fifth over to leave the hosts on 34 for two. However, Kris Britt (36) and Danielle Wyatt (35) added 70 for the third wicket, which seemed to put Renegades firmly in the driver’s seat at 104 for two in the 18th over. But Matthews intervened yet again, accounting for both Britt and Wyatt in her final over – the 18th of the innings – leaving six runs to get for victory off the last. Renegades were still favoured with one run required off the last ball, but Molly Strano (3) perished via the run-out route.