Plan Your Op-ed (Tangyu Zhang)

The debate or controversy that I am writing about is plastic pollution in the Ocean.

The Debate in this Topic is on the fact that stopping the discharge of plastic waste can reduce a great deal of marine pollution. Also, I will talk about data and examples of the current oceanic environment and the situation of marine life. In the last part, calls for a reduction in the use of plastics in everyday life.

In this debate, I think/believe/argue , unless we stop sending the flow of plastic to the sea, the newest global threat to the our planet will only get worse.

My position is important because it helps us understand/know that our actions determine the quality of our living environment.

Plan your Op-Ed (Gloria Li)

The debate or controversy that I am writing about is _ _veganism’s effect on climate change. ___

The Debate in this Topic is on __ whether going vegan has an impact on climate change as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural farming and deforestation rates. Other benefits include putting an end to animal cruelty and improving human health__.

In this debate, I think/believe/argue __that going vegan can stop the increase of climate change_ _.

My position is important because it helps us understand/know that _our actions have an impact on the future_.

Ruize’s Blog

When I was young, I could always hear that the temperature of south pole is becoming higher and higher. The one I heard the most is that there will be dozens of countries will disappear because of the temperature increasing. If the temperature increases a lot in south pole and north pole, the sea level will increase as an amazing speed and finally dozens of counties and cities will drown in the ocean.


Recently, after the COVID-19 appeared, I have been hearing a phenomenon which give me a new understanding of the destruction of nature. It is “watermelon snow”. The reason why people called this snow is because the color of this snow is red, it seems like the blood on the snow. I found an article titled “This blood red snow is taking over parts of Antarctica”. In this article, it told me the watermelon snow is caused because of the earlier in March, Antarctica experienced record high temperatures, causing the southernmost continent’s ice caps to melt at an unprecedented rate. Here is a picture on Facebook which took by the scientists on Feb 24th.

Even though it looks like the blood cover the snow, but it is not actually blood. The red is a kind of algae called Chlamydomonas nivalis and because of the high temperature, the algae have enough condition to intermediate propagation. Slow bloom will keep influence the environment too. Here a sentence said by the ministry. “Because of the red-crimson color, the snow reflects less sunlight and melts faster. As a consequence, it produces more and more bright algae.”


Because of normal people will never gone to south pole in their life, so we can’t prove that the watermelon snow is as serious as they said. But that can’t stop us to protect the environment. Whatever this is a real news or fake news, people need to realize the environmental problem after COVID-19 virus because there are too much environmental changes happened together with COVID-19. Hopefully the watermelon snow could get controlled in the future and the sea level could stop increasing.

Nina’s Blog

Recently, I have been hearing a lot of environmental benefits from people quarantining and social distancing all over the world due to the COVID-19 virus. Some of these benefits include murky water becoming clear, less air pollution, marine creatures coming closer to the shore, turtles laying more eggs, and even in my town I can see more webworms falling from the trees. This is something that hasn’t been directly proven to be related to human actions, but it’s curious that they have almost disappeared in the last years, and are now much more noticeable than in the past.

I found an article titled “How the coronavirus crisis is helping improve the environment across the world,” written by Rashida Yosufzai. This article demonstrates the improvement of air quality around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The graphic that I included demonstrates the nitrogen dioxide levels in Wuhan, China in 2019 and 2020 during the Chinese New Year. It shows the increase of emissions during the Chinese New Year in 2019, but very low levels in 2020 due to people staying at home and not emitting any Nitrogen Dioxide.

The article continues to explain the benefits of people’s social distancing and quarantining. It explains that fewer people will die from COVID-19 than would die from air pollution in a normal year. The article does not support the spread of the virus, but the author wants to make it clear that humans are causing environmental harm and COVID-19 is providing even more evidence of this. 

Hopefully, this pandemic will bring more regulation and awareness of humans’ impact on the environment. There continues to be growing evidence of the environment improving with more and more people staying at home due to COVID-19. If more regulations soon were to be in place, now would be the time to implement them before businesses and people return to their daily life.

Kamran Fareedi’s Blog Post

The Coronavirus pandemic is making me think about its relationship to the Anthropocene because our society is at a crossroads right now. If we don’t build a new world out of the ashes of this public health crisis, I think we’ll fail to survive the climate crisis that’s on the horizon.

I wasn’t so grim a few weeks ago. Back then, I had just started Spring Break under the illusion that it was time to go outside and reconnect with my friends from high school. After all, everyone I knew was coming back to Northern Virginia, and we had some free time to hang out, so why not?

While there were whispers about the Coronavirus in the headlines, the threat seemed far away. It may have leaped from China to the shores of the United States, but the fact that it was confined to Washington State rather than Washington, D.C. allowed me to remove it from my reality. As more news started to trickle down the depths of my Mom’s primary sources of information, Facebook and WhatsApp, she warned me that going outside would be a death sentence. I figured that she had to be overreacting: there wasn’t a single case in Virginia or anywhere around it, so how on earth would I get the virus?

Despite having severe heart problems and asthma, which are pre-existing conditions that put me in the “at-risk” category, I convinced her to let me go outside with my friends in a densely-packed area. We even started making plans to visit a laser-tag arena that week!

However, one day later, everything changed: Cases popped up all over the country, schools kicked students off-campus, hoarders raided grocery stores, and everyone locked themselves in their houses for the foreseeable future. I retreated to my room in fear that anything I touched would land me on a ventilator. All of a sudden, my Mom turned out to be right, and society was transforming overnight in the wake of a looming apocalypse.

The government’s response to the public health crisis has thrown our understanding of what’s possible out the window. When stock markets started crashing, Republicans started outflanking Democrats on their left by proposing Universal Basic Income. AT&T unilaterally decided to suspend data caps. Student loan payments were temporarily paused. Congress decided that it could inject $1.2 trillion into the U.S. economy.

After decades of telling working families to settle for scraps because sweeping changes to build a better world were supposedly unfeasible, our leaders suddenly rushed to enact them as they pleased. They proved that when lives are on the line, everything suddenly becomes possible, but the ruling class will only bail out the rich and powerful.

If we can print trillions of dollars and dump it into the economy during a pandemic, why can’t we do the same for a climate catastrophe?

If we can pause student loan payments during a pandemic, why not never resume them?

If coronavirus treatment can be free, why can’t cancer treatment or the rest of healthcare?

Most importantly, if we can mobilize the government’s resources to build hospitals and ventilators overnight to combat a public health crisis, why can’t we use the same tools for the climate crisis?

6.6 million Americans lost their jobs this week. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives, are on the line. We are facing a moment that is forcing everyone to contemplate the absurdity of the world we live in. For the first time, the limbo of our quarantine isn’t forcing us to sacrifice our days for scraps from bloated companies.

If we don’t seize this opportunity to indict a corrupt and fraudulent system that has governed our daily lives for decades, our ruling class will bail out the corporations again when the climate crisis finally arrives.

When floods and wildfires kill jobs and send crowds back to Costco, the government should use every tool at its disposal to bail out the people instead of Wall Street. We should redesign our economy to be sustainable and refuse to punish everyday people for using bare necessities. We should rebuild our society to work for the many, and not the few.

Ruize Xu’s op-ed

This op-ed was write by Coral Davenport on March, 27th. This article was post on The New York times and the title is Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Find Opposition Within: Staff Scientist. The reason why I said this is an op-ed is because I think I could see that the author doesn’t agree about some of the decisions in the article. Also, the author points out that there are a lot of times that the government want to reversing the rules that Obama set before. I’ve never heard this before so that I think this is an op-ed article.


In this article, it seems like the author is explaining something to the readers, not only state the fact, so it’s not similar to others’ articles.

NABIL OPED This OP-ED is by Daniel Gardner and published on the Los Angeles Times. This op-ed is essentially discussing how China’s urban development (urban sprawl) is actually very awful for the already poor environment in china. Despite the fact that the title of this article includes the words “OP-ED” in the title, someone could tell this is an op-ed from the structure. It is much more free-flowing and isn’t as formal if that makes sense. The author has a straight opinion on the issue is not afraid to share it. Less factual and more emotional based.

Yuye Shi’s OP-ED Post

The article “Delay is deadly: what COVID-19 tells us about tackling the climate crisis” by Jonathan Watts is arguing that if it keeps dragging on, the climate crisis will be as deadly as the current COVID-19. Among them, neoliberal capitalism is particularly ill-suited to deal with this situation.

I can tell this is an OP-ED because in this article the author has a clear point of view and is not an editorial member of that newspaper or magazine. I can sense that the author of this OP-ED used a lot of evidence to prove his point during the writing process. For example, when he argues that “governments willing to intervene have been more effective in stopping the virus than laissez-faire capitalists”, he devotes a great deal of space to prove this point, namely through the comparative effectiveness of the fight against the epidemic in the United States, Brazil, Britain, and some Asian countries.