Plan Your Op-Ed Yuye Shi

The debate that I am writing about is does COVID-19 has a positive or negative impact on climate change?

The Debate in this Topic is on While COVID-19 appears to be good for climate change in the short term, the reality is that if we leave it alone, the environment will be polluted more by COVID-19 in the future.

  1. What the Coronavirus Means for Climate Change
  2. The Nature of Crisis

  1. There’s an unlikely beneficiary of coronavirus: The planet

  1. Coronavirus Won’t Change Minds On Climate Change

In this debate, I argue COVID-19 is inherently unhelpful to the climate problem and even exacerbates the planet’s climate change. What we need to do at this particular time is to push for certain policies.

My position is important because it helps us know that now is an important time for people to reflect on their actions and then help the future of society.

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.

Serene’s Sources on Plastic in Ocean

  1. Documentary: A Plastic Ocean

The documentary “A Plastic Ocean” tells the story of reporter Craig Leeson, who finds A large amount of Plastic waste in the pristine Ocean when he plans to track and photograph rare blue whales. Over the next four years, Craig, working with free-diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, traveled to 20 places around the world to explore the true state of the oceans and reveal the surprising truth about plastic pollution in the oceans, as well as propose possible solutions.


  1. Podcast: How plastic pollution may harm marine life

In the Planet Earth digital broadcast, Tamara Galloway, Matt Cole and Ceri Lewis of the University of Exeter talk about their exploration on the impacts of sections of plastics from nourishment bundling, drinks bottles, and even facial scours, on marine natural life.


  1. Op-eds: The missing 99%: why can’t we find the vast majority of ocean plastic?

Stephen Buranyi writes that scientists in the garbage patches and on beaches have discovered and measured only a small fraction of the total. In other words, the amount of plastic accumulating on the surface is only a small fraction of the ocean’s total. Most of it ends up piling up in vast quantities in the deepest parts of the ocean, buried in sediment on the seafloor. Or it dissolves in water, becomes a chemical that dissolves in water.


In order to protect the earth’s environment and safeguard its own interests, China implemented a large-scale garbage classification and recycling policy since 2019. Taking Shanghai as an example, starting from July 1, 2019, they divided garbage into recyclable garbage, hazardous garbage, dry garbage and wet garbage. The government uses apps and QR codes to scan citizens’ garbage. Those who fail to sort will receive a corresponding amount of fine, in contrast, those who do well will receive a corresponding amount of bonus.

With relatively sound policies, recycling in Shanghai seems to be doing well. However, when I asked my friends at a college in Shanghai whether they would sort their rubbish according to the rules in college. The answer I got was, “We stopped sorting garbage a long time ago.”

In my mind, college students are always the first team to accept new knowledge and new things. Most young people today are much more environmentally conscious than other age groups. What is the reason to let everything rushed in front of the college students passive work? I’ll take a closer look.

In the investigation, I found that this college is not doing nothing. In the article on the campus public website provided by my friend, I found that this college has set up 8 recycling stations on the campus (as shown in figure 1). Each recycling station also has an intelligent self-service recycling machine (as shown in figure 2). These smart self-service recycling machines can help college students sort garbage, and college students can exchange their recyclables for money.

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In the students’ dormitory, the school has set up the dry and wet garbage bins (as shown in figure 3), so that students can directly classify the garbage in the dormitory life. After the students have simply sorted the garbage in the dormitory, they then sorted the garbage and threw it into the garbage bin marked with recyclable garbage, hazardous garbage, dry garbage and wet garbage (as shown in figure 4). If the steps are so simple, why did the university’s students stop sorting garbage?

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Through further chatting with my friend, I got the truth. In the eight garbage collection stations set up by the school, the garbage sorting is done very well. However, the classification of the four large trash cans that are most commonly used outside each dormitory building is not good. At first, the students and the faculty were serious about sorting the garbage. Later, they found that the university’s disposal of the garbage they had already sorted was very bad. This made them feel that even if they took the time to sort the garbage, it would end up mixed up when it was taken away by the garbage truck. Gradually, they are no longer active in garbage classification. My friend also emphasized that people are still unfamiliar with the classification of garbage, and dry garbage and wet garbage are often confused.

Overall, the implementation of Shanghai’s garbage classification policy has not been particularly successful. From this case, we can see that people’s lack of knowledge of garbage classification and the school’s lack of a unified recycling system lead to the slow failure of garbage classification. Therefore, I think the garbage classification policy in Shanghai is still not mature enough, and the Shanghai government should further change the garbage classification policy in view of this problem.