The Epitaph

Protect the Parks: Personal Responsibility

My refrigerator, like many others, is cluttered with plastic wrapped foods.

By Jane Park

May 31, 2020

During the shelter in place, I have been thinking a lot about my ecological footprint and the impact of my actions. Throughout this year, I have talked to many people who care about the environment. Most cannot make changes to their lives because it is inconvenient or too difficult, and they expect ...

Maintaining positive environmental effects after lifting lockdown

Maintaining positive environmental effects after lifting lockdown

By Katelynn Ngo

May 26, 2020

In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to turn on a TV or phone without being bombarded with statistics and news about the COVID-19 pandemic. With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reaching 1 million as of April 27 according to Worldometer,  the end of the virus does not seem to be in sight. However, amidst all the panic and fear, there is silver ...

Protect the Parks: Zero-waste substitutes to prevent time-consuming shopping

These reusable items keep you at home and safe during a time when shopping is becoming inaccessible.

By Jane Park

April 11, 2020

[embedyt][/embedyt] With the shelter-in-place order being strictly enforced by most of California, citizens are ordered to stay at home except for completing essential tasks, such as shopping for groceries or working an essential job like food production, ut...

Protect the Parks: Low waste and irony in a global pandemic

The focus on coronavirus is irrelevant when, in a couple decades, the world will be in flames

By Jane Park

March 24, 2020

It’s 2020, and the world is in a panic. Toilet paper and hygienic supplies are flying off the shelves, schools and stores are shutting down and people are terrified of being infected with the coronavirus.  There are lots of ways to stay secure in this time of panic buying. The shortage of toilet paper has a simple, eco-friendly solut...

Protect the Parks: Dealing with Eco-anxiety

While it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed by the environmental crisis, letting go of that fear and instead working toward sustainability will benefit the planet in the long run.

By Jane Park

March 2, 2020

Eco-anxiety.  A term for the terrifying doom caused by environmental destruction.  According to Medical News Today, a 2018 national survey found that almost 70 percent of people in the United States have concerns over climate change, with 51 percent feeling hopeless about the circumstances.  ...

Australia is on fire – what are you going to do about it?

Wildfires are raging like never before throughout the continent.

By Nitya Kashyap

January 29, 2020

Australia is a living hell. The country is in the middle of its worst summer yet. According to CNN, 28 people have lost their lives so far to fire, three of them firefighters. The fires have torched more than 17.9 million acres of land, destroying an estimated 3,000 homes have been destroyed...

Fires continue to tear through California

Combined with the threat of an impending major earthquake, California wildfires are a growing issue that have affected many and will likely continue to do so.

By Leila Salam and Dexter Tatsukawa

December 18, 2019

W hether direct or indirect, the fires in California have had a number of effects on the state’s residents. This has not gone unnoticed by the district, which has had to contend with these difficulties. For example, PG&E’s power cuts were a situation that was of great concern for school admin...

Protect the Parks: act now, or forever hold your peace

Stop saying “I will” and start saying “I am”

By Jane Park

November 20, 2019

M any argue that they care about the environment, and insist that we need to take action. But rarely do I see people take measures against climate change.  Holding our government accountable is ultimately one of the best ways we as American citizens can impact the future of our planet....

Protect the Parks: the insignificance of small-scale actions

Protect the Parks: the insignificance of small-scale actions

By Jane Park

October 22, 2019

F rom reusable metal straws to websites that plant trees every time you use their browser, sustainability has grown ever-more popular. However, people should be wary of the trendy ways to be sustainable, as these initiatives are often unproductive.  Ecosia, for example, is a free search exten...

Now it’s our turn

By Sahil Venkatesan

October 21, 2019

It is time to rise.  Our predecessors have failed us and it is now our responsibility to save the world.  We cannot idly sit back and hope our government will solve one of the most prevalent issues of our generation: global warming.     Despite the fact that global warming is affecting our lives right now, the Trump ad...