Happy Belated Climate Science Day!

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February 10-11, 2015 was Climate Science Day on Capital Hill. On these days, hundreds of people gathered in Washington D.C to advocate policy changes in order to stop climate change. Several of the participating organizations include: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Meteorological Society, Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics, National Ecological Observatory Network, and many others.

Many of the Committees Organizers and spokesmen met with staffers and bureaucrats, but few politicians were able to attend these seminars and talks because of “other pressing concerns” and “meetings”.

“The objective was not to push for any bill or amendment, but rather to let our Representatives and Senators know we were there to provide the science they need to make informed and comprehensive decisions” – says Susan Crate, in her article about the event.

Hopefully their efforts were not in vain and our elected officials and representatives will advocate for more policy change to make the world we live in a better place.

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/04/21/2015-climate-science-day/

http://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/policy/get-involved/participate-in-a-congressional-visits-day/climate-science-day-on-capitol-hill/

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American Football v.s British Rugby

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As Americans, we love our sports. We love the masculinity of a hard tackle in football or check in hockey. We love that nostalgic sound of the bat cracking against the ball and the anticipation to see if it’ll go the distance and score a home run. We love winning and we love doing better. But the NFL is a very unique pastime here in the U.S. Lets take a look at it’s British Equivalent: Rugby.

Like any sport, Rugby is very masculine. There are several key differences in comparison with American football. First the ball is significantly larger and can awkward to hold and run with at times. Second we don’t use pads or helmets in Rugby. Third the ball can only be thrown behind you, not in front. And finally, the biggest difference is that the game does not stop.

In American football, after every play (or as soon as the ball hits the ground) the clock is stopped. In Rugby, after a player is tackled, he must release the ball and the game continues without stoppage. One must be able to play offense and defense at any time.

So which one is better? The traditional American way? Or the fast-paced British way? You decide!

Taking Out the “Garbage”

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In a recent Tedtalks video Robin Nagle, a trash anthropologist, speaks about the Department of Sanitation. The Department of Sanitation, or more commonly referred to as trash men, are the people who clean-up after us. Miss Nagle wanted to learn more about this elite group, so she started out going on the same routes wight the trash men. Later on in her research, she still wanted to know more; as a step even further into the observational learning she joined the Department of Sanitation.

She made several discoveries during her research: First the job is very dangerous, especially in the city. Cars are consistently trying to get around the garbage truck so that people may continue on with their day. Moreover the trash itself can be harmful to anyone near and around it constantly. Second the flow of trash is constant. After we eat an apple and we throw it away, we forget about it; many of us don’t realize that it is someones job to retrieve that waste and remove it. Finally, she learns about the stigma; “Put on the uniform,” she says, “and you become invisible until someone is upset with you for whatever reason.”

Both Miss Nagle and myself find the stigma ironic; It’s sad to think that those who put their lives at risk every day to clean up after us for the good of the public are so shamefully treated and only seen when their actions affect us directly. So the next time you see a public worker, a grounds keeper, or cleaning maid smile and thank them; they deserve it.