The Oberlin Review

Water Management in Oberlin: An Overview

The Black River Watershed, where the City of Oberlin collects its drinking water.

Ella Moxley

April 22, 2020

For decades, environmental activists and agencies in Northeast Ohio have worked to ensure safe drinking water for residents and safeguard surface water against pollution. In the mid-20th century, the picture was bleak: The Black River, a tributary of Lake Erie which runs through Oberlin, was nicknamed...

In UCC Report, Northeast Ohio Identified As “Hot Spot” of Environmental Injustice

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2020

This past February, the United Church of Christ published a report on polluting facilities located in or near residential communities across the country. The report, titled “Breath to the People: Sacred Air and Toxic Pollution,” focused on 100 “super polluters” throughout the United States, and e...

“Don’t Frack With Us:” How to Stop a Pipeline

Rachael Hood

April 22, 2020

After staunchly opposing the construction of a pipeline through their community, some people will agree to settle and concede the fight while others take to the trees, putting their bodies on the line to stop the destruction of their land. What informs these different responses and why can they look...

Engaged and Applied Science is the Future of Environmental Research

A photo of the author’s research group in Cuba. Author pictured first row, second from right.

Monica Dix

April 22, 2020

After a mass transition away from industrial monoculture to organic agriculture in the 1990s, Cuba has rapidly become a model for organic agriculture research. The island remained largely inaccessible to American scientists until the Obama administration lifted embargo restrictions on National Science Found...

Hurricane Dorian Reveals Deep Roots of Climate Injustice in Bahamas

In the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian left significant destruction in its wake.

Kush Bulmer

April 22, 2020

Officially, 70 lives were lost during Hurricane Dorian, the monster storm that hit the northern islands of the Bahamas in early September 2019. However, residents tell a different story; they claim that over 2,000 died. In February, I traveled across Abaco Island, which was hit particularly hard by Doria...

Creating a 21st-Century Landscape in Oberlin

An image of the author’s property.

Carl N. McDaniel

April 22, 2020

In December 2006, Mary and I decided to retire from our home in Troy, NY, where we had lived for 33 years — half our lifetimes. Our primary goal was to fulfill a long-held desire to replicate Hilltop, the home of our close friends David and Harriet Borton, that runs on sunshine. Trail Magic, our ho...

Environmental Peacebuilding in the Middle East

The Jordan River Valley.

Antonia Offen

April 22, 2020

When Jordanian General Mansour Abu Rashid was a soldier in the Arab-Israeli wars, he never thought that one day he would help bring peace to the valley between Jordan and Israel. General Mansour, who was involved in the Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty of 1994, has been working toward peaceful cooperation w...

Special Issue: Letter From the Editors

Nathan Carpenter and Ananya Gupta

April 22, 2020

Dear readers, As student journalists studying the environment, we have always strived to incorporate environmental initiatives into our work at The Oberlin Review, from shifting to a paperless editing process — saving approximately 10,000 pieces of paper annually — to reducing our pri...

Climate Change Hits Home

Climate Change Hits Home

Lily Jones, Nico Vickers, and Nathan Carpenter

April 22, 2020

East Germany in 1980s Gives Example of Effective Environmental Activism

A forest in eastern Germany.

Celeste McBride

April 22, 2020

One of the most challenging aspects of working as an activist is that of mobilization — developing ways to inspire people to do work that they do not have to do. A precious few people get out of bed wanting to call 100 strangers to inform them that their senator is opposing a bill that would ban off...

In Shifting Away From Oil, Alaska Could Lead

Alaska's natural beauty.

Uma Prasad

April 22, 2020

Alaska is warming faster than any other state in the U.S., but its residents are of multiple minds when it comes to addressing the impacts of climate change. The state’s largest city, Anchorage, is specifically caught between two extremes of environmental sentiment among its residents. There are peo...

To Find Success, GND Must Be Measured

Noah Auby

April 22, 2020

In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced a set of legislative proposals under a New Deal that sought to navigate the consequences and investigate the underlying causes of the Great Depression. With these policies, FDR emphasized reforming fiscal, banking, and monetary policies to allow most...

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