Wildcats for Sustainability

Wildcats for Sustainability A student organization at Abilene Christian University. We are people that strive to live more sustainably and responsibly to preserve the earth's future.

Texas Parks and Wildlife
06/09/2020

Texas Parks and Wildlife

This week #BlackBirdersWeek and #BlackInNature celebrate the joyful sharing of nature, while recognizing that many people of color have been made to feel unwelcome in the outdoors. At Texas Parks and Wildlife, we are committed to making outdoor spaces welcome to all, as well as to recruiting and nurturing a new generation of conservation and recreation professionals that reflect the diversity of Texas.

We want to continue to learn how we can better serve all Texans. We invite you to reach out to us. We are listening.

To learn more about what we are doing to strengthen our diversity and inclusion, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/about/diversity-inclusion

The Oklahoma Nature Conservancy
06/02/2020

The Oklahoma Nature Conservancy

Environmentalists cannot remain silent. #BlackLivesMatter #BlackoutTuesday

Read Jennifer Morris’ full statement, here: https://nature.ly/3gHWXZS

Citizens Climate Lobby
05/27/2020
Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens Climate Lobby

"There may never have been a time when carbon prices could achieve so much so quickly," The Economist writes in this cover story.

It's high time for a #PriceOnPollution! We support the Energy Innovation Act (HR 763), led by Congressman Ted Deutch and Congressman Francis Rooney.

Learn more about this bipartisan legislation at https://energyinnovationact.org/

Helping Each OtherSince 2016, WFS has focused on Campus Recycling and the community awareness that recycling reenforces....
05/26/2020

Helping Each Other

Since 2016, WFS has focused on Campus Recycling and the community awareness that recycling reenforces. However, recycling has suffered several setbacks on campus and in Abilene, and it is still unclear how our recycling program will proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevertheless, the pandemic and quarantine have shown that the same goals and challenges to sustainability are endemic to other communal movements that depend on:
- Information from experts
- Cooperation and self-sacrifice

How can we help people learn to trust information that encourages communal efforts and self-sacrifice in a proudly individualistic culture?

We still have much to learn, but in 2020 WFS begins a new awareness campaign to broaden these themes of Sustainability: ‘Helping Each Other’

Wildcats for Sustainability
05/26/2020

Wildcats for Sustainability

Katharine Hayhoe
05/18/2020
Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

The field of climate science lost one of its giants to COVID-19.

Sir John Houghton was one of the founders of the IPCC and led its scientific working group for many years. He was also a man of deep faith.

His granddaughter Hannah, who is currently studying for ordination in the Anglican church and doing her doctoral dissertation on climate grief, says of him, "when I was younger, my consistent memory of him was warnings over the devastation waiting us if we didn’t act on climate change. But my other consistent memory will be his deep faith that he was doing work in service of the God he loved, and the world he loved."

When he spoke of climate science, he'd immediately link it to the fact that the poorest and most vulnerable were those most at risk. His faith motivated his life's work and inspired countless other scientists, including me. His last email to me, in connection to his autobiography ("In the Eye of the Storm," an apt description of his life in the center of the international negotiations on climate change for so many years - link below) was signed, "every blessing."

I was honoured to write this brief essay in his memory with my own advisor, Don Wuebbles.

The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance
05/11/2020
The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance

The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance

Humans’ ability to efficiently shed heat has enabled us to range over every continent, but a wet-bulb temperature (TW) of 35°C marks our upper physiological limit, and much lower values have serious health and productivity impacts. Climate models project the first 35°C TW occurrences by the mid-...

In India, social distancing is a privilege of the middle class
03/30/2020
In India, social distancing is a privilege of the middle class

In India, social distancing is a privilege of the middle class

For two days, Jeetender Mahender, a 36-year-old Dalit sanitation worker, has not dared to leave his family's shanty in the Valmiki slum of northern Mumbai, India, except to go to the toilet.

This was already unsustainable before COVID-19.“Pangolins are critically endangered anteaters that resemble armadillos. ...
03/29/2020
The Covid-19 culprit is us, not pangolins

This was already unsustainable before COVID-19.

“Pangolins are critically endangered anteaters that resemble armadillos. While they are a protected species, they are often smuggled …[and]… sold for their meat and scales. In local folklore and traditional medicine, the pangolin's scales are thought to provide a variety of benefits.”

Robert F. Breiman writes that preliminary indications are that pangolins served as an intermediate host for Covid-19, but if pangolins could talk, they would claim no responsibility for the outbreaks they have been associated with. The culprit is us.

ACU Biology
03/15/2020
ACU Biology

ACU Biology

"Food is probably not a major risk factor here," Kuritzkes says. That's because most infection from the new coronavirus starts with the respiratory system, not the digestive tract. So infection comes from getting the virus on your hands and then touching your own eyes, nose and mouth. "Of more concern would be utensils, and plates and cups that might be handled by a large number of people in a cafeteria setting, for example."

“Hand sanitizer is effective at killing viruses, too, although hand-washing is preferred, according to the CDC. If you can't get to a sink, hand sanitizer is a good backup plan — just make sure it's at least 60% alcohol.”

[For surfaces] “You can also use a wipe, but make sure you use an alcohol-based wipe, not baby wipes, which may not be effective … Or make a bleach-based spray yourself. You can make a DIY cleaning spray by mixing 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water, according to the CDC.”… "Ultraviolet light can be a really powerful disinfectant and we get a lot of UVA light from the sun,”…"Direct sunlight can help rapidly diminish infectivity of viruses on surfaces."

How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything
02/24/2020
How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything

How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything

Winters are warming faster than summers in many places, and colder parts of the U.S. are warming faster than hotter ones. The warming winter climate has year-round consequences across the country.

Katharine Hayhoe
03/18/2019
Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Today is #GlobalRecyclingDay - and yes, recycling really does matter. We share a planet with more than 7.5B other people and every resource we use and throw away affects us all.

Here in Lubbock TX we don't have curbside recycling (sigh). But we do have an amazing public recycling depot run by our own Texas Tech Housing Dept!

They accept cardboard, glass, plastic, cans, styrofoam, even old clothing -- and the proceeds of your trash support more than 35 student scholarships for deserving and hard-working students. How cool is that?

The TTU depot is open 24-7 and if you don't want to take the recycling yourself, there are companies like Effortless Recycling that you can pay to pick it up at the curb and take it in.

Learn more: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/housing/gogreen/recycle.php

Merwin found a worn-out pineapple plantation there and with his wife, Paula, worked to restore the rainforest. He wrote ...
03/17/2019
Poet W.S. Merwin, Who Was Inspired By Conservation, Dies At 91

Merwin found a worn-out pineapple plantation there and with his wife, Paula, worked to restore the rainforest. He wrote the poem "Place" about his time there:

On the last day of the world
I would want to plant a tree

what for
not for the fruit

the tree that bears the fruit
is not the one that was planted

I want the tree that stands
in the earth for the first time

with the sun already
going down

and the water
touching its roots

in the earth full of the dead
and the clouds passing

one by one
over its leaves

In the 1980s, the two-time U.S. poet laureate moved to Hawaii and began working to restore the rainforest. According to one contemporary, that's when he "morphed into a poet of praise."

The key to conservation is building connections between people and our natural history.
03/14/2019
Elliott to teach poetry course at Big Bend - Optimist

The key to conservation is building connections between people and our natural history.

For 12 days at Big Bend National Park and other historical locations in Texas, students will learn about poem, writing during a summer course. In past years, Dr. Jeremy Elliott, associate professor of language and literature, has led students in a study-abroad interactive course over the topic befor...

ACU Wildlife Society
03/04/2019
ACU Wildlife Society

ACU Wildlife Society

"On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. "

Evangelical Environmental Network
02/13/2019
Evangelical Environmental Network

Evangelical Environmental Network

This is wonderful news! We are thankful for the senators that approved this important bill!

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