A news website produced by students of A.P. Giannini Middle School
By Eva Ciobanu
Waste is a problem, and has been for a long time. Most people don’t think about the impact of littering, not composting, and using plastic when they do these things, but it’s important to inform people so that we can change our ways.
Composting reduces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.Landfill waste produces a lot of carbon dioxide and methane Recycling does make some pollution, but it reduces more landfill waste, which causes the most pollution.
Even though these figures are from a 2011 study, it’s crazy to think about how much waste we as a nation produce each day.
If you’re about to throw something away, think about how long it might remain on this Earth before it’s fully decomposed. For example: a paper towel, 2-4 weeks; a cotton shirt, 2-5 months; cigarette filler, 1-5 years; a plastic bag, 10-20 years; plastic foam, 50 years. Those seem like short amounts of time, but there are more things that take so long to decompose, they’ll outlive you, such as: an aluminum can, 80-200 years; disposable diaper, 450 years; and a glass bottle, 1 Million years.
Some of these things can be recycled, and turned into something else such as cardboard boxes, bike parts, even your cat’s litter. This does produce some level of pollution, but creating these things produces more pollution, and leaving them in the landfill is the worst thing you could do.
So if you have a compost bin, please use it. Composting is an essential part of our ecosystem and future. What can be reused is sent to a composting plant and turned into soil for your garden.
In The Los Angeles Times, an article called “The world's trash crisis, and why many Americans are oblivious” states how a program called WasteZero promotes waste reduction by charging a set fee in cash for every bag that is brought to one of the drop-off locations. “The program has resulted in an average waste reduction of 44% and often doubles recycling rates, according to WasteZero’s statistics,” (2019 LA Times). Even though the recycling, compost, and garbage is treated the same as other waste plants -most is reused and the rest is sent to a landfill- WasteZero encourages others to get involved in helping solve the trash crisis.
In conclusion, use your compost and recycling bins, reduce plastics usage by using paper bags, reusable straws, etc; and lastly, keep yourself up to date, make sure you know what’s happening at your trash dump. Don’t let it go, there is a crisis, and we need to do something about it before it’s too late.
By Anya Sleeper Sheppard
1. What color are your brains?a. Pink, duuuuuhh.
b. Um, idk I’m not a brain scientist.
c. I don’t have any, so I’m not sure.
2. What’s your IQ?a. Like, 100,000,000 probably lol.
b. Um, I haven’t taken an IQ test before.
c. What does IQ stand for, Insight for Quirkiness?
3. Do you study for school?a. Ya, like every day, who doesn’t?
b. Well, I try, but I’m pretty busy.
c. *gasp* Of course not, who do you think I am, a nerd???
4. How many sides does an octagon have?a. Oct means 8, so obviously 8!
b. Um, I think either 6 or 8, I forgot.
c. Is an octagon a flavor of ice cream, because I want some.
5. How old are you?a. Well, I’m almost a teen, but I’m probably as smart as an adult.
b. Last time I checked I was a kid.
c. Um, I forgot, I think like 2?
6. Do you have all As?a. Well, of course!!! If I ever got a B I would die.
b. I think mostly Bs, but I’m pretty sure I have at least two As.
c. Noooooooo way. I have one F, three Ds, two Cs, and one B. The B is in P.E.
7. Do you think you scored stupid or smart on this quiz?
a. Definitely smart. I got everything right!!
b. Um, idk, like average?
c. I really don’t care, I was just bored.
All As: You are the dumbest person ever. You think you are so smart, but you’re not.
All Bs: You are average. You know your own skills, and don’t brag about your cleverness.
All Cs: You are really smart. ;)
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update. Today, the first topic of discussion is Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain’s recent victorious vote in Parliament. This vote was crucial to her intentions of leaving the European Union, and had the contingency to subvert them. Then, we will review President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of The Union address.
In a recent Parliamentary vote, Members of Parliament (MPs) rejected a proposal to delay the United Kingdom’s (UK) departure from the European Union (EU), in order to prevent the UK from leaving without a deal. This amendment, proposed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, was abruptly rejected by 23 votes. Members of Parliament voted 321 to 298 to deny Cooper’s proposition. Consequently, Brexit will continue and proceed on March 29, 2019.
In President Donald Trump’s annual State of the Union address, he projected his views and objectives in a remorseless and somewhat contumacious speech. Trump proposed his idea of a unified nation that does not consist of two parties, but rather is undivided. Trump also aroused new tensions with Democrats by showing a ruthless stubbornness over reasonable compromise for his border wall. This is a subject that threatens a second government shutdown. Trump also praised a multitude of recent successes in the country, including the increase of jobs and women in Congress, which did please the Democrats.
The Giannini Beacon Gazette is a news site created by the Journalism Club students of A.P. Giannini Middle School and sponsored by Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (SNBC).