Point of View
As Co-Editors of The Network, we are excited to share with you our summer issue.
Each issue we create focuses on a theme developed from current events. We want to inform our readers about relevant events, provoke them to think, and move them to act.
In February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body of the United Nations responsible for studying human-induced climate change, released its Sixth Assessment Report. This report, which was based on more than 34,000 studies done in 67 countries, paints a dire picture of climate change’s devastating impacts in every region of the world. It warns that, if climate change is ignored, the consequences will be deadly and will wreak the most havoc on the world’s poorest communities and populations. The report also states that, since the Industrial Revolution, because of the CO 2 emissions from factories built by humans and vehicles used by humans, the average world temperature has increased by 1.1 degrees C, or 2 degrees F. This change in temperature has contributed to droughts, forest fires, water instability, and the destruction of species and ecosystems. Further, the IPCC predicts that climate change, if unchecked, will increase poverty and food insecurity throughout the world. Finally, the IPCC reports that the climate change solutions in most countries are not effective and are not being implemented fast enough to make a difference. These alarming facts moved us to ask the question “Does Human Progress Mean Earth’s Destruction?”
Our feature article, written by Paige Farber (’23), discusses how the world’s billionaires are
using their money to run away from the increasing danger of climate change by building
spaceships, instead of helping our current habitat for the better. Read Sohum Tripathi’s (’24)
article about COVID-19’s impact on the environment. Next, consider Humans vs. Nature: A
Short Story, written by Yassen Alam. Fiona Poth (’24) and Paige Farber (’23) created a
crossword puzzle to test your knowledge about climate change and greenhouse gasses. Yehuda Zilberstein (’23) speaks with our own Dr. Hollenbeck, who advises us to learn about climate change and to fight against it.
The Network is proud to announce the journal’s first writing contest. The details can be found in the Compete section. We cannot wait to read what you write!
Also, please enjoy the striking and moving artwork featured throughout the issue. Julia Hristov (’24) explores the idea of climate change through a pencil-on-paper drawing. Ayah Orynbay (’24) created a digital drawing titled “Don’t Make a Mess in My House” as a reminder of climate change and its harm to our oceans.
We hope that this issue will inspire more students to participate in The Network. This journal is a student publication, and its success is predicated on student participation. As the student editors, we hope that it will grow into something far greater than we ever could have imagined.
We would like to give a special thank you to our faculty advisors, Ms. Amy Rosenberg and Mr. Denis Wong, for their unfaltering belief in this publication and untiring support of our efforts. In addition, we want to thank Ms. Maggie Wollner, Head of School, for her support of this publication. Finally, we want to thank all the students who have contributed to this edition and their parents for believing in Avenues Online.
If any of the topics here particularly interest you, Works Cited lists for some articles are available upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We hope you enjoy this issue. May the pages of this publication engage, enlighten, and inform.
Yehuda Zilberstein (’23) and Fiona Poth (’24)