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Students strike to raise awareness of climate change

Climate Sunrise organization leads the rally about climate change on Chico State campus. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Carolyn Allen and Jack Lewis

December 9, 2019

On Friday, high school and college students dropped everything to join an on-campus Climate Strike, the second of its kind in Chico. “We’re stopping business as usual and demanding that transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis we are currently living through,” Steven Marquardt...

AS Sustainability hosts final fall creek cleanup

Transfer student Gabby Larocco found trash alongside the creek such as bike parts and washed away food wrappers. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

December 7, 2019

On Wednesday, Associated Students Sustainability joined Community Action Volunteers in Education to host the final creek cleanup of the semester. The organization led students who continued to show up, despite the aftermath of a week of rainy weather. While rainstorms left students to scour th...

The Orion Newscast: New Paint & Joker Review

The Orion Newscast: New Paint & Joker Review

Christian Solis

October 9, 2019

https://youtu.be/9vGTj-M72Vw This week on The Orion Newscast, Butte Environmental Council commissions a new mural and our very own Angel Ortega reviews the controversial movie, Joker. Christian Solis can be reached at [email protected] or @c_alexander20 on Twitter.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival promotes nature and activism

Mitchell Kret

March 4, 2019

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival made a visit to Chico Feb. 28 to show 13 short films revolving around nature and activism. The festival was held in Ayres Hall, filled with diverse people from around the Chico community—students, families and many others who care about nature and the wilderness ar...

Environmental organization celebrates 43 years in community

The Arc Pavillion hosted the 43rd anniversary dinner and awards gala for the Butte Environmental Council. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

October 22, 2018

The Butte Environmental Council's 43rd Anniversary Gala was held in the ARC Pavillion Saturday. Within a hour of the event starting, the room was filled and the sounds of soulful alternative folk, thanks to the band Sunday Iris, welcomed members to their tables. The Butte Environmental Council (B...

We all are responsible for reversing climate change

Getty Images photo by MHJ.

Rayanne Painter

October 21, 2018

The Earth as we know it is disappearing at an alarmingly fast rate. I know it, you know it and we need to stop ignoring it.Over the past decade, there’s been no secret about the fact that our climate is rapidly changing and becoming too hot for the earth to remain sustainable. Coral reefs once full of vib...

Garbage display shows a year’s worth of cups

While heading to their classes, students cast curious glances at the dozens of plastic cups laid out. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

September 27, 2018

Dozens of clear plastic cups reflecting the afternoon sun captured the attention of students passing by between the Student Services Center and Bell Memorial Union Monday. Approximately 365 plastic cups were laid out by Associated Students Sustainability to visually represent the waste of using a single cup every day for an entir...

One last straw to sip

Editorial Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Karen Limones

September 5, 2018

Last semester, Chico State took a big oath when we decided to go strawless and ban all plastic straws from campus. In replacement, paper straws were given out upon request and steel metal straws were available for purchase. While hundreds of students have already bought metal reusable straws, it seems that less students know about th...

We are part of the problem

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Kendall George

April 18, 2018

The start of a solution is understanding that the U.S. is part of the problem. Chico State students are part of the problem. Anyone who has a social media account has that one friend who won't stop posting pictures of the melting ice caps, sad Koala Bears with their habitats cut down and beach pictu...

Chico State: This is the last Straw!

Do you think straws should be banned on campus? Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Karen Limones

March 21, 2018

Sipping on a cool drink with a fancy colored straw while relaxing sounds all too intriguing. It’s a picture on Instagram that will attract all the likes but, in my eyes, this is just another accessory. While this image gets attention through the virtual world, that one plastic straw is going back into...

How to be environmentally friendly over the holidays

Father and daughter recycling for the holidays. Photo credit: Getty Images - Ryan J Lane

Kendall George

December 7, 2017

The holidays, although fun, can be very unsustainable when it comes to being eco-friendly. However, there are some ways to be more environmentally conscious when celebrating the holidays and new year. Some people may think that it is hard and that the changes needed to make an impact are not worth it...

Community contributes to clean local parks

Trucks were loaded with piles of trash. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

September 16, 2017

Chico locals and students participated in 30th Annual Bidwell Parks and Creeks Cleanup, Saturday morning.The event combats environmental damage done in parks and creeks from encampments and littering. Volunteers gathered over 1,500 pounds of trash from Lower Bidwell park alone, said Jared Glasser, Chico S...

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