Speaking Up About Global Warming: A Student’s Perspective

By Sam Nelson The chill in Moscow air is more than physical. It permeates through the cracks of Russian law, strangling the voice of its people with its icy grip, freezing words in their throats. Although free speech is technically a right in Russia, in practice, the government cracks down on any language it deems…

The Harvest of the McKinley School Garden

By Sam Nelson Tucked away in Boston’s South End, surrounded by French-inspired boutiques and expensive coffee shops, sits the McKinley School. Though the school is often overlooked when compared to neighboring brownstones, its black iron gate stands with humble prestige. The McKinley School has an unconventional approach to education. With a curriculum specifically geared toward students with special emotional, behavioral…

Only One Earth

By Sam Nelson At the end of October, Branch Out welcomed Boston University Professor James Lawford Anderson to speak on sustainability. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a petrologist, Dr. Anderson studies igneous rocks (rocks formed from magma) and specializes…

Branch what? Branch Out!

By Sam Nelson Branch what? Branch Out! Ryan Cuthbert is this year’s PM for Branch Out, a CSC program connecting students to Boston’s urban ecosystem through service involving people, plants, animals, and green spaces. “Branch Out is a great organization that strives to educate students about sustainability,” Ryan says. “We have weekly meetings as well…