Louisiana State University — Project Citizen

A Collection of Stories by LSU Students

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Climate change is widely taught in American public schools—but students are receiving mixed messages

Roughly 75% of public school science teachers in the U.S. teach climate change and almost all public school students likely receive at least some education about recent global warming, according to a 2016 paper from the National Center for Science Education.

But students are receiving mixed messages from teachers about the causes of global warming, the report found.

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No soil? No problem: Hydroponic farming could help combat climate change and food insecurity

As the world population nears 10 billion by 2050, overall food demand is expected to increase by over 50%, according to the World Resources Institute. Climate change will make feeding that population more difficult in some regions.
Increased heat stress, rainfall intensity, flooding and drought could reduce crop yields and leave once arable land unusable, leading to food insecurity, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
To grow more food with less land, some farmers and scientists have pointed to the potential of hydroponics, a method of vertical farming.

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Education could reduce fashion industry’s carbon footprint and influence consumer behavior

When Bruce Cameron began teaching a sustainability class at the University of Wyoming in the ‘90s, he was pioneering a less-often offered course about the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.

“It’s evolved completely since then,” Cameron said. “Just about everybody has a class of this form if they have an apparel merchandising type of program on the campus.”

Today, nearly 25 years later, Cameron serves as head of the Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising department at Louisiana State University, where he still teaches a sustainability in apparel course.

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