Rachel Carson Campus Fellows Articles

Suffering Silently: University Food Insecurity on the UNC-Wilmington Campus

Julianna Tresca

Growing up in an Italian household where there was always food in the kitchen and my plate was always full, with my mom constantly calling, “Mangia! Mangia!” telling me to eat in Italian has always been a constant part of my life. I’ve never gone hungry. I’ve never had to wonder where a meal may come from and I have always had healthy options for my meals. I learned how to be passionate about food early in my life and I learned how to cook from my mother; how to cook recipes passed down from my grandmother and other generations before me. Click here to read more.

Climate Justice Rally in Asheville, North Carolina

Kelsey Hall

We are in the midst of the largest global movement towards climate action ever seen, thanks to the persistence and passion of young leaders around the world, including sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg.

In late September, students, young people, and activists around the world in support of climate action participated in strikes, walkouts, and demonstrations. The support for and participation in these events were unprecedented, with estimates from organizers of over seven million people taking part, including some 12,000 climate strikes in the U.S. Click here to read more.

Let ‘em Spawn, Before They’re Gone

Jenny Sab

North Carolina is known for the beauty of its Atlantic beaches and coast that first inspired Rachel Carson. “What Might Have Been” But tourism to the fabled Outer Banks is just one part of the economy on which North Carolina depends. Fishing for fun and for business — is critical to the Tar Heel State.

Unfortunately, fish numbers of six commercially important species are in decline, especially from overfishing. Reproduction is vital to maintaining population numbers, but some marine fish in North Carolina do not have the opportunity to spawn before they are caught. Click here to read more.

How Would You Resist a Natural Gas Pipeline in Your Backyard?

Michael James-Deramo

I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Southwest Virginia in Montgomery County. I grew up playing in the forests of Brush Mountain, and later hiking the trails of Peters Mountain. I grew up to the smell of earth and woke to the sound of birds. Then, the place where I grew up became a neighbor to the proposed crossing of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Click here to read more.