Weekly Wind Down
Written, edited, and reviewed by members of KAMP student radio
This Week in Science
Written by: Rhiannon S. Cox
Published: March 4, 2022
U.N. Climate Change Report Released
The world’s scientists have come together to write a 3,500 page report on the state of the Earth’s climate, and the news so far is bleak. On Monday, February 28th, the report was released and warned that climate change was already having negative effects, especially on nations that are the least prepared to deal with them. It is predicted that large amounts of death and displacement will occur in lower income countries first, despite contributing least to the world’s pollution levels. Rising sea levels and hotter temperatures are making certain areas of the world uninhabitable. The Indonesian government is planning to move the capital city from Jakarta to the island of Borneo, as up to one third of the city is expected to be underwater in several years.
Despite the negative news, the Climate Change Report ensures that it is possible to avoid complete disaster. In order to improve the climate’s condition, the world will need to completely change the way energy is used, crops are grown, and how buildings are constructed. Preventative action is necessary, as reacting after climate disasters will have no effects. Hopefully world leaders are able to come together and make decisions to ensure the planet’s wellbeing
This Week in Culture/Arts
Written by: Ash Avilla
Published: March 4, 2022
You Should Be Watching Degrassi: The Next Generation
It may be old news that Degrassi is getting rebooted on HBO Max (Insider.com) but, like the show itself, it will never be old to me. The classic show, which began airing in October 2001, paved the way for teen soap operas ranging from Pretty Little Liars to Euphoria. If you haven’t gotten around to watching Degrassi yet, now’s a perfect time to start.
If you grew up in the U.S. or Canada during the 2000’s you’ve probably heard about Degrassi, either through cultural osmosis or through seeing ads for it while watching cartoons on Nickelodeon. Shea, a fellow member of KAMP radio, recalls the ad fondly saying they were “so scandalous, they used to scare me.” Degrassi is a Canadian teen drama that follows the lives of Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High students as they face various struggles such as sexuality, bullying, drugs, and school. While there have been many iterations of Degrassi, I would fully recommend starting with Degrassi: The Next Generation (despite not having fully finished Degrassi: TNG nor having seen any of the other series). Watching Degrassi: The Next Generation (TNG) is the equivalent of standing by your high school locker during passing period while you and your best friend gossip. According to my girlfriend, it feels like gossiping with your friends but if you were also Canadian and had no parental supervision. Also Degrassi: TNG is free to watch with ads right now on Tubi or Youtube (Degrassi: TNG on Youtube playlist).
Once you finish Degrassi: TNG, you also have all of Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, Degrassi: Next Class, and the upcoming 2023 reboot. What’s not to love about having years and years of content to keep you entertained? It’s a fairly quick watch, though, with most episodes only being about 30 minutes long. Although, Degrassi (2023) is looking like each episode will be about an hour-long, which is a major change to the format of the past series, but could give writers more room to develop their plotlines. Whatever happens next, count me in as someone who will continue to watch Degrassi and its continued reboots and spinoffs.
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