The Red & Black
June 2020 Issue

Is Spain’s New Climate Bill the Key to Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery?

As of January, 2020, Spain has officially declared a “climate emergency.” In an effort to uphold a promise made within the first 100-days of his inauguration, Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanehez, has drafted a bill to make Spain completely climate neutral by 2050.

The proposed law was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. It follows the European Union’s goal for a “Green Deal” to lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The switch to renewable energy is estimated to cost $219 billion, however within the next decade, the Spanish government forecasts the project will create 350,000 new jobs.

The bill further reinforces Spain’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015. While the Agreement has an initial goal of using at least 70% clean energy for electricity by 2030, it’s objective is 100% clean energy by 2050.

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COVID-19 and Its Threat to Museums

Amidst the COVID-19 chaos, many industries have faced neglect and economic catastrophe, one industry in particular has had a large shadow cast over it: museums. While we are stuck Netflix-ing in quarantine, one of the most important secondary learning industries has simply been forgotten. We are all familiar with museums, some of us hate them and some of us love them. However, there is no disputing that most of them are struggling during this time of global calamity.

When differentiating museums, they can generally be split up into two categories: interactive and static exhibitions. Certain museums are hands-on, the attendees get to go through a series of activities to truly immerse themselves and understand the subject matter. An example of this is our very own Boston Children's Museum. Others, like the Museum of Fine Arts, allow patrons to walk through galleries, read placards, and appreciate the beauty of the finely curated artifacts.

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2020 Election Update

The upcoming months would normally be filled with rallies and campaigning as candidates compete for the presidency. But amidst the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic, questions over how voters will cast their ballots this November, are on the rise.

Bernie Sanders announcing his departure from the campaign trail in late April, left former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumed Democratic nominee. He will be up against the Republican nominee, current United States President, Donald J. Trump.

The Democratic National Convention, taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will officially name its nominees for President and Vice President this August, one month later than originally scheduled. It is unknown whether the convention will be held virtually or in-person. The Republican National Convention occurs later in August, at which Donald J. Trump will be announced as the official Republican candidate.

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Drop During Pandemic

As each day goes by, the coronavirus pandemic is rapidly taking control of more and more lives, throwing countless countries into mandatory social isolation. However, while this situation is by no means a happy one, one of its greatest silver linings is that greenhouse gas emissions are finally plummeting. All over the world, streams are once again blue, air pollution is clearing up, and forests are thriving. Collectively, global carbon dioxide emissions are set to drop almost 8 percent this year, the largest drop ever recorded. Global use of oil has fallen by 5%, and air traffic is down by 60%. After all, coronavirus restrictions have caused many non-essential businesses and factories to close, lowering the need for large-scale power consumption and transportation. People no longer need to pump gas for their cars and subways no longer need to consume fossil fuels for travel. China serves as just one example of this; before it reopened, carbon emissions alone had dropped 25% due to the decrease of demand for materials such as steel and cement.

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Racism in America

While fires, mace, and rubber bullets initially took the nation by storm, riots have calmed down in cities across the country. However, peaceful protests continue as they are a result of an overdue spur in the Black Lives Matter movement.

The recent resilience is linked to police brutality and racial injustice in America. On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Glynn County, Georgia when he was murdered by two men (not associated with the Minneapolis Police Department) in broad daylight. The murder was caught on camera by a third man (not associated with the MPD) and uploaded to the internet on May 5, 2020. On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police during a narcotics raid on her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Grievously, the police had the wrong house. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was suffocated in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota by an officer who held his knee on George’s neck for almost eight minutes. The murder of these African Americans took place within the past few months, caused by senseless police violence and white supremacy.

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