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Weather woes

The GreenMan | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

To my fellow Domers,

I’m writing this as I lay outside on the quad making grass angels, soaking up the sun while I can. For the third time this month, I have my hopes up spring is here to stay. Let’s be honest, South Bend’s weather is just frustrating.  … Y’all comment and complain about it daily on Facebook, so I know you agree. But really, I just want to wear flip-flops again or at least be able to walk around barefoot without the risk of frostbite.  

Anyway, thinking about the weather made me start thinking about the climate, which obviously made me start thinking about the upcoming climate change and the common good conference April 8 through 10. I don’t actually know if it will teach me anything about why the weather in South Bend is as crazy as it is, but I’m excited to find out.

And I know climate change just seems like a buzzword nowadays, but it really does matter, especially if you’re an underclassman and will be sticking around the Bend for a few more years. Scientists are fairly certain continued high greenhouse gas emissions will mean more rain for the Indiana region, which means more puddles to trudge through on the way to class. The summers could get much hotter, too. Maybe this doesn’t hit home for those who live in air-conditioned dorms, but for those of you living in dorms like Badin and Alumni, have fun in August.  

What can you do personally? Well, I think I’ve already lectured enough on transportation methods. Unplugging your appliances and turning off your lights help, too. If you live off campus, buying local produce is a delicious option. I highly recommend the South Bend farmer’s market, which is well worth the short ride.

Just a thought. … See you in McKenna Hall!

Kthnxbai,

The GreenMan

 

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