Climate Change and the Youth Response
By Anyssa Maese
Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for climate activism
In today’s world, Earth’s climate is changing faster than ever due primarily to human activities. This Global Climate Change has already impacted many regions of the country and economies all over, yet, we stay still, not making any changes or drastic improvements. “The climate crisis has already been solved, we already have all the facts and solutions, we just need to wake up and change.” Many of us young people are dreaming of a future with our children, and possibly our grandchildren, but that dream becomes more and more unrealistic as we continue on the same path that we are on, ignoring the crisis that is Climate Change.
Last year, The UN’s International Youth Day was celebrated on August 12th and focused on youth activity and participation on climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “I applaud the millions of young people who are…advocating global action for people and the planet.” Young people, now more than ever, have been increasingly active and concerned about climate change. Political faces and leaders have been talking about change for the Earth for a long time now, but still we have not seen any prominent action. Students across the globe have been participating in school strikes in hopes of bringing much needed attention the crisis our world is currently facing. All over Europe children are walking out of school, sitting on sidewalks demanding action from leaders and officials. “If a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.” Said Gretta Thunburg
Gretta Thunburg has become the face of Climate Change in today’s youth as she has given many TED Talks, and inspiring speeches to large audiences and parties. When Gretta was only 11 she was diagnosed with Asperger’s, OCD, and selective Mutism. Selective Mutism means that a child is unable to speak and communicate effectively, unless they are in a situation where they are comfortable, secure and relaxed. Greta makes jokes about being able to speak on climate change implying that it must be something she is passionate about if she is able to speak on it.
It is time to stop playing games, and start demanding action. “We are here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not.” It is time to start taking matters into our own hands if we want some real change to start happening. Unfortunately, political leaders and head parties have not used their position wisely or effectively thus causing us, to step in, and step up for our future, and the future of our planet. “Instead of looking for hope, look for action.” Today’s youth are prepared and ready to bring that action because now more than ever, we need to step up and fix the crisis that is, Global Climate Change.
“You’re either part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” So ask yourself this, are you going to step up and help, or sit back and watch?
New Mexico embarking on a mini-Green New Deal via CBS News
New Mexico's legislature has passed a bill that requires the state's utilities to be completely carbon-free by 2045
It's the third state to set a 100 percent renewable goal -- and by some measures the most ambitious and toughest
The legislation includes money to close a coal-fired plant and retrain workers who lose their job --- What do you think?
Could you go a month without using single-use plastics? Check out this video for more information on limiting your plastic use.
Conserving Our Ocean
by Katelyn Seats
There is currently trash taking over our oceans. As of right now, there is a large gathering of trash bigger than the size of Ellis Island and it is still growing. It’s estimated that the “Plastic Island” contains 3.5 million tons of trash and could double in size in the next 5 years. Countless animals are dying everyday from the consumption and entrapment of plastic or trash that is being thrown into the ocean. Cigarette butts, cans, plastic bags, glass, bottles, styrofoam, balloons, lighters, toothbrushes, fishing gear such as lines, nets and buoys are especially dangerous to sea life. There was a total of 44,006 species that had eaten plastic bits or been tangled in plastic rope or netting and with those numbers 80% of the time, these encounters injured or killed the animal.
There are also countless numbers of companies that dump their waste into the ocean without a thought about ocean wildlife. The pollution in the ocean has gotten so bad that the nation has had to deem them as dead zones because there is officially no sea life there. There are currently 400 dead zone locations across the globe. And because of the ocean under current the debris from the pollution in these dead zones gets spread around everywhere causing death and even more dead zones to form.
Just recently in the Philippines a beached whale was found. After examining the whale, it was discovered that the whale had 88 pounds of plastic in its body. They found that 693 species of sea animals have some sort of interaction with the many types of man-made products in the ocean. Do the rise in endangered ocean wildlife the International Union for Conservation of Nature has formed a “Red List”. It lists the animals that are in special urgent need of protection for their survival.
That is why it is very crucial that we, an addition of live on earth, must help the other forms of life on earth instead of aiding in killing them off. If not, then we are limiting our own time on the earth as well. Sea life also affects our life. By killing them off we are also killing ourselves off. IF WE DON’T ACT NOW, IT WILL BE TOO LATE.
Gangs are not only in big cities but also in small ones. Gangs do not go against your race or culture in any way. But gangs do cause problems in cities such as gang violence when they fight for territory or a plot of land that they claim also known as their “turf”. On their “turf” gangs are known to sell drugs destroy property, involve youth in their crimes and drive out business due to extortion. Gang violence starts when another rival gang wants to fight for a certain plot of territory that they claim is theirs. In this plot of territory, they sell drugs, rival gangs become a problem because they could take business away from them. So, as a result gangs turn to violence and try to ‘kill off’’ the competition. This becomes a public safety hazard due to many civilians getting caught in the cross fire. Most gang members start off young, it either runs in the family or was around them, with friends or family. Many gang members start from the age of 8 to 22 years of age. What the future holds for many of these gang members is dependency on drugs or alcohol which is another problem in America. It is an endless cycle of the same thing happening over and over, many gang members drop out of school and don’t receive their education. We need to bring awareness to gang violence, recently rapper and entrepreneur, Nipsy Hussle was murdered. The rapper was shot dead in Los Angeles, California and died at the hospital. He was supposed to have a meeting with the LAPD summit to talk about gang violence and how he thinks he could help the city move forward.
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by ivan duran
DRAMA'S CAST OF HAIRSPRAY
Edna Turnblad - Omar Martinez
Seaweed J. Stubbs - Arturo Lynch
Amber Von Tussle - Kaitlyn Ebright
Tracy Turnblad - Elizabeth Hamilton
Link Larkin - Kevin Martinez
Penny Pingleton - Okalani Ventura
Velma Von Tussle - Deaton Padron
Corny Collins - Juan Nevarez
Motormouth Maybelle - Nadifo
Wilbur Turnblad - Angel Olivas
Prudy Pingleton - Julissa Chavez
Little Inez - Fatuma Ibrahim
Gym teacher - Madison Gray
Jailhouse Matron - Taylor Benavidez
March Madness Teams -
Thank You, Next takes the win!
What's Happening in our Classes?
DHS Clubs and Activities
Choir - Choir students received an exemplary rating at their competition! Congratulations!
DHS Robotics Team Congratulations to Team Thundercats on their 1st place win in Amarillo. They will be competing again in Plano, TX.
DHS Skills USA- State - April 3rd-6th. Three students running for State Officers - Breanna Richmond, Zayda Franco, and Alexis Trejo
JROTC- Competition - Friday, March 8th
National Honor Society - Interviews will be April 10th - Information Nation
ProStart - Congratulations on winning the State Competition - Students are headed to Nationals in Washington, D.C. - May 8th -10th
Art Club - DHS students were chosen to create two designs representing NM culture for a future Vans shoe design. They will submit their designs for the final competition this month.
Deming Fire Department will be here Monday, April 1, 1st and 2nd hours in the Main Gym to teach "Hands Only" CPR to PE classes.
May 7th Merit and Academic Signing
May 13th – 14th AP Exams
May 15th Senior Walk (Seniors walk in their cap and gown through elementary schools with final walk through the high school).
May 16th & 17th EOC exams (There will be NO make-up date for the EOC exams. You must make arrangements with your teachers prior to this date if you cannot attend).
May 17th Teachers will put in final grades. The grading window will open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for senior teachers.
May 17th Senior’s final pep rally, last class of the day.
May 20th Ingenuity classes must be complete by this day or you will not walk at graduation ceremony.
May 20th Scholarship Night
May 20th - 21st Seniors Check Out (seniors must be checked out by noon on the 21st)
May 21st Senior Celebration at football practice field in the afternoon. *pending*
May 21st – May 30th Seniors cannot be on campus during school hours unless they have a visitors pass and check in at the front office.
May 24th Graduation Rehearsal – Meet at auditorium at 9 a.m. Do Not Be Late. Admin will approve senior caps. Practice for graduation is required.
May 24th Graduation – Graduates will report to the auditorium at 6 p.m. Graduates who do attend practice will not walk. Graduation begins at 7 p.m.
The History of St Patrick’s Day - By Jocelyn Cardoza
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated because it’s a global celebration of Irish culture, on or around March 17th. It is to remember St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints. He was born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. It has developed into a celebration of Irish heritage and culture generally.
immigration in the united states
by: Claritza rangel
Immigration remains to be an important focus here in The United States. During a recent research by the Census Bureau, they were able to determine that over the past ten years the arrival of immigrants into the States has dramatically increased as to any time period. It is estimated by the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the countries security from any threats and border control, that a number of about 11.3 million immigrants entered the country since the early 2000’s, only 1.8 million were legal entries. Many Americans make the issue a to be a great problem for the country and for the security of our nation, but is it really? The question I ask myself is “Is immigration as bad as many say it is?”
Although the majority of immigrants that enter the U.S don’t have much schooling and live in poverty, they in fact do work. It is estimated that 67% of them are in the workforce, 28% are not working but seeking further education and the 5% left isn’t in the workforce. The Center of Immigration Studies has said that the claim “they are taking our jobs” referring to immigrants taking American citizens jobs is false. This is because only 6 out of 474 occupations are mainly taken by immigrants. Besides the jobs that immigrants are mainly employed are: agriculture, housekeeping, construction, janitors, and other blue-collar occupations. The thing is, why are so many American citizens complaining if 98.73% of the jobs are still available. Recently, since the rate of deportation increased, a farmer in California struggled to find workers for his avocado farm to harvest and pick up the products. When he posted up ‘help wanted’ signs no one showed up. Now, where are all those people that claimed their jobs were being taken?
The Welfare program in the department of Government Benefits recently has reported that “Immigrants are less likely to consume welfare benefits and, when they do, they generally consume a lower dollar value of benefits, than native-born Americans”. So, when people say that immigrants are taking all their benefits I say they are really helping this economy. Immigrants have made a significant change in the United States. For example, they are helping the economy by paying taxes. According, to The Institute on Taxation and Economy Policy; 11 million illegal immigrants payed $11.64 billion in state and local taxes. Immigrants are also acquiring higher education and getting jobs that also bring money into the country. As mentioned before 28% of those not working are studying for white-collar jobs.
Now concerning the issues as to why we should allow immigrants and refugees to enter the United States, we must point out there are events in history that have proved the Americans to be colonizers and invaders of a land that was not theirs. Why should we not allow people that are running away from famine, war, poverty, and persecution to a country that is considered to be “The land of the free” and “a land of opportunity”. We are supposed to be considerate of others and share what we have. Isn’t it natural to escape a circumstance that puts us in danger? Isn’t that what happened to the pilgrims, when they felt in danger to practice the religion they wanted on their own country? So, why are we so ignorant to the fact that these people don’t do any harm or disrupt the peace this country?
When it comes to the security of the country we must look at facts:60% of mass shootings in the country have been by white Americans, as well with murders and homicides. According to
Migration Policy, an agency that reports immigration statistics and news. Of the 153 reports of mass shootings none of those where carried out by black men, women, or undocumented immigrants. It is a huge stereotype to categorize immigrants as rapist, murderers, slothful, and ignorant. It is ironic how immigrants travel thousands of miles to come into the Unites States to escape malice that happens in their birth nations to come here where the situation concerning shootings, racism, slothfulness, and politics is even worst. Believe it or not the circumstance is even worst in our country but we are just to blind to see it.
Immigration is an issue that should be reviewed by those who we call “the leaders of our country”. It time for us, Americans, to consider the fact that immigration is not a bad thing to have in our country. We benefit from them while they are here. We need to come together as a country and the get rid of the feeling of ‘authority’ and ‘entitlement’ that follows us and have a pure and understanding heart to those our ‘brothers and sisters’ that are in desperate need of our helping hands.
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Donald Trump Visits
El Paso Texas In push for border wall
By Anyssa Maesse
On Monday February 11, Trump held his first rally of the year in El Paso, TX. Trump decided to hold his rally in El Paso, TX in order to support his idea of the border wall due to the close proximity of Juarez, Mexico.
Trump took the podium to talk about his border wall and the deal negotiators in congress have reached regarding the budget and the government shutdown. Congress stated that a deal had been reached to keep the government open past Friday which was good news to some.
Trump had previously threatened to call a national emergency as a way of speeding up congress’ decision for the funding on the wall. After stating this Trump then stated, “Just so you know, we’re building a wall anyway.” Outsiders are saying that “Trump is unlikely to find as much money through that route, and the approach with certainly draw legal challenges…”
President Trump believes that the building of a border wall will lessen crime, sex trafficking, drugs, and many other things while others believe the border wall will not lessen any of the crime, but instead force migrants to take a longer journey into the United States leading to other issues.
Some saw this presidential rally as the presidents first publicity stunt for his 2020 election. President Trump only took time to address one potential rival, Beto O’Rourke, who was also having a competing rally in El Paso on the same day.
Beto O’Rourke is a possible 2020 presidential candidate who is planning on going against current president Donald Trump in more ways than one. He stated that if given the chance, he would tear down the border barrier in El Paso. “Absolutely I’d take the wall down” he told news reporters. Beto O’Rourke had more than 10,000 people in attendance at his rally.
Beto and Trump have very differing points of view when it comes to the wall. Beto believes the El Paso is one of the safest cities but not due to the border wall, whereas Trump took to his audience to say, “They are full of crap when they say it hasn’t made a big difference.”
Both Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke have different opinions on the future of our country but only time will tell just how things work out.