Last week, a hamburger hysteria swept through the right-wing media and Republican politicians in response to false accusations that President Joe Biden was attempting to limit Americans’ meat consumption to meet his climate change targets.
This claim originated in a misleading article in a British tabloid that connected Biden’s climate change proposal to a 2020 academic paper discussing the implications of Americans’ dietary habits on national greenhouse gas emissions. Although the article was in no way related to Biden, Fox News host Jesse B. Watters reported that “Americans are going to have to cut their red meat consumption by 90 percent in order to reduce emissions to hit Biden's target.” U.S. House Representative Lauren O. Boebert (R-Colo.) warned Biden to “stay out of my kitchen.”
President Joe Biden recently announced the American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion proposal to rebuild crumbling transportation infrastructure, decarbonize the economy, and deliver clean water and high-speed broadband while advancing environmental justice and socioeconomic equality.
The bill, seen by many Democrats as a necessary investment, has received significant backlash from Republicans, including Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) who said the plan was an “out-of-control socialist spending spree” outlining “the left’s radical agenda.”
This past year marked the 50th anniversary of the Harvard University Native American Program. This anniversary reminds us of the significant strides HUNAP has made to fulfill the Charter of 1650’s mission — which still governs the University — to support “the education of English and Indian Youth.” Since its founding, HUNAP has promoted an inclusive community and cultivated the academic development and achievement of over one thousand Native alumni.
That said, aspects of Harvard’s colonial past and present, including the University’s early treatment of Indigenous students and the ways in which its affiliates can address enduring colonial tendencies, are not sufficiently discussed on campus.
Oftentimes when Harvard students take a leave of absence or a summer job, the places they end up working are distinctly similar to Harvard: elitist institutions with fancy names in big cities.
Harvard students generally care about conserving the environment, fighting climate change, and preventing human rights abuses. Yet, in the choice between sticking to our values and repping our clubs with socially and environmentally harmful fast fashion, we usually choose the latter.