Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

As a teenager in the 1990s, I was surrounded by campaigns for recycling and protecting the environment. I thought I wouldn’t have to live through the effects of climate change. Now, it seems we’re headed toward the dystopian future sci-fi and scientists warned us about.

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States but a distinct place all its own, and it pains me to think my homeland might be lost to a climate catastrophe. Hurricane Maria, which struck in 2017, made it clear that Puerto Rico is not prepared for climate change, and even though we’ve seen some progress, I fear it might be too little, too late.

Teaching in the pandemic is tough. But after a whole year, there are important takeaways.

I run high-school art classes online and in person

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my ‘crying diaries’

I used to laugh off anti-Asian jokes. Now, I will stick up for myself every time.

It’s been too easy to downplay racism in the past