Editorial

Youth vs. Apocalypse is organized youth-led actions for climate justice in response to the worldwide call for a climate week of action Sept. 20 to 27, with our planet in a state of climate emergency. Global youth climate strikes, organized by youth and climate change allies took place on Sept. 20. This started a week of climate-emergency actions. Worldwide general strikes took place on Sept. 27. 

Resident opposes South Shore plan

Alameda’s South Shore shopping center is looking to make some big changes. Jamestown, owners of the center, recently released plans to add 1,215 residential units, reduce retail space by 182,000 square feet and increase parking by 1,241 spaces.

Redevelopment of South Shore provides Alameda with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a real town center. But the land-use plan the owners revealed harkens back to the worst of 1950s suburban development rather than acknowledging community needs for 2020 and beyond.

Every day on TV, the radio, or in the pages of the Alameda Sun, we are confronted with warnings of looming armageddon. With few exceptions, the speaker or writer assumes that we all “know” as a matter of established fact, that human activity is causing the warming of the planet and that reducing our carbon footprint is the moral thing to do. But is this actually true?

Sea-level rise will eventually come, but a much more immediate threat to the Island is flooding caused by stalled, prolonged storm systems. Major storms are becoming more common as the changing climate causes erratic, unpredictable and devastating weather events.

In October the city will ask Alameda property owners to help prevent future flooding and Bay pollution by voting to increase the “urban runoff fee” that appears on annual property tax bills. 

Getting children the help they need

It’s an astounding statistic: mental health problems affect one in every five young people at some point in their youth, according to the National Mental Health Association. Yet in the U.S. an estimated two-thirds of all young people with mental health problems are not receiving the help they need. What is getting in the way of treating mental health? One big factor is access.

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