Students advocate for climate change

Dionte Berry
Contributing Writer
dberry11@murraystate.edu

The Advocating for Respect Culture organization and the Murray Environmental Student  Society met
in the Curris Center on Wednesday, Jan. 29 to discuss the effects of climate change and how it can be
combated on a local level.
President of ARC Lily Grieve, junior biomedical sciences major, often teams up with other
organizations and nonprofits to have Taboo Talks.
“A Taboo Talk is when we partner with another organization and they present and discuss a topic that’s
important to them, but hard for most to talk about,” Grieve said.
This Taboo Talk was centered around climate change and how it can be affected on a local level. The
presentation gave a series of simple tips that can help one live more environmentally friendly.
ARC discussed several solutions such as reducing waste and plastic use, as well as how to educate
oneself on environmental issues. A lasting sentiment that ARC wanted to leave listeners with was, “any
way you can help is the best way.”
Taboo Talk is a means to create a safe space for people to talk and become informed over controversial
or polarizing issues.
“We want people to have a better understanding of each other and by increasing education and
decreasing judgement we hope to increase respect culture,” Grieve said.
ARC was first established as a sexual assault advocacy program. Within the past year, the organization
has expanded to advocate for multiple issues debated in society.
“We still have meetings set specifically for women’s history month and sexual assault awareness
month,” Grieve said. “Now with most of our meetings, we try to give a voice to those that need support
and their cause.”
Grieve welcomes everyone into the organization.
“ARC is an open organization that you can join at any time,” Grieve said. “None of our events are
exclusive. Come learn more about us.”
President of MESS Steven Collet, senior geology major, also participated in the Taboo Talk. MESS is
an awareness group on campus.
“The purpose of MESS is to be the environmentally conscious voice of Murray State,” Collet said. “We
also provide education about the environment, and also have fun activities such as camping and hiking.”
Collet and five other position-holding members lead the club. Each of the leaders have different reasons
for wanting to spread environmental awareness.
Vice President Darren Paris was inspired to fight climate change by the grim outlook of the future that
was published by environmentalists.
“Reading what all the scientists say we have to look forward to is pretty grim,” Paris said. “This
motivated me to become educated and try to make a change.”
Paris said the organization is an outlet for people who care and are interested in the environment. MESS
is open to everyone who wants to learn how to be environmentally conscious.
MESS holds weekly meetings Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Blackburn Science Building.
ARC meets every other Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center Building. The next meeting will be
on Feb. 11. Email Grieve at lgrieve@murraystate.edu for more details or consult the group’s Facebook
page @MSUARC and instagram page @murraystatearc. and the Murray Environmental Student  Society met
in the Curris Center on Wednesday, Jan. 29 to discuss the effects of climate change and how it can be
combated on a local level.
President of ARC Lily Grieve, junior biomedical sciences major, often teams up with other
organizations and nonprofits to have Taboo Talks.
“A Taboo Talk is when we partner with another organization and they present and discuss a topic that’s
important to them, but hard for most to talk about,” Grieve said.
This Taboo Talk was centered around climate change and how it can be affected on a local level. The
presentation gave a series of simple tips that can help one live more environmentally friendly.
ARC discussed several solutions such as reducing waste and plastic use, as well as how to educate
oneself on environmental issues. A lasting sentiment that ARC wanted to leave listeners with was, “any
way you can help is the best way.”
Taboo Talk is a means to create a safe space for people to talk and become informed over controversial
or polarizing issues.
“We want people to have a better understanding of each other and by increasing education and
decreasing judgement we hope to increase respect culture,” Grieve said.
ARC was first established as a sexual assault advocacy program. Within the past year, the organization
has expanded to advocate for multiple issues debated in society.
“We still have meetings set specifically for women’s history month and sexual assault awareness
month,” Grieve said. “Now with most of our meetings, we try to give a voice to those that need support
and their cause.”
Grieve welcomes everyone into the organization.
“ARC is an open organization that you can join at any time,” Grieve said. “None of our events are
exclusive. Come learn more about us.”
President of MESS Steven Collet, senior geology major, also participated in the Taboo Talk. MESS is
an awareness group on campus.
“The purpose of MESS is to be the environmentally conscious voice of Murray State,” Collet said. “We
also provide education about the environment, and also have fun activities such as camping and hiking.”
Collet and five other position-holding members lead the club. Each of the leaders have different reasons
for wanting to spread environmental awareness.
Vice President Darren Paris was inspired to fight climate change by the grim outlook of the future that
was published by environmentalists.
“Reading what all the scientists say we have to look forward to is pretty grim,” Paris said. “This
motivated me to become educated and try to make a change.”
Paris said the organization is an outlet for people who care and are interested in the environment. MESS
is open to everyone who wants to learn how to be environmentally conscious.
MESS holds weekly meetings Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Blackburn Science Building.
ARC meets every other Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center Building. The next meeting will be
on Feb. 11. Email Grieve at lgrieve@murraystate.edu for more details or consult the group’s Facebook
page @MSUARC and instagram page @murraystatearc.