Exclusive Report: Glimpse Quarterly Examines U.S. Role in Declining State of World’s Environment

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Exclusive Glimpse Quarterly report utilizes feedback from a survey of hundreds of returned study abroad students to assess U.S. environmental attitudes and practices as compared to those in other countries around the world.

An exclusive report released in the Fall 2006 issue of Glimpse Quarterly utilizes feedback from a survey of hundreds of returned study abroad students to assess U.S. environmental attitudes and practices. Major topics addressed are: waste generation, electricity and water usage, oil consumption and sustainable practices.

Asserts Kathleen Claussen, a student at Indiana University who studied abroad in Denmark, “Though we may be aware of the importance of switching off the lights or turning off the faucet while brushing one’s teeth, the Danes commit to these basic norms—and make sure visitors do the same!” Alverno College student Kathleen Geraghty echoes this sentiment: “In the United States, I tend to feel like one of the more environmentally conscious people, but in Austria, environmental consciousness wasn’t an afterthought—it was part of everyday life.”

Students consistently remark on the heavy dependence on walking, biking and public transportation in other countries. Says Western Washington University study abroad student, Joseph Casillas, “I was surprised by how seldom automobiles were used in Spain. People walk everywhere.”

The report was written and compiled by Glimpse Quarterly’s Editor in Chief, Kerala Goodkin, who asserts, “While other countries certainly engage in environmentally harmful practices, the United States takes the cake, largely because of our relative wealth and size. Environmentalists everywhere are screaming, ‘Wake up!’ But for some reason, Americans prefer to keep pressing the snooze button.”

The report also includes article excerpts from Glimpse Quarterly’s online counterpart, GlimpseAbroad.org, which relate various environmental practices that study abroad students have experienced in Mexico, Tanzania, England and New Zealand.

In addition to this exclusive report, the Fall 2006 issue of Glimpse Quarterly includes a special spotlight section on Italy, featuring first-person perspectives on the country’s North-South divide as well as interviews with anti-Mafia activist Anna Puglisi and renowned chef Giuliano Hazan. The issue also features the results of Glimpse’s 2006 Photo Contest, depicting family life around the world. Other stories include: “ ‘Go Back to Your Own Bloody Country’: Diary of a Zimbabwean refugee” and “Tomato Fight! Down and Dirty in Spain.”

Glimpse Quarterly is published by the 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and exchange, especially between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing a print and electronic forum for sharing the experience of young adults living and studying abroad. Primarily distributed through colleges and universities across the country, the magazine has a current circulation of 15,000 with a projected readership of 15,000. It is also available in bookstores nationwide.

The Glimpse Foundation was established by Brown University students in November 2001 and began full-time production in May 2002, with generous seed funds from the National Geographic Society. Glimpse uses its growing youth network to innovate platforms for creative nonfiction, informed discourse and intercultural exchange.

Review copies of the Fall 2006 issue of Glimpse Quarterly are available upon request.

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