Biography

Devin Windelspecht is studying International Affairs, with a concentration in Middle East Studies, at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a senior staff writer for the Global Journal, a student-run magazine at Northeastern University that covers international news and student experiences abroad. Devin speaks both English and Spanish, and is currently learning Arabic and French.

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There are nearly 5.25 trillion particles of plastic floating in our oceans, collectively weighing somewhere around 268,940 tons, according to a 2014 study published by the science journal PLOS ONE—and that’s not counting the thousands of tons more that clog our landfills and pollute our groundwater, plastic that in some cases can take as …

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In January of this year, a collection of 1,128 Turkish citizens, 90 of whom were members of Turkish universities, unitarily stood in protest to the Turkish government through a petition entitled, “We Will Not Be a Party to this Crime!” Stylizing themselves as the “Academicians for Peace,” they declared that the Turkish …

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An estimated 4.8 million metric tons of plastic waste enter our oceans each year—that’s 13,000 metric tons per day. As plastics don’t biodegrade, this mass of artificial junk is slowly accumulating in the ocean, poisoning some marine life outright and killing others that mistake the toxic bits for food. While this problem may seem …

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