Environmental racism is a massive topic — and I’m only skimming the surface in this video. But the biggest thing I’ve taken away from the Flint water crisis is the power of activism. The citizens of Flint stood up and were heard. It took way too long – but has captured the nations attention and breathed… Read more »
Everyone remembers the BP Oil Spill in 2010. Nearly 5 billion barrels of oil gushed into the ocean — but now, six years later the U.S. is experiencing another massive fuel leak. Introducing: the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. Near Porter Ranch, in Southern California, a natural gas well has begun leaking extreme quantities of methane… Read more »
What a year for climate action! Some big stuff went down in 2015, and it was an inspiring time for voices speaking out against climate injustice. Here’s our rundown of the most significant environmental happenings from this past year. Apologies in advance for the United States goggles, your fav is problematic. (We’re your fav right?)… Read more »
I’ve seen a lot of posts recently detailing all the little things a person can do for the environment — but, while those are great and all — we know the climate crisis is bigger than that. So here are 3 Environmental Resolutions that will actually make a difference: <iframe width=”853″ height=”480″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ADhbYvPVNOc?rel=0&controls=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>… Read more »
During the last Democratic Presidential debate, Bernie Sanders said “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re going to see countries all over the world — this is what the CIA says — they’re going to be… Read more »
So we should probably be protecting them. Sharks are incredibly important to our ocean ecosystems, plus, they are super cool. I know certain not-to-be-named-week-long television specials tend to give sharks a bad rap, but the senseless overfishing has gotta stop. Sources: Compagno, Leonard J. V., Marc Dando, and Sarah L. Fowler. Sharks of the… Read more »
Friday was a Great Day for the U.S. climate movement. President Obama finally rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. If you’re not familiar, trust me when I say this is a monumentally big deal. Climate activists have been protesting and getting arrested for almost a decade while fighting this pipeline. But now that I’ve finished celebrating –… Read more »
Green is the new Orange. Here’s the first post in our countdown to raging like environmentalists this Halloween. Halloween is a beautiful holiday where you can express the strangest aspects of your personality and be celebrated. A holiday where you can dress as sexy as you want and still get severely slut shamed (a… Read more »
Did you know that we can pretty much blame climate change on mushrooms? Yeah, fungi might not have sorted out how to decompose tree bark 33 million years ago and let all that energy dense organic material get squished and highly pressurized underground until it turned into coal. And now the burning of coal is dumping SO… Read more »
In a span of one week, governor Jerry Brown has banned two troublesome things: charging people for walking or biking on Bay Area bridges, ever, & microbeads. Banning Bay Area Bridge Tolls About a year ago, the Golden Gate Bridge District commissioned a study to see what would happen if we charged pedestrians and… Read more »
Is “voting with your dollar” elitist?
In short yes. Voting with your dollar is a popular phrase that politicians, environmentalists, or really anyone with a cause like to throw around. It means putting your money where your mouth is, and supporting the people, causes and companies that you align with politically and morally. Basically, it is a theory in economics that… Read more »
Vegan Treats: Pride Cupcakes!
Welcome to the very first installment of “Vegan Treats,” in which I completely avoid explaining why I chose to be vegan and how it’s the biggest environmental issue of our time, and instead give you a couple movie recommendations* so that I can focus on QUEER PRIDE WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO Before SCOTUS had made their ruling, I… Read more »
Review Mill: Jurassic World
Warning: there be spoilers ahead. In a recent piece on RogerEbert.com, Nick Allen wrote of the need to take blockbusters seriously: “They are a collection of specifically chosen images inherent with ideas, reflecting culture, hoping to create ideas, all within the cause of entertainment.” While he was writing in reference to Jurassic World’s issues with… Read more »
How Does Climate Change Affect Pacific Worlds?
This past week I visited the Pacific Worlds Exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California! If you’re local, definitely check it out. It runs into January of 2016 and it’s as cool as the BART ads make it look. Remember that environmental issues are social issues #motherearth #motherocean A photo posted by Jessi… Read more »
Inspiration in the Face of Certain Defeat – Environmental Activists IRL
One of the best parts of living in New York City is the sheer number of things happening, all the time, everywhere — and how somehow almost all of the events I attend are amazing. This week I went to a discussion on Ben Stewart‘s Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30…. Read more »
Why you’re stupid for buying bottled water
Bottled water is pretty much the definition of horrible. Ditching your plastic in exchange for a reusable water bottle is the easiest way that you can make a difference in the climate movement. The average american spends over $200 a year on bottled water, which seems mildly ridiculous from a financial perspective, especially considering in many… Read more »
Biodegradable plastic doesn’t work
In sucky environmental news biodegradeble plastic is pretty much a sham. A study (actually funded by the folks utilizing the plastic) found that it just flat out doesn’t work. Hank Green and the SciShow crew explain the study.
Global Divestment Day
Global Divestment Day was February 13-14. Did you break-up with Fossil Fuels? Check out the wrap-up of action throughout 350.org and FossilFree’s day of action. A shameless plug for Zentouro’s take on Global Divestment Day and why it is important for everyone to #divest.
The Keystone Pipeline
A decade long battle is finally coming to a close (hopefully). The House and Senate have both passed bills calling for the construction of the Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline. This is bad for a whole lot of reasons — namely the Tarsands in Alberta, Canada are some of the largest, dirtiest stores of fossil fuel… Read more »