Via Grist: The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?


The nonprofit news outlets cautions us to "[a]ppreciate the bluer skies and fresher air, while you can. But the emissions drop from the pandemic should be a warning, not a cause for celebration: a sign of how much further there is to go." Read on…

Truths, Knowledge Keepers, and ways of knowing


This past Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day described as the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. I'll save the story of how particularly localized efforts in the U.S. became representative of a global movement for another day. Looking at the state of the earth, so much and yet... Continue Reading →

Meet your meat: CAFO – The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories


The [Confined Feeding Operations] CAFO sector spin machine, including the world’s largest meat and poultry packers, claims that CAFOs are “economically efficient” without mentioning the billions of dollars plucked each year from the public purse or the costs inflicted by pollution on others. The truth is that public funds are handed to CAFOs for building... Continue Reading →

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream…


Between career changes and the climate crisis, dog grooming and drone assassinations—dealing with the mundanities of life while the world turns sometimes feels like a gentle trip down a stream with a crashing waterfall at the end. While my particular trip may be placid for now, I can see what’s at the end. I don’t... Continue Reading →

How ‘fair’ is fair trade?


Happy New Year! 2020 symbolizes many new beginnings for people. 2020 is new year, a new decade, and many a milestone (e.g., 100th anniversary of US women’s suffrage, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations). It’s also the year I’m reviving this blog (once again). Reflecting on the last decade and the ups and downs... Continue Reading →

Informed Voting: Official Voter Guides and VOTE411


It seems like the clarion call to "go out and vote" is shriller than ever this year. But the fact remains that merely showing up to the polls and casting a ballot on election day (which, in truth, is becoming intentionally harder for non-rich, non-white voters across the U.S.) is not enough: the power of... Continue Reading →

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