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“Stepping Stones” by Paul Tomlin

As a relatively new scholar and even newer attorney, I often struggle to understand what kind of a difference my efforts make in the world. I look at renowned scholars, activists, and civil rights attorneys and sigh at how little I’ve done in comparison. My writing hasn’t been cited in SCOTUS decisions, I haven’t litigated ground-breaking lawsuits, I haven’t given a TED Talk or spoken to a stadium-sized audience.

Intellectually, I know it’s not fair to compare myself at such an early stage in my career to people who are decades into their work, but there’s always this nagging feeling that if I’m not doing something ‘big’, something affecting hundreds or thousands of people at a time, I’m not really affecting anybody or anything. Then, every now and then, something will remind me that my particular collection of experiences, knowledge, and skill set mean I do have something valuable to contribute. Continue reading

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I’m almost posting consistently once a week (almost) and thinking I might even graduate to posting twice a week. I know in the 24 hr news cycle, that’s not really much, but it’s a big deal for me because this time last year, I was posting maybe once a month at best. The hardest part about posting is the overwhelming feeling that I have to write a comprehensive treatise with a thesis, citations, countering opinions, a proper conclusion—basically a full-fledged, academic essay. The time it takes me to write a post is usually 5 to 6 hours—I once wrote a blog post in 2 or 3 hours. I was so proud of myself.

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It takes me several hours to prepare a decent post, so while you wait for my latest musings, check out my updated “About” page. It’s now more straightforward in my intention to make this blog a resource on intersectional sustainability.


After jiving with my brother about possible names, I settled upon the Green Liberationist (Green Diggity was a close second!). With the tagline “Liberation from the bottom up”, I think it perfectly reflects the vision I have for this blog. Ultimately, I’m about liberation for all through intersectional, earth-centered collaboration (a fancy way of saying “sustainable”). But it’s more than just sustainable. An optimal life isn’t one where people are simply sustaining themselves—they should be thriving! You can sustain yourself in a broken system, but you certainly can’t thrive.

Now that I have this new name, I’ll take time to come up with some better content that reflects the spirit of the blog. I want to write about the current uprising in Baltimore and how it ties into food justice and sustainable communities, while it’s still timely


I’ve lapsed on updating this space weekly, but not because I’m not doing anything. If anything, I’ve been super active online in other social media spaces…and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to manage my online presence in these various spaces. I’m especially thinking about the future of this space, The Green Boss. Continue reading


Woman holding sign with caption “My humanity should not be up for debate”. Source: BBC News/Reuters

Managing multiple social media outlets is hard work, phew! I’ve been mostly on Tumblr and Twitter lately and have neglected this blog. But I’ve got some updates in the works. So much has happened in my country and around the world with regards to state violation of human rights—I want to write something cohesive than adds to the discourse rather than simply parrot what others are saying.

I’ve also been thinking about slightly broadening the focus of this blog as well—or rather, be true about the intersectionality of sustainability issues and not be afraid to discuss what’s happening in Gaza, Ferguson, Mexico, Kenya, Hong Kong, and throughout the world because trees or the environment aren’t explicitly involved. People can’t be proper stewards of the environment if we’re fearing for our lives. We can’t advocate for healthy foods when our governments silence us.

So look out for some new material soon.

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