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Extractivism: Defined by Naomi Klein, Exercised Through Privilege

I want to discuss a theory I find to be at the crux of many issues in this world, and I would like to draw on its relation to privilege. Naomi defines extractivism as the practice of removing raw materials from the earth, usually for export to traditional colonial powers, where “value” was then added […]

Happy Mother’s Day, Mother Earth

This Mother’s Day, I want to draw attention to the mother of all mothers: Mother Earth. She plays a vital role in our lives, so let’s begin to play a vital role in hers and clean her the f*ck up, because there is no doubt each of us want a cleaner earth for ourselves, for […]

Air Pollution’s Link to COVID-19 Deaths and Beyond

Guess what! We are legally killing ourselves and others. Here’s how… A study conducted by Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health this year found that a slight increase in air pollutants can increase the COVID-19 death rate as much as 15%; more specifically, that increase is a single microgram in the common air […]

an introduction to our current climate; in excerpt form

“So we are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. But we need to be very clear: because of our decades of collective denial, no gradual, incremental options are now available to us.”


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You didn’t think I was going to let #EarthDay pass without a post, did you? 🙃 . . today marks the 50th year our planet will celebrate Earth Day. In 1970, the first advocates for sustainable practices took to the streets in an effort to draw attention to the deeply negative impacts of the industrial boom and beyond. The first Earth Day saw 20 million americans. Earth Day 1990: 200 million worldwide. Earth Day today: more than 1 billion people worldwide. . . Our planet is not an expendable resource. Today is a day to recognize the need to change both our behavior and global, national and local policies. Every day between today and April 22, 2021 should be spent implementing those changes. People collectively have power over our future, even if our governments and policies work against that idea. Younger generations recognize that fact, while older generations choose to ignore. This isn’t a self-marketing moment. There is no longer time to turn our head the other way and hope for the best; to hope it doesn’t have long-lasting effects in our lifetime. We are creating generations that will live long past our last days on this planet, and the truth is, it will have long lasting effects in our lifetime regardless of what we’re told. . . Fact: if every country met the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement — keep in mind the U.S. (second highest emitter in the world) pulled out of the PCA last year — we’re still only 12 years out from hitting our tipping point of 1.5°C warming. Yes, that is accurate. That means many of you will be around 40 when we see the horrific and irreversible effects of climate change. That is BEST case scenario. Fuck. That. Instead, lets: . . 1. Buy less; 2. Waste less; 3. Consume less; 4. Purchase sustainably; 5. Move beyond fossil fuels. . If our changing climate is not a priority in your life, it is because you’re priveledged enough to not need to make it a priority. That will change. We can break our current system — economies included — and we’re becoming aware of that capability in this very moment. You’re 1 person, but your changes have a huge impact. Choose to make them & inspire others to do so. Collective denial is SO last year.

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#SUNDAYCLIMATESERVICE living a normal life, as part of the “system” is inherently going to have a huge negative impact on the planet. and we ALL do it. it is incredibly unfortunate that we were given such an unethical and unsustainable system as our norm. the more I read, the harder it is to digest; its fucking overwhelming realizing the damage we’ve done, even in just the last three decades. the long-term effects of climate change has climbed the rungs to become one of my greatest fears, yet so many choose to ignore it because they still can. that time where you’re forced to confront it is going to come, and it’s going to hurt if it comes as a surprise. it WILL be a problem for each of us in our lifetime, and it’s hard to comprehend what the impacts will look like for future generations. . I say all of this because I know can be exceptionally annoying nowadays by word vomiting information and tips, but it’s personally important for me to convey that some very small changes can help us surpass our climate goals and help preserve the planet just awhile longer. i struggle daily in both big — getting into my gas guzzling car to run unnecessary errands until my lease expires in June (then we go electric!) — and small — I went to coffee last week and forgot my god damn travel mug, so I had to use a disposable cup — decisions. you’re probably thinking: well I can’t afford to buy a new car, and eliminating plastic is hard. 1. I’ll give you the first; 2. its not that hard, it just requires effort until you voting with your dollar leads to change across the board; and 3. those are two of the lesser contributors to the overall devastation. . i’ll continue my annoying rants, but I am also going to begin offering solutions as well because I know it’s hard, time consuming, and honestly, scary. . . here’s to setting small goals in order to have a big and positive impact. . #climatechange #climate #environment #environmentalist #activist #sunday #sundayfunday #actnow #empower #inspire #ootd #turningthetide #blogger #australia #life #climaterevolution #climatereality #reality #bethechange #science #earth #environmentalactivism #travel #travelgram #travelblog #newzealand

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#SUNDAYCLIMATESERVICE FT. trees (& 🔥). All pre-bushfire info. imagine the 🤯😔 changes. . Wildfires (#bushfires, forest fires, etc.) are a global pandemic. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, between 260,000 and 600,000 people die from JUST SMOKE caused by wildfires. . When trees die, they release stored carbon into the atmosphere (centuries worth) — similar to coal — which is why the effect of wildfires on emissions is among the most feared climate feedback loops. the world’s forests, which have acted as carbon stores, would become carbon sources, unleashing stored gas. The impact can be devastating if fires hit peat forests. Peatland fires in Indonesia released 2.6 billion tons of carbon (40 percent of the average annual global emissions level). And more burning only means more warming only means more burning. In California, a single wildfire can entirely eliminate the emissions gains made that year. Fires of that scale now happen every year. . Currently, the Amazon takes in a quarter of all the carbon absorbed by the planet’s forests each year. But in 2018, Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil promising to open the forest to development — AKA, deforestation. How much damage can one person do to the planet? A group of Brazilian scientists estimated that between 2021 and 2030, Bolsonaro’s deforestation would release the equivalent of 13.12 gigatons of carbon. Last year, the #UnitedStates emitted 5 gigatons. This means that this one policy would have between two and three times the annual carbon impact of the entire American economy, with all of its airplanes and automobiles and coal plants. . More fire is coming, far more often, burning much more land. Since just 1979, the season has grown 20 percent globally, and American wildfires burn twice as much land as they did. By 2050, destruction from wildfires is expected to double again. For every additional degree of global warming, it could quadruple. this means: three degrees of warming — the US’ likely benchmark for the end of the century — equates to sixteen times as much devastation from fire than today. Forest fires account for 25 percent of global emissions. That’s just ONE contributor to #climatechange

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