Posts Tagged Environment

BP oil spill as study in thwarted domination

Naomi Klein has a powerful analysis of the BP oil spill over at the UK Guardian. In short, she argues that the disaster and its aftermath are more than an anomalous display of poor planning and corporate greed; the Deepwater Horizon disaster is the latest and most profound in a long line of moments when the complexity of nature has re-asserted itself, and in so doing, pointed out the limitations of domination and technology. No matter how much money we pour into R&D or fancy terminology or inspiring speeches we try to distract the public with, we just can’t fix the earth once it’s broken. We can’t dominate nature. She writes:

If Katrina pulled back the curtain on the reality ...

Naomi Klein has a powerful analysis of the BP oil spill over at the UK Guardian. In short, she argues that the disaster and its aftermath are more than an anomalous display of poor planning and ...

USSF 2010: Modeling the World as It Should Be

This year’s US Social Forum is the business! It is only the second day, yet it has already been an exhilarating experience to be in an activist space with 20,000 progressives committed to the movement for social justice. Most of all, it is great to be in an environment that serves as a model for the world as it should be and not the world as it is. One key example of this is that for the first time in the conference’s history, the US Social Forum has eliminated all bottled water and has set up stations where folks can come and fill up their canteens, cups and receptacles. This commitment to environmental justice is such an important action for ...

This year’s US Social Forum is the business! It is only the second day, yet it has already been an exhilarating experience to be in an activist space with 20,000 progressives committed to the movement for social ...

Reproductive health impacts of the BP oil spill

Last week at Truthout Lucinda Marshall raised the topic of the reproductive health impacts of the BP oil spill. We don’t know all the chemicals in the oil and dispersants, but what we do know already contains some pretty disturbing information. Benzene, a common ingredient in oil, may impair fertility. As for the dispersants:

Corexit, the dispersant that is being used by BP contains 2ButoxyEthanol, which “may damage the developing fetus. There is limited evidence that 2-Butoxy Ethanol may damage the male reproductive system (including decreasing the sperm count) in animals and may affect female fertility in animals,” according to the safety sheet.

Marshall followed up the original article with a blog post detailing new information that’s come out ...

Last week at Truthout Lucinda Marshall raised the topic of the reproductive health impacts of the BP oil spill. We don’t know all the chemicals in the oil and dispersants, but what we do know already ...

The food politics conversation continues

This new film, What’s Organic about Organic?, continues the conversation about food politics, consumption, and the environment:

I still haven’t been able to eat a factory farm raised chicken since Food Inc., which is, of course, a good thing. The challenge here is to be a vigilant consumer and an advocate for sustainable and healthy food systems and practices, without making yourself frickin’ crazy. As more and more of us become educated about and start advocating around food, it will become less difficult to walk through life making sustainable food choices. Though the conversation has undoubtedly grown, it still feels difficult to navigate on a daily basis, and I live in New York City where folks are all about these ...

This new film, What’s Organic about Organic?, continues the conversation about food politics, consumption, and the environment:

I still haven’t been able to eat a factory farm raised chicken since Food Inc., which is, of course, a ...

Anti-choicers don’t hate the pill, they just love the environment!

This is a new one:

The following is released by the American Life League and the following groups:
WHO: American Life League , Human Life International, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Pharmacists for Life International, Archdiocese of Mobile Respect Life, Operation Rescue, Jill Stanek, Generation Life/Brandi Swindell, Life Education Ministry, Pro-Life Unity, Movement for a Better America, AMEN (Abortion Must End Now), Pro-Life Action of Oregon, Children of God for Life, Expectant Mother Care/Chris Slattery, Mother and Unborn Baby Care, Defenders of the Unborn, California Right to Life Education Fund, Delaware Pro-Life Coalition, Life Guard, Homeschoolers for Life, Focus Pregnancy Center, Central Texas Voices for Life and Dubuque County Right to Life
WHAT: Protest the Pill Day 2010: The Pill Kills the Environment

This is a new one:

The following is released by the American Life League and the following groups:
WHO: American Life League , Human Life International, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Pharmacists for Life International, Archdiocese of Mobile Respect Life, ...

Guest Post: The Great Assumption

I’m no animal expert. But when my fiancé Christopher and I relocated to 100 acres in Montana, I decided to unwind from New York City by watching critters more closely. One afternoon, lounging in a meadow, we saw an owl fly overhead. We knew this owl. We’d seen it coast between the creek and the Douglas firs many times. It kept an eye on us too. We hadn’t named it yet. But apparently, one of us had sexed it.
“There he is,” Chris pointed.
“She” I snapped.
“He,” he teased, pushing me over.
I shot him my meanest arched eyebrow.
“She,” I demanded, and he quickly let the tug-o-war go, let me seep into my own frustration. I was mad ...
I’m no animal expert. But when my fiancé Christopher and I relocated to 100 acres in Montana, I decided to unwind from New York City by watching critters more closely. One afternoon, lounging in a meadow, we ...

What if everyone biked to work?

This video, of morning rush hour in Utrecht, Netherlands is a glimpse into what a city could look like if 33% of all trips happened by bike. Pretty incredible.
In the last year, I finally conquered my fear of biking (mostly from never really learning properly) and consider myself a seasonal bike commuter. It’s incredible to imagine what our city streets could look like if bikes ruled the road.

This video, of morning rush hour in Utrecht, Netherlands is a glimpse into what a city could look like if 33% of all trips happened by bike. Pretty incredible.
In the last year, I finally conquered my ...

What did you do on Earth day?


YesterdayThursday was the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day meant to increase awareness and activism about the future of our planet and the environment.
As Max’s community post last week pointed out, it can be difficult to talk about the environment and not resort to racist population control rhetoric.
That being said, there are many ways to commemorate Earth day and work to mediate our impact on the environment that are not in conflict with feminist or reproductive justice values. On Earth Day I visited my local farmer’s market, as well as obtaining my first ever seedlings for my first ever gardening adventure.
And speaking of gardens, I’m including a picture I took from ...


YesterdayThursday was the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day meant to increase awareness and activism about the future of our planet and the environment.
As Max’s community post last week pointed ...

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