Posts Tagged Environmental justice

Support this environmental and reproductive justice conference!

A month later, I’m still seeing quotes from Laverne Cox’s keynote address at Creating Change 2014 (which I’m not at all bitter about missing out on. Really…I’m fine). She was a big name at a bigger conference. Thousands of LGBTQ leaders, organizers, and activists from across the country flocked to Texas to participate in the annual conference hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

But there is another conference that should also be on your radar.

“The Kinks, Locks and Twists Conference™ offers women of color and allies a unique space to explore the dynamic relationship between the health and well-being of our bodies, communities and the ecosystems in both a local and global ...

A month later, I’m still seeing quotes from Laverne Cox’s keynote address at Creating Change 2014 (which I’m not at all bitter about missing out on. Really…I’m fine). She was a big name ...

It’s time for real chemical safety regulation

The first time I looked up the toxicity of my makeup, I was horrified. I had heard about the Environmental Working Group‘s cosmetic database, Skin Deep, and proceeded to type in the various products I put on my face most days. Much to my dismay, most of them were categorized as “moderate” to “high” hazard, and almost all had limited data confirming the safety of the chemicals used in them. Honestly, I was paralyzed. What was I supposed to do? What would it take to switch out all my products with similar non-toxic ones? Did these exist? Could I afford all these non-toxic products? I obsessed about my personal choices over the next few days, completely overwhelmed, when ...

The first time I looked up the toxicity of my makeup, I was horrified. I had heard about the Environmental Working Group‘s cosmetic database, Skin Deep, and proceeded to type in the various products I ...

The environmental costs of militarism

As we are in the midst of a national conversation on military action on Syria, one important yet not often talked about impact that we must consider are the environmental costs of militarism. I’m not talking about trees and rivers here – though those are lovely and absolutely important. I am thinking of the environmental justice side of things: how environmental degradation caused by militarism impacts people, and who those people are and are not.

Over the past year, there have been reports of the toxic legacy of the United States’ military interventions in Iraq. Specifically, researchers have seen dramatic rises health complications in Fallujah:

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which ...

As we are in the midst of a national conversation on military action on Syria, one important yet not often talked about impact that we must consider are the environmental costs of militarism. I’m not talking about ...

Those scary, reproducing brown billions: a primer on population boom alarmism

The panic is coming, y’all.

In the past few weeks, there’s been a resurgence of population boom alarmism and photo journalism of lots of brown folk taking over the planet. All this comes on the heels of revisions to the population projections by the UN Development Program. Which, if one READS them, say that in fact there is a decline in fertility rates in many countries and that there is in fact a complicated picture being painted here. According to Hania Zlotnik, director of the UN Population Division, “the population as a whole is on a path toward nonexplosion—which is good news.”

Now, that’s not to say that over-consumption and environmental sustainability aren’t problems. But there ...

The panic is coming, y’all.

In the past few weeks, there’s been a resurgence of population boom alarmism and photo journalism of lots of brown folk taking over the planet. All this comes on the heels ...

BP oil disaster, one year later

It’s been a year since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and as such, seems a fitting time to check out the incredible Naomi Klein talking about the larger implications. Klein is working on a book related to this topic. Can. Not. Wait.

And for more for what it’s been like for the people of the gulf area, check here and here.

It’s been a year since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and as such, seems a fitting time to check out the incredible Naomi Klein talking about the larger implications. Klein is working on ...

Guest post: consciously clothed

This guest post on fashion, among other things, comes to us from Jessi Arrington, a designer, creative philanthropist, and as our mutual friend Chris described her, an “outfit scientist.” Her full bio is after the jump.

Raise your hand if you think what you wear matters! I’d like to make the case that it does, and perhaps in ways we’re not really paying attention to.

We can probably all agree that what we put on our bodies on a daily basis impacts the way we perceive each other and ourselves. (Deny this if you like, but listen to Courtney Martin tell the story of how she realized feminism might be for her before you dismiss the idea.) What is ...

This guest post on fashion, among other things, comes to us from Jessi Arrington, a designer, creative philanthropist, and as our mutual friend Chris described her, an “outfit scientist.” Her full bio is after the ...

Chevron ordered to pay $17 billion in damages for pollution in Ecuadorian Amazon

An Ecuadorian court has ordered Chevron to pay $17 billion in damages as restitution for heinous pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon over the last thirty years. Chevron, unsurprisingly, has already stated it will not pay.

Amy Goodman and Democracy Now have the full story.

You can see a transcript here.

An Ecuadorian court has ordered Chevron to pay $17 billion in damages as restitution for heinous pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon over the last thirty years. Chevron, unsurprisingly, has already stated it will not pay.

Amy Goodman ...

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