The agricultural industry is contracting. The pandemic has slowed the rate of meat production, which in turn has allowed for rates of pollution, water waste and greenhouse gases to decline.
Author Elizabeth Rush explores the intersection of motherhood and environmental activism in this letter to her future child. The letter is included in a new book, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance and Democracy.
“This spring, while I social distance, I will plant seeds. After, when it is safe to go out, I will work to build a just world through community. Change comes through action. What will you do?”
We all depend on the clean air, clean water and oxygen provided by beautiful spaces such as the Amazon rainforest. Fighting for our environment and the collective needs of Earth’s dwellers in ways that best benefits them is putting intersectional feminist social justice in action.
Rhetoric that claims the pandemic is having a positive impact on the world, comes dangerously close to promoting ecofascist ideas. Ecofascism describes a society where individuals are sacrificed to benefit the environment. Deaths are ignored for the sake of the “greater good” of combating overpopulation and declining resources.
“We often feel alone,” Wendy Gao said, now a senior at Oakton High School in Oakton, Va. “It’s hard trying to make big changes as kids in a game that’s controlled by the establishment and the older generation.”
“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use. . . . It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.”
The coronavirus crisis is being used in order to further limit reproductive rights and bodily sovereignty in the United States. Reading Atwood’s novel through the lens of the novel coronavirus makes it feel like there’s no real novelty here.
The conversation around climate change was a minuscule part of overall corporate broadcast coverage in a year of extreme weather incidents and heightened activism worldwide.
I mailed unused Lunapads and Thinx menstrual underwear to Dr. Graham Peaslee, a nuclear scientist at the University of Notre Dame who discovered PFAS chemicals in fast-food wrappers in 2017, and his undergraduate student assistant Robert Bartsch. The results are in, and I’m afraid it’s bad news.