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Posts Tagged: environment
Yesterday, walking home along the wet pavement twinkling under the sunshine, I spied a flock of no fewer than twenty-four wild turkeys parading down the street, mostly chicks.
I don’t see them today, as the rain has returned, and all is gray....more
Protecting the Water. Mni Wiconi. Water is Life.
Over the last few weeks, thousands of Indigenous people, representing hundreds of tribes, have gathered together on the banks of the Cannonball River, on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, and in other places, to protect the lands, and the waters, and their sacred sites, against the $3.4 billion Dakota Access Pipeline....more
Over at Guernica, Jennifer Baum explores the poetics and the politics of soot, interweaving stories of her childhood growing up in a deeply polluted New York with a timeline of environmental laws and stats:
The flakes of black soot, which drifted onto our terrace like snow was particulate matter comprised mostly of carbon and sulfur dioxide, the result of burning fossils fuels.
Anohni, the new incarnation of Antony Hegarty, spoke with VICE about her album HOPELESSNESS, the politics and environmental crisis its songs address, and controlling the intrusion of an artist’s body into her work. In reference to her decision to subvert the influence of her particular body on the art, Anohni said:
I’ve never been that interested in my physical body as a convincing visual conduit for my voice.
For Grist, Aura Bogado writes on recent developments in localized action against climate change. Bogado profiles the work of WE ACT (West Harlem Environmental Action) and its work in moving forward with a city-approved climate action plan to benefit these primarily black and Latino neighborhoods....more
Martin Kirk writes for Aeon on the paradoxical connection between economic growth and eliminating poverty. Kirk illustrates that increasing the size of the economic pie, by spending the world’s finite resources, with no change in distribution to impoverished populations, will not only not eradicate poverty in the near future, but will only accelerate the depletion of the natural world:
Every forest razed, every armament sold, every industrial pollutant created, even the profits from drugs and prostitution, all register as positive for GDP [the gross domestic product].
Suzanne Jacobs writes for Grist about the work of philosopher/technologist Koert van Mensvoort and his new project, the Next Nature Network. Mensvoort’s work seeks to redefine the human civilization’s relationship with nature, a distinctly modern relationship which Jacobs describes as:
…[a world] where wilderness no longer refers exclusively to those parts of the planet untouched by humans, but also to the so-called “technosphere” that we’ve wrapped around it.
As music festivals pile up in the memory of North American summers, the environmental toll of all those plastic water bottles and plastic beer glasses and paper plates covered in chili cheese fry smear unavoidably piles up as well. Some festivals are coming around to their own kind of budget-friendly nods toward sustainability, while others plow ahead through the trash....more
Finally, a practical way to pursue your dream career as both writer and pirate. For ten days in April, you can set sail for the Caribbean with the Writing at Sea program organized by environmental journalist, writer, and poet Elizabeth Claire Alberts and Pangaea Exploration....more
An emerging movement seeks to orient suburbs around farms rather than golf courses.
“According [to] the American Farmland Trust, more than 6 million acres of agricultural land in the United States were lost to development between 1992 and 1997 alone. Consider that many of those acres were lost to developments that never saw the light of day....more
“The occurrence of yet another freak earthquake in an unusual location is leading many anti-fracking activists…to wonder whether ‘fracking’ in nearby West Virginia may be responsible.”
This article discusses the link that geologists observe between fracking—specifically the step where waste salt water is re-injected “deep into rock beds”—and earthquakes....more
In the time after, when industrial civilization is a bitter and too-slowly-fading memory, a memory of a nightmare too atrocious to be believed by those who were not alive in the time before and so did not experience it and its destructiveness, birds will begin to come back, and whip-poor-wills will sing, and bobwhites will sing, and murrelets will fly to oceans no longer being murdered and will return with their bellies full of fish to feed their young....more