And what you can do about it
There is no doubt that January 2020 was a foreboding and intense start to the decade. From the catastrophic bushfires in Australia, to the U.S. and Iran flirting with war, and then the new Coronavirus (to just name a few). If you’re already feeling heavy from the start of the year, just know this — the future doesn’t have to be terrifying. There are things we can do to stop business as usual and intentionally make some abrupt shifts to the dominant order of things. The truth is we have no option but…
We need to move beyond our usual carousel of climate spokespeople and support diverse networks of storytellers speaking to their circles about why this moment matters
It’s all too common for the media, climate organizations and donors to get caught up in the latest celebrity-endorsed, climate-themed HBO/Netflix documentary — or the most recent high profile climate spokesperson. From Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth up until the present media frenzy around Greta Thunberg, there has often been an obsession with the single entity or person that folks hope will bring the massive shifts society needs. Meanwhile, scholars wring their hands as to…
Will we remember the bathrooms of 5-star hotels
With their spacious showers and multiple sinks?
The tiny bottles and the overpowering water pressures.
Will we look back and laugh as we pull our clothes off the sun-soaked line?
Can I keep penicillin, but leave behind obnoxious subways ads where a fuzzy animals tries to sell me financial tips?
My grandmother use to scold me for not drinking all of my milk.
She washed every single plastic bag and butter container
Open a tub of yogurt and you will find beans ready fro dinners to come.
Will we be shocked when…
It’s a Sunday night and so I decided to start watching Netflix’s new gorgeous production “Our Planet.” I love nature documentaries, and as a climate communicator I was eager to see how they addressed the issues. I had heard that this show would be different from those in the past and could really help spark better conversations. I finished the first episode really frustrated and the more I thought about it, the more it hit me how morally irresponsible this series is.
If we want to sidestep the destructive patterns in our society, we also need to stop looking towards Netflix marathons and brunch as our only coping mechanism.
I look at my generation of activists, and so many are struggling with profane burn out. Too often, the solutions we are presented with revolve around sleeping, drinking and Instagram scrolling. This year, I would love to see more widespread and deep conversations about better rituals we can practice to recharge, as well as further us towards our goals.
My full time job is telling the stories of climate change and supporting global…
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It’s a constant struggle with behemoth tech companies to ensure that the work of nonprofits get seen. At 350.org, we’ve been testing over the past couple months various ways we can reach our audiences, engage them, and also use our social media channels to direct people to action.
350.org’s main social media platforms are Facebook, Twitter and to some extent Instagram. We have our primary global accounts, and many of our regional and country teams also manage their own profiles. It’s a pretty wide distributed network, and not all our teams (staff and volunteers) have access…
As a woman working in the crazy fields of tech and activism, it’s just a fact of life that there will be periods where I struggle with self-doubt — and I know it’s not just me as well. So many brilliant people who are fighting for a world that will hopefully look different than the one we are currently are in end up facing times when they are unsure about themselves.
I had a dream last night that I auditioned for a play, but ended up not getting the role. I woke up in a bit of a funk this…
Growing up in Houston, there were always urban legends surrounding our water. While riding bikes past Lake Houston, one kid would tell the latest rumor of a mutated three-eyed fish that had been caught recently. Or the stories of the person who had gone swimming in Galveston Bay and come back with an infected leg. We would laugh about it, and then with hesitation jump in.
I was born and raised in Texas, and so with horror I’ve observed as the waters rose up last week. Every evening as a kid, I would watch the news with my Dad, and…
Where will our resistance take us this year?
We already know that 2017 will be a year when the everyday fight for social justice will be imperative. The global political situation has swung in some terrifying ways and people are preparing for what’s ahead. I’m sitting at my laptop on the first working day of the year (after a holiday season filled with some hard family political conversations) and thinking about how we can use our digital tools more carefully, more strategically and with a bit more heart.
Here are some of my predictions where global digital activism will (or…
On July 4th, things got so bad that my Dad was finally convinced it was time to go to the hospital. The house was packed. Eight of my nine siblings had gathered in Texas to have one last party before my youngest sister left for Korea.
I was in Berlin, trying to get as much information as I could about what was happening. Mornings and afternoons waiting for the U.S. to wake up. My family was trying to find out from the doctor what caused the stroke and how extensive the damage was. There were hints and suggestions and uncertainties.