Hello there! How’s it going? I’ve had a quiet week, and I’m not going to lie, it has been good. We’ve been sorting things out in our house, fixing things up, stewing things in the slow cooker, reading books, and generally just keeping our heads down and getting through this last stretch of winter. You?
This week’s links:
Wishing for a disaster to make the large-scale changes that scientists say are necessary to prevent a planetary collapse is counterproductive. Remember, we’re doing this to *save* lives. Cheering on the coronavirus because of climate change isn’t progress, it’s eco-fascism. It’s the same logic that eugenicists use to argue for population control, or racists use to preach ethnic nationalism and anti-immigration policies in an era of climate emergency. Discrimination and death are not the way to reduce emissions.
2. In other coronavirus news, this is complete madness.
3. In my final coronavirus chat of the day, I found myself in agreement with this article on “why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus“.
While coronavirus is understandably treated as an imminent danger, the climate crisis is still presented as an abstraction whose consequences are decades away. Unlike an illness, it is harder to visualise how climate breakdown will affect us each as individuals. Perhaps when unprecedented wildfires engulfed parts of the Arctic last summer there could have been an urgent conversation about how the climate crisis was fuelling extreme weather, yet there wasn’t.
4. How to talk to people who doubt climate change. I found this conversation with Katherine Hayhoe enlightening.
5. Climate change harms people, but policies to stabilise the climate can harm people too, with the poorest being most likely to suffer from lost jobs in dirty industries and higher energy bills. The transition to a cleaner, greener world needs to be fair to all.
Céline Semaan, executive director of Slow Factory Foundation, believes the new term and thought-process is “next and necessary” to addressing fashion’s environmental footprint… “The way it is right now, sustainable fashion is becoming a buzzword but it doesn’t mean anything… Brands are claiming sustainability left and right. And unfortunately, it’s getting trapped at the surface in the marketing department, it’s not trickling down deep, deeper into the roots of the problem.”
8. Is your honey fraudulent? It’s an activity that is putting the entire agricultural system at risk.
9. Patagonia wants to teach you how to repair your clothes.
10. Finally, in a bit of good news, proof that activism works. The Norwegian energy company Equinor is pulling out of planned oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight after sustained pressure from environmental activists.