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The last 48h have been Insane🔥🙌🏽
When will Humanity and Nature have the collective attention and love Notre Dame did?! Millions of kids have been protesting in the streets for our planet and health, there is the most worst humanitarian crisis happening right Now in Yemen, and I havnt seen anywhere near as many posts and $. Do we have to wait until the coral reefs, rainforests, endangered animals and glaciers become monuments to start acting collectively to save them?
What about the 65m displaced humans?
Child sex trafficking?
Etc… Etc.. Etc..
I find it beautiful that the world acted in solidarity to preserve and restore history 🙏🏽
But WE make history! And our place of worship in this PLANET! 🌍
Let’s TAG organisations and people who you think are on the forefront of preserving LIFE, and let’s start giving them the same attention. We are BURNING. -
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#creativeactivist #GlobalGoals #deforestation #notredame #vowforgirls #shadowmanvan #wednesdaywisdom #climatechange #extinctionrebellion #refugees #climateaction #globalwarming
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Writers block?

Have you ever thought, just for a second, that you could make something huge of yourself with one idea. Wack your name on something and have it become yours.

Have you ever thought, that maybe one day, you’ll have everything you wanted. From the money to the big house to the family.

Have you ever thought, even considered that maybe your dream world will only ever be that.

A dream.

At the rate humanity is going. That’s all it’ll ever be.

A dream in a land with no green, no light, no magic. You’ll wake up every morning, wishing you had done more for your planet, for your family, for your friends, neighbors, pets, humanity, even yourself.

The world right now, as we know it is ending, and as we are the life that caused this, I think it’s time we take responsibility and clean up our act. Little things, recycle, shorter showers, turn the lights off in an empty room, go outside, plant a garden, grow your own veg and for god sake stop throwing plastic in the oceans.

Baby steps.

To a bigger, brighter future.

Climate change: what is happening to our planet?

So. Here I am again, finally. Since I am studying enviromental engineering I wanted to say few words about the climate change, which is one of the gratest issues of our generation, and as young adults we have the due to do something concrete to save our planet. There’s no planet B, or I would say: THERE IS NO EARTH B. Yes, we can’t find anywhere in the galaxy, in the universe a world exactly the same of our planet. We don’t have another home. And yet, we are destroing it. We know why: we do that because we have been accustomed to a consumerist life style, but we aren’t totally aware of what this imply. What does this mean? How are we pursuing this life style? Are we totally aware of what are the conditions of our planet TODAY?

Everybody knows that one of main problems is the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere, that it is increasing temperature all over the Planet, that it is destroying biomes because of the melting glaciers at the poles and of the continuous land drainage. The main causes are:

- Fossil sources exploited by the secondary sector and destined to the production of energy, to the production of plastics (which are not biodegradable: in the middle of the Pacific ocean there is a plastic island that is estimated to contain 100 million tons of debris) and to production of fuels;

- Meat production, which requires constant and immense amounts of energy and machinery. Furthermore, the livestock itself contributes its own metabolism to the increase of Co2 in the atmosphere;

- The progressive deforestation of the green lungs of our planet, to make room for industries and pastures for farming;

And so on!

This is just a tear in the ocean.

For more informations I leave here few links to YouTube video , the first two of them we had the opportunity to watch during lessons. In you are interested you can enjoy them and most important learn from them😊

Finally, I want to say something positive in favor of governments: the European Parliament has approved the law against disposable plastics, which should be definitively eliminated by 2021. Great job Europe!

The life of a plastic bottle: https://youtu.be/_6xlNyWPpB8

Midway a film by Chris Jordan:

https://youtu.be/ozBE-ZPw18

Cowspiracy official trailer:

https://youtu.be/nV04zyfLyN4

it’s midnight and idk anymore

I’ve just watched 2 documentaries on climate change and I’m lying with my cat in tears. It’s probably me being emotional but the realisation that my lifetime will be severely affected by climate change and nothing is happening about it is getting to me. Environmental protesters in central London are being mocked and not taken seriously, but they’re protesting because we have 12 years of sustainable future left. 12 years and I will be 27. The protesters are a ‘nuisance’ to most, and all I hear in the media is how they’re getting arrested, nothing is being said about what they’re fighting for.

but honestly climate change is such a big issue and gaining very little media coverage; and once you see the facts, it is scarily obvious that our future as a planet depends on our action.

I haven’t left yet!

I was in London on Monday and Tuesday taking part in the Extinction Rebellion protest across the city. I haven’t been super involved in the movement since it started but it nonetheless feels very close to me. I’ve been incredibly impressed by everyone who’s actively taken part, from serving food and driving equipment to welfare, legal observers, and front-line activists.

Here’s a poem I wrote for the people stuck in traffic:

EYES ON THE ROAD

You’re tired, you’re hungry
You want to get home but the bridge has been blocked:
At this rate you won’t be back by eight o’clock.

Now imagine you’ve grieved for seventeen years.
Imagine seeing islands wiped out through your tears.

Do the home and the family you’re driving to see
Have enough space for your new refugees? 

You want to get home but the bridge has been blocked
You’re starting to think it’ll be nine o’clock.

Now think of a bird’s call you know by ear
Its sound, too, is drowned
It’ll soon disappear.

In millions of years if you’re still driving home
Will the fuel in your car be these bodies and bones?

Keep driving and keeping your fear behind you. 
Don’t look ahead where the sun could blind you. 
We hope you’re home soon. Please forgive us your time.
You have your road and I have mine. 

Extinction Rebellion, Good or Bad?

Ok guys, help

A friend recently argued that Extinction Rebellion are bad because they’re radicalising vulnerable people. I’ve not seen any evidence of this and I’ve searched. Someone on here is bound to already have some information I don’t. I feel like this might be something to do with the fact many have admitted they’re willing to get arrested for climate change protests, but I honestly think that’s got nothing to do with radicalisation but more to do with many people being frustrated with the lack of action through legitimate means. What I mean is scientists are saying “do something by 2030” and governments are going “bomb Syria, you say? Yes, that’s what we’ll spend billions on…” Essentially, many feel that no matter how they vote or what they do, the government doesn’t care and doesn’t act for the people.

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AURORA - The Seed

This song is so incredible, with such a great message about climate change and the environment. And all of her songs actually have deep messages, not just about an ex boyfriend. Go check it out, and maybe AURORA’s other songs too!

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize we cannot eat money” - Cree Indian Proverb

So a lot of people have been discussing whether it’s real or not, and I thought I’d weigh in since it’s very important. I’m talking about climate change, global warming, whatever you want to call it. Technically it’s an enhanced global warming, since climate change has always existed, it’s just going very rapidly now because of human influences.

Some people think it’s a hoax and say science is fake (like with vaccines) and I want to show those people that not everything about climate change is difficult science, but can be basic common sense.

Take the north pole for example, the ice is melting. You can tell because half of it is already gone. It’s good to note that the north pole’s ice is floating on water (the south pole’s ice is on land). The water is very deep and dark, and the snow is, of course, white. This means that the water below the ice warms up more by the sun. To better explain this: imagine you have a black car and a white car. Both are out in the sun all day, which one’s gonna be hotter? The black one, of course. The colour black absorbs all light (which is also why some people say it’s not a real colour) and the colour white reflects all light. Because black absorbs light, the water is hotter than the ice. The exposed water also warms up the water around it under the ice, which makes the ice melt even faster.

Now I hear you thinking, wouldn’t the ice have been melting before this? And you’re right, it would’ve. But remember that then, the amount of snowfall would compensate for the amount of ice lost, right now the snowfall can’t keep up.

So what does this mean? All of the melted ice turns to water, that’s basic science. This extra water makes the water level rise, which means in the Netherlands for example, the dikes will break due to the added pressure. A flood will hit an estimate of 2 million people, either killing them or leaving them with nothing. And that’s just in the Netherlands alone, that tiny spec on the map, many places will flood and many people will be hit.

So while you discuss if this basic science that’s never been disproven is real or not is real, people’s life’s are at risk and millions will die by just the floodings alone, while there are many more consequences. Either way, it can’t hurt to switch to green energy et cetera, right?

The only one’s who will still refuse to reduce CO2 emissions, even if everyone accepts that it’s happening, are the one’s that benefit from it, from the oil and gas. Their greed exceeds their empathy for others. So please, urge your government to do something about their emissions, even if they are incredibly stubborn. Keep urging, especially in the USA, because they have the biggest emission worldwide.

Thank you for reading, and I hope I could convince you to fight for our planet.

So Now I’m Back, From Outer Space

(Kidding, but I did go to The Kennedy Space Centre and I’m obsessed.)

I stopped writing this blog over a year ago. The last two posts here weren’t even originally written for this page, but were op-eds for the school paper that I’d written, once I’d returned to university to finish my undergrad. You see, I’d left school for two years – largely as a result of being able to reckon with what it meant to study at an institution that cared so little for my future, and that of my fellow students. 

(For a backstory you can control+F “Divestment” and skim any number of pieces I’d vomited forth whilst desperate/angry/disillusioned with the lack of action said institution was taking on climate change.)

There are a myriad of reasons (is this the correct way to use “myriad”?) why I stopped writing as “The Lazy Environmentalist”. Not least among them was that, for a while, I wasn’t sure if I should be speaking up at all – even if it was just to an audience of a casual dozen. As douchey and self-righteous as it sounds (is) I refer to myself as a climate justice activist or organizer, and a couple years back, I realized I was showing up to climate justice spaces in a pretty shitty way. I figured because I wanted to be there that I should be there. I thought that because I wanted to speak up that I should speak up– somehow not realizing that my being there meant that I was taking the place of someone else, or that in speaking up I was speaking over other voices. I needed to learn to be quiet. Not silent necessarily, not absent by any means, but simply more aware of my surroundings– who was missing because I was taking their space, who wasn’t being heard, because I’m so fucking noisy. 

In this way, it was good that I took a break from writing for a little while, because it helped me to see that sometimes (most of the time) my voice isn’t the one that needs to be heard– especially when it comes to discussions regarding climate change and climate justice. 

I also need to acknowledge that because this whole exercise is largely self-indulgent, when I stopped writing I was really just letting myself off the hook. This blog, like it says in that gross yellow font at the top of the page, exists so I can hold myself to account, and that still rings true. Did I pull out my laptop in a frenzy tonight because I’ve decided that I once again need to stuff my trash in a mason jar and make my mom feel bad for taking me to restaurants that send home leftovers in styrofoam? No– behaving like that was pointless at best, and harmful otherwise. Me toting around my trash in an instagrammable jar does nothing to reduce the amount of plastic choking a baby Laysan Albatross, and my saint of a mother doesn’t need to carry the guilt of the lack of plastic materials regulation around on her shoulders simply because I don’t feel like finishing my zimarika at our favourite Greek restaurant. 

No. When I say this blog exists to hold me to account I mean that the act of writing is one of the best things I can do when it comes to working against the forces driving climate change. Not because anyone reads this– we’ve already established no one save my big sister (hey, Kayla) does– but because its through writing that I force myself to sit with my thoughts and digest the literal constant deluge of terrible news about human-inflicted damage on the planet and all of its inhabitants. When I stopped writing I gave myself permission to be intellectually lazy (not cute, contrary to my chosen moniker). When I say I’ve been in a cognitive fog the last few years I’m not even being that obnoxiously hyperbolic– I honestly feel like I’ve retreated into a world of podcasts and quickly skimmed news articles– I’ve eschewed my own ideas and feelings because when things are as desperately, existentially terrifying as they are in the year of our lord (lol, there is no God) 2019, its easier to let someone else, someone smarter, tell you what to feel, what to worry about, and how to think. I think when I opened my laptop 21 minutes ago it was on a whim that maybe thats not what’s best for me anymore. I think if I want to devote my time, my brain, my heart to saving what I can of my home that I need to push myself to dig a little deeper into the recesses of the ole’ lobes (ew?) and try to figure out why I’m here, doing this fucking work in the first place, and also what I fucking mean when I say “this work”. “This work” sounds vague and self-aggrandizing and I’m in a time of my life where I think I need specifics and tangibilities. 

Finally, I stopped writing as “The Lazy Environmentalist” because I wasn’t sure . if that’s who I was anymore. I’m definitely a fucking lazy individual– even at this moment I’m lying in bed at a somewhat cramped and awkward angle because I can’t be bothered to shift myself into a seated position (lol @ the misfortune of my neck). However, I don’t like the idea of letting myself take the easy way out because I’ve accepted that I am fundamentally a lazy person. Is my aversion to accepting my habitual sluggishness perhaps rooted in questionable puritanical christian societal values? Like, ya probably. Does that mean that it’s a good thing to watch 6 hours of Criminal Minds and tell myself that its okay to buy that dress from Zara because there’s no such thing as ethical consumption under capitalism, so fuck it? No. Obviously. Criminal Minds is gross (though Reid is still hella cute) and fast fashion is terrible for both people and planet (so props to me for actually putting that dress back on the rack last week even though I didn’t look terrible in it and honestly I could use another shapeless sack in my wardrobe).  

As for the “Environmentalist” part of “The Lazy Environmentalist”I also feel more than a little weird about that too. The term is fucking loaded, and carries a lot of terrible history with it. The environmental movement has and still does a really god-awful job of caring about people (despite people being animals - woah who’s really eschewing anthropocentrism now, Tim*?!) But for real, forgetting the fact that from the purely cold, calculating, strategic reality that we can’t save the planet unless we have more people on board with the concept, and that we can’t do that effectively if we don’t speak to those in blahalized communities (those always most at risk to climate catastrophe) environmentalism has been not only ineffective and alienating for a fuck-ton of people over the decades– environmentalists have been intensely harmful to people – there are still environmentalists who think the best use of our time is to devastate Northern Communities by rallying against the seal hunt, and pushing veganism in communities that it simply doesn’t make sense for from a cultural/historical/geographic standpoint. Old school preservationist environmentalism is based in super gross settler ideas of manifest destiny, and protecting an “untouched” wilderness, ignoring the fact that Inuit, Anishnaabe, Mi’kmaq, Tsleil-Waututh, Cree, and hundreds of other Indigenous Nations lived QUITE HARMONIOUSLY on this land for EONS (and still do) before we settlers got here, thought of ourselves as separate from the land, parcelled it up, sold it off, decided to ~protect~ a fraction because God said so or whatever, and generally started fucking shit up. 

So yeah, the term Environmentalist kind of makes me feel uneasy, as it should,  because it carries with it a history of violence– a history that is still being perpetuated today. 

That being said, the term environmentalist also makes me think of my Grandma (cute, right?) I don’t necessarily think she would have considered herself an environmentalist, but she was the single most compassionate, loving person I’ve ever known, and yes I idolize her and hold her to a standard that no one else will ever meet but that’s okay, because she was my Grandma and I’m supposed to think she was perfect and magic. I mention my Grandma (her name was Lecetta) because she’s who made my into a little lazy environmentalist. She took me on trips to see Manatee rehab centres in Florida, walks through the Carolinian forest near her house, and swimming in Lake Huron. On the days we were inside we watched PBS nature documentaries and read books about wildlife in North America and on Saturday mornings she’d sit with me as I sobbed during WWF infomercials in what I realize now was a pretty weird weekly self-flagellation ritual. What I’m trying to say with this bizarre tangent is that the term “environmentalist” still holds some pretty earnest intention for me, and I’m remiss to entirely abandon the roots of what compels me to defend our home. 

So, circling back to what I’d initially tried to start saying with this post- I think I’m going to start writing here again. I think I’m going to see if this helps me be the sort of person I want to be: the still sometimes lazy, but still earnest environmentalist- trying to figure out what my place is- in the movement, in my community, on the planet, and simply within myself. 

*There’s no one named Tim

Our Planet on Netflix

Couldn’t get through one episode.

I sat on the couch watching out of my love for animals and nature scenes and began to cry as I watched a baby flamingo struggle to keep up with the pack - and die off screen.

I almost began to cry as I saw a pack of wild dogs almost get a baby wildebeast.

My boyfriend quickly changed the Netflix show.

It’s nature, I understand that, but I hate to see animals suffer. I just saw an article from NY Times that described one episode of walruses trying to find a new home and some falling off a cliff to their death.

It was probably for the best that we changed the show.

However, the bigger connection the NY Times was making with the new Our Planet series is that it shows how climate change is affecting a lot of habitats for these wonderful creatures.

I am always feeling motivated to waste less. A year ago, I started reading a book called Garbology and started thinking more about zero waste lifestyles. It’s really amazing what some people do. It’s extremely difficult, but I tried to make some changes to how I do daily things. I bring my own cutlery to work. I use those cloth napkins (I got a set with octopi on them!). I always have a reusable water bottle.

Maybe I should make some more changes. And I should donate to some nature conservation organizations.

Okay, Our Planet. You made me think of the Earth, animals, and nature in a mere half episode.

I’m going to make a list now of what positive changes I can tackle next.