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violetsandshrikes · 5 months ago
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If you really want to help indigenous people, now is your time.
Ngati Paoa and other protestors have been occupying Putiki Bay after resource consent was given to develop it without consent from the local iwi. Today, they are blocked by police as developers being to destroy Little Blue Penguin habitat, a species on the decline with climate change and habitat destruction.
Public outrage and eyes on Putiki may be the only thing that can save Putiki now after every route has failed. Spread information about Putiki every where you can - Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, your local group chat, whatever. Please please please help save Putiki Bay, Aotearoa NZ!
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fandomsandfeminism · 11 months ago
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Humans are not parasites on the world.
One thing that I think a lot of Environmentalists in America really overlook is that humans are supposed to be part of an ecosystem.  Humans are part of the food web; we fill an environmental niche, just as much as beavers and wolves do.   
We are SUPPOSED to interact with the environment- the problem arises when we begin interacting with the environment in UNSUSTAINABLE ways. This idea that we should try to “return” the environment to the way it was “before” humans so so so often ignores the way that Indigenous people all over the world were (and are) an important part of their environments- and trying to “preserve” those places without people filling their ecological niche can cause harm in super weird ways. 
You know how its shitty for deer populations if you take out all of the wolves? It’s just as bad if you stop all human hunting too. Humans hunting deer has been an important part of the food web for thousands and thousands of years! Deer populations NEED hunters- human, wolf, cougar- to stay healthy. 
Yes- massive clear cutting of forests and strip mining is bad. HOWEVER, not allowing Indigenous people to practice traditional controlled burns of grass lands? Not only makes wildfires worse, but ALSO fucks up the bio-diversity of those grasslands. Totally unmanaged “pristine” grasslands without humans are actually less healthy than grasslands that are sustainably managed by people.
Mono-crop super farms are not good- but humans have been farming for thousands of years- tending for plants and increasing their yield, monitoring the soil, in ways that benefit those plants and the other animals that eat them, and the other plants that use that soil, and the insects that make their home there. Sustainable, diversified farming isn’t bad. 
Laying out acres and acres of asphalt and oil pipelines? Bad. But digging natural cisterns in the dessert that catches rainwater for grazing animals to use? Benefits the entire ecosystem and all the animals in it. 
We are part of the environment. We belong here. And the ecosystems that human beings evolved in and lived in need us just as much as we need them. We aren’t parasites on the planet, we are a part of it. It’s just that global capitalism has thrown us terribly out of balance.  Colonialism and profit-seeking are the problem- not human beings existing.  
The goal of environmentalism should not be to protect nature by keeping humans totally separate from it, but rather to restore balance with our interactions with nature, for sustainable practices that help us coexist with the ecosystems that we are part of. That we have been a part of forever.  And that is hard with billions of people on the planet, yes, and we will need to be clever and resourceful and thoughtful to find ways of restoring that balance, it will take a lot of people working together to find those answers- but humans’ greatest trait has always been our cleverness and our ability to work together. 
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peppermintprism · a month ago
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For anyone in the US looking to tear out their lawn, check out Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t on YouTube.
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[Image ID: A screenshot of a post from Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t that reads, “Attention to all CPBBD viewers in the US with lawns that they’ve been wanting to destroy but who haven’t quite gotten up the nerve or motivation to do it yet:
Crime Pays has a project in the works that involves removing (killing) a vacuous green suburban turf and replacing it with a lush and vibrant native plant garden with regionally local native plants. We will Turn a bland and sterile front yard into a pollinator buffet, all for free, and film the process.
If this sounds like something you might be into, please write us at killyourlawn44@gmail.com with a description of your situation, where you live, and a good way to contact you.
We are preferably looking for people that live in places where lawns make the least sense, like the desert Southwest, but no turf is too good to be destroyed. Unless they are being used for sports or for kids to play on, lawns are a silly and banal idea and status symbol that needs to die with much of the other obsolete ideas of the last century. But this doesn’t even need to be any silly political shit, lawns are just boring and a pain in the ass. Why not create habitat and restore some of your region’s native ecology instead?
Write us: killyourlawn44@gmail.com. End ID]
Thank you to @ratsoku for taking the time to write out the image ID
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radicalgraff · a month ago
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"The earth is dying. The people killing it have names and addresses" Seen in Malden, Massachusetts
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yuumei-art · 3 months ago
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Hey everyone, I'll be giving a talk about art and environmentalism at the @CalAcademy of Sciences this Thursday 26th at 8pm, followed by a live art demo~ :D
Come visit if you're close by! The NightLife is filled with aquariums & amazing exhibits too!
https://www.calacademy.org/nightlife/
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There is a very specific sort of trauma which comes from being a small child, being told about widespread ecological destruction. Trauma which does not come from that initial fact - but rather the adult response to that child’s inevitable question of “What can we do about it!” 
Even in grade school I recognized the inherent absurdity of being told about the massive destruction of rainforests - particularly the amazon - but then being told that if we want to help we can “Recycle Cans” or whatever. 
And I think that to a certain extent that trauma has a somewhat malevolent yet subtle intention. When you make small children think that the world is dying because they ate a chocolate bar in plastic wrap - you foster a sense of preexisting damnation which cannot be meaningfully fought. 
Alternatively when you make children think that adults have no plan or interest whatsoever to tackle the problem, you foster a worldview in which the children have an actively antagonist relationship to older generations. Given the power dynamics between children and adults however, this is just as likely to produce crushing despair as it might prompt furious rebellion. 
Both paths ultimately lead toward learned helplessness and general misanthropy, ensuring that resistance to ecological destruction is minimal. Stifling the emotional ecological connection of every person who was once a child filled with the wonder of a tall tree, a grassy meadow, or the first squirrel they ever saw. 
Capitalism sustains itself through mass-trauma, and this is only one small piece to the larger situation. However it is a piece I find personally meaningful to discuss given my focus on environmentalism.
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thatquietsong · 5 months ago
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It's either abolish capitalism or face extinction. There's no 'compelling' corporations to save us. They have control of all the resources to help protect themselves (secluded land, bunkers, any and all infrastructure to protect themselves from the worst of climate change), and all the means to colonize space. They're literally creating a space hotel that's going to be ready in the next decade. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want to watch the world increasingly suffer throughout my life. And if I survive until 2075, I don't want to have survived that long to go out like that. We've already seen how the elderly and disabled and sick were treated during this pandemic. I don't want this for anyone or anything on our planet.
Edit: it's come to my attention that these statistics are unfounded. The scientific consensus in terms the possible outlooks of global warming are already scary enough, and this guy (from the tweet), who is not a climate scientist, is apparently out there spreading misinformation like this and is being condemned by actual climate scientists. I took them as someone who was theorizing a worse outlook, but based in science, and it's not. My sentiment above is still the same, but please look through the notes in regards to why these statistics (5, 6, & 7) are by in large if not completely disagreed with by scientists- and look at the actual science based statistics and outlooks of global warming.
That said, my sentiment is still the same. We need to abolish capitalism in order to save the planet, or stave off the worst of climate change, and it will take revolution, not reform, in order to abolish capitalism.
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solarpunkwitchcraft · 6 months ago
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part of the problem with conscious consumerism is how exhausting it is--every week there’s some article about how cloth bags are actually worse than plastic bags, or wait no the reusable ones are bad too, and have you considering that houseplants can be bad for the earth as well? And it’s so easy to get caught up in this whirlwind of micromanaging all these tiny choices and feeling immense guilt for making the wrong ones, instead of realizing the more straightforward and more radical truth that unsustainable practices will not change until our political and economic systems do
its a trap, and we’re not going to get out of it until what matters is standing up to colonialism and capitalism and not fretting about which kind of grocery bag is the least bad for the environment
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From the Amazon to Glasgow: An Indigenous activist says, ‘We have no more time.’
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[Image description: Txai Suruí.]
It was the kind of spotlight associated with a certain other young climate activist: A hall full of world leaders and a speaking slot preceding the secretary general of the United Nations.
The woman in the spotlight was not Greta Thunberg, but Txai Suruí, a 24-year-old Indigenous climate activist from Brazil, making her first appearance on the world stage. On the opening day of the global climate summit in Glasgow, she made an eloquent appeal drawing attention to the devastating deforestation of the Amazon.
“The Earth is speaking,” Ms. Suruí said. “She tells us that we have no more time.”
“The animals are disappearing,” she added. “The rivers are dying, and our plants don’t flower like they did before.”
Ms. Suruí told the heads of state in the audience that they were “closing your eyes to reality” and their timetables for reducing carbon emissions and scaling back the use of fossil fuels were inadequate.
“It’s not 2030 or 2050,” she said. “It’s now.”
Continue reading.
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amurleopards · 8 months ago
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“The confrontation between logging company Teal-Jones and forest defenders in court is the result of the ongoing failure of the provincial government to follow through on their promise and deliver solutions to protect globally rare and endangered old-growth forest like the spectacularly intact Fairy Creek rainforest in Pacheedaht territory,” said Sierra Club BC campaigner Jens Wieting in a statement Thursday.
The Fairy Creek rainforest is the last intact watershed in the San Juan river system, representing an ancient and irreplaceable ecosystem, and if Teal-Jones is successful in logging it, trees hundreds to thousands of years old will be turned to sawdust...
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[ Similar destruction in the nearby Caycuse watershed, where old-growth trees have been logged by Teal-Jones, photographed by TJ Watts. ]
Although this injunction has been granted, the defenders of Fairy Creek are not backing down, and are asking you to join the fight however you can.
Getting boots on the ground is of the utmost importance right now, and Fairy Creek Blockade are asking anyone who can to join them on the front lines, but for those who can’t physically join the blockade, donating is incredibly important and helpful as well.
You can also help by writing to + phoning decision makers and voicing your horror and disgust at the situation, some key individuals are:
B.C. Premier John Horgan: (250) - 387 - 1715 / premier@gov.bc.ca
Minister of Forests Katrine Conroy: (250) - 387 - 6240 / FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca
Minister of Enviro. George Heyman: (250) - 387 - 1187 / env.minister@gov.bc.ca
And Teal-Jones themselves, which can be reached at: (604) - 587 - 8700
Please take action for B.C.’s last old-growth forests, because we won’t have another chance to save them.
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insomniac-arrest · a year ago
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I don’t think anime vs western animation are as different as people claim due to the fact they have inspired and fed off each other for decades (they’re friends!!), however I do think our environmental messages to kids are... significantly and interestingly different
whereas, say Ghibli films express a deep Shinto-based respect and reverence for nature:
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fighting for it as a means of both self-preservation and expression of heroism revolving around justice
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and a matter of other groups of humans (the government often) going up against the stalwart youth
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This is contrasted to western animation which tends to be like.... hey! look at this funny bat! And pollution is an evil spirit you can fight like physically 
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that isn’t to say the west doesn’t depict environmentalism as heroic and even involving collective action, Captain Planet is a good example of this
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but individualism is still very present, the struggle is stalwart youths versus an individual or individual corporation, hell, sometimes you even get a sympathetic backstory for the corporation and weirdly cool rock song
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to be clear, antagonists like Lady Eboshi in Princess Mononoke are sympathetic too, but it is... different, Lady Eboshi is trying to survive due to circumstances but it is all of Irontown that represents a system of corruption
In comparison, there is this western idea of corruption coming from individuals rather than systems as well as the fact they aren’t trying to save nature because we are part of it, but because nature itself is a person and thus worthy of respect
In Fern Gully the fairy’s represent nature, the Lorax represents nature, Captain Planet is literally just nature, all things we can talk to and relate to, where in Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa the ultimate nature spirits are something you can’t talk to and are frankly terrifying, awe-inspiring, and mighty
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Western epistemology is heavily rooted in Christianity which says that man has dominion over fish of the sea, fowl of the air, and creatures of the land, ect, which leads to a utilitarian and separate view of nature-- what can it do for us as separate (higher) beings, and the only way to combat this view is to say “actually nature is a person and thus worthy of protection”
Whereas Japanese Shintoism has much more emphasis on the idea that we are all part of a whole with nature, nature is the ultimate divine with nothing more important than the other, and something worthy of protection not because we can understand it, but because we can’t
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“It’s a mistake to think about nature from the idea of efficiency, that forests should be preserved because they are essential to human beings”-- Hayao Miyazaki
this is not to completely bash western animation, it does have other strengths such as emphasizing children’s relationship to empathy, empathy toward others in “Toy Story” and empathy toward themselves in “Inside Out” 
However, our methods of conveying environmentalism could use some updating and steering away from “goofy” and “relatable” and maybe a little more terror and awe involved with fighting the good fight
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intelligentchristianlady · 8 months ago
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You'd almost think they had an agenda...
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