It will always confuse me why people call veganism extreme…
I think a lot of people give more credit to white ideologies like veganism and animal rights because these are things that are “supposed to ” fall under leftist/progressive ideas. Idk where people get that from. Black and indigenous people have been saying for decades how these people have been utilizing eugenics and pushing ideas both harmful to us and the environment, and that are frankly rooted in white colonial ideology. Only now am I seeing people calling these folk out for being eco fascist, and/or just being plain white supremacist trash. As I always say and will continue to say, environmentalist/sustainability movements must include black and indigenous leadership, otherwise it is doomed to fail. We will only be marginalized and displaced further, and our cultures will continue to be destroyed.
We’re spreading the compost from last year on the flower beds and my dad discovered celery, onions, garlic, and potatoes growing in the compost bin! Free food without even trying! They’ve been replanted in the garden in the hopes they’ll keep growing 🎉
This was a lot of work. I decided to go where the teenagers go and smoke and drink. And I cleaned it up.
The journey of homemade quarantine bagels! These are absolutely the BEST bagels I’ve ever had, and it only took a few ingredients I already had at home. This quarantine is turning me into an adventurous baker.
I’m thinking of making a docs to eventually upload online about solarpunk. It’ll be free access. I’m looking for anyone and everyone interested in being a part of this– this project will be divided into two parts: the first will be information, a How To sort of thing, while the second will be more about our hopes for the future. Essays, short stories, art, poems, and more will all be a welcomed part of this project.
The name in progress is: An Obtainable Future: The Sustainability of Kindness.
I’m going to list a bunch of things I’d like to seen discussed– DM me or reblog if you’re interested by the way!
- Helping indigenous peoples, disabled people, and the homeless
- How to push legislation that is ecofriendly
- Making Things! (Soaps, candles, paper, inks, dyes, compost, whatever!)
- Reusing (coffee grounds in gardening, fixing or “upcycling” clothes)
- Fighting deforrestation
- Indoor gardening for apartments
- Organizing community things, like a tool library or a community garden
- Fighting against oil companies
- Fighting desertification (Africa and that huge swath of Acacia trees they’re planting for this purpose! Which leads to–)
- Sustainable farming practices
- Green energy/oil alternatives
- Home remedies for things like headaches and colds
- Cleaning the ocean
- And more!
I need help with this. I’m 18 and only know things for some of this. People need accessible, free resources for how to better our lives and the health of all people and the world. I need to know that people are willing to contribute to this when we aren’t making a profit.
I haven’t been able to find a comprehensive resource for solarpunk things and ideals.
Most of this should really be in lay man’s terms, so that everyone can truly understand and access these.
If anyone has any ideas etc for this, please let me know c:
Over the past few decades, U.S. dairy farmers have been able to reduce their environmental impact by 60%; and dairy farmers continue to strive to be leaders in sustainability. Even while doubling milk production, the number of dairy cows in the U.S. has decreased from 25.6 million cows in 1950 to only 9.4 million today. Doing more with less is a philosophy that has enabled dairy farmers to reduce their environmental “hoofprint” and drive real change in the industry and environment.
Cows are part of the world’s ecological system and dairy farmers have harnessed this biological advantage. The “waste” that cows create is necessary for good soil health. Healthy soil holds more water and provides a richer life for the microbial life of the soil. The manure goes back onto the soil to regrow the grass and other crops that cows eat. The planet needs cows as much as cows need the planet
It should be noted that the methane cows emit stays in the atmosphere for about six years; this means in every year that new methane molecules are added, they’re offset by the expiration of molecules produced in years prior. As long as the number of cows doesn’t drastically increase, this cycle has a net-neutral effect. By contrast, emissions from cars last in the atmosphere over 100 years. So, every idling car is adding emissions that will last for a century.
OKAY time for a SUSTAINABILITY RANT. Sustainability is not just going vegetarian or vegan. It’s not just bringing reusable cookware wherever you go. It’s not just filling your compost bin to the brim. It’s not just having an off-the-grid solar panel tiny house. It definitely INCLUDES all of these things of course, but I think a lot of people get the wrong message with this (greenwashing cough cough). It’s not all or nothing!! Now I’m not saying people who want to do those things shouldn’t try, but I want to offer an alternative for people who don’t do any of those things but still want to have better habits.
Not a vegetarian? That’s okay! People still eat meat whether it’s for cultural familial reasons, or just cause bacon is delicious. Something to try that’s still more sustainable: just eat it more in moderation. You don’t need a steak every day and by no means is that good for you. Buy more ‘sustainably farmed’ meats! Better yet, buy it as local as you possibly can. This not only cuts out ghg emissions from the travel time, but it also helps support local farmers, which YES is part of sustainability. Supporting huge companies never did the environment any good.
Do you not carry steel straws and a fork with you? That’s fine! It’s not practical or affordable for everyone! Other things to consider: don’t eat out so much! Cooking can be much cheaper, healthier, and will allow you to WASH your dishes afterward. Still have a plastic fork from your Chipotle bowl? Then consider making it the best possible recycling. Clean that fork, shit wash it if you can. This isn’t talked about but most recycling doesn’t actually end up recycled. It’s either the wrong material because people throw whatever the hell they want in there, or its TOO DIRTY. Like your greasy pizza cardboard box? Yeah most likely ended up in a landfill.
I’m sorry do you NOT compost??.. yea its okay!! Composting everything, everyday, can be difficult to do given peoples’ different resources and knowledge. One goal I try to have instead of just composting? Just reduce your food waste! I hate to see a lot of people leaving perfectly fine food to rot and then “going green” and composting it later. There’s plenty of hungry people in the world that I’m sure would have loved to eat your food, but due to poor planning and overindulgence unfortunately we produce a lot of food waste. So try to lessen that! Maybe then we wouldn’t have been able to fill a compost bin anyways.
What??!! You don’t live in a tiny house and aren’t completely solar? You TURN ON your heater?? Don’t sweat it. This should be self explanatory but nobody has the time or money for that lol. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention to our energy consumption though. The key here is to just be mindful of our energy usage and how it may differ depending on where you may live. For example apartments! They’re a smaller space and have less outside walls, making it easier to heat/cool a space. On top of that sometimes they have shared water heaters with multiple neighbors. In contrast in a big single family home you might have to leave the cold water running for 6 minutes (yikes) to get hot water. It might take whole hours to heat or cool a house (yikes). That doesn’t mean turn off your heater! Consider setting it on a timer, or setting it to a lower temperature. If you’re freezing that doesn’t mean it needs to be 80 DEGREES in the house. Why not set it to a comfy 71, and you can still wear thick sweaters! … and it saves money but you know that.
So yeah this was a hella long rant.. thats what happens when you get stuck in a shelter-in-place due to COVID-19. Now I have to continue my online environmental education at home hahahahaafwehio. This was sparked by being stuck with my parents now who I swear to god I have seen eat more meat in the past week than I have had for a whole semester and throw away more old food. There’s plenty of other things but that’s my rant. Goodnight.