It’s telling that people are more likely to rally around environmentalism out of concern for an anthropomorphized, inorganic sphere that will outlive us all than they are likely to fight the human-created pollution and climate changes that disproportionately affect communities of color.
It’s like, “Sorry, folks. Can’t talk about nuclear testing facilities in the US being deliberately placed near reservations; the Earth is sad.”
A video I got to make with The Bigger Picture showed up on Racialicious! My life is complete :’) The Bigger Picture is a project that strives to provide a platform for youth to speak on Type II Diabetes and health inequality. High school students can currently win scholarships of up to $4,000 for submitting their own poetry or written songs on the topic. Find out more and see more videos at thebiggerpicture.org!!
Raymond Ladouceur remembers when he could dip a cup into the Athabasca River for a drink. He remembers when the trout and muskrats were plentiful — and when his community was healthy.
While mainstream environmental organizations lick their wounds over the failure of climate-change legislation and their startling lack of diversity, people of color and those living on low incomes…
This class is a damn joke now.
“We, the people of color… “
I’m bored. Stupidity bores me.
You’re the pompous ass who can’t understand the intersectionality between environmental justice, social justice and race? And the CLASS is stupid?
TEDTalks: Bad-ass urban and community gardener Ron Finley describes the effects of environmental racism and neglect on his neighborhood in South Central LA. He also delves into the presence of food deserts, resistance against his planting, and the increasing need for alternative food. Fuck yeah, environmental justice.
KLM, a Dutch airline, has begun powering some transatlantic flights with a fuel mix that of 25% cooking oil and 75% jet fuel. 25 roundtrip flights between New York’s JFK and Amsterdam’s Schiphol will take place every Thursday for the next six months. So while I’m not a big fans of biofuels in general for thereasons stated by Dr. Hartmut Michel, this is actually a good use of them; aviation needs energy-dense fuel and can’t be electrified in the near future, and waste cooking oil that might otherwise be thrown away is a great “free lunch”.
What’s the source of the used cooking oil? Where else but Louisiana:
The leftover waste oil comes from restaurants in the southern US state of Louisiana, where it’s used to fry up cracklins, catfish and other Cajun treats before being refined at a plant near Baton Rouge and trucked to New York to fuel the flights. (source)The next step would be for KLM - and other airlines - to increase the ratio of biofuels and find supplies that are actually carbon-neutral (or close to it). In fact, most of the waste cooking oil that is currently going into making biodiesel for terrestrial vehicles could probably be better used in planes. We don’t really have other good substitutes for jet fuel, but we have lots of ways other than waste oil biodiesel to make cars & trucks greener.