There are countless stories in the media and popular culture about our fraught relationship with plastic, focusing on our addiction and dependence. However, this way of framing the problem actually serves to perpetuate it. Plastics are plural.
People are concerned about our impacts on the environment as pollution is getting worse, climate change is accelerating, and some ecosystems have disappeared. Even small energy improvement efforts by individuals add up.
The idea behind the rights of nature approach extrapolates on the Western legal system’s insistence that a corporation is considered a person. If that’s legally true, then why not grant legal personhood to a watershed or a forest?
In the past decade, scientists have detected microplastic in the bodies of fish and shellfish; in packaged meats, processed foods, beer, sea salt, soft drinks, tap water, and bottled water. If you regularly drink water from plastic bottles, you’re likely ingesting even more plastic than the average consumer.
In short, it is the pervasive, constant exposure to toxic stressors in our environment, in combination with genetic factors, that cause us to develop diseases that impair our immune systems and make us susceptible to serious COVID-19 infection.
Many people might not have access to a garden or a park nearby, it’s important to report that researchers have also found that even having a plant, an inspiring picture of a landscape around or simply listening to the sounds of nature can bring benefits, and support people to relax.
Although we cannot yet predict who is likely to become electrically sensitive, there are five main observed precursors that lead to EHS: high electrical exposure, high chemical exposure, biological trauma (mold, Lyme, parasites), physical trauma (whiplash), a compromised immune system.
Since many people shop for the experience and enjoy the feeling of buying clothes more than the clothing article itself, slow fashion emphasizes choosing high-quality pieces made with sustainable materials.
By changing your meal planning to revolve around the food you need to use up rather than the food you need to buy still, your habits slowly change. “I’ve started buying less produce, but I buy things that last longer like canned beans or frozen veggies.”
If it did nothing else, the emergence of Covid-19 a year ago underscored for all of us the importance of anticipating and preparing for — and, as appropriate, steering the course of — things that might happen in the future…
The image of the canary in the coal mine is used over and over again to refer to many aspects of the climate catastrophe.
Last year, I won a monumental lawsuit that shed light on the danger of pesticides to school groundskeepers like me, as well as farmworkers and even home users.