Serena

Following up on one of the big cultural questions that phenomena like the Amazon company can pose to America…. Like, “Could cheaper goods actually be bad for consumers?” Authors United argued just that recently in a complaint to the US DOJ—one which likely goes over the heads of most Amazonians—that the company’s monopoly and monopsony on the book market deprives consumers of diversity and quality in what they can read.

Salad greens, people—they’re overrated. (And the logical conclusion is that it’s time to switch my salad for a sundae. Can do!)

Been to a diversity training lately? Me, too. Here’s a valuable take on them you might have missed.

  • A new study, fueled by a tool so delectably called a “Hedonometer,” gathered some interesting trends in how the masses communicate about climate change—via Twitter.

    Charles Mudede at The Stranger had a chilling reflection on our coming—and our present—climate war.

    Anna

    Well, surprise, surprise. The guy who’s constantly hounding climate scientists, calling them names, and distracting them from their important work. He takes money from the coal industry.

    Got Green is hosting an event in Seattle this Saturday to mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a chance to discuss lessons learned (or not learned) about racism and poverty in America and what we can do now to ensure that the people hit first and worse by the impacts of global warming have a voice in shaping climate and clean energy solutions. Details here.

    Keiko

    Here’s a great piece by the tenacious and inspiring Elizabeth Yeampierre (who also just received a Green 2.0 leadership award): Hurricane Katrina proved that if black lives matter, so must climate justice. She states:

    At a time when police abuse is more visible than ever thanks to technology, and our communities continue to get hit time and time again by climate catastrophe, we can’t afford to choose between a Black Lives Matter protest and a climate justice forum, because our survival depends on both of them.

    Yeampierre continues with examples of the intersections between the climate justice and black lives matter movements:

    The environmental justice and Black Lives Matter movements are complementary. Black lives matter in the Gulf, where most of the fatalities resulting from Hurricane Katrina were black people, and which was home to the largest marine oil spill in history five years later. Black lives matter in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where hundreds of black families waited for weeks for electricity, heat and in some cases, running water, to be turned back on after Superstorm Sandy. Black lives matter in Richmond, California, home to the largest oil refinery on the West Coast. Black lives matter in Detroit, home to the largest solid waste incinerator in the US. The list goes on of cities and towns that are predominantly made up of people of color and are also home to a disproportionate share of this nation’s environmental burdens.

    The examples are endless…