I’m kinda furious about this:
When first watching the trailer, I tried to remind myself that it was just a movie.
But it’s never just a movie, is it?
Given enough time, I’m sure I could list hundreds of films that changed my perspective on the world. The Hours was the first time I felt challenged on my once very black-and-white perspective on LGBT rights. Hotel Rwanda, despite being called “revisionist junk” by then UN peacekeeper/now senator Romeo Dallaire, was the first movie to open my eyes to the role of politics in preventing, or allowing, genocide and devastation. There are just so many movies that moved me to reconsider my stance or opinion by challenging me to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Movies do affect us, often more than we’d like to admit. Heck, that’s exactly why we talk so much about representation in movies here on the blog.
So I am a movie fan who believes that movies impact their viewers. That’s why I’m furious that there is about to be a major blockbuster that will hero-wash “the worst oil spill in U.S. History” a spill that polluted the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and leaked approximately 3.19 million barrels of oil. Continue reading
Posted in environmentalism, film
Tagged America, bias, biggest spill, Canadian, deepwater horizon, environment, explosion, film, fossil fuels, humans, injured, killed, millions of barrels, movie, ocean, Oil, oil spill, pay, perished, perspective, pollution, powerful, profit, progaganda, representation, safety, screen, selfish, south, tragedy, trailer, unnecessary
Environmental racism was one of the most surprising concepts I encountered during my undergrad. It had just never occurred to me that where and how we polluted our environment would be intentionally arranged to affect some racial communities more than others.
In the States there have been several famous instances of environmental racism.
After the Second World War, for example, Chicago kindly provided African American veterans the opportunity to live in a housing community built atop an abandoned landfill. After serving their country and surviving the war these veterans came home to Altgeld Gardens Homes, a community that would have significantly high cancer rates because of exposure to toxic chemicals.
Then, in the 1970s and 80s, there was the Warren County PBC Landfill case, when the state of North Carolina decided to bury soil that had been contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls in Warren Country, a community with primarily black residents and a much lower income rate than the rest of the state.
With the very likely possibility of their drinking water being contaminated by the toxic material, residents, civil rights groups, environmental leaders, and clergymen all joined together to protest the state’s decision…
…and then got arrested.
Posted in Canada, environmentalism, race
Tagged Aamjiwnaang First Nations, activists, African-American, Altgeld Gardens Homes, arrested, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), boil tap water, Canada, cancer, care, chicago, civil rights, clean water, clergy, cloud makers, Compassion for Racial Justice, contaminated, contributing, D.C., deformed fish, drinking water, environmental justice, environmental racism, Environmentalist, facilities, first nations, Fort Chipewyan, George Bush hates black people, health issues, Hurricane Katrina, institutionalized racial segregation, issue, Justin Trudeau, L.A., liberals, low birht rate, oil sands, people of colour, pollution, Protest, racism, scholars, settler-Canadians, tar sands, toxins, Trudeau, United Church, Warren County PBC Landfill, waste facilities, WWII
Posted in Canada, Economy, environmentalism
Tagged $2.25 per million litres, access, Alberta, Alberta drivers, B.C. residents, bad track record, BC culture, beach, British Columbia, california, camping, Canada, CBC, climate change, commodity, debate, developing nations, drought, Economics, fees, freshwater, furious, ground water, legal, NAFTA, Nestle, North American Water and Power Alliance, pollution, precedent, protected land, provinces, public control, Rocky Mountain Trench, sell, sue, Sum of Us, summer, Sun Belt Water Inc, swimming, threat, U.S.A., water, water access, water control, water exports, water policy, water sovereignty, WTO
You gotta get on my level before we get things started. Roughly this time last year I wrote one of my shortest Shame Days [feature to reappear in good time, never fear] ever, the gist of it being that tossing your cigarette butts on the ground is unconscionable. Those who perpetrate the act themselves stick to the defence that “doing otherwise is inconvenient” and if you don’t think that’s the pettiest, shallowest, most irresponsible front then you should probably stop reading this now.
No, I don’t have patience for any of that, or the myriad of other excuses that smokers tend to put up-
Posted in education, environmentalism, morality
Tagged ashtray, Captain Planet, care, change, cigarette butts, conscientious, considerate, Education, environment, environmentalism, excuses, garbage, if you see something say something, laws, litter, littering, pollution, responsibility, rules, Singapore, smoking, trash, Values
So I watched this documentary last night:
Before watching Cool It I expected it to be just like Expelled, which, in my opinion, had a very strong right wing agenda. I don’t want to imply that everything “right-wing” is innately propaganda, or that the left isn’t just as capable of creating its own propaganda, but I disliked Expelled‘s attempt to undermine evolution by framing all creationists as victims. So I wasn’t really watching this film with much of an open mind, but by the end was actually impressed. Just a heads up, from this point on there are spoilers galore. Continue reading
Posted in environmentalism, film, review, science
Tagged agenda, algae, Annie Leonard, biofuel, Bjorn Lomborg, cap and trade, climate change, Cool It, debate, developing world, documentary, Economics, environmentalism, fossil fuels, geo-engineering, Global Warming, Green solutions, Kyoto, politics, pollution, solar power, Story of Stuff, wave power, wind power
I wrote about this a long time ago on a vastly inferior blog, and I’m going to state it again here in the first sentence of this post: I don’t want to see people throwing their cigarette butts on the ground.
Two weeks ago the image below popped up on imgur, and being pretty interested in where this conversation could go I clicked to see what the discussion was on reddit.
A good portion consisted of people agreeing that having cigarette butts all over the ground is unsightly, disgusting, and can have a toxic environmental impact. On the other side, however, were smokers complaining that things just aren’t that easy. Continue reading
Posted in environmentalism, health, internet, Shame Day
Tagged ashtray, cigarette butts, cigarettes, environment, environmentalism, excuses, internet, litter, littering, pollution, reddit, responsibility, shame day, smoking, trash
Plastic. I really hate it. I really didn’t realize how much I hated plastic until I went to Niger and saw this.
There were several mini-dumps like this in neighbourhoods near where I lived.
Posted in Africa, America, environmentalism, Shame Day
Tagged addicted to plastic, Akinori Ito, America, Basumara, biomagnification, Canada, chemical contaminants, DARE, environmentalism, Ghana, goats, my plastic free life, Niger, Nigeria, plastic, pollution, pop bottle house, recycling, shame day, up-cycling