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Is it Worth Debating Climate Deniers and ‘Skeptics’?

Is it Worth Debating Climate Deniers and ‘Skeptics’?

As advocates, we naturally want to persuade others we come in contact with to act, to do something or change the way they approach the world. As climate advocates, we’re torn between persuading people (with the means to) to change their habits while pressuring governments to adequately regulate the industries who ruin our planet with...

Abortion, Transphobia and Racism in America

Abortion, Transphobia and Racism in America

Reactionary, regressive politics continue to dominate conservatism in the U.S. The State of Alabama signed into law a draconian ban on all abortion with no exemptions for rape or incest; Georgia outlawed abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, roughly six weeks after conception, before most people know they’re pregnant; Ohio, Mississippi, and Kentucky...

The Gendered and Ideological Politics of Meat

The Gendered and Ideological Politics of Meat

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) announced the details of her Green New Deal, its mention of the beef industry inspired some of the most ire from her critics. The policy suggests that our government should work with ranchers and farmers to reduce the agricultural sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, and a prematurely published FAQ page on her...

Concrete: The Quiet Greenhouse Gas Emitter Beneath Your Feet

Concrete: The Quiet Greenhouse Gas Emitter Beneath Your Feet

When you think of polluting industries, you probably imagine extractive fuel endeavors like coal or oil, and maybe wag a finger towards the garment industry or the ubiquitous use of plastics, also a product of the oil industry. However, there are other, silent industries with less public exposure damaging the planet at alarming rates. Concrete...

Noissue, a Sustainable Business Helping Brands Create Custom Eco-Friendly Packaging and Reduce Waste

Noissue, a Sustainable Business Helping Brands Create Custom Eco-Friendly Packaging and Reduce Waste

With brands from Guinness to Hermes announcing their switch to sustainable packaging, and others like Glossier suffering backlash over over-packaged goods (though the brand announced it would change its packaging, particularly in itsPlay line which packaged the makeup in plastic wraps and cardboard boxes), consumers are paying attention to unnecessary waste. Companies, particularly small startups,...

I’m Breaking Up with Sustainable Fashion

I’m Breaking Up with Sustainable Fashion

It’s warm, diverse, and passionate – yet sometimes myopic, exclusionary, and pandering. Researching the supply chains, power dynamics, and western apathy that make global exploitation possible and profitable in the fashion industry helped me grow throughout my teens and early 20s into a more well-rounded political advocate, however, as I gather expertise in the particulars...

Clean Origin Lab-Grown Diamonds: A More Affordable, Ethical Alternative to Mined Diamonds

Clean Origin Lab-Grown Diamonds: A More Affordable, Ethical Alternative to Mined Diamonds

Even the most minimal among us appreciate the artistry behind a piece of fine jewelry; it’s expressive and personal. I don’t have a lot of jewelry, but every piece has a story, and it’s incredibly important to me that my pieces are made by well-paid artisans and of ethically sourced materials. So, that pretty much...

10 Advocacy Dos and Don’ts to Help You Become a Better Social Justice and Environmental Advocate

10 Advocacy Dos and Don’ts to Help You Become a Better Social Justice and Environmental Advocate

Looking around your community or the world, you may be compelled to fight to remedy injustice. Welcome to advocacy. However, an earnest belief does not a great advocate make, alone. You must be strategic in your message down to the word use or the frame you use. Convincing one person, let alone an entire community to change...