Category: Activism

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Pennsylvania, United States: The popularity of whole foods and a sustainable lifestyle among the wealthy elite and their subsequent commoditization of the movement are a destructive force within environmentalist circles. Since the beginnings of U.S. environmentalism in the 60s and 70s, popular sentiment held that it was a hobby only for wealthy whites. Subjugated groups...

5 Things We Hope Our Sustainable Lifestyle Actions and Green Activism Achieves In 2018

5 Things We Hope Our Sustainable Lifestyle Actions and Green Activism Achieves In 2018

I don’t know about you but I’ve never heard the terms and expressions ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainability’, ‘climate change mitigation’ and ‘environmental footprint’ as much as right now. The environment is a trendy topic that’s being discussed everywhere, from global summits to mainstream media and family dinners, yet it has never faced greater challenges. Temperatures are rising,...

3 Practical Ways To Be A Better Ethical Fashion Influencer and Create Meaningful Change

3 Practical Ways To Be A Better Ethical Fashion Influencer and Create Meaningful Change

Toronto, Canada: Towards the end of last year, I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at World Ethical Apparel Rountable (WEAR) in Toronto. Hosted by Fashion Takes Action, it brings together industry experts and and is North America’s only convention focused on creating change in the textile and apparel industry. The WEAR sustainable fashion conference...

Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of Empathy

Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of Empathy

Washington DC, United States: New Year celebrations are over-hyped to be sure, with overcrowded bars and over-priced alcohol, but the event serves as a great opportunity to reset and reassess. We set resolutions for physical health, mental acuity, and new adventures, but there’s also a chance for deeper changes, ones that permanently change our worldviews....

3 Reasons Why There Aren’t More Women In Politics and How We Can Improve Participation

3 Reasons Why There Aren’t More Women In Politics and How We Can Improve Participation

In January, 2017, UN WOMEN released a map of women in politics. The map showcased the participation of women as chief executives of countries and as members of parliament. The visual indicated the following: • There are only 11 women heads of states in 157 countries which elect their leaders, representing 7.2 percent of the...

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Pennsylvania, United States: The biggest challenge in small-time elections is getting people to care. The world of local politics is practically alien to national campaigns and advocacy because without the appeal of charming candidates, rallies, and broad national debate, very few people pay attention. But they should. Over the past few months, I helped a...

These 4 Animal Species Are Closer to Extinction If the Adani Coal Mine Goes Ahead

These 4 Animal Species Are Closer to Extinction If the Adani Coal Mine Goes Ahead

Sydney, Australia: There has been a lot of talk about the controversial Adani Group recently, Four Corners even released a damning investigation into the organisation last month ‘Digging Into Adani’. Adani Group is an Indian energy company, proposing to build one of the largest coal mines in the world in the Galilee Basin in Queensland....

Australia Spells It Out Clearly for Government at Stop Adani National Day of Action

Australia Spells It Out Clearly for Government at Stop Adani National Day of Action

On the 29th of August, the chairman of the Indian mining conglomerate Adani Group, Gautam Adani, announced the beginning of the company’s new, $16.5 billion “Carmichael” coal mining project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. On Saturday 7th of October hundreds of environmental activists in Australia came together across 45 different locations from Melbourne all the way up to...

How to Fight Activist Burnout

How to Fight Activist Burnout

Burnout certainly isn’t a niche issue. 64 percent of Australians report that their mental health is affected by stress, and for activists (who often have to take on more responsibility than the average person) becoming exhausted by overwork is a real danger. The enormity of the task ahead and the indifference of others can be enough...