Am I an Activist?

Emma Watson called herself an activist in her One Young World speech (referring to the HeForShe movement).  It made me wonder, am I an activist?  Do I want to be? The definition of an activist is “a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.”  This leads me to question the word “campaign”.…

My First Climate Change Disruption

You could say that climate change has impacted me for years since it’s led to significant changes in my lifestyle.  But, the first time that climate change disrupted my life directly was a few weeks ago at the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race. The Birkie is the largest cross country ski race in North America…

How to save the world in 1 step

Step 1: Try You definitely won’t save the world if you don’t try. We each have to try.  Each individual has to understand that if she is not part of the solution, then she is part of the problem.  How can an individual fight global warming?  That individual has to try.  Do something.  Anything.  If that doesn’t work, then…

Dear Leo

Dear Leo, Like many people, I think you’re an amazingly talented actor, and I love your movies.  Also, it doesn’t hurt that you’re exceedingly attractive.  But more than that, I wanted to thank you for your commitment to the environment.  By divesting from fossil fuels, campaigning on behalf of the environment, fundraising and donating to the causes…

Environmental Justice

Pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues are connected to social issues such as racism, poverty, equality, and human rights.  Environmental justice stems from this concept, and the environmental/ social connections do not get enough attention.  For many people, it is difficult to admit that we have a problem with racism, equality, or other social problems.  And yes, I am…

I Hate Cheap Gas

Four reasons why I hate cheap gas: Buying gas today is easier on our wallets, but burning it is not any easier on the environment.  People tend to overlook this when gas prices drop. When oil products are relatively cheap, the cost savings of recycling plastic are diminished or nonexistent.  This discourages recycling. Cheap gas means that more people will choose the…