When friends recently suggested we meet for Sunday brunch, I turned it into a challenge. How could we have the most fun with the smallest carbon footprint? The weather was beautiful that weekend, so I knew the plan had to involve the beach. I live only a few miles away, but the more sustainable choice was to not take my car: According to the EPA, if I drive just ten miles less each week, in a year I’ll save 500 pounds of CO2 — about as much as four trees sequester over ten years. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, consider this: If all Americans drove just ten miles less…
I just finished Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You. I’m not giving away any spoilers with this reveal: The Irish author’s third book is narrowly focused on four characters; one, a writer, seems to be a stand-in for Rooney. The plot is straight out of a Brontë novel — there’s even a brooding Heathcliffian love interest — and the prose can be distractingly cold and distant. But the questions this book forces readers to contemplate — wow. I’ve never read anything like it. Have you?
Over the past few months, the strategies that people have taken to fight the pandemic – including working at home, sheltering in place, and delaying production – have dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In the face of the fears that accompany thinking about climate change – it’s too big, we can’t fix it, it’s too late – the experience provides an opportunity to reassess this perspective. We did this. Can we do it again – without the mayhem that the pandemic has wreaked?
The EPA’s latest move exempting corporations from environmental oversight is just one in a string of waiver requests from petrochemical, mining, plastic, and shipping industries. Are these reasonable requests – or coronawashing?