Posted at 8:34 pm , on February 6, 2014
Photo by Alex Doukas
Last week, 17 prominent foundations worth a total of nearly $1.8 billion in investments announced that they would divest from the fossil fuel industry. This coalition, called the Divest-Invest Philanthropy, states that investing in fossil fuels is akin to funding climate change and undermines their grant-making efforts to support environmental and social justice.
In order to prevent catastrophic climate change, two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves must stay underground, the Carbon Tracker Initiative released in 2011. This finding has sparked efforts like the Divest-Invest Philanthropy as well as campus and citywide divestment campaigns across the country.
Here in the capital, a growing grassroots movement called DC Divest wants Washington, DC, to become a leader in fossil fuel divestment.
Posted at 10:57 pm , on January 23, 2014
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In the Amazon, time loses some of its relevance.
I don’t mean that in an abstract “time seems to stand still” kind of way. Time marches forward, and I wouldn’t want to be caught wandering alone about the foliage come nightfall. What I mean is that if you spend a week in Amazonia, you’ll find yourself glancing at your watch less.
Amazonian communities sustain themselves through agriculture, fishing and hunting. In the Amazon, ‘whole foods’ means consuming each bit of that paca you caught yourself. It means preparing maitos—fresh fish slow-cooked in banana leaves and seasoned with salsa and palm hearts. ‘Mimosa brunch’ is drinking chicha, an alcoholic beverage prepared from fermented cassava. When your roof leaks, you gather and weave the right fronds to patch it up.
There is nothing that tethers you to the present moment more than direct dependency on your natural environment.
It’s well known that the Amazon benefits the entire planet by regulating global weather patterns. But on a selfish note, one reason why I love the Amazon is because I loved the way I felt during my trips there.