A collection of articles and links centering my interests around environmental, racial, and social justice. Much of it intertwines with Indigenous knowledge.
CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT
- People — Not Just The Megadrought — Are Driving The West’s Water Crisis, Buzzfeed (August 2021) – The shrinking Colorado River is becoming an urgent water crisis for millions of people in the West. “The question is, how intense does that crisis get?” one river scientist said.
- Drought forces first water cuts on the Colorado River. They’re just the beginning., Politico (August 2021) – A two-decade-long megadrought along the river is set to push the Western seven states and parts of Mexico that rely on its flows into a formal shortage declaration.
- New course at University of Alberta combines science with Indigenous knowledge, CBC (August 2021) – Kim TallBear, an associate professor in the University of Alberta’s faculty of Native studies, created a course called Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience. The goal of the course is not only to dismantle the myth that science and Indigenous knowledge are separate, but also to include Indigenous voices in science-based decision-making.
- What Traditional Ecological Knowledge Can Teach Us, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Got Science? Podcast (August 2021) – Dr. Daniel Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation, explains how Traditional Ecological Knowledge can work in tandem with science to help us understand the natural world.
- ‘Mind blowing’: Grizzly bear DNA maps onto Indigenous language families, Science (August 2021) – The bears and Indigenous humans of coastal British Columbia have more in common than meets the eye. The two have lived side by side for millennia in this densely forested region on the west coast of Canada. But it’s the DNA that really stands out: A new analysis has found that the grizzlies here form three distinct genetic groups, and these groups align closely with the region’s three Indigenous language families.
- The Man Preserving Endangered Colours, BBC (August 2021) – For Zapotec artist and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez, colour is a way to connect with his ancestors’ way of life, which has sustained civilisations by living in symbiosis with nature.
- Climate Reports, UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Key reports on climate impacts and solutions from around the United Nations.
- Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs, The Guardian (July 2021) – Cutting emissions more urgent than ever, say scientists, with forest producing more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
- ‘Save our water’: meet the rain harvesters taking on the US west’s water woes, The Guardian (July 2021) – The age-old concept of rainwater collection is growing in popularity in a region hit by droughts and heatwaves.
- ‘Changes to giant ocean eddies could have ‘devastating effects’ globally, The Guardian (April 2021) – Researchers fear increasing energy in these eddies could affect ability of Southern Ocean to absorb C02.
- kúkuum yáv nukyâati peethívthaaneen, The Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources (February 2020) – “We make the world good again.” [AMAZING INTERACTIVE SITE!!!]
- The Jail Tapes in the Dumpster, Reveal Podcast (April 2021) – A murder conviction sent Myon Burrell to prison for life when he was a teenager. An investigative reporter dug into what seemed a hopeless case. What she found helped free him.
ENTERTAINMENT & ART
- Oli London Says They’re ‘Nonbinary Korean’, Paper Magazine (June 2021) – Oli London is facing immense online backlash for announcing they “identify as nonbinary Korean.” On Monday, the white British influencer posted a YouTube video elaborating on previous tweets, in which they said they were now using they/them pronouns, in addition to “kor/ean” and “Ji/min” neopronouns.
- The Redemption of Justin Bieber, GQ (May 2021) – He made every mistake a child star can make, including the ones that nearly destroyed him. Now—fortified by God, marriage, and a new album, Justice—Justin Bieber is putting his life back together, one positive, deliberate step at a time.
EQUITY & INCLUSION
- The Man Behind the Myth: Should We Question the Hero’s Journey?, Los Angeles Review of Books (August 2021) – [Joseph] Campbell’s synthetic, undeniably alluring model presented a hero who reluctantly accepts the call to adventure, using the tribulations of his odyssey to reshape himself into the savior humanity needs before returning home. Campbell claimed his theory, which has gone on to influence everything from Star Wars to Disney’s Aladdin, arose from a universal structure inherent in the global myths of antiquity. The problem is, that’s a lie. Campbell’s theory is as mythological as the stories from which it borrows.
- An Indigenous Perspective on Frida Kahlo, Hyperallergic (July 2021) – In both in her art and personal style Kahlo promoted the construction of a mythologized Indianness at the expense of Indigenous people.
- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on Being the First – and the Future, InStyle (July 2021) – America’s first Indigenous Cabinet member, Haaland steps into her historic role with pragmatism, empathy, and the spiritual guidance of her ancestors.
- Whose independence? Why some Native Hawaiians don’t celebrate on July 4, The Christian Science Monitor (July 2019) – What does American liberty mean? It depends on whom you ask. While Independence Day is a joyful celebration for many Americans, for some Native Hawaiians, it is a painful reminder of the loss of sovereignty.
- Alok Vaid-Menon: The Urgent Need for Compassion, The Man Enough Podcast (August 2021) – As the creator of the growing movement to degender fashion, ALOK is helping others move beyond the binary into full expression. In a conversation filled with wisdom, historical insight, and radical mercy, ALOK challenges us to value compassion over comprehension, to try harder for each other in the name of love, and reminds us that learning is a sign of being alive.