Environment of People

//Do… Do people not understand the difference between anon hate and someone lightheartedly poking their muse? Like, it’s so much fun to have people try to bother your character; there’s no reason to take any of it personally??

I see this so much in this fandom (usually centering around ships), and I can’t figure it out. I love most of you, but people are just trying to have fun and interact with people they admire, and I’m just worried that this is going to create an environment where people are scared to send messages to the Strex family out of fear of causing offense. And that’s no fun!

tl;dr: Lighten up, guys!

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[…] better that I die than let them hurt me more, she told herself.

Astrology Aesthetics - [3/12] Gemini

Gemini presents two distinctive sides to his or her personality, and you can never be sure with which one you’re going to come face-to-face. On one hand, the Gemini can be outgoing, flirtatious, communicative, and ready for fun, fun, fun. Yet when the other twin is present, you can find this air sign contemplative, serious, restless, and even indecisive. 

    I think the role of women in society constantly changes and what I love about Lois Lane is that she’s been very consistently strong, successful, independent. I’m very attracted to that. It was a time when women were really — I don’t want to make some grand statement because I know it will come across as a grand statement — but [women were often limited by society then and] what I loved about her was that she was able to be smart and be feminine and I think that that’s something I know I’m going to teach my daughter, that you don’t have to be a man to be powerful. You can be a powerful woman.

Canada’s indigenous: ‘We are the wall’ that the pipeline cannot pass

First Nations groups have vowed to fight the Canadian government’s approval of a planned pipeline with lawsuits and direct action. They say Tuesday’s decision violates their constitutional rights because the government failed to consult tribal bands, the basic units of government for First Nations in Canada.

“The government has moved their legal responsibility to consult with First Nations to Enbridge, and that’s a wrong move on their part,” said Grand Chief Edward John of the Tl’azt’en Nation. Enbridge is the Canadian energy company behind the planned Northern Gateway pipeline. 

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- The Average greenhouse gas emissions for oilsands extraction and upgrading are estimated to be 3.2 to 4.5 times as intensive per barrel as for conventional crude oil produced.

- Even on a full life cycle (well-to-wheels) basis, oilsands greenhouse gas emissions intensities are between 8% and 37% higher than conventional crude, due to the greater amount of oilsands production emissions.

- About 7% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions came from oilsands plants and upgraders in 2010

- Oilsands are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

- If the Canadian province of Alberta, the heartland of Conservatism and the oil sands, were a country, its per capita greenhouse gas emissions and destruction of the earth would be higher than any other country in the world.

Oh yes, but of course, we should consult an economist on this issue because who better to comment on environmental issues, cancer rates, and the destruction of people’s livelihood than an economist!

If everyone lived as North Americans do, we would need five Earths; as Europeans do, three Earths. China and India are just under the one-Earth level, but that is increasing steadily. Moderate projections from the UN show that, by 2050, we will be using about twice the carrying capacity of Earth. This is accompanied by a catastrophic loss of much of Earth’s unique biodiversity…half the species on Earth are in danger of becoming extinct in 50 years.
—  Sustainable World Coalition, Sustainable World Sourcebook
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Issues of climate injustice are of particular importance to marginalized communities. Indigenous people, people of color and low-income communities are disproportionately threatened by environmental hazards. A Commission for Racial Justice study found race to be the most potent variable in predicting where toxic and hazardous facilities would be located—more powerful than poverty, land values, and home ownership.

Campus Progress reporter Bridget Todd spoke with some rally-goers on reasons why climate change is also a racial justice issue.

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