Just saying but the negative aspects of capitalism is literally what is holding the world back from being sustainable. The only reason we don’t have safe drinking water, shelter, food, medicine, education, and clean energy for every person on this earth is because it wouldn’t be profitable for the 0.1% of the world’s population whose entire income is based solely around limiting those resources for lower class and impoverished people.
Before we can live in a world of vertical gardens covering stained glass skyscrapers, we need to build a world of backyard garden boxes made of reclaimed wood. Before we can cover every rooftop with solar panels, we need to equip every home with solar smokeless cooking made of scrap metal
The appeal of those green cityscapes in the pretty pictures isn’t just that they’re hi-tech and clean, it’s that they sprout from a society that values compassion, the environment, and human lives more than it values profit. We need to build that society first, and we need to build it from the ground up with what we have available
The solarpunk future is for our grandchildren. Our job is to pave the way for it
1. refuse - if you don’t need it, refuse it. say no to flyers, plastic bags, straws, plastic cutlery etc. invest in a reusable water bottle, slow down and eat in to avoid takeaway containers, make your daily tea or coffee at home and take bags with you when you go shopping
2. reduce - can you cut down on how much you are using? buy food in bulk, eat less meat, don’t buy clothes just because they’re on sale. finding lots of little ways to reduce what you are consuming can have a big impact
3. reuse - can you reuse the product or parts of the product for another purpose? reuse empty glass jars to store food or turn old clothes into cleaning rags
4. repair - if it’s broken try and fix it before you throw it away and buy a new one
5. rot - if you can’t reuse or repair something made of natural materials, compost it. don’t send it to landfill because it can’t decompose buried under other rubbish, the greenhouse gases will just collect
6. recycle - send materials like cardboard and glass off to be chemically repurposed into new products. this process is resource intensive so it is best to reduce your recycling as much as possible, but recycling is always better than sending things to landfill.
7. rethink - if you can’t do any of the above then it’s time to rethink whether you actually need the product. find sustainable alternatives
hot take: urbanization is good, cities are good, industrialization is good, population growth is good. living self-sufficiently in the wilderness is an option availible only to those who are able-bodied and reasonably wealthy and places the desires of the individual for a more primitive lifestyle over the needs of our collective society. densely populated green cities are the best way to fairly and efficiently allocate resources. additionally, by concentrating the population in a few specific areas (which is already occurring organically) we can allow urban sprawl and rural areas that would otherwise be populated to be overtaken by wilderness. urbanization has lead to greater technological and cultural advancements and a better quality of life and will continue to improve our society if we can make it sustainable
anyway stop building tiny houses and start building green cities 2k18
I missed half of my induction because I felt ill and couldn’t face sitting through it. I accidentally ended up at the freshers petting zoo and cuddled a goat. None of my lectures have been uploaded yet, so I’ve looked at last years and made notes because I can’t stand not being prepared. One of my modules has 30 assigned readings for the first two weeks 👌🏻.
Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd. Kamikatz Public House - Micro brewery. Kamikatsu. Tokushima. Japan. structure design : Yamada Noriaki Structural Design Office. photos : Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture is committed to zero waste, aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. The town has already attained an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. (from the architect )
WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 Winner 日本商環境設計家協会 JCDデザイン賞2016 銀賞 Architizer A+Awards 2017, Finalist in Architecture +Sustainability
I really don’t fault people who eat meat, especially when it’s for cultural reasons. “No ethical consumption under capitalism” means that all the products we consume embody so much oppression and suffering, and yes that even includes vegan options; many vegans have a habit of focusing on slaughterhouses while completely ignoring sweatshops and coerced labor. And yet, if humans are gonna continue eating meat into the long-term, we’re gonna need to stop the factory farm system and start focusing on cultured (or lab-grown) meat. This will only be possible under socialism and after we start democratically managing economic production on the basis of human needs rather than elite profit.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that the only truly sustainable meat options we have under capitalism are eating pussy and eating the rich.
I think one of the things that turns people off to the vegan community is this all or nothing mentality, like if you’re not 100% vegan then you’re not doing your part.
But the thing is, any shift towards a more sustainable diet is an accomplishment that we should be celebrating!! Whether that’s acknowledging meatless Mondays, or eating local and organic, or simply eating one plant based meal, all of these things are steps in the right direction that we should be encouraging.
Diets are incredibly personal and they’re influenced by a lot of varying life factors. Yes vegans should educate and inform and spread their passion, but I don’t feel it’s fair to make others feel bad for not eating a certain way.
Remember, there was probably a time where you ate differently than you do now, and we should respect where everyone is on their diet journey.
And we should also respect any and all efforts to eat more plant based because it is the culmination of small efforts that bring about big change.
Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city’s eroded harbor. It’s all part of Billion Oyster Project’s restaurant shell-collection program.
The journey from trash to treasure begins after an oyster half shell is turned upside down and left on an icy tray. Once discarded, it joins hundreds of thousands of other half shells collected in blue bins and picked up (free of charge) from restaurants five days a week by Billion Oyster Project’s partner, The Lobster Place, a seafood supplier. The shells are trucked over to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood and once a month are brought en masse to Governors Island in the heart of the New York Harbor, just yards away from both Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. There, rolling shell hills sparkle in the sun while “curing” out in the elements for one year, a process that rids them of contaminants.
The shells then get a final cleaning and are moved to Billion Oyster Project’s hatchery at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a public high school on Governors Island that offers technical and vocational training in the marine sciences. In an aquaculture classroom’s hatchery, student-grown oysters produce larvae in an artificially induced springtime environment. In one to two weeks, each larvae grows a “foot” — a little limb covered in a kind of natural glue — and then is moved to a tank full of the “cured” restaurant shells, which serve as anchors for all of those sticky feet. This phase is critical: If larvae can’t find a place to attach, they die. One reclaimed shell can house 10 to 20 new live oysters, depending on shell size.
slightly click-baity title but i’m getting really tired of ‘zero-waste’ shops and bloggers which advocate buying le parfait/mason/fancy new glass jars for storing your organic flour, couscous, oats, etc.
those jars are fucking expensive (i don’t care if it’s a ‘one-off investment’ they are overpriced and not everyone can afford to invest in your bougie jars)
it sort of defeats the object of reducing your waste if you immediately go out and buy a whole set of brand new virgin glass jars to store stuff in. there is loads of glass packaging already in the world. USE IT.
to replace this middle-class bullshit (this is zero-waste for the aesthetic first if ever i saw it) is simple and way cheaper:
go through your cupboards and find all your jams/pasta sauces/assorted nut butters. use them (or chuck them out if they’re all old, no point hoarding ancient food), then wash very thoroughly and dry them (i’d recommend putting all your (glass only!) jars on a tray in the oven to dry as this will sterilise them too). then congratulations! you have a bunch of free reused jars to fill with rice/oats/organic chia and flaxseed muesli at the zero waste shop!
go on ebay/your local bring and buy facebook page/a charity shop and find ‘job lot glass jars’/’old jam jars’/similar. then rinse and repeat as before (literally). congratulations! you have sourced reused jars for a minimal cost to fill with your choice of obscure grains! (and potentially supported a fellow member of the proletariat trying to make a little extra money/a charity in the process!)
zero-waste shouldn’t be the new trend for the middle classes. it should be accessible to everyone because it matters.
a final point! whilst our individual actions can (and do) have a massive impact on the planet, and we should all make what changes we can to protect the environment, this means nothing so long as massive corporations are polluting water sources, destroying rainforests, dumping toxic chemicals in the oceans, exploiting poor migrant workers, and every other filthy trick they pull because they think they can. we need to hold these despicable companies (and the governments which enable them) to account! sign petitions, protest, boycott! do not allow them to get away with this!
I made this over the span of several days, so please forgive the weird little changes throughout the comic. Anyway, I’ve been real passionate about the environment/zero waste lately, so here’s a comic on how you can do your part! I hope it was at least a little helpful 💗
It is easy to take for granted the work that goes on behind the scenes at a museum. Because of the Brooklyn Museum’s diverse and important collection of art objects, the museum is often lending this artwork to other museums and organizing traveling exhibitions for people around the world to enjoy. This means that every single object must be carefully packed and crated to prevent objects from incurring damage during transit.
The Brooklyn Museum’s Fine Arts Packer, Paul Speh, is the mastermind behind this important job. He shows great pride in his creative strategies to secure objects, no matter their size, shape, material, and fragility. Now to think… how much packing material in a year Paul must go through in order to safely pack the hundreds of objects that leave the museum to visit other museums? Due to Paul’s commitment to sustainability and the reuse of materials, there is not as much waste as you may imagine.
“My entire job is sustainability,” says Paul proudly, as he tours you around his packing and shipping room. He points to a pile of lumber and exclaims that he has not bought any new lumber since the day he started working at the museum nearly 10 years ago. The rigid white foam you see in many of his packages, Ethafoam, is also recycled and Paul has been able to go his full time at the museum without purchasing any more. Metal hardware such as screws is also easily recycled. Foam core is the one packing material he does find himself having to purchase due to its fragile nature.
Paul is creative with how he keeps his supply levels where he needs them. When exhibitions in the museums are being deinstalled, Paul is right there hoping to collect the wood from temporary walls coming down. He also tries to reuse materials from all of the crates that return to the museum. Not only is this a wonderful way to keep prices down, but it is even better news for our planet and our collaborative effort to minimize waste. Great job Paul!
Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, shares a sustainability pro-tip in honor of Earth Day. Instead of wasting leftover pasta water by pouring it down the sink, you can save it, let it cool and use it to water your plants. The starchy H2O will give them a beneficial nutrient boost and help them grow. Just be sure to avoid using cooking water that has been salted or seasoned.