From June to December 2020, I’m going to be initiating a series of workshops in which participants and I imagine the world in 2030 and create artifacts from that world to send back to 2020. These workshops are part of the program “Collective Practices” at art/performance/discussion space ACUD MACHT NEU in Berlin. If you would […]
Join us Wednesday, March 24, at 4pm Central European Time for a panel discussion on how to raise climate change awareness, organized by host of The Sargassum Podcast Franziska Elmer. I’ll be talking about how to increase our impact and can’t wait to be part of the discussion. Facebook Event Zoom Event
I just finished reading a book written in 1981. It was a murder mystery set in Harvard: the first tenured female professor had wound up dead. How quaint! At the university where I teach today, fifty years later, female professors outnumber their male counterparts in most disciplines. Still, the book had useful parallels: I kept […]
I’d felt uncomfortable since landing in the country of my birth, but it wasn’t until Thanksgiving dinner started that I could pinpoint exactly why. It was this question, from my sister’s new boyfriend, that set me off: “So, what do you do?” What didn’t I do? I helped coordinate a community garden near my home; […]
In this episode, I reflect on how personal action and government action can pick up each other’s slack in dealing with our biggest problems — using the examples of coronavirus and climate change. And two Greek women’s delicious vegan food is giving me hope.
This week I talk about what degrowth can mean at home, and give tips on how to create spaces for “enough” stuff not to morph into “too much.” I crunch the climate numbers on living smaller based on a recent article in Energy Policy by Immanuel Stiess, Anja Umbach-Daniel, and Corinna Fischer. And my local […]
Welcome to “This Situation”! I talk about my time in Tino Sehgal’s fascinating installation/performance piece at Gropius Bau this past month, and how it felt to be an often lone voice on climate action. Then I get real about this podcast and promise to get back to my intended focus on positive visions of the […]
This week, I complain about cleaning yet MORE junk out of the junk house, the cluttered state of my apartment, and the problem of stuff in general. But there’s a silver lining — I’m taking part in an upcoming exhibition of “This Situation,” an art piece that involves talking about current and age-old problems by […]
I report back on the media diet I started two weeks ago, and find that it’s great reading less and being more mindful about my media consumption. Plus, climate activists boycott Facebook, why the BBC podcast “Forest 404” is making me happy, and what Nick Hornby’s reading philosophy could have to do with climate change.
Today I want to talk about media and climate change, and challenge myself to a media diet that focuses more on climate change and cuts out the silly stuff. Take a listen: Media and climate change If you’re listening to this podcast, you know that climate change is real, humans are causing it, and the […]
This week I weigh in on Black Lives Matter, connect it to the climate and sustainability crises, and explain why I’m joining Extinction Rebellion’s next Rebel Wave from June 12-21. A big shout-out to Osita Nwanevu’s excellent February essay “End the GOP” in The New Republic and thanks to everyone who joined the workshop series […]