Today I introduce the concept of degrowth and start my celebration of Black Future Month by looking for black voices who have written about degrowth or related visions. I look at a 2013 article in Sustainability by Brian Gilmore on degrowth and racial inequality, talk about N. K. Jemisin’s short story about anti-colonial technological innovation “The Effluent Engine,” and read Ta-Nehisi Coates connecting climate change to a history of an American Dream that plunders black bodies and now nature itself in “Between the World and Me.” And I admit a major fail that I have read nothing by the legendary Octavia Butler. To be fixed by next time, I promise! Finally, a shout-out to Speculative Futures Berlin and particularly Mathana Stender, Wenzel Mehnert, and Carmen Schmöl for urging me to read Ms. Butler’s work.
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.