Year 2, Ep. 3: Degrowth and race

Book Club, Episodes / Monday, February 17th, 2020

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.

My Climate Diet
My Climate Diet follows Lisa Pettibone, a teacher, writer, and sustainability geek, as she goes on a new type of diet. It's all about shedding unwanted pounds — or tons — of carbon dioxide and finding a lifestyle that doesn't wreck the planet. Funny, personal, and informative, My Climate Diet provides real-life tips to help you slim down your carbon footprint.
Year 2, Ep. 7: Stay Strong with Can-Do Invitations
by Lisa Pettibone

With corona getting me down, I scrap my original plan of talking about the post-corona degrowth utopia to talk about scaled back ambitions and life in the new corona reality. Inside of giving myself a new challenge, I’m opting for can-do invitations. Plus, a lottery for basic income during the coronavirus crisis ( and more on the DC Environmental Film Festival (

Year 2, Ep. 7: Stay Strong with Can-Do Invitations
Corona announcement: DC Environmental Film Fest is streaming!
Year 2, Ep. 5: Climate Change and Coronavirus
Year 2, Ep. 4: Climate Diet 101 – Green Electricity
Year 2, Ep 3: Degrowth and race
Year 2, Ep. 2: A Book-Buying Ban and Unread Shelves
Year 2, Ep. 1: Back on the Scales
Episode 28: Clean sheets and a clean slate for Christmas
Episode 27: Buy Nothing Day
Episode 26: Go-To Recipes