I belong to a local coalition that has organized to take actions to help mitigate climate change and one of my ‘actions’ is to make postcards. The cards are printed with a distinct design so eventually someone at the legislators’ offices will notice that there are loads of cards from one group–they’ll see that we’re paying attention. The cards are pre-addressed so people won’t have the excuse of having to dig up the addresses so they’ll put off sending them. (Of course, they have to buy stamps…) I have gotten my cast off, but I’m still a little slow so I’m not as productive as I’d like. But, I should get back to the shop this week and will get back to it! Drop by drop…
March 12, 2020 Well, it looks as though the US cannot avoid dealing with COVID-19–Let’s take care of ourselves and our neighbors. A really informative podcast is this one from On the Media, a WNYCstudios.org show on media representations of important issues. The February 28 show, “Black Swans,” features a detailed conversation about this pandemic with Laurie Garrett, the author of The Coming Plague, among other significant works. It’s a fascinating and enlightening interview.
We are ripping out the ceiling and insulation of an old house so we can one day live there (we’d hoped sooner, rather than later) and we have been having more than a bit of a time getting safety gear–even Tyvek coveralls are hard to come by–and I’m getting impatient with some of my neighbors. I cannot believe that these particulate filters are going to save you, or anyone else, from the current killer virus; this hoarding is disturbing and disruptive and anti-community. If people feel they need protection, they should agitate for universal health care and a more meaningfully responsive government. Do what matters! Gah, indeed.
There is a wonderful interview, by David Marchese, with Frances Moore Lappé in the The New York Times that is informative, thought-provoking and shares with us just the kind of attitude that we need to make the (human) world a better and more livable place. Her work is part of what prompted me to become vegetarian decades ago and her ideas of effective political action on the individual level inspire me. Rock on, Citizen Moore Lappé!
“Participating in democracy is the essence of a good life.”
⇒ Makes me wanna holler!
There have been so many good (and disturbing) articles about climate change in the last few days that I am going to list a few, even though Hapless Press is really about (my) art and what inspires it. There’s so much information out there that it can be overwhelming; here are a few pieces I got something out of:
Some answers from The Washington Post concerning the debate about how much hamburgers affect the environment. By Sarah Kaplan
This New York Times story follows some of the plastic we “recycle” to an area of Indonesia where it is burned to fuel the making of tofu. This is a profoundly disturbing account of the cost of our convenience. By
This NYTimes article features an interactive map that will show you the level of vehicle emissions, from cars and freight, in metro areas across the US…it’s stunning. Not in a good way. For example, Oklahoma City emissions have risen 57% since 1990. Not good. By Nadja Popovich and
As Hapless Press demonstrates, I’m a fan of mass transit and this NYTimes article looks at some of the ways cities are trying to cut down on auto emissions, which account for almost a quarter of all green house gases (according to the article…). By Somini Sengupta and
America Recycles Day Encouraged Recycling. It Was Sponsored by Companies That Produce a Ton of Plastic.
This is pretty dispiriting–another article, this one from Mother Jones Magazine, about some of the true costs of our convenience. According to this article, 91% of plastics are never recycled. We try and we mean well, but it’s not working. Clearly, we have to change our behaviors. By Emily Holden and Oliver Milman
⇒But look! There’s progress! We can change things for the better:
This segment from the radio show/streaming show Here and Now tells us that our country’s train service is doing better! Train travel is going to be part of the answer for our future and it’s crucial to know about the changes so we can support them–and demand MORE!! By Jeremy Hobson and Allison Hagan
We have to do it–and we can do it!
10/10/19 This is an incredibly interesting/horrifying article in the New York Times:
by Nadja Popovich and
This map shows you the levels in growth of total emissions and per person since 1990 in various urban areas around the US. It’s awful. But not hopeless! Look around your community for answers and get on board!
In celebration of the new fixed route transit system that started in my town this Monday, I am posting a link to a re-broadcast of a really wonderful radio program about mass transit: On the Media‘s show, “Whose Streets?”
Here are the fans, glued up and ready to be of use (and, it’s still pretty hot, despite the calendar). These are for an event planned for this next week of global climate actions.
More paddle fans, while it’s still hot! I’m making these for a new local “Climate Action Coalition.” There’s going to be another layer, of leaf veins and the name of the group and then, I’ll fold them over and glue them with the handle. These are for an event in a few weeks. This tulip poplar leaf block is from a project I never quite finished a few years ago, but it’s perfect for this application–the group is promoting the health of the mountains where I’m living right now and tulip poplars are abundant here, and their leaves are truly unique and aesthetically interesting. I think they’re a good motif for the cause and provide a lot of graphic possibilities. Also, I think it’s a great poster, as is! ha!
Here’s the layer of leaf veins–I think it’ll look cute when it’s folded over and the stick handle suggests a larger vein. I still have to fit the org’s name on here.
Here’s some more stuff for paddle fans–this one promotes environmentalism, environmental awareness and climate change awareness. I’m planning on adding another layer of leaves to the foliage and trimming the sheet like the brown one in the upper left. The wooden stick will be the ‘trunk.’ Several of the typefaces I have to choose from are pretty beaten up, but I think that’s okay…it fits in with this message pretty well.
(Also, maybe I should add: the paper is cast offs from a local print shop, most of the sticks are re-used and the ink is hella old…I’m trying to make the most use of materials on hand…)