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The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation

having kids

The first step is the key to all the rest. Yes, our daily lives are undoubtedly contributing to climate change. But that’s because the rich and powerful have constructed systems that make it nearly impossible to live lightly on the earth. Our economic systems require most adults to work, and many of us must commute to work in or to cities intentionally designed to favor the automobile. Unsustainable food, clothes and other goods remain cheaper than sustainable alternatives.

And yet we blame ourselves for not being green enough. As the climate essayist Mary Annaïse Heglar writes, “The belief that this enormous, existential problem could have been fixed if all of us had just tweaked our consumptive habits is not only preposterous; it’s dangerous.” It turns eco-saints against eco-sinners, who are really just fellow victims. It misleads us into thinking that we have agency only by dint of our consumption habits — that buying correctly is the only way we can fight climate change.

My point is that the climate crisis is not going to be solved by personal sacrifice. It will be solved by electing the right people, passing the right laws, drafting the right regulations, signing the right treaties — and respecting those treaties already signed, particularly with indigenous nations. It will be solved by holding the companies and people who have made billions off our shared atmosphere to account.

We were never on the moon (prose poem)

We never went to the moon. Instead we grew roses and fed our neighbor pasta and fruit salad. We never put a man in space. Instead we bought him a suit, cut his hair and drove him to the unemployment office.

The sleep consultant (krátka poviedka)

tieto sme pozerali s deťmi:

Víkendové surfovanie

Minulý týždeň sme tu mali celoštátne kolo matematickej olympiády. Dve doobedia počítali, poobede ich bolo treba niekam zobrať. Výlet mi zatrhli (lebo, že vraj sa nedá spoľahnúť na počasie a nechceme improvizovať na poslednú chvíľu), tak som na jedno poobedie vybavila prehliadku mesta (hore na Burianovu vežu, dole do katakomb), ale to olympionikov vôbec nenadchlo. Kolega na druhé poobedie vybavil návštevu KIA a to sa im páčilo. (fascinujúce to bolo a nie úplne pozitívnym spôsobom)

Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative na Slovensku zlyháva

iba 18% žien uvádza, že im bol umožnený  kontakt koža na kožu so svojím dieťaťom po pôrode… Už v prvých dňoch po pôrode je umelou výživou kŕmená polovica detí… ani jedna nemocnica na Slovensku momentálne nespĺňa ani jedno z 10 kritérií iniciatívy baby friendly.

talking about miscarriages

A lovely nurse held my hand and told me to cry now, instead of holding back the tears for a later date. She was right of course.

lokálne potra­viny v deb­ničke až pred dvere (h/t Didimu za linku)

jedna poviedka z tejto knihy ma rozplakala… 

semafory na zemi

a Dutch town is trying out a pilot program to put traffic lights where everyone is already looking. On the pavement.