This is a super insightful read, and especially poignant as society has simply started to monetize sustainability without doing the hard work of changing behaviours. We can't buy our way out of this one, as you say, and the work is going to be a lot harder than simple rebranding.

Chernobyl AES — Wikimedia Commons

“The general strategy behind these tactics was to deny damaging evidence and admit only what could not, in the face of overwhelming evidence, be repudiated”.[1] Kate Brown’s statement in Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future, is a critique of behaviour she noticed during each nuclear disaster — a downplay of the health effects and the severity of the problems. This is done not only by embarrassed officials trying to save face during a severe crisis, but also from UN agencies such as the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects…

White Dice on a Brown Wooden Table provided by Stephen Hardy (Pexel)

Since the inception of Dungeon and Dragon’s fifth edition in 2014, the game has garnered an incredible following with Wizards of the Coast, the company that owns and produces Dungeons and Dragon, claiming 40 million D&D fans in 2019 alone. In 2020, with the benefit of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Wizards of the Coast saw a sale spike of 33% in Dungeon’s and Dragons material, with many people teaching friends or using the time to get into the game.

With the spike in popularity, the standard stereotype of D&D being a game made up of straight, white boys sitting…

Ghost of Tsushima provided by Jesse Väisänen (flickr)

“This path doesn’t lead to peace.” Lady Masako tells Jin, looking upon a funeral pyre as she stands amidst a snow-covered estate in Kamiagata. Jin asks her where it leads, and we watch as her expression shifts to one of uncertain sadness. “I don’t know, I have to keep walking it to find out.”

Ghost of Tsushima is a brilliant samurai game published by Sucker Punch and released on July 17th, 2020. The game follows Jin Sakai following the Mongol invasion of Tsushima before they attack mainland Japan. …

White Plastic Chairs by White Wall — Wendelin Jacober (Provided by Pexels)

Within days of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which rocked the Soviet Union and the international nuclear power industry, Western journalists began tackling the story of the Soviet nuclear crisis in full force. News of the disaster in the USSR and its suspected implications inundated Western news outlets, spreading speculative information on the death toll, the environmental and health impact of the disaster, and what this kind of disaster meant for nuclear power not only within but beyond the borders of the Soviet Union. Western voices, particularly in Western Europe and North America, were some of the most vocal in the…

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“I did not like driving a cab — I have to say. I did not find it colourful, interesting, or picturesque. I learned nothing from it, and I never want one of those jobs again.” In an interview with David Letterman, Fran Lebowitz, featured in her recent Netflix documentary, Pretend its a City, explains her sentiment towards her experience with mundane work. In her case, cab driving in New York in the 1970s. …

Electric Towers During Golden Hour by Pixabay

As of December of 2020, over 33 countries have declared a climate emergency in the face of our rapidly warming planet. As of January of this year, the global land and ocean temperature was recorded at 0.88 degrees Celsius above the average for the 20th century. The planet is rapidly changing with more intense storms every year and sea levels rising with unprecedented speed. This begs the question: how can we prevent the rapidity in which the world is changing to implement long-lasting change?

According to Earth System and some climate scientists, a solution to at least ease climate change…

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Based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, NS. Writer of essays and fiction, a Gothic and creative in more ways than one. MA History, BA Contemporary Studies.

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