Archive for May, 2020

Activism, Place, Waste Management

Beyond the Landfill

Beyond the Landfill

Every day, roughly 8,000 tonnes of rubbish are collected from the capital city of Jakarta before ending up at Bantar Gebang, the largest landfill in Southeast Asia. Just two decades ago, the area was covered with paddy fields before it was bought by the state and later converted into a landfill. Being in Bantar Gebang for the first time, I wasn’t …

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Oceans

Sailboats, Submarines, and the Sea

Sailboats, Submarines, and the Sea

The first thing I did during my tryout for the sailing team was crash straight into the seawall. Everyone at the Naval Academy is required to be part of a sports team. I did track in high school, but there was …

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Animals, Out West, Place

Rehabbing Rain

Rehabbing Rain

In the Shade of the Cottonwood Tree

            I was born and raised in the desert. Like most desert plants and animals, I love rain. I live for rain. I live because of rain. Rain heals me, as it heals and …

by × May 21, 2020 × 2 comments

Activism, Energy, Environmental Justice, Politics

Manish Rattu, 16, a junior at Pittsburg High School, speaks during a student protest against the proposed WesPac oil storage and transfer project in Pittsburg, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.  (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

Reformist // Revolutionary – Not a Dichotomy: A Reflection on Organizing Strategies in the WesPac Movement in Pittsburg, CA

Introduction 

I quickly walk over to the building that houses Greg’s insurance agency, as well as other suites – I am running late. The downtown area brings back a flood of memories: running to the marina for cross country …

by × May 15, 2020 × 0 comments