In the most recent episode of Citizens Climate Radio, I chat with Tatiana Schlossberg. She is the author of the new book, Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have. In it she highlights just how good we are at being bad when it comes to fossil fuel pollution. She exposes the pollution generated by four major industries–Fuel, Food, Internet, and Fashion. For our conversation we talked about fashion, which turns out to be a very dirty busy when it comes to pollution.
I love Tatiana’s laugh, which comes through a lot even though we are talking about such serious issues as pollution and climate change. There is something about her relaxed, friendly tone that signals hope and a belief that humans will do the right thing. When it comes to fashion, it will take a lot more than consumers making the “right choices” when they purchase clothing. We have so few choices. Large system changes are required.
For the Art House segment, I spoke with poet Catherine Pierce. She describes the many steps took and decisions she made when crafting her poem, Anthropocene Pastoral. In it she explores the significant of beautiful manifestations of climate change, like the California Super Bloom of 2017. She starts the poem:
In the beginning, the ending was beautiful.
In producing the segment I was heavily influenced by the podcast Song Exploder. They invite a musician to unpack a song and talk about almost every aspect of it and their creative process. In the Art House, Pierce does something similar for us with Anthropocene Pastoral. The poem first appeared in the American Poetry Review. It has a haunting beauty to it. I find it emotionally honest too and very moving. After describing the poem, Catherine reads it for us.
Listen to the end of the podcast and you will also hear answers to the puzzler question. Two college students give advice to a middle school student who is freaking out about climate change. We also hear from elementary students from River Valley Nature School. Their presentation at the recent Climate Strike in Lewisburg, PA was a big hit with the audience.
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