Episode 3 – Amazon Good Amazon Bad

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This week we tackle the Amazons – Amazon dot com and the Amazon rainforest. We talk about the shame and accessibility issues tied up in boycotting Amazon, Indigenous land rights and parallels between US and Brazilian environmental regulations, and Olivia spoils The Jinx for everyone.

This episode is a little different because our subjects are so vast. It could be a foundation for more specific episodes on the Amazons – let us know what you think.

Story #1 (Olivia) : Amazon . com
Photo by Luis Quintero from Pexels

Sources:
Brittanica’s Amazon biography
Business Insider’s Little-Known Amazon Facts 
CNN’s Amazon timeline from their United States of Amazon
The Amazon blog and its separate Sustainability section 
Amazon Employees for Climate Justice on Medium and Twitter  
Washington Post (which Jeff Bezos owns) Amazon Employees Plan Mass Defiance
The Atlantic, November 2019 Amazon Warehouse Reports Show Worker Injuries
Boycotting Amazon Won’t Work by Justin Ward on Medium 
Guardian article on Amazon Warehouse Worker Deaths

Amazon Alternatives:
Disclaimer: This is just a start, and is very localized to the US. I think that’s sort of the point that we covered in the episode. There isn’t a homogenous solution for everyone, which makes it hard to create a Pinterest-esque 20 Amazon Alternatives list (though those do exist and have some great suggestions), but if you look around you I think you’ll be surprised how much you find that’s even better than Amazon.

Package Free Shop
Net Zero Company
Cinch Market is a Brooklyn-specific shop network
Plastic Free Pursuit
Libro.fm, Biblio, Bookshop.com and Libby for books and audiobooks that your local store doesn’t carry
Local creators, shopowners, grocery stores, technology stores, bookstores, or buying directly from a company. I find a lot of local places by searching a keyword (“bulk,” “hardware,” etc.) in a Maps app.

Story #2 (Elise) : the Amazon rainforest
CANDEIRAS DO JAMARI, RORAIMA, BRAZIL: Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the state of Rondonia. (Caption and Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)

Sources:
Mongabay, July 2020 Scientists Launch Ambitious Conservation Project To Save The Amazon
Survival International Deforestation
World Economic Forum, September 2018 Deforestation In The Amazon Is Putting Uncontacted Tribes At Risk
Scientific American, August 2020 Amazon Deforestation Falls Where Land Is Under Indigenous Control
BBC, July 2019 Amazon Rainforest Indigenous People In Fight For Survival
BBC, August 2019 Amazon Fires: Fines For Environmental Crimes Drop Under Bolsonaro
BBC, August 2020 Amazon Fires: Are They Worse This Year Than Before?
CNN, September 2020 Tens of thousands are pushing the Amazon to a tipping point

The Dump

This week we sort of skipped this section in order to talk about the devastating California wildfires. Olivia retold a cute WBUR piece about a young volunteer firefighting couple with a sweet love story. You can hear the story told by them on WBUR’s Here and Now.

Our World is Burning themed playlist is on Spotify.

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Ep. 43 – Carbon Footprints and Treehuggers – Climate Language World Is Burning

Did the fossil fuel industry really invent the carbon footprint? Did you know that the first "treehugger" came waaaay before the 1960s hippie, and took a much greater risk? This week we're talking about the language of climate change, specifically the carbon footprint and the term "treehugger." Olivia digs into the real story behind the corporate world's favorite unit of measurement, and whether it has any value in conversations today. Then Elise tells the story of the Bishnoi people and how the "treehugger" legacy echoes the stories of climate justice activists today. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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