Act 1: Have been reading (about) the fabulous work of Heather Davis (Penn State) on the topic of plastic, thought to be malleable, but which has a life span of 100,000 years: “By existing outside of the time frame of biological life, plastic brings with it a kind of undead quality that exists in opposition to the biological binary of life and death, and spreading this reign throughout all the ecosystems it interacts with.” (source)
Act 2: Reading about, then watching, the film Cowspiracy (2014), about factory farming, now streaming on Netflix. Methane is much worse than CO2-- ride a bike, then eat a steak? Best to drive to the falafel shop, then. 660 gallons of water to make one hamburger. Why is the issue not foregrounded? Watch the film.
Project THE HUMANIST anthropocene
is a thought archive and workspace of Phillip John Usher (NYU) at the crossroads of early modern humanism and the problems and insights of the Anthropocene. Main Research Page.
ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)
Environmental Humanities (journal)
Resilience (A Journal of the Environmental Humanities)
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