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Won’t lie — this newsletter was a tough one to write. The headlines these past few weeks have been heartbreaking and relentless:
- Humanity to face ‘Hothouse Earth’ climate change apocalypse tipping point within decades, scientists warn
- California Fire Now the Largest in State History: ‘People Are on Edge’
- How Did the End of the World Become Old News?
It's easy to feel scared, frustrated and powerless, especially when reading these articles on uncharacteristic 90°+ days. The ecoanxiety is real.
But then you find bright spots. Like the women of color driving climate justice efforts (more in the Mothers of Invention podcast below). The inspiring teens behind the Zero Hour climate march. The unlikely coalitions. The surprising innovations. The case studies of transformation.
These stories remind us that people are taking action to change the world for the better — and that we can too. What articles, podcasts, videos and other Internet tidbits keep you motivated and inspired?
P.S. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making some changes to make the newsletter even more valuable for you. If you have a few minutes, I’d be so appreciative if you could answer a few questions to help us out.
P.P.S. Did you know that our content strategist Ysabel is also a talented humor writer? Her latest piece for McSweeney’s had me laughing to the point of crying. 😂
This Week's Five Links
🎧 Mothers of Invention
Take the badassery of environmental advocate and former Irish President Mary Robinson, sprinkle in some sassy humour from comedian Maeve Higgins and you’ve got one of my new favorite podcasts. Each Monday, Mothers of Invention shares stories of influential women — many from underrepresented communities — who are leading the fight for climate justice. I particularly enjoyed Episode 2 on divestment.
Meet the Teenagers Leading a Climate Change Movement — The New York Times
Zero Hour is an environmentally focused, creatively minded and technologically savvy coalition against climate change. It’s also run entirely by teenagers. The group caught the nation’s attention with July’s Youth Climate March, but they’re only getting started. “The march is a launch,” said 16-year-old founder Jamie Margolin. “It isn’t, ‘That’s it, we’re done.’”
👉 TAKE ACTION: Support the Zero Hour movement with a donation.
The NRA Says It’s in Deep Financial Trouble, May Be ‘Unable to Exist’ — Rolling Stone
Talk about bright spots. In a recent court filing, the National Rifle Association — a powerful U.S. gun advocacy organization that’s pretty much the worst — reported that financial difficulties could soon make it “unable to exist... or pursue its advocacy mission.” In May, New York state financial regulators clamped down on an NRA-branded insurance policy that “unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners for certain acts of intentional wrongdoing.” Beyond that, the NRA has had a tough time finding insurers, banks and financial service providers who will do business with them in the months since #BoycottNRA first trended on Twitter. Their struggle to find financing is an encouraging example of how consumer activism and business action can have a real influence on national issues.
Using Artificial Intelligence to Fix Wikipedia’s Gender Problem — WIRED
Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world. It’s also plagued by gender bias. Only 18% of its biographies are of women, and an overwhelming majority of the site’s editors are men. AI is usually under fire for perpetuating bias, but in the case of Wikipedia it’s now helping even the split. A new software tool uses machine-learning to find notable women, particularly scientists, and write fully sourced Wikipedia entry drafts that a human editor can clean up and publish.
🔧 Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking — Medium
This multi-part Medium series can help you quickly learn the fundamentals of systems thinking, with a focus on how it can be used for social change. It was created by Leyla Acaroglu, a designer, sociologist and entrepreneur with an impressive track record of challenging people to think differently about the status quo. Her popular TED Talk breaks down why the question "Paper or plastic?" isn't so simple from a sustainability perspective, and why understanding the entire system, as well as human behavior, is key to addressing environmental challenges.
MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany — The New Yorker. Explore our archives for more weekend #longreads.
Spotlight On: That New York Times Climate Article
You know the one we’re talking about. 30,000 words, 18 months of reporting, over a hundred interviews — The New York Times Magazine cover story “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” made waves when it was published last week.
The article takes up the entire issue and is worth reading in full. It’s a historical account of the critical decade between 1979 and 1989 when — per author Nathaniel Rich — we could have acted on climate change, but didn’t. In both print and digital, this account is juxtaposed with powerful imagery of climate change’s modern day impacts. Its epilogue delivers a searing analysis of climate action since; this passage in particular continues to haunt me:
"Everyone knew — and we all still know. We know that the transformations of our planet, which will come gradually and suddenly, will reconfigure the political world order. We know that if we don’t act to reduce emissions, we risk the collapse of civilization. We also know that, without a gargantuan intervention, whatever happens will be worse for our children, worse yet for their children and even worse still for their children’s children, whose lives, our actions have demonstrated, mean nothing to us."
Heavy… but important (though not without its critics). When you’re done reading, don’t despair — do something.
Social Impact Jobs
1. DonorsChoose.org — Partnerships Manager (San Francisco, California)
2. FedEx — Business Strategy Analyst, CSR/Sustainability (Memphis, Tennessee)
3. Participant Media — Manager, Social Impact Digital Campaigns (Los Angeles, California)
4. PYXERA Global — Local Consultant (Dublin, Ireland; Recife, Brazil; San Jose, Costa Rica; Seattle, Washington)
5. Savanna Institute — Investment Analyst (part-time) (Remote / Midwest USA)
6. Swell Investing — Influencer Marketing (contract) (Santa Monica, California)
7. The Wonderful Company — Associate Manager, Strategy - Energy (Los Angeles, California)
8. TOMS — Social Media Coordinator (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
9. Cotton Incorporated — Manager, Sustainability (Cary, North Carolina)
10. Creative Artists Agency — Social Impact Strategist (New York, New York)
11. FactSet — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager - EMEA & APAC (London, UK)
12. Kleen Kanteen — Assistant Marketing Manager (Chico, California)
13. Kohler — Product & Brand Manager – Innovation for Good, Sustainability and Stewardship (Kohler, Wisconsin)
14. Hawaii Nature Center — Education Program Manager (Honolulu, Hawaii)
15. Lyft — Sustainability Manager (San Francisco, California)
16. Mashable — Social Good Editor (New York, New York)
17. Movember Foundation — Corporate Partnerships Manager (London, UK)
18. NIKE — Sustainability Consultant (Zapopan, Mexico)
19. Provenance — Marketing Manager (London, UK)
20. SolarHome — Country Manager (Myanmar)
21. Signify (Philips Lighting) — Sustainability Reporting Manager (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
22. The Body Shop — Ethical Trade Manager(Littlehampton, UK)
23. The Conduit — Programme Manager (London, UK)
24. The Honest Company — Manager, Social Marketing (Los Angeles Area, California)
25. Tom’s of Maine — eCommerce Manager (Seattle, Washington)
26. AARP — Vice President, Impact Areas (Washington, DC)
27. J.Crew — Senior Manager, Sustainability (New York, New York)
28. LEGO Group — Local Community Engagement Manager (La Ciénega, Mexico)
29. Markle Foundation — Human Resources Generalist (New York, New York)
30. Sesame Workshop — Head of Early Childhood Development Initiatives (Johannesburg, South Africa)
31. Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation — VP, Marketing Communications (Palo Alto, California)
32. Sustainable Pittsburgh — Executive Director (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.