This week’s three publications to read are...
Emily Atkin, Heated
What’s it about: A newsletter for people who are pissed off about the climate crisis, by Emily Atkin, until recently a climate reporter for The New Republic.
Worth reading: “My Greta story”
Key line: “But the family friend said that would make Greta (Thunberg) uncomfortable. ‘She cannot speak for the broad opinions of other people,’ she said. She reminded me that Greta was simply a concerned teenager; not some expert in geopolitics. So I took inspiration from Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who a few days prior had asked Greta her impression of New York City. I asked her what her impression was of Washington, D.C.”
Emily’s credits: Reporter formerly of The New Republic and ThinkProgress; work in Mother Jones, Slate, Newsweek, and more.
Aatish Bhatia, The Rate of Change
What’s it about? Breaking down the science of our climate breakdown.
Worth reading: “Clogging Earth’s heat drain”
Key line: “If you turn up the faucet to increase the incoming water flow, the water level rises, until it reaches a new balance where the flow out once again matches the flow in. It’s the same idea with Earth’s energy balance. The incoming solar energy is like the water pouring in, and the heat that we emit to space is like the water flowing down the drain. Our temperature is like the water level in this analogy. Just as the water level adjusts itself in response to the incoming flow, Earth’s temperature does the same thing in response to our incoming energy flow.”
Aatish’s credits: Science writer with a Ph.D. in physics; work has appeared in Wired, Nautilus, and TED-Ed.
Sarah Lazarovic, Minimum Viable Planet
What’s it about? An undepressing newsletter about how to fight climate change.
Worth reading: “What’s guilt but a secondhand emotion?”
Key line: “If we’re going to get systems and people to change, we have to propose a more beautiful story. In the case of my kids and strawberries, it’s asking them to really taste the delicious Ontario strawberries that we have for just a few beautiful weeks, and to compare them to the football-sized strawberries that come via California clamshell 365 days a year. Even just this little thing (and the zero-waste propaganda I throw at them on the daily) has made them change their fruit tune.”
Sarah’s credits: Designer, illustrator, writer, co-founder of Torontoist, author of A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, work published in all of Canada’s top publications.