Tag: Earth

A Queer-Inclusive Kids’ Book for Earth Day

A Queer-Inclusive Kids' Book for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, and yes, there’s a queer-inclusive kids’ book for that! Brand-new this month, this middle grade book showcases the work of 25 young female and nonbinary activists from around the world, all on the front lines of fighting for our planet.

Girl Warriors - Rachel Sarah

Young people are among the most active and ardent activists pushing for the world to address climate change. Most of us have heard of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg—but she’s not alone. In Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists Are Saving the Earth (Chicago Review Press), author Rachel Sarah here profiles 25 other activists from 16 different countries, many inspired by Thunberg.

Unsurprisingly, there are queer people among those interviewed, including Jamie Margolin of Seattle, Washington, who says she is “trying to be an LGBT Latina role model for others”; Haven Coleman of Denver, Colorado, who came out as gay in 2019 and was profiled by magazines like Out and the Advocate; and nonbinary activist Saoi O’Connor, one of the first climate strikers in Ireland.

Sarah writes with an intersectional lens, reminded by her interviewees that “there can be no climate justice without racial justice” and that people with disabilities and of fewer economic means can be disproportionately affected by climate change. She also notes that she flouted usual journalistic practice and “sent the stories to every activist before publication,” so that she was sure to get their stories right. “I’m grateful for their corrections, and for the times they pointed out places where I needed to say more,” she says.

This is a powerful collection of biographies about a diverse group of young people that should inspire others in their turn.

5 ways to honor the earth on your wedding day

5 ways to honor the earth on your wedding day

From travel to paper products to electricity, weddings can leave quite the carbon footprint. Of course, there are ways to reduce this footprint, and it is absolutely possible to get married in an environmentally conscious way.

Today we celebrate Earth Day, and in an ode to this important holiday, here are five ways to honor the earth on your wedding day.

Send Digital Invitations — Or Use Recycled Paper

Digital invitations might not feel quite as fancy, but it’s not only the environment that will benefit from their use. They will also save you money. These days, it is becoming increasingly common to go digital, and your guests might even appreciate how easy it is to RSVP.

But if that’s not for you, it is still possible to use ethically-conscious paper invitations. Companies like Paper Culture not only utilize recycled materials, but also plant a tree for every purchase.

Decorate with Reusable Flowers and Plants

Potted, live plants can be reused after the celebration, whether re-planted in gardens or used to decorate another location. This choice is much more sustainable than using cut flowers that will likely need to be thrown away after the event.

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Buy Ethical Jewelry

According to Sustainable Jungle, ethical jewelry “means transparent and responsible sourcing practices and use of sustainable materials. It has a minimal impact on the environment, isn’t involved with conflict, and gives back to workers by way of fair wages and safe working environments.”

Custom ring designer and Platinum Preferred Equally Wed member Emily Chelsea Jewelry, located in Philadelphia, is one such jeweler that exclusively sells sustainable jewelry.

On their website, Emily warns that there is currently no set of standards for what allows a jeweler to claim their products are ethically sourced, so be sure to do your research and ask a lot of questions when shopping around.

Plan a Vegan Menu

The production of meat and other animal byproducts is a massive source of methane emissions, with beef being one of the worst culprits. A vegan menu is a perfect (and delicious) way to honor the environment, and the Internet is filled with ideas for how to design one.

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Celebrate Outdoors

An outdoor wedding is an easy way to be environmentally conscious, as it will significantly reduce the wedding’s use of electricity, heat, air conditioning, etc…

Bonus tip: Stay local

Throw your wedding in a location where the least number of people will have to travel. The less people that have to fly, drive, and otherwise transport themselves to the venue, the better.

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