Author: Michael Quiroz

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Unraveling the Personal and Political: Dr. Kenneth Worthy on climate change, denial, and collapse

“Over the past few years, the “personal vs. political” conversation has ricocheted throughout environmental communities and remains a point of discussion among scholars and activists alike… in a recent article, I dipped my toes into this debate. This time, I took a plunge.”

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Plastic Straw Environmentalism: Reflections on Single-Use Straw Bans

“The movement to eliminate single-use plastic straws appears to be an area of growing success for grassroots organization and consumer “purchasing power” – but we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back just yet. Due to the ease of which most people can do without them, it has been easy to rally public support for the banning of plastic straws, and though this has certainly helped to draw attention to plastic pollution, the fixation on a single product has drawn our focus away from the larger issues in plastic waste management that need to be addressed.”