When you hear about certain books being restricted or banned from schools, libraries and bookstores; it conjures up an image of writing that's dark, dangerous and divisive. While some may argue a line needs to be drawn against insidious messaging, recent attempts at book banning have seemed to target works about acceptance and diversity.
We're living in very contradictory times when it comes to food and it's accessibility, especially here in the United States. Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world; America has approximately nineteen million people living in food deserts, with many others residing in areas known as food swamps; both of which deliver a severe and detrimental impact on health and wellness.
We've often seen buzzwords like 'carbon footprint', 'offsetting' and 'net zero' used by companies touting their eco-friendly efforts; but what, if anything, does this mean in terms of their climate action? I'll give you a hint; it's not always as beneficial as some would have us believe.
As desperate scenes coming from Kabul Airport play out on the news and social media; terrified Afghan civilians are still trying to find refuge from the Taliban after they seized sweeping control over Afghanistan when U.S. troops began withdrawing from the country after a two-decade war.
It's critical we support Indigenous communities in protecting their land and lifeways from extractive industries; with one such call to action happening right now to stop Enbridge's line 3 oil pipeline crisscrossing Minnesota's lakes and wetlands.
As individuals, we've been urged to do our bit to help combat climate change. By adjusting our everyday habits to use less plastic, reduce food waste and try out cleaner/greener energy, for example; we can become part of the solution. But are these actions enough?
The search to discover the truth about Indigenous children who never made it home from Indian Residential Schools in Canada continues. As more unmarked graves of their young relatives are discovered, First Nation communities are at the forefront of pushing for accountability and justice.
During Pride Month many companies express their support for LGBTQ+ communities by utilizing the rainbow flag in their stores, logos and merchandise. While this is a significant way to enhance visibility and raise money; if they donate the proceeds to LGBTQ+ organizations, it often ends once the commercialization of the month passes.