I have an idea…

What if we, as a society, took some of the money that we’re spending on fighting the existence of fat people and instead invested it into clean energy?

As Kath points out, the amount of money spent on weight loss is ridiculous, and could go to so many better uses:

The weight loss industry alone was worth almost $800 million just here in Australia.  Can you imagine what could be done for $800 million per year in this country?  We could all have completely free health care for every Australian, more than we would ever need.  People with disabilities could have all of the equipment that they would ever need, and any support and care they would ever need.  No human being in Australia would go without food, water or housing.  Education would be free for our whole lives, from kindergarten through any university studies that we would care to take on.   Medical research into every known actual disease, from the common cold to cancer could be funded fully.

Here in the US, the weight cycling industry is worth $66 billion. 66 fucking billion.

Can you even imagine if we invested some of that in clean, renewable sources of energy so that thousands of people wouldn’t die prematurely from coal pollution every year, let alone from the effects of climate change?

It makes me incredibly angry that people are dying from both  fatphobia and environmental destruction.

I wish so badly that we could kill those two birds with one stone instead of continuing to pour money into a industry that hurts, maims, and kills.

I wish so badly that we lived in a different world.

Sunday links, 3/4/13

Finally, here are this week’s links. And a bunch of baby goats playing Hop on Pop with a dog!

Fa(t)shion
-Fabulous hat porn!
18 fashion rules from Beth Ditto.
New African fashion: a refreshing look at the vast array of gorgeous fashion coming out of Africa.
-I love these photos from a runway show for a body-positive bra line.
-The “I’m fat, let’s party” shirt I’ve been eyeing forever is back in stock! I so need to get my hands on one.
-Through Offbeat Bride, I found out about the Wardrobe Shop, which has the most amazing vintage-style dresses ever–and many of them come in plus sizes.

Climate Justice and Sustainability
-A really important and interesting piece on the future of the movement: Three tactics for a stronger climate movement. I especially like this idea: “Imagine if, when blockading a pipeline construction site, radicals invited the whole community to a festival on the site? Instead of a few people locking down, what if the community barricaded the area and held a dance party or a carnival, reclaiming it as a community space for direct democracy, food growing, and celebration?”
-For my fellow Massachusettians: why the MA Democratic Senate primary is, unexpectedly, one of the hottest fronts in the planet’s biggest battle.
Fourth-graders crowdfund their own solar-powered classroom. And they’re not the only ones using crowdfunding for clean energy.
What steam ships and the landline can tell us about the decline of the private car.
Victory at hand for the climate movement? I sure hope so.

Everything Else
What’s wrong with the term “person of color”…or at least how it’s used.
-If you can, donate to help the amazing queer activist and all-around badass Kate Bornstein stay alive.
“It isn’t rocket science”: Tin House and Granta editors on how to run a publication that isn’t sexist.
All work and no pay: the great speedup. This is the kind of shit that just makes me angry and I don’t know what to do about it…
This piece is beautiful. It’s about surviving the breakup of a long-term relationship, but applies to so many other situations as well.
The revolution will not be polite: the issue of nice vs. good.
-The Hello Etsy conference that happened this weekend sounds amazing. I wish I had found out about it earlier so I could have tried to make it!