10 more ways to make a living in a green economy

Cupcakes: a vital part of any economy.

Jobs have been on my mind a lot lately…if by lately, you mean the past three years or so.  It’s a lot less depressing to envision what the job market would look like in a sustainable economy than to think about the shitty choices it offers now. And if we’re going to build a better economy, we have to start by imagining it, right?

So here are ten more ways that people could make a living in a new economy:

1.)  Delivering city freight by bike.

This would be a win-win all-around, as it would lower carbon emissions, decrease traffic, and provide exercise to the bike messengers.  Here in the US, we don’t have the necessary infrastructure for such wide-scale biking: but building it would create even more jobs in construction and urban planning.

2.)  Cupcake bakers. Because a revolution without cupcakes is not one worth having.

3.) Artists, writers, performers, and other creators of all stripes.

As my friend Bethany says, “The truth is, we don’t know what is possible. Which is why the pushers of envelopes, the stretchers of bodies and minds, the pioneers, the prophets, poets, and weirdoes are so vitally important.” See also this piece about why artists and designers are just as necessary as more “practical” jobs.

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The Project for Awesome

It’s that time of year again–time for awesome!

The Project for Awesome is an annual event on YouTube in which thousands of video creators make videos supporting their favorite charity. Anybody is allowed to participate – simply make a video about a charity you support and post it on YouTube on December 17th. Then tune into the livestream and join in the commenting and donating fun. DFTBA!

You can find out more in John’s video about the project:

It’s a really cool idea, and I’m looking forward to voting for my favorite charities. I was not yet a nerdfighter last December, so this will be my first time!

Friday Links, 11/23/12

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-The Fat Nutritionist has a lovely post of advice on dealing with the holidays.
It’s not because I’m fat.
This New Moon article about food and eating is amazing. I hope it reaches many, many girls.
The end of fat people: goodbye, Hostess.
-Lesley writes movingly about her preteen eating disordered years.
-A lovely piece–complete with adorable baby pictures!– by a mother who found that she could no longer hate her chin once she saw the same feature on her daughter.

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A new study shows that, despite the growing number of fatshion bloggers, mainstream companies have not responded by making more plus-size clothes. Although that’s disappointing, I agree with Nicolette Mason’s quote in the article. She says that the independent plus-size marketplace is thriving, and gives many examples of indie plus-size lines. Also, how cool is it that there’s a study called “Frustrated Fatshionistas: An Institutional Theory Perspective on Consumer Quests for Greater Choice in Mainstream Markets?”
-Threadless’ TARDamask shirt is back in stock! They only have a few sizes available (and unfortunately no Men’s 2XL, which should fit me according to the size chart), but if you wear one of those sizes, check it out.
These costumes are amazing.
-Who knew that Land’s End made some nice plus size clothing, including this lovely sequined skirt?
The real cost of your clothing.
Smart internet shopping for style lovers.
-This plus size Australian clothing swap sounds like so much fun!

Other
Tuesday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which should be a day of action for cisgender people.
-Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under Clinton, is working on a film about inequality in the US. He’s amazing–I took a class with him in college, and he’s probably the best lecturer I’ve ever heard. He can make any concept understandable and fascinating, and he’s got a great sense of humor. The inequality in our society right now is a huge, huge issue, and I’m glad he’s trying to bring it to light. I highly recommend donating to his Kickstarter, or at least passing on the word.
-A must-read from Dahlia Lithwick: I didn’t come back to Jerusalem to be in a war.
Cliff mocks the latest issue of Cosmo, which is as ridiculous as usual.
-A beautiful story by an adopted transwoman whose Korean birth mother gave her the courage to transition.
-A great comic from The Oatmeal about creating things for a living.

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Global pandemics? Usually a bad idea.

One of my favorite vloggers, Hank Green, recently made a video about, among other things, a tick whose bite causes a severe allergy to red meat. I’d read about it before, and it’s fucking terrifying–the reaction doesn’t happen immediately, so people go into anaphylactic shock out of the blue, and it can take some time to figure out the cause.

Hank, a devoted environmentalist, proposes a question: if you could cause a global pandemic of this allergy, thereby ensuring that no one could eat red meat, would you?

NO NO NO, Hank. Just no.

I know that Hank doesn’t actually want to release these ticks upon the world. I know he’s just trying to get a discussion started about meat and the environment.

But it’s still so, so, so not ok. For many reasons.

1.)  Anaphylactic shock is not a laughing matter. It’s pretty callous to joke about subjecting the entire world to the possibility of it. Actually, it’s pretty callous to joke about infecting the world with any kind of disease, even one that would be supposedly good for the environment.

2.) If you were to infect the entire world with the disease, how would you warn everyone in time? How would you account for the likelihood that some people wouldn’t get the news before eating a hamburger, or that some might eat contaminated food and get sick? How would you account for the very good chance that you would be directly responsible for killing people? Continue reading

Friday links 9/28/12

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The internet is full of interesting this week. So I present you ALL THE LINKS.

-There’s a new issue of Volup2 magazine out! It’s full of beauty–all kinds of beauty, not the narrow version represented in mainstream media. Also, you can support Volup2 on Kickstarter to help make the next issue possible.
-Through Volup2, I found the pure fascinator porn that is Pearls and Swine.
-Wonderful geekery in video form: Hank Green’s song about Tetris.
-Speaking of the Vlogbrothers, a German TV station did a touching interview with John about The Fault in Our Stars. (Which, btw, you should read if you haven’t already.)
-Ragen writes about the bullshit that is conflating “obesity” with eating disorders.
When more curvy people practice yoga…
It’s hard enough to be a fat kid without the government telling you you’re an epidemic. Those ads…wow. Just wow. (Also, don’t read the comments. XOJane comments can be really good sometimes, but these ones….are not.)
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Friday links, brought to you by…the universe.

When I grow up, I want to live in a leopard house.

In other Cool Buildings news, check out this French school.

A great post about celebrating life achievements other than weddings and babies: I Get Presents for Being Single and You Should Too

Also from XoJane, fun fashion advice from both Emily and Lesley.

Last but not least, some inspiration: Crazy Talk: The Do-What-You-Love Guide

Happy weekend!

Friday links and cupcakes

This is an old post, but it brilliantly sums up everything I hate about clothing shopping: Seven Scenes, for a Reason

A great post that clears up misconceptions about Health at Every Size: HAES Matters: The Weight-Neutral Core of the HAES Approach

Internet Calls Girl Fat, and Her Response is…Perfect. I followed Megan Tonjes back to YouTube, and found out that she made John Green cry! It is a small, small internet. I’m a little obsessed with the Vlogbrothers*, and it’s funny to see their section of the internet colliding with the fat-o-sphere.

I was a little less happy to see that most of the videos on Megan’s personal channel are about weight loss. It’s her body, and she has a right to do whatever she wants with it–but it’s still disappointing to come across someone who seems like a kickass unapologetic fatty, only to find that she’s pushing the same old weight-loss paradigm. Blehh.

Cutest video ever: My Dog and My Cat Are Perfect Friends

My favorite response to Ann Marie Slaughter’s recent article in the Atlantic: I DO Want To ‘Have It All,’ Starting With What Women in 178 Countries Have

Just for fun, here are some cupcakes I bought for a friend’s engagement party last weekend:

*For those unaware, John and Hank Green = the Vlogbrothers, a pair of adorably geeky brothers who make videos about EVERYTHING. John is also a YA novelist. He and Hank run a convention called VidCon, where Megan apparently performed a song about John’s latest book, The Fault in Our Stars. Which, btw, you should read. Seriously, go read it. I will wait.