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We dive into all things sustainability and business. We'll talk about the issues, chat with industry professionals, give tips on how to make your business more sustainable, and go over ways to market your sustainable business better!

Your hosts, Aub and Courtney are business partners at Dandelion Branding, a marketing agency that specializes in growing sustainable brands.

Join us on a journey to learn more about the challenges we face, and what to do about them!

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We dive into all things sustainability and business. We'll talk about the issues, chat with industry professionals, give tips on how to make your business more sustainable, and go over ways to market your sustainable business better!

Your hosts, Aub and Courtney are business partners at Dandelion Branding, a marketing agency that specializes in growing sustainable brands.

Join us on a journey to learn more about the challenges we face, and what to do about them!

    Water Protectors: The Dakota Access Pipeline & Line 3 | EnvironMental Podcast - Fresh Water

    Water Protectors: The Dakota Access Pipeline & Line 3 | EnvironMental Podcast - Fresh Water

    This week's episode Court did a deep dive into the dangers of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Line Three.



    The Dakota Access Pipeline gained media attention in 2016 when the Sioux tribe sued the government over the construction project, its lack of environmental protections, and broken treaties with indigenous nations.



    Despite the protests the pipeline was built and all lawsuits were eventually (and unfortunately) dropped.



    We're seeing very recent news that there are active issues with the DAPL pipeline though, and it's undergoing a full environmental review.



    Now, the current pipeline project underway is called Line 3. This pipeline would travel across the Mississippi river, over 200 other waterways, and miles of marshlands.



    This land is crucial not only to the First Nation communities that live there, but also to the millions of people who rely on water that passes through it.



    Do we never learn?



    Construction of these oil pipelines permanently affects environment and ecosystems, regardless of if there are spills. If there are any spills, this would have massive environmental and ecological ramifications.



    Why are we taking such risk and continuing to invest in infrastructure for a dying industry?



    We must protect our water, not protect the pocketbooks of fossil fuel executives.



    Sign the petition and make your voice hear here: https://www.stopline3.org/take-action





    Sources:

    https://conbio.org/publications/scb-news-blog/scientists-sign-letter-against-dakota-access-pipeline



    https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/federal-court-closes-dakota-access-case-allows-fresh-challenges-2021-06-22/



    https://elpc.org/blog/nothing-suggests-line-3-pipeline-can-comply-with-minnesota-water-quality-standards/



    https://www.honorearth.org/



    https://www.stopline3.org/

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    The Flint Water Crisis | EnvironMental Podcast

    The Flint Water Crisis | EnvironMental Podcast

    This week on the podcast, we start diving into fresh water access.



    In the US, having access to fresh water is treated like a privilege, especially for poor communities. The clearest example of that is the Flint Water Crisis.



    aub did a deep dive into the timeline of what happened in Flint - its not pretty.

    The problem in Genessee County, Michigan hit national and international news in 2016. But by then it had already been almost two years since the water crisis started.



    aub shares the timeline of events because every step of the way show how severely mishandled this situation was from the start. It shows the blatant disregard for the Flint community.

    The Flint water crisis is seen as a political scandal now - but that feels like it doesn't do the situation justice.

    100,000 PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR FOUR YEARS. And the story is still unfolding in the aftermath.

    Corruption, mismanagement, and poisoning of an entire community of people, done for a pennies on the dollar savings venture.

    The government ignored and gaslit the citizens of Flint, they sidestepped culpability, and treated their city like it was expendable.

    Would this happen in a white community? In a rich neighborhood?

    In a low-crime city?

    No. Absolutely not.



    References:

    Flint Stats and US stats from the US Census Bureau.



    Timeline from NPR

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/465545378/lead-laced-water-in-flint-a-step-by-step-look-at-the-makings-of-a-crisis?t=1628953587723



    Associated Press timeline: https://apnews.com/article/us-news-health-michigan-rick-snyder-flint-7295d05da09d7d5b1184b0e349545897

     

    The September 2015 health advisory to the citizens of Flint

     http://flintwaterstudy.org/2015/09/public-health-advisory-regarding-lead-in-flint-water-from-the-genesee-county-board-of-commissioners/



    The 2017 Michigan Civil Rights Commission statement: The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism through the Lens of Flint

    https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdcr/VFlintCrisisRep-F-Edited3-13-17_554317_7.pdf



    Evidence of the cover up found:

    https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/04/millions-of-flint-water-documents-found-in-basement-prosecutors-claim.html



    The most current info on Rick Snyder charges:

    https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/2021/03/18/ex-michigan-gov-rick-snyder-loses-challenge-to-flint-water-charges/

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    We don't own the Earth or its resources - Diving into the Fresh Water Crisis | EnvironMental Podcast

    We don't own the Earth or its resources - Diving into the Fresh Water Crisis | EnvironMental Podcast

    In this episode of EnvironMental we start our investigation into the fresh water crisis we're facing right now. 

    The gross misuse of water by the energy, agriculture, and fashion industries are leading to a rapidly approaching end of fresh water availability. 

    This is a major crisis that needs to be addressed now. 

    Aub and Court chat about current facts, and some very interesting data points around how much water a hamburger requires. (Guess what, it's over 600 gallons PER burger you're eating.)

    There's much work to be done on a large scale, but individual action can make a difference! Be conscious of your water usage, especially while on vacations.



    Here are our references for this episode: 

    https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/planet-earth/freshwater/when-will-the-world-run-out-of-water/story



    https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects



    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/freshwater-crisis



    Water Usage Stats: https://www.motherjones.com/food/2015/04/blue-jeans-cars-microchips-water-use/



    Uses of water in industry: https://www.aquatechtrade.com/news/industrial-water/industrial-water-essential-guide/

    • 59 min
    This planet cannot be treated like an assembly line | EnvironMental Podcast - Food & Agriculture

    This planet cannot be treated like an assembly line | EnvironMental Podcast - Food & Agriculture

    In this week's conversation about sustainability, we're wrapping up the discussion about Food and Agriculture.

    This was the biggest topic we've covered so far - the section was 8 weeks long and we didn't get to talk about everything we wanted. In particular, we didn't get to jump into court cases related to farming, commercial agriculture practices, GMOs, or immigrant worker populations.

    What we did learn leads us to conclude that the planet, and people, have been treated like an assembly line for far too long. We simply cannot continue to rely on the linear systems that we've been operating for more than a century and expect safe, reliable results for the future.

    The issues are extremely multifaceted and they show up in myriad ways. From the loss of fertility in our soil to desertification to the intentional creation of food deserts and food insecurity.

    These problems can only truly be solved with holistic priorities like focusing on regenerative agriculture, paying a living wage, healthy community farming techniques, a paradigm shift towards community subsistence first, and cultural education.

    We decided to transition at this point because there's another topic that needs a holistic view: fresh water.
    We want to know about limitations, where the water is, how we can live (and operate our businesses) more sustainably, plus we want to talk about places like Flint, Michigan (aub's hometown) where the infrastructure breakdown is poisoning the water supply.

    Stay tuned!

    • 53 min
    Black Food Matters pt 2 | EnvironMental Podcast - Food & Agriculture

    Black Food Matters pt 2 | EnvironMental Podcast - Food & Agriculture

    This is the second week we're talking about the book, Black Food Matters. A collection of interdisciplinary articles written or compiled by Ashanté M. Reese and Hanna Garth

    We decided to split this up and talk about it over two episodes because this book is an important set of voices sharing the tangible intersection of systemic racism, power, and food culture.

    This week Court thoughtfully covers the topics around cultural appropriation and food justice on the restaurant scene.

    These are the chapters we talk about:



    6 - Soul Food Gentrification: Food, Racial Heritage Tourism, and the Redevelopment of Black Space in Miami by Billy Hall



    7 - “Preserve and Add Flavor”: Barbecue as Resistance in Memphis by Kimberly Kasper



    8 - Sisters of the Soil: Urban Agriculture in Detroit by Monica M. White



    9 - Race, Land, and the Law: Black Farmers and the Limits of a Politics of Recognition by Willie J. Wright, Tyler McCreary, Brian Williams, and Adam Bledsoe



    10 - The Mango Gang and New World Cuisine: White Privilege in the Commodification of Latin-American and Afro-Caribbean Foods by Judith Williams



    11 - Afterword: Problematizing the Problem by Psyche Williams-Forso

    • 43 min
    Black Food Matters pt 1 | EnvironMental Podcast - Food & Agriculture

    Black Food Matters pt 1 | EnvironMental Podcast - Food & Agriculture

    This is the first of 2 episodes dedicated to the book, Black Food Matters. A collection of interdisciplinary articles written or compiled by Ashanté M. Reese and Hanna Garth  

    We decided to split this up and talk about it over two episodes because this book is an important set of voices sharing the tangible intersection of systemic racism, power, and food culture.  

    For this first week, aub shares a thoughtful overview of the first half of the book's articles:  1 - In the Food Justice World but Not of It: Everyday Black Food Entrepreneurship by Ashanté M. Reese  2 - The Intersection of Politics and Food Security in a South Carolina Town by Gillian Richards-Greaves  3 - Nurturing the Revolution: The Black Panther Party and the Early Seeds of the Food Justice Movement by Analena Hope Hassberg  4 - Blackness and “Justice” in the Los Angeles Food Justice Movement by Hanna Garth  5 - Good Food in a Racist System: Competing Moral Economies in Detroit Andrew Newman and Yuson Jung

    • 45 min

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