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"The Joy Report" is a podcast dedicated to sharing stories about climate solutions and environmental justice grounded in intersectionality, optimism, and joy. Tune in to hear stories and updates on all things climate, social, and environmental justice explained in a succinct, accessible way by Arielle King (@ariellevking), an environmental justice advocate and attorney passionate about environmental education. The Joy Report is an evolving project created to give you the tools you need to stay informed and take action to protect people + the planet.

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

"The Joy Report" is a podcast dedicated to sharing stories about climate solutions and environmental justice grounded in intersectionality, optimism, and joy. Tune in to hear stories and updates on all things climate, social, and environmental justice explained in a succinct, accessible way by Arielle King (@ariellevking), an environmental justice advocate and attorney passionate about environmental education. The Joy Report is an evolving project created to give you the tools you need to stay informed and take action to protect people + the planet.

    Reimagining Funding for Climate Justice: Beyond the IRA

    Reimagining Funding for Climate Justice: Beyond the IRA

    The Inflation Reduction Act, which passed on August 2022, is one of the most significant pieces of legislation that US Congress has taken on behalf of clean energy and climate change. But what is it, and how exactly is it supporting the work of grassroots organizations - if at all? In this episode, we’re taking a magnifying lens to the Act and other funding mechanisms to see where the billions of dollars are being allocated, the emerging solutions we’re seeing in funding climate justice work, and where we go from here.

    • 30 min
    Community, Culture + Craftsmanship: Reclaiming Conscious Consumerism

    Community, Culture + Craftsmanship: Reclaiming Conscious Consumerism

    How are communities leading the shift towards sustainable consumption habits, and how are brands responding? Many of us want to care for items long and support brands with ethical practices and repair programs, but what communal systems exist to support us in that journey? In this episode we learn more about the re-emergence of sustainable community culture to combat our devastating waste systems and how it’s being driven by local organizers and shop-keepers that are making the art of mending cool again.

    • 26 min
    Building a PFAS-Free Future

    Building a PFAS-Free Future

    How exactly do PFAs impact people + planet? Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAs for short, are harmful forever chemicals found in consumer, commercial, and industrial products. In this episode, we’ll explore what PFAs are + what scientists, environmentalists + retailers are doing to remove them from our environment. And we’ll learn from Maine Farmland Trust - a nonprofit supporting Maine farms impacted by PFAS and advocating for agricultural policy & research to address the PFAS challenge nationwide.

    • 24 min
    The Joy Report Season 2 is Here

    The Joy Report Season 2 is Here

    Welcome back to the Joy Report, a podcast dedicated to sharing stories about climate solutions and environmental justice grounded in intersectionality and optimism. In this upcoming season, we’ll be exploring a wide range of topics— from conscious consumption and microplastics to funding for climate justice— while featuring success stories that can help us turn our feelings of climate doom and despair into climate optimism.

    • 2 min
    Intersectional Education: Overcoming Book Bans

    Intersectional Education: Overcoming Book Bans

    On this episode of The Joy Report, we’re discussing books and the ongoing fight for truth and inclusion in education, publishing, and storytelling.



























     


    Episode Transcript“Welcome to The Joy Report, a podcast dedicated to sharing stories about climate solutions and environmental justice grounded in intersectionality and optimism. Tune in to hear updates on all things climate, social, and environmental justice explained in a succinct and accessible way by me, Arielle King, an environmental justice advocate and attorney passionate about environmental education. The goal of this podcast is to give you the tools you need to stay informed and take action to protect the planet.”
    Episode Agenda:
    In this special episode, we’re talking all about books and the ongoing fight for truth and inclusion in education, publishing, and storytelling.
    Topic Background Info
    Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said, “any book worth banning is a book worth reading.” So why have more than two thousand five hundred book bans been enacted from July 2021 to June 2022 in 138 school districts throughout 32 states? During this short timeframe more than sixteen hundred titles have been removed from school libraries and one clear theme and rationale has arisen: these books are predominantly written by and about the lives and experiences of diverse, but particularly historically marginalized, people. In fact, 4 out of 10 banned books analyzed by PEN America had LGBTQ+ characters or themes, and 4 out of 10 had protagonists or characters of color.
    Unfortunately, this wave of limiting students’ ability to think critically, freely, and with a heart open to difference is not new. Book banning is the most widespread form of censorship in the United States, and the practice began in the 17th century.
    Children’s literature is often the primary target of censorship, prompted by the fear that young people’s impressionable minds will be improperly influenced by a book’s contents. Today, many people opposing book bans believe that teaching a more inclusive history actually harms students.
    Lately, much of the controversy has centered on a framework called Critical Race Theory, coined by the prolific legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, who also coined and popularized the term Intersectionality. Critical Race Theory has been used as a catch-all for wokeness, political correctness, and leftist-indoctrination. Some other prominent reasons for challenges and bans across the country include non-traditional values, LGBTQIA+ content, indoctrinating kids, anti-police sentiments, promoting a homosexual lifestyle, white privilege, and more.
    So how does book banning actually work? Generally, a book must be challenged before it is considered for banning. The initiator of the challenge must read the whole book, fill out a challenge form and explain why, how, and where in the book the offensive material takes place, and finally present a case in a hearing. From there a decision will be made on what action should be taken, with options ranging from complete removal from the library, thus completely restricting access from students, or diminished access to a book through relocation of the book to a different section of the library or the requirement of a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian before a student can check a book out from the library.
    However, many book challenges come from individuals who have never actually read the books they want to be removed. Often excerpts from these texts are taken out of context to villainize the authors who wrote them and the teachers and librarians w

    Ecosystem Restoration + Mending Our Relationship with Nature

    Ecosystem Restoration + Mending Our Relationship with Nature

    On this episode of The Joy Report, we’re discussing ecosystem restoration and its importance in protecting and providing for people + balancing the earth’s natural resource cycles. Centuries of irresponsible human actions have caused massive-scale environmental degradation and biodiversity loss that is contributing to current environmental harm experienced by people and the planet. Ecosystem restoration work not only has the power to protect people and preserve our planet, but it has the potential to mend cultural and historical relationships with nature.
    This episode is brought to you by our friends at Guayaki Yerba Mate.



























     


    Episode Transcript“Welcome to The Joy Report, a podcast dedicated to sharing stories about climate solutions and environmental justice grounded in intersectionality and optimism. Tune in to hear updates on all things climate, social, and environmental justice explained in a succinct and accessible way by me, Arielle King, an environmental justice advocate and attorney passionate about environmental education. This podcast aims to give you the tools you need to stay informed and take action to protect the planet.”
    Episode AgendaIn this episode, we’re discussing ecosystem restoration and it’s role in protecting and providing for people and planet.
    This episode is brought to you by our friends at Guayaki Yerba Mate – yes the one in the yellow can & bottle! Guayaki is more than just a yerba mate brand - they're focused on personal, social, ecological and cultural regeneration through their commitment to regenerative practices, such as partnerships with Indigenous South American communities to grow yerba mate and steward rainforests. Yerba mate is a naturally caffeinated drink that comes in a variety of formats from loose leaf to cans to bottles. Guayaki’s mate is all organic, non-GMO and sure to make you come to life with all the goodness packed inside. Visit their website linked in this episode's show notes to learn more and find it near you.
    Topic Background InfoThere has never been a more crucial time to restore our ecosystems. Centuries of irresponsible human actions have caused massive-scale environmental degradation and biodiversity loss that is contributing to current environmental harm experienced by people and the planet. We are seeing this first hand all over the world, and those who have contributed least to the degradation— namely BIPOC, low-income, and other marginalized communities— are experiencing the impacts first and worst.
    Ecologists in the early 20th century believed that ecological harm could be reversed if harmful practices ended. However, by the 1960s, ecologists were beginning to write about the idea that an ecosystem can be so damaged that it loses the ability to repair itself. Decades later, the news and IPCC reports are making it very clear that we are very close to reaching that point, and with recent discoveries that rainwater is now unsafe to drink due to forever chemicals like PFAS, some might argue that we’re already there. That’s why we must prioritize the preservation and restoration of ecosystems that have been destroyed and can no longer regenerate themselves.
    So what is ecosystem restoration?
    Ecosystem restoration is the act of giving nature the ability to replenish the Earth. Our planet has the ability to heal itself and restore balance through the water, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles which distribute and balance essential nutrients to all living organisms. These complex, yet perfectly working cycles create the well-balanced ecosystems we live and thrive in. Native pla

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

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I have always loved any work that comes out of Intersectional Environmentalist, and this pod is no exception! As a fellow good news reporter, I am so grateful to see more storytelling that centers the solutions in the fight for climate justice. I always learn so much and become a better storyteller myself <3

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