by Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
Who cares about water pollution? We do! We do!
Little Lisa, the outspoken voice of morality in the Simpson family, made her debut as an environmental advocate in 1992 in the episode “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish.” The episode features Blinky; a three-eyed fish caught in a polluted river, similar to the one pictured below, behind the Springfield nuclear power plant. Lisa struggles with the injustice that the owner of the plant, who had been dumping toxic waste, won’t answer for this mutagenic atrocity. However, when Marge serves Blinky’s head on a silver platter during a publicity stunt on Mr. Burns’ campaign trail, it costs him the mayoral election. (Simpsons World)
by Luisa Black | Zoom Out Mycology
In the spring of 2016, the resistance of Indigenous people against a pipeline routed through their sacred burial grounds rocked the country. For many people watching and following, this was the first political display of a mounted resistance against a pipeline, or even the first time seriously considering the potential social harm of a pipeline beyond its relatively self evident ecological harm. The No Dakota Access Pipeline resistance, often referred to as #NoDAPL, was a lightning rod for action against environmental racism from around the country, with thousands of supporters eventually flocking to the Oceti Sakowin camp to lend material support, and hundreds more of solidarity demonstrations staged around the country.
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