by Alyssa Leavy & Bashira Muhammad | Zoom Out Mycology
Zoom Out Mycology is honoring black environmentalists everyday in February on our Instagram page to celebrate Black History Month. These pioneers have brought their passion for justice, the natural world and above all, the people who inhabit it, to the fight for a greener, cleaner planet. They have pursued conservation, education, awareness, policy change, sustainability and public health. The men and women highlighted this month have been the voice for people who felt they had none or didn’t even realize they needed representation. Although everyone listed is highly regarded in their fields, we wanted to take the time to give their accomplishments the attention they deserve on a broader scale. Our writers hope you enjoy peeking through the small windows of our posts into the lives of these inspiring and committed individuals (and couples). We encourage readers to research more on your own, follow these heroes on social media and find inspiration in their lives and work. Check out our Environmental Justice Column for more sustainability solutions made specifically for Black, urban, and rural communities alike.
1. Carl Anthony is an African American architect, regional planner, social justice activist and author. He was born February 8, 1939. He has since founded Breakthrough Communities, a project dedicated to building multiracial leadership for sustainable communities in California and the rest of the country. He also founded the journal Race, Poverty, and the Environment (RP&E) in 1990.
Fun fact: Carl went to a public interest in Oregon and found himself amongst one-thousand white lawyers. In response to his surprising encounter he went back to Oakland, CA where he held a caucus to discuss people of color and the environment. The stories he received went on to become some of the first published in the journal RP&E.
Lisa P. Jackson
2. Lisa P. Jackson (born February 8th, 1962) is an African American chemical engineer who served as the first AA Administrator of the EPA from 2009-2013. She received her masters degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1986! She’s well known for developing numerous hazardous waste cleanup regulations as well as as her work in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fighting pollution, and encouraging environmentally conscious residential and industrial growth.
Fun fact: We featured Lisa P. Jackson in a blog post celebrating women in science. Check it out!
by Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
Make big strides against food waste with five worthwhile changes.
Living in NYC, so much revolves around my favorite pastime (i.e. all things food-related): boozy brunches, happy hour specials, bagel shops, girls’ nights, guys’ nights, date nights, Seamless, morning coffee, Insomnia Cookies, food trucks galore. It’s all glorious and all right at our fingertips. But with so little control over how restaurants prepare and package our food, how can we be more conscious of our impact on the environment? The best place to start is in our homes. Here are five changes you can make that will have a big impact.
by Marena Gibson
The menstrual cycle is the natural, monthly series of changes a woman's body undergoes to prepare for a potential pregnancy, and therefore the most important biological process for reproduction and survival of the human race.
Every month, a woman’s uterus builds up a lining of blood and tissue, known as the endometrium, which prepares the body for pregnancy. If a woman becomes pregnant, the fertilized egg will implant itself within this uterine lining, and gestation (pregnancy) begins. During pregnancy, women do not get their periods.
If a woman doesn’t become pregnant, the lining will shed from the walls of the uterus and exit through the vagina. This happens for 3-5 days a month, and is called menstruation, but is more commonly referred to as “having your period.” A period is the 3-5 days during which this shedding process occurs.
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