Fatal Attraction: Our Endless Affair with Plastic

Plastic chairby Julie at ProgressiveKid

Since its rise to prominence in the 1950s and ’60s as humanity’s go-to manufacturing material, plastic’s planetary proliferation has been staggering. The fact that this hardy polymer compared to any previously known standards lasts “forever”—that it will take hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of years to biodegrade through Earth’s natural processes—didn’t seem like a liability until recently. If anything, plastic’s space-age indestructibility was a selling point. But now, half a century, billions of users, and trillions of products later, plastic is starting to collect. Imagine, if you dare, every piece of plastic ever made still out there, somewhere, in our ever-contracting world. Continue reading

Turn and Face the Strange Changes

Parents Facing Climate Change

by Julie at ProgressiveKidfluorescent lightbulb

Now that the mainstream media have finally acknowledged climate change as a newsworthy topic, still not as pressing as the minutiae of Britney Spears’ tragicomic personal life, but worth covering nonetheless, the precarious state of our home planet is on peoples’ minds these days more than ever. For parents, especially ones with active imaginations, the future is more than an abstract mental projection shrouded in a fog of anxiety. For those of us who have educated ourselves about the current and probable future realities of climate change, imagining life for our children and their children is fearful territory. Continue reading