oops forgot to make an introduction on here! I'm Kate! I'm bisexual and genderqueer. I work full time as a writer. I mostly write about landscapes, material culture, and #architecture.
I'm an ecosocialist of no particular tendency; my favorite philosophers are Henri Lefebvre, Fredric Jameson, and Jean Baudrillard. I love plants, especially those from fire based ecosystems and my hobbies are cross stitch and rock climbing.
my pronouns are they/them or she/her.
Rainforests are wonderful places. They're full of all kinds of amazing plants and animals 💚
climate crisis / deforestation
Forests are some of Earth's greatest centres of biodiversity, as well as being potent carbon sinks. These are how the planet stabilises its own climate, counteracting sudden changes, while allowing gradual variations.
Sadly, deforestation means that as well as filling the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, we're also removing the planet's natural means of fixing things.
climate crisis / deforestation / solarpunk
We're actually capable, if we choose to, to increase the amount of biomass Earth is capable of growing. We just need to change how we organise our cities. Stop covering everything in concrete and allow trees to grow.
This is the #solarpunk I signed up for. In the end, if we don't actually help the planet, everything else is irrelevant.
politics, shutdown, privatization
I'm increasingly thinking of the shutdown as a way to accellerate privatization. they're Shock Doctrine-ing by creating their own man-made crisis. I can't help but think they'd love to have privately owned and run National Parks. Airports with private security firms like the one Betsy Devos' husband ran instead of the TSA (that could really help them enforce their immigration policies more brutally).
Did you know: The idea of atoms was first posited by the Greek philosopher Democritus, who said that everything is made up of tiny, unbreakable particles ("atomos" in Greek means "indivisible").
His way of describing it was that if you took a block of cheese, then cut it in half - then half again - then half again - and so on, eventually you would get a piece you couldn't cut up. This, the smallest part, was an atom.
This stood for thousands of years, until we discovered elements, protons, electrons, etc. - and now, with advances in quantum physics, scientists believe that these "cheese atoms" are made up of even smaller
Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/05/luxembourg-to-become-first-country-to-make-all-public-transport-free?CMP=share_btn_tw
Quite a few settlements now utilising potential solar and hydro power sources. Finite resource extraction kept minimal. Plenty of food and technics in the commons. The diverse ecology is flourishing.
As we hope to open this up as an official Sunbeam project in the future, are they any additional mods folkx would like to try?
Here's our current world.mt (needs a little cleaning up):