Lisa Hymas

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The GINK Chronicles

Want to join the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?

Art: Nina PaleyLes U. Knight (get it?) is the face and the force behind the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT, pronounced vehement).  Motto: “May we live long and die out.” It might sound like a strident or mean-spirited campaign, but Knight is certainly not a strident or mean-spirited guy.  He’s hit on a creative way to talk about the population problem and the damage humans do to ecosystems everywhere, without calling for reproductive coercion (note the prominence of the word voluntary). The gist: If we all just decided to stop procreating, humans would gradually and peacefully clear out and make …


UPDATED: McDonald’s new ad campaign: Is it localwashing or not?

[See UPDATE below.] McDonald’s has a new localwashing campaign playing out on billboards in Seattle.  This one targets the Ballard neighborhood … Photos: Gilman Park … and comes with an amusing disclaimer: “Participation and duration may vary.” This one targets Seattle as a whole: Have you seen any ads of this ilk? Cheddar from Wausau, Wis.?  Tomatoes from Immokalee, Fla.?  High-fructose corn syrup from Ames, Iowa? Tell us in comments below. Or better yet, email your photos to grist [at] grist [dot] org. (h/t Gilman Park) UPDATE, 22 July 2010: It turns out this is an ad campaign running just …

The GINK videos

Population trends as you’ve never seen them before [VIDEO]

As part of my GINK and population coverage, I’ll be bringing you a video each Saturday with a different take on these issues. Check out the previous installment, and stay tuned for more. Hans Rosling uses “colorful new data display technology” (ahem) to show you population trends over the last half century and the half century to come. “Child survival is the new green,” he declares. Rosling, a Swedish professor of global health, gave this talk at TED@Cannes: Have a video on population or GINK thinking to recommend? Post a link in comments below.  —– Read more about population and …

Girl's lawn wild

An ode to my new push reel lawn mower

I heart the Fiskars Momentum.It is a truth universally acknowledged that a new homeowner in possession of a good lawn must be in want of a lawn mower.  Unless you have access to a herd of goats, or you’re an aggressive gardener with immediate plans to xeriscape or cover all terrain with edible plants.   My significant other and I have started off with modest ambitions at our new homestead: keeping our small parcel of grass from degenerating into a weedy jungle. A gas-powered mower was out from the start.  Smelly, dirty, hugely polluting, and a pain to operate and …

The GINK videos

Women who can’t get birth control spotlighted in new short film — watch it here

The new short film Empty Handed: Responding to the Demand for Contraceptives showcases the plight of women in Uganda who want birth control but are being failed by a dysfunctional distribution system.  The average Ugandan woman will give birth to 6.7 children — that’s the second-highest fertility rate in the world, behind only Niger.  The film, produced by Population Action International, debuted earlier this month. Watch the trailer (1:45): Empty Handed Short from Population Action International on Vimeo. Or watch the full short film (8:27): Empty Handed from Population Action International on Vimeo. Then read an op-ed by the filmmaker, …

The GINK Chronicles

Nearly a fifth of American women skip childbearing

Almost 20 percent of American women end up going childfree, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.  In 2008, 18 percent of women reached ages 40 to 44 without having borne a child, compared to just 10 percent in 1976. “The fact that nearly one of five women does not have a child of her own — that’s an enormous transformation from the past,” Pew researcher D’Vera Cohn told The Washington Post. About half of these women are childfree by choice. So, is society becoming more accepting of that choice? Yes, write Cohn and co-researcher Gretchen Livingston: …

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