Three months after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its most alarming report to date, rendering human-caused climate change a “code red for humanity,” following an apocalyptic summer with unprecedented wildfires, heat records, and flooding around the world, world leaders gathered in Glasgow for the 26th Conference of the…

A mountaintop removal site in West Virginia. Source: earthjustice.org.

In Boone County, West Virginia, residents learn at a young age to avoid all contact with the tap water flowing from pipes in their homes. Ryan Hall-Massey, a seven-year-old boy, has had half of his teeth capped to replace enamel decimated from brushing his teeth with it. An 18-year-old neighbor…

The Port Arthur oil refinery in Texas when it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Source: Earthjustice.org.

When Hurricane Laura made landfall in August 2020, on the Texas and Louisiana coastlines, it ravaged an area dotted with petrochemical plants, oil refineries, and industrial facilities, and predominantly populated by low-income communities of color. Refineries near Houston emitted plumes of over 4 million pounds of air pollution, including benzene…

Drawing by Bruno Mallart depicting toxic conditions in American prisons. Source: nrdc.org.

Kenneth Hartman was three decades into a life sentence at the California State Prison in Lancaster when he contracted valley fever, a debilitating respiratory infection caused by breathing in fungal spores from the air.

“The severity [of my symptoms] kept increasing to the point that I clearly remember thinking, If…

Global industrial capitalism was put to the ultimate test, and it failed admirably.

The Pando Aspen colony in Richfield, Utah.

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” -John Muir

I. Interdependence and the Global Industrial Capitalist World-System

The largest living organism on Earth is a colony of Aspen trees in central Utah — a grove of 47,000 genetically…

Transcript of a Speech I Delivered at the Youth Climate Strikes on September 20, 2019 — at the University of Virginia and in Downtown Charlottesville.

I almost didn’t make it here today. Two months ago, I stood shivering, drenched in rain, on a Himalayan mountaintop, as human-sized chunks of rock and full-grown trees plummeted down the cliffside I was hiking. It was random luck that I wasn’t in the path of the catastrophic landslide.

The…

Allie Lowy

Aspiring human.

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