Early Western environmentalism was almost entirely a question of protecting ecosystems from pollution. We know that, in reality, the ecological crisis is wound tightly with extractivism, colonialism and capitalism. But, today, the only problem that national governments and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change truly seem to want to tackle is carbon dioxide.
In this series, It’s Freezing in LA! brings the human and ecological cost of the climate crisis to centre stage. From tear gas to industrial waste, from concrete to fast fashion – here five writers expose toxic hazards in our environment and what might be done about them. All five articles also appear in Issue #9 of It’s Freezing in LA! magazine, alongside other writing about climate and health.