How industry-backed environmental disinformation campaigns keep us feeling shamed and powerless, and what we can do about it. I’ve been working on a few post ideas, but this week, a couple of news stories pushed one idea to the top of the list. It happens to touch everything I’m working on. The intent of this campaign was to shift responsibility and guilt for carbon emissions from the companies causing them onto us. The first news item was this story in Bloomberg Green: A Canadian Businessman Spent $1 Million to Offset His Carbon Footprint – Bloomberg. Let’s talk about carbon footprint. … Continue reading Disinformation

Join me on Notes

A new place to connect I just published my first note on Substack Notes, and would love for you to join me there! Some of my followers are already there. Come on in and join the fun! Notes is a new space on Substack for us to share links, short posts, quotes, photos, and more. I plan to use it for things that don’t fit in the newsletter, like work-in-progress or quick questions. How to join Head to substack.com/notes or find the “Notes” tab in the Substack app. As a subscriber to Mostly Water, you’ll automatically see my notes. Feel … Continue reading Join me on Notes

They have us coming and going

The companies selling us filters to remove “forever chemicals” from our drinking water are the ones who put them there. We recently installed an under sink reverse osmosis system1, mostly to improve the taste of our drinking water and to limit scaling in tea kettles and coffee machines. Our water comes from a community well. The water has tested below State detection limits for PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, commonly known as “Forever Chemicals”), and is chlorinated and treated for arsenic, iron, and manganese. It remains hard water that scales tea kettles, smells of chlorine, and still contains a … Continue reading They have us coming and going