Sonali Kpolhatkar speaks with Sandra Goldmark about how to fix the planet.
A recent scientific article published in Nature marked a little-noticed yet grim planetary milestone. Its authors pointed out that, “Earth is exactly at the crossover point; in the year 2020 the anthropogenic mass, which has recently doubled roughly every 20 years, will surpass all global living biomass.” In other words we are at the point where the weight of all objects created by humans now equals the weight of all living creatures on the planet.
Thinking about that the next time you throw out a broken lamp instead of trying to get it fixed is exactly the reason why my next guest wrote her book Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet.
Sandra Goldmark is the founder of Fixup (formerly Pop Up Repair), an innovative social enterprise inNew York City. She is also a theater set/costume designer, a leader in the field of sustainable theatrical design, and director of the Sustainability and Climate Action program and associate professor of professional practice at Barnard College. Her new book is called Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet.
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