Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Container City: Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis officially announced her campaign for governor Thursday night, putting an end to months of intense speculation about the filibustering Democrat’s political ambitions.
And while it was Davis’ June fight against her state’s sweeping antiabortion law that turned her into a national icon, she chose to emphasize her record on education and job creation in the speech kicking off her campaign.
“We’re here because we want every child, no matter where they start in Texas, to receive a world-class education — an education that can take them anywhere they want to go, so that success and opportunity is within reach of every single Texan and no one in this great state is ever forced to dream smaller instead of bigger,” Davis said.
Citing her fight against GOP-backed cuts to education funding in 2011, Davis continued, “Though the cuts weren’t immediately restored, those voices grew and they grew until they could no longer be ignored and we were able to undo over $3 billion of that damage.”
Davis’ emphasis on education comes as little surprise; her national profile rose during the Texas Legislature’s prolonged battle over abortion rights in the state, but Davis’ struggle to pursue higher education as a young, single mother was widely reported and became a prominent piece of her public image. After having her first child at 19, Davis attended a community college and a local university as a single mother before going on to earn her law degree from Harvard.
While Davis’ name recognition and national popularity has bolstered the momentum behind her candidacy, she may face an uphill battle in the historically red state, as Sean Sullivan at the Washington Post notes:
While party strategists are optimistic about shifting demographics that could boost Democratic hopes in Texas in the coming years, the state hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1990. And the last time a Democrat was elected statewide was 1994…
A key question for Davis is whether she can raise enough money to compete in a state with several expensive media markets. Keeping pace with [Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg] Abbott will be no small feat. While Davis flexed some fundraising muscle this summer, pulling in $900,000 in June, by the time Abbott announced his campaign in July, he had already amassed a war chest of about $20 million.
A recent poll conducted for the Texas Lyceum, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, showed Abbott leading Davis 29 percent to 21 percent. Half of the voters polled said they “don’t know” who they will support.
Man Covering His Mouth: A shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell, Inner Mongolia, China
Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
“Black Friday” Shoppers: Aggressive bargain hunters push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall as they are opened at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2007, Boise, Idaho, USA
Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.