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.
The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will officially welcome LGBT participants for the first time in 2015 — even though the parade has hosted LGBT participants for several years. On Wednesday, parade organizers announced that they have decided to lift a ban on gay groups marching openly in the event, finally ending a policy that had elicited protests, boycotts and court battles for decades. The decision came as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to boycott the parade, as he did on St. Patrick’s Day 2014.
This is progress,” Mayor de Blasio said. “What I’ve called for for a long time is an inclusive parade. This is a city of inclusion.”
Parade spokesperson Bill O’Reilly said in a statement that in the future, any LGBT groups interested in marching in the parade will be free to apply, according to the Associated Press. For the time being, however, the first and only LGBT group to march under a banner down Fifth Avenue will be OUT@NBCUniversal, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people backed by NBC Universal. The network, which broadcasts the event, reportedly put pressure on organizers to become more inclusive.
According to the statement, efforts to depoliticize the event with a ban on LGBT groups backfired:
Organizers have diligently worked to keep politics — of any kind — out of the parade in order to preserve it as a single and unified cultural event … Paradoxically, that ended up politicizing the parade.
The organizers’ decision reflects growing inclusion of LGBT people by the Catholic church, and is a far but welcome cry from the event’s earlier years, when members of the gay community, in particular, were openly (and legally) excluded from marching in the parade. While organizers and supporters have noted that LGBT people have been free to march in the parade for years, their ability to organize openly under a public banner is a huge step that should not be understated. The parade’s recognition of LGBT Irish-Americans and their families, friends and allies is another important, incremental win for visibility and equality.
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.