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Hey there Uprooters! Welcome back to The Seedling. It's me again, Aria Velasquez (she/her), in your inbox for round two. If you're reading this, it's because you subscribed. We hope you continue to do so, so that you can keep getting updates from climate and environment journalists as well as updates from the Uproot Project and job listings.  

Spring is here, which in my neck of the woods – New York City –means an explosive pollen count and a lot of rain. It also means Earth Day is coming up! If you're like me, a child of the 90s who grew up watching Captain Planet reruns and singing songs about "reduce, reuse and recycle," recognition of Earth Day may feel a bit... hollow? I mean, sure, I can turn off the water when I brush my teeth or avoid buying fast fashion, but it doesn't feel like I'm making a dent in the climate problem.  Even though I know my decisions are microscopic in comparison to those of corporate and government actors, I often feel like I'm at a loss for how to live a more sustainable, responsible life. I like to say I was born anxious. Living through an ongoing ecological collapse hasn't made matters easier. You can't Zoloft or Xanax your way out of acknowledging one of the greatest existential threats of our time! And I know I'm not the only one. So I'm asking the question (and hoping for a response from at least a few readers!): How do you cope with your climate and waste anxiety? Let me know on Twitter (@snarkyspice). I really want to have this conversation!

Thanks again for reading this edition of The Seedling! This is my last issue for now, but don't be a stranger. As I said last time, you can find me on Twitter, on Instagram or on the couch. Or if you're lucky, you can find me on roller skates, trying not to fall as I learn to skate backwards (it's a journey).

--Aria Velazquez, Freelance Multimedia Journalist
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What Are You Planting? 

Name: Cameron Oglesby, Masters student at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Associate Editor at Earth in Color, Freelance Environmental Justice reporter.

Where do you live? Splitting my time between Durham, North Carolina, Midlothian, Virginia, and my soon-to-be forever home on my family’s Centennial Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

What are you listening to? The soft warmth, rainy petrichor days, and new greenery of Spring brings a mix of Ed Sheeran’s Divide Album, Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon Album, and Childish Gambino’s Camp Album.

What's a piece of advice you wish you could give to your younger self? It took me way too long to find my method for positive change. I would tell myself that there are a lot of ways to have an impact and to be a storyteller. Don’t be afraid to dive into all of them headfirst.

What’s your ethos to journalism? Storytelling in service to the underserved; reporting that prioritizes and uplifts community voices; and journalism that pushes us toward the common good.


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