As summer begins to fade into fall, so many of us are still working from home. It seemed like the right thing to do to extend our @Home series featuring our partners and colleagues at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology . Our latest installment @Home with… Nina Misuraca Ignaczak follows this month’s theme of sustainability and was inspired by our summer series, Yeah, What Lester Said, which can be found on our blog.
Nina Misuraca Ignaczak is an award-winning Detroit-based freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. She writes and produces stories about the environment, place, and identity. Her recent work has been published by the Huffington Post, Detroit Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Insider, Belt Magazine, Curbed, Detour Detroit and Model D.
She is also the founder, publisher, and editor of Planet Detroit, a digital media startup that tells Detroit's environmental stories while building a community of engaged readers who are informed and empowered to act personally and publicly.
We caught up with. Nina this summer to hear more about the work she’s doing there and get some tips on how we can all contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.
1.) How does sustainability influence the work you do at Planet Detroit?
NMI: “Planet Detroit's journalism is all about the challenges and opportunities for building a more sustainable world. The triple bottom line of environmental, social and financial equity informs our reporting choices and our business decisions. We lean heavily on the social equity side of things, not least because we feel that the environmental movement and environmental journalism for years has ignored communities of color.”
2.) What’s one thing do you believe everyone could do (one change we could make) to help protect our environment from climate change?
NMI: “One change we could all make is to take a close look at our diets. Since our industrial food system is responsible for a quarter of the world's greenhouse gases, if we all consumed less meat, or stop eating meat, were more careful about food waste, and grew more of our own food (or supported local farmers) it would go a long way towards reducing our climate impact.”
3.) What role do you see sustainability having in the future of art and design?
NMI: “The future of our species, including the economy, will be playing out in the context of climate change from here on out. Designers and artists have the opportunity to do what they always do-- lead us to solutions (through) their innovative thinking and inspiration.”
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