The Sorensen Monologues

Archive for January 14th, 2020

Demonize the Eco-wise

This cartoon relies heavily on this NY Times article. In short, Australians have been fed a bunch of disinformation about the fires that are ravaging the country. While controlled burns help, the weather has been so unusually hot and dry that the windows to conduct them safely are fewer and fewer. (Here’s the Greens’ statement rebutting the smear campaign against them, if you’re curious.)

Not unlike a mass shooting leading to a spike in gun sales, we’re seeing a perverse dynamic of climate catastrophe being used to worsen said catastrophe. 

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Jen Sorensen is a cartoonist for Daily Kos, The Nation, In These Times, Politico and other publications throughout the US. She received the 2023 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning from the National Press Foundation, and is a recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. She is also a Pulitzer Finalist.



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