Hey team, and welcome back to one5c! Confession time: “East Bound and Down” has a tendency to loop in my head as we pull together these weekly roundups. (To be abundantly clear: I’m talking about the theme song from Smokey and the Bandit, not the late-aughts HBO series.) Specifically, the lyric “we got a long way to go, and a short time to get there” embeds itself in my ear. Without the energetic country guitar-picking behind it, the phrase might sound ominous, but the way I hear it it’s more of a spirited and positive call to action.
When we’ve spent 12 straight months above the 1.5 mark, it’s especially potent. To me that line means we have to run as fast as we can at the things we know are working, and scurry away from the things that aren’t. This week, that means taking a closer look at how public universities profit off Indigenous land, the impact of “green amendments” in state constitutions, and more. Is there a technology or initiative or action you’re curious about? Reply to this email and let us know; I’d love to talk about it. —Corinne