Hey team, and welcome back to one5c. Here’s a mental bumper sticker for the holiday shopping season: Sustainability is not something you can buy. Of course, companies will do their very best to convince you otherwise—that the secret to unforking the planet lies within their brown paper packaging (“look! leaves!”). And they’ll throw all kinds of terms at you to “prove” it. That’s why I asked Leslie to dig in and surface the most-common greenwashed words you’ll see this season.
Also today, we’ve rounded up four things you can read in 15 minutes to wrap your brain around the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a regular report card on the country’s progress in mitigating the effects of the climate crisis. If you’re finding these cheat sheets handy, please share one5c with your besties. —Corinne