Author: Erin Zimmerman (Erin Zimmerman)

Zimmerman: Car crashes and climate change

Years ago, I was in a car accident. I remember looking over and seeing the other car right before it hit me. I knew the crash was going to happen, I knew that things were going to be bad, I just didn’t know how bad. Time slowed down and I recall a moment of utter...

Zimmerman: What the findings of the U.N. climate report mean for San Jose

The Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released last month. Since its release, the report has been lauded and derided, but its significance cannot be dismissed. The intergovernmental panel is not a political body and the report is not a political document. Rather, it is an amalgamation of the...

Zimmerman: Our underappreciated open spaces

“Disruption of nature and natural systems by humans is a major part of the climate crisis. But nature is part of the solution.” This is what Andrea Mackenzie, the general manager of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, told me in an interview earlier this year. The authority has four public open spaces offering...

Zimmerman: Environmental racism is the norm

The modern environmental movement now recognizes the inextricable link between environment and race. We cannot solve the climate crisis without addressing systematic racism. Environmental racism is the disproportionate burden of environmental hazards placed on people of color. In the United States, the biggest predictor of if you live near a hazardous waste site is the...

Zimmerman: Earth Day started in San Jose

Tomorrow is Earth Day, so today is a great opportunity to introduce myself and this new environmentally-focused column to the readers of the San Jose Spotlight. This column and Earth Day share the same goal (albeit on very different scales): to educate, inform, and empower change. My goal is to introduce you to the big...