Bharat

Bharat is an environmental scientist, public policy dilettante and feminist with a gaggle of science degrees who tries to take a “public health” approach to his analysis and writing. This approach involves looking at the systems, institutions and community/population level information that determine what happens in the world, and what he would prefer to happen.

A simple example: Do we focus on bike helmets or safer cycling facilities to ensure safety? Bharat believes that we need both functional big institutions like governments, and involved grassroots activism to make change happen and stick.

He grew up in India, and is interested in many things South Asian. This also plays an important role in his relationship with Canadian colonialism. His views and comfort zones are very much a product of a class-privileged upbringing, and while he tries hard to step out of those boxes, he thinks he probably doesn’t always succeed.

He also loves birds, music, choir, sports and cooking. Bharat’s interest in the environment was sparked by working with the olive ridley sea turtle in India, and has appropriated the lovely turtle for his twitter handle @oliveridley.

Lovely man puts his hand on his head while he thinks, on a stairwell.
Choices for 2024

Choices for 2024

Jan 1, 20241 min read

When your phone does a thing I’m not much of a resolver, resolutioner, whatever the word may be. But my phone did show me these very interesting choices of app…

Big Wool and Fast Fashion

Big Wool and Fast Fashion

Dec 21, 20232 min read

Cute sheep or not, factory farming is always impactful According to one analysis of wool production in Australia, by far the world’s top exporter, the wool required to make one knit…

Leftover milk solids chocolate balls

Leftover milk solids chocolate balls

Dec 16, 20231 min read

When you make ghee, and are careful enough not to burn the batch, the milk solids that are filtered out are great to use up. This site has a bunch…

Roasted rutabagas are awesome!

Roasted rutabagas are awesome!

Dec 16, 20231 min read

This week unlike other weeks, I picked up that rutabaga I usually avoid at the grocery store and it paid off 🙂 Preheat the oven to 425 F Cut into…

Why Deport Jaskirat Singh Sidhu?

Why Deport Jaskirat Singh Sidhu?

Dec 14, 20232 min read

A federal judge has dismissed applications from the truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan and was fighting deportation back to India. Source: Federal judge…

American Caste and ’90s flashbacks

American Caste and ’90s flashbacks

Dec 14, 20232 min read

Always like when I’m validated for something I said 25 years back Wilkerson rigorously defines eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, heredity, and dehumanization. She…

Dark PR by Grant Ennis; black and red illustration of a phone and puppet master hands.

To Read! Dark PR by Grant Ennis

Dec 10, 20233 min read

In his new book, Dark PR: How Corporate Disinformation Harms Our Health and the Environment, Grant Ennis — a lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia — identifies the “nine…

Stuff I read 04-Sep-2023

Stuff I read 04-Sep-2023

Sep 4, 20234 min read

An occasional roundup of news I found interesting, with even less occasional commentary! How a mere 12% of Americans eat half the nation’s beef, creating significant health and environmental impacts…

A gorgeous house or condo glows in the evening on a large property.

How BC Could Tax Soaring Property Values for the Public Good | The Tyee

Aug 30, 20231 min read

The vast majority of B.C.’s residential property wealth — $1.5 trillion — is in the value of the land rather than in the buildings on it. Unlike the value created by…