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If we don’t lower our birth rate nature will raise our death rate.

on November 14, 2019 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

As this phrase—if we don’t lower our birth rate nature will raise our death rate—came out of my mouth in conversation yesterday, I could tell it captured a lot in a few words. I expect I’ll start saying it more and promoting it. It gets to the heart of what we need to do. All research I know of says that we are over the planet’s carrying capacity, which means[…] Keep reading →

Here Comes The Sun 2019 brings tears to my eyes

on November 12, 2019 in Art, Audio, Creativity

Abbey Road was the first album I listened to until the little orange plastic record player I played it on either destroyed the grooves or the record destroyed the needle. It was the 70s. I didn’t know music. My taste has since matured, but I never stopped loving the Beatles. The 2019 remix of Here Comes The Sun differs only slightly from the original but it brought tears to my[…] Keep reading →

244: Lessons from extinction

on November 11, 2019 in Blog

Learning that humans only recently developed the concept of extinction. Much of the West, for example, believed in a Great Chain of Being, spontaneous generation, and a biblical flood. That perspective suggests that many past behaviors we consider unconscionable may have seemed even humane then, like walking up to a rhinoceros and shooting it in the head. If you can’t imagine it going extinct because new ones will form, how[…] Keep reading →

243: Confusing distinct modes of acting

on November 10, 2019 in Podcast

Tired of people saying what you do doesn’t matter? Or personal action in general? They’re confusing different types of action. In this recording I distinguish three of them so you can feel comfortable acting by your values without the naysayers and navel-gazers distracting you. The three categories are Personal action, like avoiding packaged food Leading others, like hosting a podcast Influence one’s local community, like sharing joy Distinguishing them protects[…] Keep reading →

242: Florida Mayors Jerry Demings and Buddy Dyer, part 1: United States government officials acting

on November 9, 2019 in Podcast

I talk a lot about the lack of leadership in the area of the environment. Many people talk about change but don’t lead it. Many others judge but don’t support, which leads people to hold back on trying. Well, the mayors of Orlando and Orange County Florida went out of their way and found me. Most guests I seek out. Instead, they took it on themselves to put themselves out[…] Keep reading →

How Psychology Today improved overnight

on November 8, 2019 in psychologytoday

Psychology Today improved overnight by hiring me! Today marked my first post. Here’s a screen shot of my profile. My column is called Leadership and the Environment, subtitled What Everyone Gets Wrong and How to Get It Right. Appropriate to that title, my first post is the script to my second TEDx talk, posted almost the same time, titled What Everyone Gets Wrong About the Environment, just like my colum.[…] Keep reading →

My second TEDx talk, “What everyone gets wrong about the environment” and how to get it right

on November 7, 2019 in Events, Leadership, Nature, Stories

I am deeply grateful to the TEDxWaltham team for inviting me and hosting the event, October 5, 2019. Here’s the blurb: Josh shares his remarkable, radical, personal journey to more sustainable living — away from a standard American diet (and life) to his vegan, nearly package-free diet and away from a jet-setting lifestyle to not flying for 4.5 years and counting — and his profound discovery of a common misconception[…] Keep reading →

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