Category Archives: Nature

Marriage and the environment

on July 14, 2018 in Models, Nature, Relationships

You don’t get married and it’s done. You adopt a new mindset that it’s not just you and you live that way for the rest of your life. It’s always a part of your life, and you love the change. Having a child takes it to the next level. You take on more responsibility, and you love the change. The challenges never stop coming, never get easier, and never repeat,[…] Keep reading →

Technology won’t solve environmental issues and you know it

on July 13, 2018 in Leadership, Models, Nature, Podcast

EDIT: I recorded a podcast version of this post (episode 63) that covered same views beyond this post: If anything marked the beginning of the industrial revolution, it was James Watt’s steam engine. It wasn’t the first steam engine, but was more efficient than any before. More efficient means using less energy and less pollution, right? Wrong. Each engine, yes, but more people used engines, so Watt engines used more[…] Keep reading →

How do you make a room full of Americans pollute?

on June 25, 2018 in Nature

Q: How do you make a room full of Americans pollute? A: Tell them that stopping polluting will require them to meaningfully change their lives. Even if the changes will improve their lives by their values, based on my experience, nearly no one will meaningfully change their lives, no matter how much they pollute. I find they change if they experience that changing is easier and more effective than they[…] Keep reading →

More than a year since I emptied my garbage

on June 14, 2018 in Nature

More delicious, more convenient, more social, more food, more satisfaction, less money, less preparation time, more joy. How? Avoiding packaging. Avoiding packing by at least 90% has reduced my garbage to where I empty it less than once per year. Think you can’t do it? I’m not special. Anyone can do the same. It took a while to transition—going from emptying garbage weekly to biweekly, to monthly, and so on[…] Keep reading →

Affluence Without Abundance thoughts

on June 10, 2018 in Models, Nature

In this country, mentioning any deviation from capitalism flips people into communism and socialism. This black-and-white thinking explains why Reagan and Thatcher opposed Nelson Mandela fighting Apartheid—supporting a party promoting blatant, destructive racism. They supported the party started by supporters of Nazis—a term we throw around today to mean figuratively, but the creators of Apartheid supported Hitler in the 30s and 40s. Maybe because Thatcher was prime minister of empire[…] Keep reading →

What does it take for people to see their effect on the environment?

on May 30, 2018 in Nature

The Silence of the Bugs, an opinion piece in the New York Times by science professor and author of many books, Curt Stager, started by saying: Fifty-six years after Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” warned of bird die-offs from pesticides, a new biocrisis may be emerging. A study published last fall documented a 76 percent decline in the total seasonal biomass of flying insects netted at 63 locations in Germany over[…] Keep reading →

Technology is tactical. Behavior is strategic.

on May 12, 2018 in Leadership, Nature

People widely expect technology to solve our environmental problems. What technology? They don’t know. Something someone will invent in the future. What about the pattern that technology has driven consumption of fossil fuels and plastic, accelerated using up resources, and created pollution such as plastic, carcinogens, and so on? But but but they make things more efficient. They do for a while, but the trend is toward accelerating the system[…] Keep reading →

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