Category Archives: Nature

Three simple proposals to reduce pollution

on September 18, 2018 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature, Visualization

I understand that many people reduce their pollution just from knowing how much they pollute. Planes How about having every airplane ticket show how much pollution and greenhouse gas emissions each flight causes—designed, prominent, and easy to read, like an Energy Star label or cigarette warning? I’d add a relevant comparison number, like IPCC recommendations. Like this, from MyClimate.org, Cars How about gas pumps show that information as you fill[…] Keep reading →

Why you drink bottled water

on August 29, 2018 in Nature

When I was a kid, America considered bottled water froufrou—a European luxury. Now many people prefer bottled water. They don’t see it as an inessential luxury. They believe it’s healthier. Yet, as a population, we’re less healthy than then. As a nation, our land and water is less pure and less clean than then. Why you drink bottled water How do you explain people thinking they’re healthier when they aren’t?[…] Keep reading →

Join the 1L1P movement

on August 27, 2018 in Audio, Leadership, Nature

#1L1P Kevin Huhn contacted me because our spheres overlapped. We got to talking about acting on one’s values even when nobody is around—that is, integrity—which acting on your environmental values teaches. I shared with him my new initiative to promote picking up 1 piece of litter (or producing 1 less) per day and inviting 1 other person to join the initiative too. I shortened 1 litter 1 person to the[…] Keep reading →

Taxing pollution, not income, makes more sense

on August 25, 2018 in Freedom, Nature

If there’s one thing we want government to do, it’s to handle things like stealing, assault, and trespassing—where one person’s behavior hurts another. If I damage your person or property, government handles resolving the conflict without vigilante justice. What is pollution except people’s behavior affecting others? I don’t care if you give yourself cancer, flood your home, or throw trash on your property, but when you affect everyone else’s health,[…] Keep reading →

The privilege of scientific ignorance

on August 11, 2018 in Awareness, Education, Nature, Nonjudgment

NYU, where I teach, is a stronghold of social justice activity, as is Columbia, where I went to school. Since before college I’ve worked on causes to promote equality along genders, skin colors, geography, sexual preferences, and more. I protested Apartheid, my government’s actions in Central America, and more. I work on the environment. The list goes on. The term privilege gets thrown around. Being white, male, and fit, the[…] Keep reading →

The award nobody wants

on August 5, 2018 in Nature

An organization I spoke for sent me an award. While I’m honored at the sentiment and appreciate their doing something for me, the problem of the award and its packaging clogging landfills outweighs the value of the physical award. I would have preferred a donation to a cause we both agree with. Watch my video of my year’s worth of garbage (with shirt or without, to illustrate the similarity of[…] Keep reading →

Environmental leadership resources

on August 3, 2018 in Nature

Here are resources I learn from and return to about joy, discovery, meaning, purpose, community (not doom, gloom, new-age fluff, etc), in no particular order. I’ll keep adding to it. I recommend bingeing on all of it. The Story of Stuff Main site Their movies (my favorite part of the main site and one of my top starting points) Zero Waste Bea Johnson videos, a big role model since saying[…] Keep reading →

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