Category Archives: Nature

TEDx talk #2! . . . three chances to see it live

on September 12, 2019 in Events, Leadership, Nature

Hello all, I’m pleased to announce my second TEDx talk: TEDxWaltham! This TEDx theme is Going Places. I proposed speaking on not flying and they went for it. It’s really about joy, but I’m sworn to secrecy beyond that. I’m enthusiastic to go in a contrarian direction. Who knows, maybe karma I created helped lead to Greta sailing here from Europe. I’d love to involve you so here are 3[…] Keep reading →

Your Daily Environment 012: Naomi Klein, Exxon, and us

on September 11, 2019 in Nature

After the other day’s fireside chat between Greta Thunberg and Naomi Klein, Naomi read a statement from UK student activists. They took Exxon and its peers to task for knowing about environmental problems they were causing but doing nothing. A lot of what she said they did, we do ourselves! The overwhelming majority of people I see obfuscate information to keep doing what they’re doing, knowing it hurts others. They[…] Keep reading →

Why Greta Thunberg is the Leader of the Future

on September 10, 2019 in Leadership, Nature

Read my post in Thrive Global following my speaking to her briefly when her boat docked a week and a half ago, then seeing her speak with Naomi Klein last night at an event hosted by The Intercept. Here she is at the event: Yes, my camera phone is the world’s crappiest. EDIT: Here’s the event. Naomi Klein begins introducing her at 36:38 and Greta begins speaking at 42:45.

My electrical bill

on September 8, 2019 in Nature

I think I’m doing a good job of bringing my electrical use down. Each year it’s lower most months than the year before, though it will be tough to beat last December, when I was out of town and unplugged my fridge. I’m annoyed that for $5.64 worth of power, I have to pay $23. The fixed basic cost is almost three times my actual use. I think my fridge[…] Keep reading →

Your Daily Environment 011, We don’t cause climate change?!?

on September 5, 2019 in Nature

My comments on Barbados’s Prime Minister disavowing responsibility for climate change despite the nation causing and promoting well above the world average in greenhouse gas emissions: “We are on the front line of the consequences of climate change but we don’t cause it.” You may say I’m untimely, given the devastation they face, but I didn’t choose her words and I find her words irresponsible. Shirking responsibility disempowers us when[…] Keep reading →

My trash from redoing the floor

on August 30, 2019 in Nature

Without a set way to account for my garbage, I’ve been counting since September 2018 as the last time I emptied my household trash. I also had my floor redone, which produced a bunch of trash and recycling, which I count as nearly trash. Most of the old flooring was still usable. I posted it free on Craig’s List. After two guys with vans canceled on their appointments to pick[…] Keep reading →

How much toothpaste should you use?

on August 25, 2019 in Nature, Tips

When I talk about avoiding packaging and having little to throw away, people consistently ask me about toothbrushes and toothpaste. If they wanted to decrease their packaging waste quickly and easily, they’d do better decreasing obvious big things like bottled water and take-out. Instead they go with toothbrushes and toothpaste, things where a year’s supply adds up to less than one load of take-out packaging. Five years into avoiding packaging,[…] Keep reading →

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