Category Archives: Nature

The longer I go without flying, the more people talking about flying sounds like they’re talking about heroin.

on April 27, 2018 in Nature

In my third year of avoiding flying, not one person I’ve shared the idea with has communicated to me that they’d consider even delaying one flight. I’ve met a few other people not flying too. Everyone knows that flying pollutes. People also want to sleep at night, which polluting makes difficult. I’ve heard everyone explain to me why their flying doesn’t pollute, most often that the plane was going to[…] Keep reading →

Looking to scientists and engineers for leadership distracts from getting things done

on April 26, 2018 in Leadership, Nature

“We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention” threatens the headline of an article about a social scientist. There are plenty of similar articles about plenty of similar people. The article recounts Hillman predicting many problems and suggesting solutions, but not getting them implemented. If we want to solve environmental problems we have to separate science and engineering from leadership. Scientists’ and engineers’ training[…] Keep reading →

Who is moving slower than the U.S. government on the environment? The U.S. people.

on April 25, 2018 in Nature

I had to share a few points I made on a thread commenting on China moving faster than the U.S. on the environment. Someone wrote: “It’s a strange shift in affairs that China appears to have the greatest incentives (urban pollution, petroleum imports) today to advance clean transportation and energy while the US has stalled or moved backward, at least the Federal level.” I responded: “> the US has stalled[…] Keep reading →

The Green Revolution and subway rats

on April 24, 2018 in Nature, Perception

The Green Revolution saved over a billion people from starvation, according to many. I don’t think that’s the only way to see it. Before describing other ways, first, what is the Green Revolution? According to Wikipedia, The Green Revolution, or Third Agricultural Revolution, refers to a set of research and the development of technology transfer initiatives occurring between the 1930s and the late 1960s (with prequels in the work of[…] Keep reading →

My salt experiment

on April 21, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Habits, Nature, Perception

When I was a kid, my mom and stepfather switched from salted butter to unsalted. I remember the unsalted tasted bland, like nothing. I couldn’t stand it. Some time later—maybe weeks or months, I don’t remember—I tasted salted butter again for the first time. It tasted terrible! It was way too salty. Of course, the amount of salt in the butter didn’t change. I did. My taste buds had adjusted[…] Keep reading →

Success! A first Expert Panel from the Leadership and the Environment podcast

on April 4, 2018 in Leadership, Nature, Podcast

Yesterday was the Leadership and the Environment podcast’s first Expert Panel, on a path to turn the podcast into a movement of people enjoying acting on their environmental values. Expert panelists Vincent Stanley, Robin Nagle, and RJ Khalaf topped the reasons making yesterday so successful. They openly shared their struggles and triumphs in vivid, colorful stories. Each time I looked at the audience, everyone seemed engaged and enraptured. We started[…] Keep reading →

Don’t Call It a “Carbon” Tax

on April 2, 2018 in, Nature

Don’t Call It a “Carbon” Tax Words have meaning and the problem isn’t carbon. Naming the tax meaningfully and effectively will create support. As a carbon-based life form, I’m fond of carbon. Taxing it doesn’t sound appealing to me. As someone who likes the sea levels where they are, I find taxing greenhouse gas emissions compelling, like taxing cigarettes, which reduced smoking, extended lives, and increased revenues. “Pollution tax,” not[…] Keep reading →

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