Category Archives: Nature
People use the terms like belief, faith, and the supernatural interchangeably, but they mean different things. A belief, as I understand them, is a mental representation of something. Beliefs are necessary and inevitable. The universe is too large and complex for our minds to take it all in. Our minds take in only what they can. So we think about beliefs about things, not the things themselves, which don’t fit[…] Keep reading →
Joan Sotkin invited me back to her podcast, Prosperity Place. We mostly spoke about environmental leadership, but it was the first public mentioning of my book coming out in a couple months. From the podcast page, the highlights: People think that acting for the environment is a sacrifice when in fact it’s fun. Regarding the environment, leadership by example doesn’t work. Josh manages to only throw out one small back[…] Keep reading →
About four-and-a-half years ago I learned that flying New York to Los Angeles round trip coach polluted about a year’s worth of driving (from this video of Caltech-trained Oxford physicist David Mackay speaking at Harvard, I think). Before learning that statistic, I thought I polluted significantly less than anyone with a car, as I lived in Manhattan and didn’t own one. Instead, I realized that I polluted more than my[…] Keep reading →
If you’ve never heard Carl Sagan’s spoken essay Pale Blue Dot, you’ll get to hear it in today’s episode. It still chokes me up. Here is an Earthrise image taken a few years ago like those he contrasts the pale blue dot image with. Here is the Pale Blue Dot image.
Following take 1, where I answered my friend’s mom question, “Hi Josh, My son says you make an awesome vegetable stew with seasonal produce. Is there a formula for it?”, she wrote back: I did it!! I got an instant pot and I made a simple stew with: Lentils, acorn squash, kale, spinach, garlic and some Braggs seasoning. I added some nutritional yeast later and topped it off with chopped[…] Keep reading →
Holidays mean people sending cards as a proxy for emotion. Those cards are heading to the landfill and making them created emissions. You can kid yourself all you want that the paper is recyclable or they aren’t that much mass, but you know you’re lying to yourself. Most of the waste happened before you got the cards, a lot of the material never makes it to recycling, many cards include[…] Keep reading →
People keep praising my polluting less by avoiding packaging and avoiding flying, but few change themselves. Would-be leaders talk about how others should change their behavior while they don’t change themselves. Here’s an article by the CEO of Coca-Cola, Why a World Without Waste is Possible, describing some change other people did but not change he did. Maybe he’s reduced his personal pollution, but I don’t see it. I suspect[…] Keep reading →