Category Archives: Nature

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 →

Avoiding food packaging

on August 21, 2019 in Nature

In the fall of 2014, I noticed a lot of my garbage came from food packaging. I don’t like when people pollute my world, so I try to avoid polluting theirs. I thought of an experiment: to try to go one week without buying any food where I’d have to throw away food packaging. For six months I planned and thought about doing it until one day I realized all[…] Keep reading →

207: My Sad Fig Tragedy

on August 14, 2019 in Nature, Podcast, Stories

People tell me they prefer personal stories and stories of humility, not just success. Well, this morning I messed up my fig tree. I’m still learning about gardening. I felt like a brute. Plus you can hear about my morning holocaust of bugs.

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