Category Archives: Podcast

233: Future Generations and Us

on October 17, 2019 in Podcast

I’ve been sharing the sentiment of how people today seem to think of our times versus how people from other times would see now. I expect they’d view us with horror, disgust, and disdain. We can change how we act. We can turn this situation around. Today’s post reprises that perspective. Here are the note I wrote that I worked from: People say homeless live better than kings before. TVs,[…] Keep reading →

232: Michael Werner, part 2: Leading Google by bike

on October 14, 2019 in Podcast

Michael took on a challenge many people consider: biking to work for a month. He challenged himself amid product releases at work and family obligations as his wife traveled, so he couldn’t just start. He had to plan and work at it. Even so, he created cheerleaders of his riding in his coworkers. Before all that, you’ll get to hear about his spectacular blow out. Michael clearly explains his plans,[…] Keep reading →

231: How are you justifying your polluting behavior?

on October 13, 2019 in Podcast

When we pollute, we think we act for the reasons in our minds that justify that behavior, but those reasons generally come after we choose, motivated to justify behavior we consider wrong. Most environmental analysis looks at the science of what pollutes more or less. Today I look at the mental processes and emotions behind choosing polluting behavior. Almost always pollution results in separating yourself from others—you don’t want to[…] Keep reading →

230: Brad P, part 2: Change your habits, change your life

on October 12, 2019 in Podcast

Brad identified the problem of people acting or not as our emotions and behavior, which many forces contribute to. We also talk about media and scientists. This refinement of the understanding to emotions points to what to work on that I see few environmentalists unaddressing: emotions, feelings, and community, not technology, innovation. Almost the only emotions they evoke are fear, panic, and worry, which don’t motivate acting on the environment.[…] Keep reading →

229: How might future generations view us?

on October 11, 2019 in Podcast

I believe many people believe we live in an age of wonder and that people from any other time would envy us. I believe future generations will not look at our flying and pollution not with envy but with horror, as we look at slave holders and people who didn’t resist Hitler. The sooner we get that into our thick skulls, the sooner we’ll enjoy life with less craving, excuses[…] Keep reading →

228: Kicking puppies praiseworthy?

on October 10, 2019 in Podcast

People keep describing my environmental actions as praiseworthy. I think they do it to make it seem harder and less accessible to do themselves what they expect will be hard, deprivation, sacrifice, and not what they want to do. Making what I do sound good makes what they do normal. I prefer to see not polluting as normal and polluting as abnormal and worth changing. I feel that praising someone[…] Keep reading →

227: Economists don’t know what they’re talking about on growth

on October 9, 2019 in Podcast

A few words on growth and how people misunderstand it, especially economists. I start by talking about my window garden cherry tomato plants and how the inability of the insects eating them to regulate their growth and up destroying the plants and thereby their own population. Can we outdo bugs? I’m not sure. An educated friend showed surprise to me that his having four or five kids is one of[…] Keep reading →

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