Category Archives: Podcast

247: Balancing jobs and junk

on November 17, 2019 in Podcast

People resist environmental projects to protect jobs, even to keep producing products that pollute. My absurd proposal to balance jobs with junk: put factories next to landfills. Despite it being absurd, the proposal would create a cleaner world. Instead of making junk as a pretense for some counterproductive welfare, let’s stop making it.

246: The Emotions Around Environmental Action

on November 16, 2019 in Podcast

What emotions do you associate with environmental action? I find people associate shame and guilt with it. I find these emotions lead people to suppress the emotions and hide the behavior leading to it. I propose reacting to pollution and polluting behavior with disgust. If someone hands me a plastic bottle of water, I feel disgust. I propose replacing the terms they’ve come up in Sweden for flight shame with[…] Keep reading →

243: Confusing distinct modes of acting

on November 10, 2019 in Podcast

Tired of people saying what you do doesn’t matter? Or personal action in general? They’re confusing different types of action. In this recording I distinguish three of them so you can feel comfortable acting by your values without the naysayers and navel-gazers distracting you. The three categories are Personal action, like avoiding packaged food Leading others, like hosting a podcast Influence one’s local community, like sharing joy Distinguishing them protects[…] Keep reading →

242: Florida Mayors Jerry Demings and Buddy Dyer, part 1: United States government officials acting

on November 9, 2019 in Podcast

I talk a lot about the lack of leadership in the area of the environment. Many people talk about change but don’t lead it. Many others judge but don’t support, which leads people to hold back on trying. Well, the mayors of Orlando and Orange County Florida went out of their way and found me. Most guests I seek out. Instead, they took it on themselves to put themselves out[…] Keep reading →

241: Lt. General Paul Van Riper USMC, part 1: Thoughtful strategy before technology

on November 6, 2019 in Podcast

Why a military general? Isn’t the US military one of the greatest polluters on the planet? My goal is to bring effective leadership to the environment and your life because spreading facts, figures, doom, and gloom isn’t doing it. Leadership is about people. Technology and innovation have historically increased pollution, as I described in other episodes. Nearly everyone promoting technological solutions is unwittingly continuing the drive toward efficiency that created[…] Keep reading →

240: Fred Krupp, part 1: Helping where it will help most

on October 31, 2019 in Podcast

The loudest voices these days seem to come from protesters because they design their actions for attention. They aren’t necessarily the most effective. Many of us are outraged. Our emotions become intense. Emotional intensity drives us to do what we want most, which doesn’t necessarily lead to what’s effective. As I see it, people are venting more than leading. I criticize the lack of leadership around the environment because people[…] Keep reading →

239: The Enemy

on October 29, 2019 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read this episode from: I see human population decreasing the Earth’s ability to sustain life and human society. I have a goal of increasing that ability. Actually two goals: my other goal is for people to enjoy the process. This isn’t about coercion but joy. If our human population is over what the Earth can sustain, then restoring that balance. Many people view CO2, methane,[…] Keep reading →

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