Category Archives: Podcast
I just finished an eye-opening book, Countdown, by Alan Weisman. It covers population. Weisman traveled to and reported on about a dozen places’ views and practices on population and family planning. In this episode, I read a few passages that I found shocking. I barely scratch the book’s surface, but I believe you’ll find the sections equally noteworthy. I recommend reading the rest to understand this integral part of our[…] Keep reading →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →