Category Archives: Stories

My second TEDx talk, “What everyone gets wrong about the environment” and how to get it right

on November 7, 2019 in Events, Leadership, Nature, Stories

I am deeply grateful to the TEDxWaltham team for inviting me and hosting the event, October 5, 2019. Here’s the blurb: Josh shares his remarkable, radical, personal journey to more sustainable living — away from a standard American diet (and life) to his vegan, nearly package-free diet and away from a jet-setting lifestyle to not flying for 4.5 years and counting — and his profound discovery of a common misconception[…] Keep reading →

4 Delicious Benefits of Acting on the Environment

on November 3, 2019 in Nature, Stories

I wrote a piece in Thrive Global, 4 Delicious Benefits of Acting on the Environment, on my process of polluting less and the joys I’ve received from it. It begins: I last emptied my household garbage in September 2018. The time before that, June 2017. Yes, I took 16 months to fill one load of garbage, and a small load — one canvas tote bag full. I don’t need to[…] Keep reading →

Victory from the jaws of defeat: I froze two-thirds through my TEDx talk

on October 5, 2019 in Nature, Stories, Visualization

Today I gave my talk at TEDxWaltham, “What Everyone Gets Wrong About The Environment.” Before I got home, an attendee emailed one of the most encouraging and heartwarming reviews I’ve received: “I just wanted to tell you, I was extremely inspired by you and your talk today. I can’t remember a time when I was more impressed by someone’s philosophy and dedication to action. I hope we can chat soon[…] Keep reading →

Epstein, Weinstein, Trump, the Clintons, and the Sacklers were close

on September 22, 2019 in Stories

Talking to a friend, I was surprised at how close the richest, most powerful, and scandalous people are. We wondered if all of them were in the same room at the same time. Try searching “Epstein Weinstein Trump Clinton Sackler”. It’s shocking how close they are. I don’t have to present new information, only to point out how they may well have all known each other. What does that closeness[…] Keep reading →

I plogged on TV with the Doctor and the Diva

on September 19, 2019 in Nature, Stories

“The plogging community is waiting for you to come aboard!” I said it to Doctor Steve and I’m saying it to you. “When you jog, plog.” The producers from daytime TV show The Doctor and the Diva contacted me. They were doing a segment on plogging. They seemed genuinely interested in the activity and bringing it to their audience. Is picking up garbage off the street on TV what I[…] Keep reading →

How many times is it normal to be mugged?

on August 24, 2019 in Awareness, Stories

I didn’t share about The five times I got mugged growing up most of my life because I thought everyone had similar experiences. I knew we spent a few years in a particularly economically depressed neighborhood. I sensed it was one of the highest-crime areas of Philadelphia. Still, most of the times happened after we moved from that neighborhood. The time I got sucker-punched by random kids waiting for a[…] 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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