Best and Brightest … Genius — Esquire

A once-in-a-lifetime game-changing advance
in our field everyone else will follow
— Marshall Goldsmith

Astrophysicist turned new media whiz — NBC

Passionate … confident … — Forbes

You don't just learn theory from
him, you improve your life.
— Inc.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard University, Standford University, Princeton University, MTV, IBM, US Army

Systemic change begins with personal transformation.

Here are some of my personal transformations. What are yours?
Loads of garbage I filled in 2017: 1
Loads filled in 2018: 1
Loads filled in 2019: 1
Loads filled in 2020: 0
Loads filled in 2021 so far: 0
Days picking up litter: 1656 and counting
Months not flying: 67 and counting
Typical electric bill: $1.70
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 180,218 and counting
Daily blog posts: 4,423 and counting
Gratitude emails in a week: 70
Resting pulse: ~45 bpm
Daily average spent on fitness: < $0.01

My Mission

My mission is to help change American (and global) culture on sustainability and stewardship from expecting deprivation, sacrifice, burden, and chore to expecting rewarding emotions and lifestyles, as I see happen with everyone I lead to act for their intrinsic motivations.

In my case the emotions have been joy, fun, freedom, connection, meaning, and purpose.


Another way to see the problem with chasing energy efficiency as a strategy

on October 27, 2021 in Nature

I support energy efficiency as a tactic within a strategy of reducing consumption. Most people treat efficiency as a strategy. Confusing its priority and putting it as a strategy distracts from what we need to solve our environmental problems, specifically growth. Say there’s a guy addicted to cocaine who lost everything. One problem is he’s killing himself with the drug. A second problem is that without a place to live[…] Keep reading →

The environment has losing stories.

on October 26, 2021 in Leadership, Nature, Stories

When myths and stories contradict, the ones that persist aren’t the ones that are right. The ones that people remember and share persist. I’m writing about it after reading this quote from E. O. Wilson: Creation stories gave the members of each tribe an explanation for their existence. It made them feel loved and protected above all other tribes. In return, their gods demanded absolute belief and obedience. And rightly[…] Keep reading →

My shameful reason for not learning to play basketball

on October 25, 2021 in Nonjudgment, Stories

Since I grew up taller than average, adults often asked if I played basketball. My parents weren’t athletic, so younger than high school, I got little experience practicing. When my mom lived on Rockland Street, an economically depressed block where we were a small minority as one of I think three white families out of about a hundred households, it was Philadelphia in the 70s. Dr. J was huge, so[…] Keep reading →

522: Abdal Hakim Murad, part 1: Britain’s most influential Muslim thinker

on October 24, 2021 in Podcast

A reader followed up on my conversations with religious figures and authorities from branches of Christianity and Judaism. He wrote You have presented religious people with «the book». That’s good, and I hope you will find space for a muslim person/scholar and relate it to your concern about the sustainability and climate. I can recommend one person. He is, I believe the leader of Cambridge Muslim College, UK. Abdal Hakim[…] Keep reading →

Notes from a reader who made famous no-packaging vegan stew from my video

on October 23, 2021 in Nature

I can’t help sharing feedback from someone I’ve never met, who wrote me after cooking a famous no-packaging vegan stew based on my video to make seitan and stew in a few minutes: That person wrote: I just used your recipe and made a soup lunch for my family. Turned out fantastic and was extremely quick to make. Thank you for sharing! I’ve tried to make seitan before but never[…] Keep reading →

Renewables are less renewable than we thought. That’s the starting point.

on October 22, 2021 in Nature

The more I learn about renewables, the more I find they rely on fossil fuels more than I thought. They don’t seem that renewable and relying on false promises looks like it’s leading us to delay acting, as we have for a centure. I wrote about all the scams we fall for. Desiring as we are to find ways to keep society intact, we want technologies like hydrogen energy storage[…] Keep reading →

Why do so many people lecture me on what it’s like to be a straight white male?

on October 21, 2021 in Awareness, Models, Nonjudgment

Why do so many people lecture me on what it’s like to be a straight white male, and why is what they say invariably unlike my life? Do they tell other people what they should be like due to their sexuality, skin color, and sex? Why do they presume to know so much about me and what motivates them to tell me about my life? Why do they tell me[…] Keep reading →

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