Category Archives: Awareness

Pleasantly surprised by my own success: People choosing to avoid flying for their own reasons

on December 18, 2023 in Awareness, Freedom

For some time I’ve been saying, half-jokingly, to people who start showing an interest in more sustainability with me: “Be careful spending time with me or you may find yourself avoiding flying and telling me how much it improves your life not to fly.” I don’t want to overstate things since only a few people have said it so far, but increasingly people are saying just that sentiment to me.[…] Keep reading →

We can’t turn off our emotional systems and we all share the same emotions.

on December 6, 2023 in Awareness, Education, Leadership

I’ve held off on writing this post since I think some people may misunderstand me. My goal is to help raise self-awareness. NYU has posted posters like this one all over campus. I think they are mostly responding to the Israel-Hamas situation, though could apply to others. I grew up not learning much about emotions or making myself aware of them. Leadership classes in business school moved me to increase[…] Keep reading →

35 Years Ago Today: Global Warming was front page news on the New York Times. Maybe Exxon knew. From then on, YOU DID TOO.

on June 24, 2023 in Awareness, Nature

On June 24, 1988, the New York Times posted in its front page: Global Warming Has Begun, Expert Tells Senate You can say corporations and governments hid the problem from us, but not after June 24, 1988. From then on, we had no excuse to say we didn’t know. We already knew of habitat loss, deforestation, plastic pollution, and tons of other problems. I’m curious, though. What are your excuses[…] Keep reading →

Which is worse: litter, air, water, noise, or light pollution?

on May 2, 2023 in Awareness, Nature

I’ve been trying to decide which pollution is worst. I pick up litter daily so I participate actively with it. Have you picked up litter regularly? When I do, I can’t help speculate what in a person’s mind and heart led them to decide putting a given piece of litter where they did. It leads me to see a dark and selfish part of humanity. That people claim not to[…] Keep reading →

Why sustainability is so hard for you and polluting so easy, from the movie Requiem For a Dream

on April 2, 2023 in Addiction, Art, Awareness, Visualization

This post is part 4 in a series including I’m continuing today the artistic representations of “What you fear losing when you stop an addiction is exactly what you’ll gain” or “You tell me what you fear losing when you stop polluting and I’ll tell you what you’ll gain” have simplified how I understand and express the emotional terrain people live in and have to navigate to act more sustainably.[…] Keep reading →

Why sustainability is so hard and polluting so easy, from the moving Trainspotting

on April 1, 2023 in Addiction, Art, Awareness, Visualization

This post is part 3 in a series including “What you fear losing when you stop an addiction is exactly what you’ll gain” or “You tell me what you fear losing when you stop polluting and I’ll tell you what you’ll gain” have simplified how I understand and express the emotional terrain people live in and have to navigate to act more sustainably. I posted about how Martin Scorcese in[…] Keep reading →

I couldn’t make most people feel shame or guilt about sustainability. They’re already feeling so much, I couldn’t add more.

on March 22, 2023 in Awareness

People don’t like feeling guilt, shame, insecurity, helplessness, hopelessness, and other emotions that they often feel when sustainability and the environment come up. The emotions arise from what I found Abraham Lincoln said best: “Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something you believe is wrong.“ Doing something you believe is wrong will make you feel guilt, shame, and so on. People spend so much of their time[…] Keep reading →

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