Category Archives: Nature

Climate Reality Leadership Training garbage

on June 12, 2024 in Nature, Visualization

I wrote before about attending Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Training. I took these pictures to illustrate how (as best I can tell) most attendees weren’t trying to live sustainably. Maybe it wasn’t most people, but plenty of attendees flew in, including from other continents. Probably the bins below, showing plenty of needless disposable stuff in one of the many sets of waste bins, contained an order of magnitude less[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on the Inspire Someone Today podcast

on June 11, 2024 in Audio, Leadership, Nature

I recommend this podcast if you like my work and learning more of where my passion comes from. Srikanth, the host, prompted me to share my origin story and describe the Spodek Method. I haven’t appeared on another podcast for a while, so I share things I’ve been developing how to communicate but haven’t. Available on all podcast platforms: From the show notes: Joshua Spodek is a sustainability advocate whose[…] Keep reading →

Another lie we tell ourselves: “Human life requires polluting and depleting”

on June 6, 2024 in Models, Nature

Rationalizations and justifications no matter how specious and self-serving sound legitimate and true to the person using them. I hear a lot of rationalizations and justifications on why people pollute and deplete. To the person saying them, they sound legitimate and true. Rarely are they. The other day someone repeated one I’ve heard before but didn’t realize how insidious and powerful it is. The person saying it stuck with it[…] Keep reading →

The ongoing challenges of sustainability in a culture that talks sustainability but opposes it in practice.

on June 3, 2024 in Leadership, Nature

For those readers who haven’t signed up to my mailing list, every Monday I send a newsletter of the past week’s posts. For the newsletter’s introduction, I write what amounts to another post, usually a summary, reflection, or noting the highlights. I felt last week’s introduction merited being a post of its own. Here it is: I almost forgot to post that I started my third year off the grid[…] Keep reading →

Why fossil fuel companies love that we chase efficiency, “renewables,” and “clean,” “green,” energy sources (and what to do instead)

on May 28, 2024 in Leadership, Nature

The biggest pushes I see among environmentalists and everyone trying to solve environmental problems are to promote Their hope in these efforts is to lower fossil fuel uses. I support their intent, though not their unintended consequences. Does anyone else see the problems? None of these tactics stop using or extracting fossil fuels. Making anything that uses fossil fuels more efficient doesn’t stop using them. It may use them less[…] Keep reading →

A question for those who believe “more people solve more problems”

on May 18, 2024 in Nature, Visualization

Several bestselling authors on the environment suggest that people solve problems, so more people solve more problems. They conclude that we should keep growing the population. A century and a half ago people believed “rain follows the plow.” They created what looked like science proving that settlers moving west across North America creating farms would cause rain to fall more. To me, “more people solve more problems” looks like a[…] Keep reading →

Another reason we’re failing at sustainability: relying on the wrong people

on May 16, 2024 in Education, Leadership, Nature

When I started graduate school in physics at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the faculty members in the department confused the students. He didn’t confuse us with complex science. He was a world leader in his subject, but the subject was tennis—the physics of tennis. I studied there in 1993-94. When the professor, Howard Brody, died, the New York Times published his obituary, Howard Brody, an Expert in the[…] Keep reading →

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