Category Archives: Nature

“I pay taxes. Someone will clean my bottle/wrapper/litter.”

on January 5, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

My mind does it too. When I have something to throw away in my hand, I look for a trash can. I think my mind thinks not specifically, “where is a trash can?”, but “where can I put this thing I don’t want?”. The distinction? From the amount of litter I see placed in corners, wedged between fence posts, in planters, on signal boxes, and in whatever place looks like[…] Keep reading →

Hear me speak on population on the Post-Growth Australia podcast

on January 2, 2022 in Audio, Nature

Have you heard the phrase “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution.”? It sounds extreme. Then it makes sense and you can’t see it otherwise. Similarly: nothing in sustainability works except if we first address and solve population. If you’re like most people, including me until I learned of Mechai Viravaidya and his peers, you reflexively think of China’s One Child policy or eugenics when anyone[…] Keep reading →

What fruit or vegetable has industrial agriculture destroyed most?

on December 30, 2021 in Nature

I used to find people annoying who complained about how supermarket tomatoes and vegetables available even out of season because they’re shipped from California. The difference wasn’t that great, I thought. The organic stuff was too expensive, inconvenient, and hard to find, I thought. Then I started buying local and fresh. Until then, I didn’t know what I was talking about, as, I figure, most people who haven’t learned to[…] Keep reading →

How personal action on the environment is like practicing to reach Carnegie Hall

on December 29, 2021 in Models, Nature

People who suggest individual action doesn’t matter on the scale we need to restore Earth’s ability to sustain life don’t know what they’re talking about. I don’t mean that figuratively. What they’re saying is like telling someone there’s no point in playing scales on the piano to reach Carnegie Hall when no one goes there to see someone play scales and that, besides, you’ll just have to practice more anyway.[…] Keep reading →

How personal action on the environment is like changing your baby’s diaper

on December 28, 2021 in Models, Nature

People who suggest individual action doesn’t matter on the scale we need to restore Earth’s ability to sustain life don’t know what they’re talking about. I don’t mean that figuratively. What they’re saying is like telling someone there’s no point in changing their baby’s diaper when it won’t solve infant mortality and that, besides, the baby will need its next diaper changed too. We change our baby’s diapers to help[…] Keep reading →

Year 3, day 2 on this one load of trash

on December 26, 2021 in Freedom, Habits, Nature

I last emptied my trash on December 25, 2019. My current load is close to full, though if I squeeze it, it compresses. That is, it doesn’t weigh much. I consider it too much so I hope to impose less waste on future generations next time. I’ll wait until at least January 1 to empty it so I can say I didn’t empty a load in two consecutive calendar years.[…] Keep reading →

Hope in small places: a dusting of snow

on December 25, 2021 in Nature

I’ve taken pictures of my neighborhood’s descent into disgust from the supply of doof and other garbage. Yesterday morning I opened the shades to see a dusting of snow. I get so down about global warming and roughly 330 million Americans continuing to pollute while saying they’re concerned, acting like they aren’t contributing. Here was a sign that we haven’t lost winter here yet, amid reports of many places 30[…] Keep reading →

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