Category Archives: Nature

“Corporations should change, not consumers” and other nonsense

on May 22, 2021 in Nature

People say, “only governments and corporations can make a difference.” Here’s a version of the Addiction Speaking from a magazine piece, “Focusing on how individuals can stop climate change is very convenient for corporations”: While individuals may have a role to play, appealing to individual virtues for addressing climate change is something akin to victim-blaming because it shifts the burden from those who ought to act to those who are[…] Keep reading →

459: Jonathan Hardesty, part 3: How to Continue a Sustainability Podcast

on May 14, 2021 in Art, Education, Nature, Podcast

Jonathan and I have a good rapport. We joke around. I love his expressiveness as an artist. I think he values stewardship more than he’s behaved so far in life, so I hear him enjoying aligning his behavior with his values. In this episode we review his leading his kids and wife in The Spodek Method from last time. You’ll hear touching family interactions. The I teach the second interaction[…] Keep reading →

Exercise: Imagine a Day Without Using Electric Power

on May 13, 2021 in Exercises, Nature

Here’s an exercise, just to imagine something: Imagine 24 hours without using any electrical power. You know you can do it. That is, you know you possess the ability to do it. You know humans lived that way for almost all of human history. I’m not saying electrical power is good, bad, right, or wrong. I’m not asking where it came from or how green or sustainable it is. I’m[…] Keep reading →

458: The Spodek Method: How to Lead Someone to Act Joyfully Sustainably

on May 12, 2021 in Exercises, Leadership, Nature, Perception

I’ve taught a half-dozen people the technique I use in this podcast—the hosts of the other branches of the This Sustainable Life podcast. They started calling it The Spodek Method, so now I do too. It’s enabled me to reach amazing people, many of global renown, who enjoy the experience. It doesn’t alone solve all the world’s problems, but it works. The Spodek Method leads a person to share and[…] Keep reading →

Envisioning a more open world: an exercise

on May 10, 2021 in Exercises, Nature

Here’s an exercise I’ve enjoyed playing around with. I’ve written in other posts that the sustainable population of the Earth is 3.7 billion. I’ve read other reports that it’s more like 2 billion. The number depends on the standard of living we choose, how much we wreck the Earth on the way to sustainability (it could go to zero), and other factors. I don’t know why people want a bigger[…] Keep reading →

The solution to intermittency in solar and wind power

on May 9, 2021 in Nature, Tips

Everyone knows we can’t use fossil fuels sustainably. The future means living without them. But the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. Fusion may never work. Fission has huge problems that its proponents downplay but never go away. I recommend Caltech-trained UCSD physics professor and podcast guest Tom Murphy‘s assessment in his recent book that does the math on nuclear’s challenges. So what do we do[…] Keep reading →

Pollution:Earth :: Obesity:Body

on May 8, 2021 in Fitness, Freedom, Habits, Nature, Tips, Visualization

This headline, Goodwill Doesn’t Want Your Broken Toaster, reminding me of my recent post that lines to dump worthless junk on Goodwill are often longer than the lines to buy it prompted me to post an idea I’ve had for a long time but for some reason haven’t posted. Pollution on the Earth is obesity on our bodies, manifesting our values and behaviors in different places. This: is this: The[…] Keep reading →

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