Category Archives: Nature

Voting litter

on November 9, 2022 in Nature

These floor stickers are showing up on sidewalks all over the city. I’ll probably take more pictures of examples outdoors. They’re litter. When I’m not in a hurry, since I pick up litter, I sometimes bend down, peel them off, and throw them away, though it’s hard because they use strong glue and break apart so it’s hard to get them all off. I took this picture not because I[…] Keep reading →

New Yorkers band together to “help” struggling Ukrainians and Europeans

on November 8, 2022 in Nature

The Ukraine war struck fear in Europeans on how to stay warm this winter. Months ago, at the earliest sign of trouble, the German minister of energy flew to Qatar. Apparently burning fossil fuels to access more fossil fuels didn’t solve their perceived problem of lacking fossil fuels. I haven’t heard anyone comment that people have lived in Europe for over 50,000 years without burning fossil fuels, and no they[…] Keep reading →

Read my story in TIME Magazine: “I’ve Been Living Off-Grid In Manhattan for Half-a-Year”

on November 4, 2022 in Leadership, Nature, Stories

TIME magazine is an icon of American journalism. In a few months, it turns one hundred years old. I grew up reading it. Its covers help define our culture. Today it printed its first story from me: I’ve Been Living Off-Grid In Manhattan for Half-a-Year. Click to read the story. Here’s a screen shot of the top of the story: Click to read the rest: I’ve Been Living Off-Grid In[…] Keep reading →

Waste Water: Evian Edition

on November 2, 2022 in Nature

Here is a discarded bottle of Evian I found while picking up litter in Washington Square Park. If you can’t tell, the bottle remains about three-quarters full. We live in a culture where we pollute at every step of creating plastic bottles, filling them with water, shipping them thousands of miles, refrigerate them, buy them for several dollars, then drink a few sips, and leave the nearly full bottle in[…] Keep reading →

Poor wittle American can’t wait to buy coffee in a mug or drink water from a tap

on October 25, 2022 in Nature

Abraham Lincoln’s quote keeps becoming more meaningful: “Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong.” As long as we do something we know is wrong, we will do whatever it takes to avoid confronting our internal conflict. We will suppress, deny, and lie to maintain our false ignorance. He didn’t say it’s bad. He said it’s the most damaging thing you can do[…] Keep reading →

You don’t think individual action works? How about any action at all?

on October 24, 2022 in Leadership, Nature

Context: People consistently push back on the suggestion of them acting more sustainably, especially environmentalists and liberals, claiming that individual action doesn’t achieve meaningful results, as if acting sustainably was a burden or chore. Since when did acting in harmony with nature become so onerous? Why pretend to care about the environment if you don’t like it so much? New view: How about any action at all? Nearly no American[…] Keep reading →

Month Six Disconnected From the Electric Grid in Manhattan

on October 22, 2022 in Leadership, Nature

Today begins my sixth month disconnected from the electric grid. I didn’t think I would make it more then a couple days when I started. Instead, I’ve found the experience liberating and joyful. Not hurting other people eases the conscience. In fact, connecting with them through taking more personal responsibility for how I affect them, including you, mitigated through the environment. It’s a sustainability leadership exercise first and foremost. More[…] Keep reading →

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