Category Archives: Nature

We know less about nature and science than ever

on August 29, 2021 in Education, Nature

When I talk about living sustainably, one of people’s main objections is that we need to keep developing and pushing the envelope on research on nature and science. Without pushing science and technology: How will we cure disease? Won’t children and mothers die in childbirth? What about getting off this planet if an asteroid comes? Don’t you value computers, airplanes, and other discoveries that came from science? What about learning[…] Keep reading →

How much litter should you pick up?

on August 25, 2021 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature, SIDCHAs

There’s litter everywhere. I pass maybe thousands of pieces daily. You may live in a place with a lower population density, but probably as much litter per person. I pick up a dozen or so pieces each day, leaving most of it. That means I pass most without picking it up. I’m not doing it for my health or to solve the problem. I do it because it feels right.[…] Keep reading →

How will a sustainable world look?

on August 22, 2021 in Nature

Some parts of a world I predict we’ll see as we grow more sustainable: We’ll live closer to our close families. We’ll feel less craving. Marketers won’t try to sell us stuff all the time. Billboards will disappear. We’ll play sports in person more than watching them on TV, without athletes flying all over. We’ll write, paint, and participate in civic activities more. We’ll eat to full every meal from[…] Keep reading →

They’re creating a bike route from Maine to Florida. Sponsor me in a fundraising ride!

on August 20, 2021 in Fitness, Nature

Imagine a Green I-95 Imagine you could ride a bike the length of the United States east coast. Would it fix all the worlds problems? Not by itself, but it would open possibilities to travel enjoying nature instead of polluting it. How many people might ride and camp instead of drive? What signal might it send to increase biking in the U.S.? I am riding in the East Coast Greenway[…] Keep reading →

Leading a children’s workshop on picking up litter in Union Square

on August 18, 2021 in Education, Nature

I pick up litter every day. My old yoga teacher, Eunnye, invited me to introduce her children’s group to the practice. Her group is Critical Learning Club: Essential Education for Sustainable Living. We met by the Gandhi statue in Union Square, NYC, to pick up litter together. We had fun picking up litter together, though sad at how much litter we found. Here’s the a video of it: We hope[…] Keep reading →

The point of individual action when you want to change systems

on August 15, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Part of why I act and try to lead is to develop more effective ways to communicate and motivate. People have developed tremendous skills to dance around sustainability issues. They’ll ask for ideas of what they can do. Then they’ll respond, “but systems have to change.” Then when you talk systemic change, they ask, “But what do I do?”. In practice, they dance around five or ten issues where their[…] Keep reading →

Space: The Final Frontier, hear me on America Out Loud on space, space travel, and astrophysics

on August 14, 2021 in Education, Nature, Nonjudgment

With the recent civilian billionaires heading to space, Rob and Andrew invited me as a guest on their show After Dark on America Out Loud to speak about space, humans going there, and my helping build satellites with NASA and ESA (the European Space Agency). I haven’t gotten to nerd out on my rocket-based work in years, even decades. I don’t remember the hard equations since I’m out of practice,[…] Keep reading →

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