Category Archives: Nature

The Root of Our Environmental Problems: Individuals Refusing to Change Themselves

on January 2, 2023 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Nature

We were all born into a culture with certain values. When I was a child, flying was an unalloyed good. It meant spreading culture, learning new cultures and cuisine, and so on. In principle we knew something about jet exhaust and that extraction caused people to be displaced from the lands and occasionally spilled. Cars meant freedom. The solution to pollution is dilution. But the world changed and our understanding[…] Keep reading →

Flying to a sustainability conference is like hitting a piano with a sledgehammer to learn to play music

on December 31, 2022 in Nature

The title says it all. Hit a piano with a sledgehammer and you’ll get some noise. You can call it music if you want, but I prefer to play scales. I start with a mindset shift then follow with a lifelong process of continual improvement, the Spodek Method. We overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can in a year. That’s how you reach Carnegie[…] Keep reading →

Doing What It Takes

on December 27, 2022 in Leadership, Nature, Stories

When I spoke to Tom Szaky, founder of Terracycle, on the podcast, he shared an origin story. He had bought a used industrial composting machine and arranged with Princeton’s food services team to take a few barrels of their food scraps. it was summer, the composting machine arrived late, and the barrels of scraps were mostly sealed. When they opened the barrels, the stench was revolting, the maggots everywhere, and[…] Keep reading →

Post-Christmas Christmas Tree Update

on December 26, 2022 in Nature, Tips

As Christmas passed and my neighbors will litter our streets with trees cut down to be used for a couple weeks in a clearly repurposed pagan holiday, we can reflect on traditions and changing them with the times. Traditions don’t last forever. They start not as traditions. No one celebrated Jesus’s birth with fir trees and north pole imagery before Christianity reached northern Europe. No one has to keep celebrating[…] Keep reading →

OMG this butternut squash was amazing! . . . Why connecting to nature connects to people and motivates saving both

on December 23, 2022 in Doof, Nature

I wish I could put into words how delicious this squash is. Most people seem to think of squash as something you have to cook, but they taste sweet and delicious raw. As you can see, I dice them to put on cereal like any other fruit. One thing making this one so special is that it was given to me from the crew who grew it at Drew Gardens[…] Keep reading →

Beginning month 8 off the grid and *coincidence* year 12 of daily burpees.

on December 22, 2022 in Habits, Leadership, Nature, SIDCHAs

Today begins month 8 of my apartment disconnected from the electric grid. I’d wondered what I’d do as the weather got colder and days shortened. Now I passed the winter solstice so days will lengthen. The weather will still cool for another few weeks, but I may have passed the hardest part. It occurred to me I might just have to keep going for the year. We’ll see. It can[…] Keep reading →

Reader question: Why do I say solar and wind aren’t clean, green, or renewable?

on December 19, 2022 in Nature

A reader wrote: You said that wind and solar ” are not clean, green or sustainable”. I am surprised, they seem to be better than the alternatives. What is the reason they are not sustainable? The short answer: The long answer is in articles like these: The most comprehensive answer I’ve found is the book I prefer them to fossil fuels, nuclear, and fusion, but only as part of a[…] Keep reading →

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