Category Archives: Podcast

498: What sets the limits on pollution? Why don’t we pollute less or decrease faster?

on August 23, 2021 in Podcast

My notes I read from: Why do we still pollute, part 1: the questions Does the following sound familiar? We use a lot of energy, but we’ll electrify everything and power them with wind and solar. Yes, we need to build a lot, but prices are cheaper than ever for renewable power and batteries. They fell faster than anyone expected and will keep falling. More solar energy hits the Earth[…] Keep reading →

497: Don’t let judgment and criticism kill action: Gernot Wagner’s personal example.

on August 21, 2021 in Podcast

Gernot Wagner posted a story in New York Magazine about personally acting in a big way on his living situation. People criticized his sharing something vulnerable. Sadly, people acting in stewardship, in everyone’s interest, still today have to suffer criticism. I describe in this episode his article, the criticism he faced (as did I), and the systemic effect of this criticism. Quoting from my book, I’ll show how strongly blind[…] Keep reading →

496: Reverend Doctor Ambrose Carroll, Sr., part 1: Greening the Church

on August 19, 2021 in Podcast

I met Ambrose through recent guest Scott Hardin-Nieri. Regular listeners likely noticed how I’ve been hosting more guests leading religious communities. I’m drawn by a few things. One of the main reasons is that I find many who want to speak and act more on sustainability. Another is that I find that when they act, they do so out of motivations and emotions that feel closer to mine than mainstream[…] Keep reading →

495: Alexis Stewart, part 1: Martha’s daughter’s passion for picking up litter

on August 17, 2021 in Podcast

For my first time in years of picking up litter, I saw a woman picking some up methodically, like she does it regularly. I told her I did too and we had a great conversation. Someone who does something enough knows the ins and outs. We talk differently than people who don’t do it. We had a wonderful conversation that day, shortly after parade-goers wrecked Washington Square Park. We lamented[…] Keep reading →

494: How Is Addiction to Fossil Fuels Different From Addiction to Heroin and Crack?

on August 16, 2021 in Podcast

Here are the notes I introduced this episode with: You’ll hear me talking about my local park, one of the most drug-ridden in New York City Because it’s my back yard and I refuse to retreat from the degradation, you’ll hear my passion. This was all extemporaneous, so you can tell the time I spend in my neighborhood, talking to neighbors and politicians to help. But please translate in your[…] Keep reading →

493: Sarah Wilson: Living Joyfully Sustainably (more fun than excuses)

on August 10, 2021 in Podcast

Strolling, not scrolling! Sarah acts sustainably and loves it. She shares that love. I loved this conversation, a relief from everyone making stewardship a burden and chore. She knows the science but leads with emotion based on experience. The conversation was half love-fest of common experience, half sharing our frustration at people not acting for reasons we don’t get anymore since they don’t realize how fun living in harmony with[…] Keep reading →

492: Did Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of our Nature miss why we’re less violent?

on August 9, 2021 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from: Comments on Better Angels of Our Nature I finally finished Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature. I started it more than skeptical of its main thesis. The book is 800 pages long, so I’m sure I’ll oversimplify and not do it justice, but I recommend it so you can get his full message. He says that we are living in the least[…] Keep reading →

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