Hawaii is a microcosm of the world: A conversation with co-host Eugene Bible

August 15, 2022 by Joshua
in Audio, Nature

I hope you listen to Eugene Bible’s This Sustainable Life branch called Solve for Nature. Trained as an engineer and working in construction, he focuses more on engineers and problem-solvers, though expanding.

He moved to Hawaii last year from Japan and shared with me his concerns about buying a house where building meant chopping down once pristine forest. How much was he contributing to a trend he disliked? How would he balance that contribution with providing for his wife and daughter.

His sharing reminded me of my sharing with Dov Baron, who suggested he host me as a guest on my podcast, which led to my Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll series, so I proposed to Eugene recording with me as host on his podcast. Here is the result, where he shared candidly and openly, with some nudging from me, about his anxieties, doubts, and fears of buying a home in paradise. I think you’ll appreciate his honesty and recognize challenges we all face in what he faces, but not all of us share as he does.

Here are his notes from his original page:

TSL: SFN – Hawaii: Case Study for The World w/ Joshua Spodek Pt. 1

Today, I have something a little different for you. Usually, I’m interviewing someone on my podcast, but today, I’m the one getting interviewed! Some of you may know, I recently moved to Hawaii and ended up buying a home here. However, in looking for a house, I found myself feeling conflicted about it, and Joshua Spodek, host of This Sustainable Life podcast, suggested we talk about it. It was a good conversation that forced me to explore some of my own feelings about sustainability conflicting with my own personal wants for me, my wife, and my daughter. I hope some of you out there can relate to the feelings I felt, and I hope the conversation is helpful to some of you!

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