025: David Biello, Conversation 1: We Can Do This

February 17, 2018 by Joshua
in Nature, Podcast

David Biello is one of the few people I’ve met who understands environmental issues, doesn’t complain or vent doom and gloom. Instead he approaches with a simple, but responsible and thoughtful perspective.

I met David after reading a review of his book, The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age, saying that David says:

we already have the money and technology to make profound environmental change; what we need is large-scale motivation. With a defiantly hopeful tone, he profiles some of the most effective change-makers.

Large-scale motivation means leadership to me. Having heard this view almost nowhere, but considering it the most important, I read his book and contacted him. He writes for Scientific American and is the Science Curator for TED.

If you want to know about what’s happening environmentally in a straightforward, no nonsense way, listen. Also read his book. He knows the issues and he cares. He’s thought about the issues people’s motivations, what holds people back, what can work.

He also committed to a personal challenge many of you will resonate with.

He reminds us that making a difference requires taking responsibility. People may prefer technological silver bullets, government silver bullets, and other ways for others to act first, but all those deus ex machinas people dream of will come if we act first. You and I.

He offers many examples of hope. We’ve done more before: smoking, freeing South Africa and India, slavery.

Read the transcript.

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