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Government and corporations are more problem than solution

on January 16, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

“Our environmental problems are so big, individual actions don’t matter. Only governments and corporations can make a difference.” I’ve come to see this view as backward. Governments and corporations are causing the problems. They are what we have to change. If we wait for them to act, we will lose. When you recognize that we have to motivate them to act, you realize they are the problem. I include universities[…] Keep reading →

Emotions following a summer of BLM, a winter of insurrection, and ongoing pandemic

on January 15, 2021 in Art

This version of this song has brought me to tears lately, no exaggeration. I like the images in this video: Reconciliation and cleaning up The song is about the opposite of division. It’s about generosity. Not that one video will heal much, but I hope it helps. Many voices are speaking loudly in America today. I don’t hear a single one that speaks for me or nearly anyone I know,[…] Keep reading →

428: Vanessa Friedman: The New York Times Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic

on January 14, 2021 in Podcast

Vanessa Friedman sees the fashion world from a vantage point few others can as the Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at the New York Times. She arrived there after pioneering roles covering fashion at Financial Times in a first-ever role there, InStyle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Elle. She shares the industry’s forays into sustainability—or responsible fashion in her terms—as well as sharing her thoughts on it.[…] Keep reading →

Why Food Is Not Medicine

on January 13, 2021 in Nature, Perception

I keep reading articles describing food as medicine, describing how vegetables and fruit are especially healthy. Saying so implies vegetables and fruit are abnormal, things you have to go out of your way for, and doof is normal. People can define normal how they want, but to me, fresh fruits and vegetables are normal. From my perspective, food isn’t medicine. It’s normal, as is health. Doof is poison and abnormal,[…] Keep reading →

The problem with “dependence on foreign oil”

on January 12, 2021 in Nature

American politicians promote drilling and pumping oil to solve “dependence on foreign oil.” They think the key word in the phrase is foreign so they drill in the US. The key word is dependence. To increase our independence, freedom, and resilience, they should decrease our dependence on any oil, especially fossil fuels. We all should. Are the domestic images below that much preferable than the overseas one? Do they have[…] Keep reading →

A recent video overview on sustainability leadership

on January 11, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Eugene Bible of the Verdant Growth videocast and soon host of a This Sustainable Life podcast offshoot hosted me on sustainability leadership. (Stay tuned for his podcast launch). Speaking communicates differently than writing, so you’ll hear me express things I can’t hear, plus I cover many things I haven’t covered here at all. It’s interactive so not just me talking. I recommend checking it out. It’s one conversation split into[…] Keep reading →

I used 2.5% the average American’s electric power last month

on January 10, 2021 in Habits, Nature

For those keeping track, I unplugged my fridge on November 22—not to save power, though it did. Listen to my podcast episode Why Unplug? to learn my motivation, but briefly, it’s to practice resilience and reduce my entitlement and dependence. I’m reporting after receiving my latest electric bill. My results Here’s my power use over the past year. Last winter I unplugged my fridge in late December, so this winter[…] Keep reading →

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