Best and Brightest … Genius — Esquire

A once-in-a-lifetime game-changing advance
in our field everyone else will follow
— Marshall Goldsmith

Astrophysicist turned new media whiz — NBC

Passionate … confident … — Forbes

You don't just learn theory from
him, you improve your life.
— Inc.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard University, Standford University, Princeton University, MTV, IBM, US Army

My Mission

My mission is to help change American (and global) culture on sustainability and stewardship from expecting deprivation, sacrifice, burden, and chore to expecting rewarding emotions and lifestyles, as I see happen with everyone I lead to act for their intrinsic motivations.

In my case the emotions have been joy, fun, freedom, connection, meaning, and purpose.

Systemic change begins with personal change.

Some of my values. What are yours?
Loads of garbage I filled in 2022 so far: 0
Loads filled in 2021: 0
Loads filled in 2020: 0
Loads filled in 2019: 1
Loads filled in 2018: 1
Loads filled in 2017: 1
Days picking up litter: 1,911 and counting
Months not flying: 76 and counting
Average 2022 electric bill: $1.16
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 193,765 and counting


Done: One month off the electric grid in Manhattan (still going)

on June 21, 2022 in Freedom, Nature

The end of today marks the end of one month off the electric grid in Manhattan. Like the experiments before it, including avoiding packaged food for a week, avoiding flying for a year, and unplugging my fridge, before starting, I didn’t think I would make it, I thought it would worsen my life, and I didn’t know what challenges I’d face. Also like those experiments, I enjoyed the results and[…] Keep reading →

It’s amazing how much people argue they have to pollute, especially environmentalists and do-gooders.

on June 20, 2022 in Addiction, Creativity, Nature

I volunteer a lot, so end up talking to organizers of volunteer organizations. Over the weekend I talked to two organizers of food volunteer organizations. One provides meals through a soup kitchen, the other collects food stores would throw away and delivers it to community centers. Both repackage food delivered to them in disposable, single-use plastic containers. I know people were able to deliver food safely before plastic was invented,[…] Keep reading →

596: Sandra PĂ©rez, part 1: Keeping New York’s LGBTQIA+ Pride March clean

on June 19, 2022 in Blog

Sandra took responsibility when she didn’t have to, as the Executive Director of NYC Pride, to respond to my requests to talk to an organizer. Longtime listeners and readers of my blog know that last year, I was disgusted by the garbage covering Washington Square Park the morning after New York City’s 2021 Pride March. I posted pictures and video with the quote from another person in the park I[…] Keep reading →

When did humans’ main interaction with Earth become seen as wrecking it?

on June 18, 2022 in Art, Nature

At an art show recently, I was looking at a painting that caught my eye and attention. It was of a beach or shallow ocean, viewed underwater so you could see the waves from below, with the sun filtered and refracted through it, echoing the waviness of the sea floor. Here’s a similar piece by the artist, though online doesn’t match the beauty in person: As I looked at it,[…] Keep reading →

For humanity to be sustainable, every person must live sustainably, including you. Time to quit waiting and start acting.

on June 17, 2022 in Nature

Most people, maybe everyone, seem to think they can live a polluting lifestyle and someone somewhere else can undo their pollution. They’ll use plastic and some kid will invent a boat that will scrape it from the ocean or breed a fungus that will digest it. They’ll buy a plane ticket and someone will plant a bunch of trees to undo the damage. The scientific ignorance in this view should[…] Keep reading →

595, Jason Slaughter, Creator of Not Just Bikes, part 1: Ending Car Dependency

on June 16, 2022 in Podcast

Watch Jason’s Not Just Bikes videos. I’ve watched them all. They’re informative, engaging, funny, researched, provocative, and keep you coming back, but not like Netflix stuff designed to addict. After you watch a few, listen to our conversation. In our conversation he shares more depth than his videos of his motivations, how he makes the videos, interacts with his audience, feels frustration from some, learns from others, and more. He[…] Keep reading →

I’ve never met a vegan vegan

on June 16, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Habits

In college, after I stopped eating meat but still ate dairy, I met a young woman who was vegan. I think I knew then that I intended to become vegan at some indefinite future time, but didn’t see a path to it. I’d lived in Paris a year and learned to love cheese too much. She was allergic to dairy, so ate none. Since then, I’ve often commented that nearly[…] Keep reading →

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