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On pledges to lower emissions by 2030 and 2050

on October 11, 2020 in Freedom, Leadership, Models

Corporations and governments are pledging to lower emissions, maybe to net zero (What “net zero” and “closed loop” mean.), by 2030 or 2050. Nearly everyone recognizes goals past the pledgers’ retirement close to meaningless. What will give them meaning is not hope or appreciation, but accountability, especially imposed from without. Even with accountability, these pledges could set earlier targets. We all know they can. The tragic message from everyone except,[…] Keep reading →

395: A Time I Gave Up

on October 10, 2020 in Podcast

The rest of my story riding 100 miles a week and a half ago, where I gave up on myself, having lost faith in myself, but then getting lucky to force myself to finish. Only finishing strong showed I could do it. I’ve since fallen into the easy path of sharing my pride in finishing, but not the shame, guilt, and disappointment in myself at giving up. Finishing strong only[…] Keep reading →

What future generations won’t believe we lacked

on October 9, 2020 in Perception

Looking back generations, we can’t imagine how the lived without some things we take for granted—anesthetics, vaccines, understanding about germs. Can you imagine a tooth cavity meaning pulling it without anesthesia or a cut meaning possible death? I expect people before anesthetics couldn’t have imagined something to numb pain as well as modern anesthetics do. I expect they looked back at what generations before them lacked and felt great that[…] Keep reading →

Ask not “how bad does it have to get before people act?”

on October 8, 2020 in Nature, Nonjudgment

People ask “How bad does it have to get for people to act?”, “How many once-every-five-hundred year storms must we face in back-to-back years before we do something?”, and similar questions. These questions arise from the belief that we only act to allay our own suffering, as best I can tell. I used to ask them too. They, and the model prompting, them aren’t the only places we can start[…] Keep reading →

394: Joe De Sena, part 2: The Sustainable Spartan starts here

on October 7, 2020 in Podcast

You’re in for a treat. Joe and I start talking business so you’ll hear things happening while we’re talking. We start by talking about his exercising while we talk, then my plans to swim across the Hudson about 48 hours from the recording (and the guy I swam with holding out on the video footage I describe in another episode). We talk about his picking up beach trash, but really[…] Keep reading →

393: Jaime Casap, part 2: If a global pandemic isn’t the end, what is?

on October 6, 2020 in Podcast

Jaime and my second conversation is enjoyable and challenging. It was different than usual because for whatever reason we’re talking about views on environment, personal action, education, and so on, but I didn’t get to the personal challenge I like to. It was enjoyable because we’re both into it for exchange, education, and understanding. Challenging because we have to figure out where the other is coming from. We start this[…] Keep reading →

Sustainability Leadership Slogans

on October 5, 2020 in Leadership

The longer I work in sustainability leadership, the more I think of simple ways to say otherwise complex things. I forget easily, so I’m going to keep a post here of them. I can only remember four now, so I’ll start with them and add more when I remember them or come up with new ones. I’m writing them out of context, so sorry if they don’t make sense. I[…] Keep reading →

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