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9 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
 Monster Hurricanes & Climate Injustice [Short Version]
[This is a shorter, edited version of "Monster Hurricanes & Climate Injustice," an episode I originally published on December 20, 2020. Enjoy.] 2020’s hurricane season toppled record after record. The biggest one? Most named storms in one season. There were thirty this year. So how is that connected to climate justice? Well, a story begins to unfold if we only look at hurricanes Eta and Iota. Both hit Central America in November within two weeks of each other. And things become pretty clear once we start looking at who’s most responsible for global heating.
4 minutes | May 23, 2021
 Last Show & Final Thoughts
This is show #50! And this is farewell. At least for now. I started this podcast on July 9, 2020 to try to wake people up to the climate emergency. That has been the goal from the start. And I hope that resonated with some of you. We are experiencing catastrophic climate and ecological breakdown. We must do everything we can as quickly as possible to avoid the worst effects of climate chaos. This final episode is dedicated to my wife Laura, who is the strongest person I know. It is also dedicated to all those people not yet born. We love you. Much love to all of you. And thanks for listening.
13 minutes | May 16, 2021
 A Cacophony of Fossil Fuel Noise
Yesterday I was subject to a cacophony of fossil fuel noise - lawnmowers, leaf blowers, trimmers, cars, trucks, airplanes... And yes, I was annoyed. And yes, there are obvious detrimental effects to the climate. But there's actually a lot more to the story. Aircraft noise, in particular, has loads of negative consequences for society. Things like poor learning outcomes in children, sleep disturbance, and negative health outcomes like higher rates of heart disease and hypertension. So yes, fossil fuel noise is terrible for so many reasons. I like to imagine a world where humans burn zero fossil fuels. A quieter, healthier, more peaceful place. What would we hear instead? Birds, water, wind, laughter, singing... Let's build that world.
11 minutes | May 9, 2021
 Meet Trikeceratops
Last week I made a new friend. Her name is Trikeceratops. And she's the best. She's a two-person tricycle cruiser. Cruising on Trikeceratops is instant happiness and giggles. Trikeceratops is an example of micromobility - the myriad ways for humans to get around that are above walking and below cars. Examples include bikes, trikes, skateboards, scooters, and roller blades. And there are a thousand reasons why I support micromobility. Top of my list today? It's simply more fun to move around this way. Let me know if you'd ever like to cruise on Trikeceratops with me!
7 minutes | May 2, 2021
 A Rebellion of One
I've been a middle school teacher for ten years. Peer pressure in middle school is intense. It is so palpable you can almost taste it. Standing up for what's right takes incredible bravery. Especially when you are by yourself. I witnessed incredible bravery this weekend from members of Extinction Rebellion UK who participated in the "Rebellion of One." They sat down in the streets with signage explaining why they're terrified of the climate crisis. Then they were arrested. It takes bravery to admit you are scared. It takes bravery to put yourself in a position where you can be harassed or beaten. It takes bravery to stand up to government and business and those who hold power. It takes bravery to stand up for what's right. Especially if you are a rebellion of one.
12 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
 My Mixed Feelings After Earth Week
This was a week of intense action to protect our planet. It was rejuvenating, motivating, and inspiring to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. And yet, at the end of Earth Week, I find myself feeling mixed about our progress. Why? We are nowhere near where we need to be. Humanity, collectively, is not doing enough. So that's pretty much it. Sitting here on this Sunday morning reflecting on the current situation... Was there good stuff this week? Absolutely. Are we still hurtling toward ecological collapse? Yes. So be bold. Be brave. Keep fighting. This planet - and all of her inhabitants - are worth fighting for.
12 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
 The Joy of Protest
I joined a protest in New York City this weekend - calling out Blackrock and JPMorgan Chase for financing climate destruction. There were drums, chanting, and displays of public theater - like an activist dressing up as the CEO of Blackrock and "answering questions" in our presence while we heckled him. It was very silly. Protest is necessary for change. All social movements have people - regular people - rising up to demand a better world. And protest, for me, is incredibly fulfilling, regenerative, and profoundly joyful.
11 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
 Yes! More Trains!
The Biden Administration just released the American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion infrastructure spending proposal. The plan includes spending $80 billion on trains. In response, Amtrak released a wonderful blue-and-yellow map showing what they would do with the $80 billion. It includes extending service to major cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Nashville. Is the American Jobs Plan perfect? No. It's too small, and it includes spending on carbon-intensive industry like aviation. Is it a good start? I think so. And the most exciting part? More trains. A low-carbon, slow-travel, efficient mode of transportation. Yes! Trains!
14 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
 Should We Techno-Engineer Our Way Out of This?
Should humans consider things like solar geoengineering to address climate change? I was adamantly against it until I read Elizabeth Kolbert's Under a White Sky: The Nature of Our Future. Now - well - I'm open to it. There are a lot of questions regarding making huge decisions like this. Questions about cost, timeline, and scalability. But the biggest question of all still remains: Is it ethical to geoengineer our planet to address climate change?
10 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
 Climate Communication - What's the Right Tone?
What's the best way to effectively communicate the climate emergency? What's the right tone? Which emotions do you convey when you're sharing bad news? News like collapsing fisheries, record-breaking carbon in the atmosphere, banks that are financing climate destruction... What's the best way to change hearts and minds? There is no single good answer. But these are all good questions to ponder.
14 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
 My Climate Story
Why do I care so much about the climate? I've always cared about it, but there was one traumatic and painful experience that changed it from one of my passions to my life's mission. My wife Laura had emergency life-saving surgery in February 2019. And through that experience I learned about the fragility and impermanence of life. And I learned about what I can and can't control. It made me ask myself: "What is my purpose in life?" And since then, I have poured that trauma and pain and fear and grief into climate action. Because I want the world to be a better place. That's my climate story. I'd love to hear yours. What are you fighting for?
12 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
 Caring For My Plants Makes My Heart Full
Household plants filter air, help kids learn better, and create better health outcomes. They truly have magical and wondrous properties. Laura and I take care of ten plants in our home. This nurturing on a micro-scale makes me feel more connected to our Earth - our collective home. I feel more gratitude, more awe, and more wonder seeing these plants grow and thrive. And taking care of these plants makes my heart feel full. Much love to all of you. And to all of your plants as well!
10 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
 Let's Step Off the Hedonic Treadmill
Have you ever had a stroke of good luck? A promotion? Perhaps a new house or new car? And then months later found yourself at the same level of happiness as you were before? Let's talk about the hedonic treadmill. Because it's time for all of us to step off. For our sake. For our children's sake. For the sake of the planet. We all have one life to live. How will you live yours?
10 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
 I Want to Teach You About the Climate
The climate emergency is what I think about the most. It's what I care about the most. We need to transform all aspects of society immediately to avoid the worst effects of climate chaos. But many people are unaware of the climate emergency. That's why I want to teach you. Yes, you. Whoever you are. Whether I know you personally or not. I want to teach you. For free. About the climate. From this day until the end of my days. This offer stands forever. What can we learn about? Here are some ideas: sustainability basics and principles, climate basics, the climate emergency, what to do about the climate emergency, emissions by country, corporate greenwashing, plastic pollution, calculating your own carbon footprint, the divestment movement, food, cars, bicycles, airplanes, environmental justice, intergenerational justice, economic justice, doughnut economics, climate communication, climate philosophy, climate feelings, the joy of living a low-carbon lifestyle... We could even read an essay or book together. Or watch a documentary together. I'm game for anything. Send me a message. Let's learn together. Because once more people know about this, more people will act. Looking forward to hearing from you!
16 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
 Eat More Plants - For the Animals' Sake
This week I watched a documentary called Dominion. It's like a greatest hits compilation of animal abuse and cruelty. It was very difficult to watch. We know that animal agriculture has a profound negative effect on the climate. This documentary highlighted another reason to eat more plants: animal welfare. In this episode I reflect on my helping to slaughter a lamb almost nine years ago. And how that has impacted my thinking. This stuff is unpleasant. But it's important to seek and know the truth. Where does our food come from? And why are we, the consumers, so far removed from the killing of animals?
12 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
 Cancelled Airport Plans & Socially Powerful Non-Flying
The French government cancelled plans to expand Charles de Gaulle airport. Woohoo! That's a massive win for the climate. But ending commercial aviation must come from the bottom-up as well as from the top-down. I quit flying on October 6, 2019. And I plan on never flying again. And there's more and more research showing the shifting social norms around flying. More and more people are flying less or quitting altogether because of the climate emergency. Will you join us?
15 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
 Climate Words Matter
What do you think of when you hear "natural gas"? What do you think of when you hear "methane gas"? Communicating the climate emergency effectively is necessary to create rapid and transformative change. We just have to choose our words carefully. That's why I choose to use the following language: 1. methane gas over natural gas 2. global heating over global warming 3. plant-based diet over vegan diet How will you communicate the climate emergency?
13 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
 Air Out Your Climate Feelings
I had a bit of a bumpy week regarding my climate feelings. The three I feel most often are sadness, anger, and restlessness. So I decided to air them out this week. To talk about them. Because sharing my climate feelings with other people always makes me feel better. It's normal to feel these things once you know the state of the world. So air them out. How does the climate emergency make you feel? And message me if you want to air your feelings out together. I'd love to chat. Much love to all of you.
10 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
 Embrace the Doughnut
Exponential GDP growth doesn't make sense on a planet with finite resources. Dr. Kate Raworth has created the economic diagram for the future of our planet and all of us: The Doughnut! We must thrive within the doughnut by respecting ecological boundaries and maintaining our social foundation in order to have a just, equitable, and sustainable society for all people. Throw away the antiquated economic principles. And embrace the doughnut.
13 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
 Dismantle White Supremacy in All Its Forms
It is the responsibility of white people to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms. That's the only way forward to create a just, equitable, and sustainable society for all people. BIPOC leaders featured in this episode include Layla F. Saad, Cori Bush, Leah Thomas, Jason Reynolds, and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. But it is up to white people to do the work. So let's get to work.
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