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The Building a Better World Podcast
13 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 08: A Big Solution That Is Hard to Get Right
Living in community is one of the biggest solutions for solving our environmental problems. Unfortunately, it is also really hard to do in a way where people actually want to do it.Oftentimes discussions on community assume that people are going to be noble. It's important to plan for a community that recognizes that people are human, with all of the flaws that come with being human.For more about Building a Better World in Your Backyard, visit buildingabetterworldbook.com.
11 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 03: The Most Effective Way to Make Your Voice Heard
The most effective way to make your voice heard is not writing letters, signing petitions, or going to a protest. It's making the right choices each and every day.Angry about the impacts of fracking? Vote with your wallet.Want a food system that heals the planet instead of destroying it? Vote with your wallet.Want to make big change happen? Vote with your wallet.And remember, voting with your wallet doesn't always have to mean spending more. It can mean spending less and saving a bunch of money to put towards something else that you are passionate about. To learn more visit buildingabetterworldbook.com.
16 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 02: The Biggest Environmental Problems... and Some Solutions
The list of global problems is huge. But a lot of them are related. This episode covers 5 problems that are holding us back from living a happy, healthy, life on a sustainable planet. And since Shawn doesn't enjoy talking about the problems, he'll also start introducing some solutions for each of them.The five biggest environmental problems are:1. Environmentalist vs. Environmentalist: Greenwashing and infighting are holding us back from making massive progress.2. The Wicked Lies About Light Bulbs: Lighting is such a trivial part of our environmental impact and yet it seems to be the only thing that a lot of people want to talk about.3. Carbon Footprint: A changing climate has significant impacts on the Earth's ecosystem, which we rely on for our food, our shelter, our air, and so much more.4. Petroleum Footprint: Very much related to #3 but focused on separately because it's also a limited resource. We need to learn to live with way less of it eventually. Might as well start now.5. Toxic Footprint: People are getting sick at an alarming rate. Nearly everyone seems to be taking some thing for some problem.For each of these problems, there are things we can do at home to make a significant difference. Things that can save money and provide us a more luxuriant life! To learn more, visit buildingabetterworldbook.com.
11 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 01: Introduction to Building a Better World in Your Backyard
The world's problems are massive and overwhelming. Fortunately, for nearly every global problem there are solutions we can implement in our backyard that, at the same time, save us money and help provide more luxuriant lives.In this introductory episode, Shawn Klassen-Koop discusses his preferred approaches to solving the world's problems from his book "Building a Better World in Your Backyard - Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys." He talks about what inspired him to work on the book and shares the unique story of how he got together with Paul Wheaton, owner of permies.com, to co-write the book that Paul had been wanting to write for years.This will be a fixed-length series of 26 short episodes that will introduce some of the ideas and solutions presented in the book. For more about the book, visit buildingabetterworldbook.com.
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