Leadership and the Environment


303: The environmental results I predict versus what I work for

Ep. 303

People ask, "Josh, do you really think you can make a difference?" or comment that what I or anyone does won't matter.

In the first part of this episode I describe how I think our environmental future will unfold---the outcome I consider most likely. It's not pretty. I foresee a lot of gloom and doom about nature, but however much problems in nature, I think human reactions will be more important, sooner, and more destructive.

My main resources for this part are the Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells and Limits to Growth.

In the second part, I share what I think could unfold if we get serious about addressing what's happening---what I'm working for.

In the next part, I describe why I work at something that even I consider unlikely, drawing on Vince Lombardi.

Finally, in a coda, I address why I don't expect technology to save us, or more likely to augment and accelerate our environmental problem.

Norman Borlaug's quote:

The green revolution has won a temporary success in man's war against hunger and deprivation; it has given man a breathing space. If fully implemented, the revolution can provide sufficient food for sustenance during the next three decades. But the frightening power of human reproduction must also be curbed; otherwise the success of the green revolution will be ephemeral only.


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