This Sustainable Life
310: The Start and End of Any Serious Conversation on the Environment
This episode puts together the most important and fundamental considerations about the environment:
- What works
- The basic cause contributing to all environmental problems
- Earth's carrying capacity
- An attainable bright future
- A means to reach it that has worked on a smaller scale
It feels to me like a solid TED talk.
On Alan Weisman:
- 250: Why talk about birthrate and population so much?
- 248: Countdown, a book I recommend by Alan Weisman
- 258: The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
- 251: Let’s make overpopulation only a finance issue
- My conversation with Alan
On Mechai Viravaidya, the Thai man who transformed Thai's birth rate through fun, not coercion
- TED: How Mr. Condom Made Thailand a Better Place for Life and Love
- My episode 279: Role model and global leader Mechai Viravaidya
- 294: Population: How Much Is Too Much?
551: Chad Foster, part 4: Flying to skiing, but not camping in the back yard
In this episode we talk about how to lead people, but I can't help notice on listening afterward how quick and easy it is for him to fly his whole family across the country several times a season, but impossible to pitch a tent in his back yard. Whatever effect I've had on other guests, it's not happening with Chad.What he shares about leadership, I agree with and his life transformation to adjust to circumstances he couldn't have predicted, we can all learn from, so I recommend listening (sorry about the sound quality on my microphone). He lost his sight, which hasn't led to a worse life, as best I can tell. We're losing our ability to eat meat, have as many babies as we want, and fly without these actions causing others to suffer and die. But unlike losing an ability most people would not want to lose, eating more vegetables and living more sustainably benefits everyone, especially people with lungs.No meaningful change has happened with this guest. I haven't connected with what the environment means to him.
550: Rick Ridgeway: A Life Lived Wild: K2, Everest, and places no human had seen
Prepare to be awed at Rick's stories of adventure, discovery, nature, and humanity. He has summited K2, Everest, and more. He's visited places possibly no other human has. And he's an experienced, brilliant storyteller, so shares his experiences with a vitality that can only come from living it. Hear what it's like for animals that have never seen humans to approach him.His interactions with people show up too, including Sir Edmund Hillary, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, and North Face and Esprit founder Dave Tompkins, and more.He shares what it's like at altitudes where each step requires summoning all the willpower he can just to take the next step.For background, before recording, I checked with him if we could talk about his thoughts on his role as a role model promoting activities that impact the environment, like all that flying. I was glad to hear he was open to it. It just worked out that the stories he shared were so engaging that we didn't get to the topic, or to do the Spodek Method. I hope in a future episode. Still, he shared plenty on his environmental views and work.He just published his latest book. As captivating as I found this conversation, the book's stories transcend them. Beyond individual stories, it's composed with threads running in and out that create a greater message than a collection of stories.Rick's home page, with links to his movies, books, and moreHis latest book, Life Lived Wild, with links to his othersOne EarthTomkins Conservation
549: Abdal Hakim Murad, part 2: High and low tech in the new green mosque in Cambridge, UK
Many people and mainstream society seem to view technology as the solution to our environmental problems---and the more and the newer the better. Abdal Hakim and I agree technology isn't the glowing solution many believe. It can play a role, but as part of a mix, including low-tech and non-tech components.This topic led to the new green mosque in Cambridge that he helped make happen, how to mix technologies and harmonize with its location. It won awards and created networks and support from the community.He shared the role of sacred spaces in life, less available now, as well as natural spaces. Nobody dislikes trees, but there are fewer around than ever for many people.He also shares his commitment on reducing meat with a widespread social and Muslim perspective.Cambridge Central MosqueThe World Architecture Community article, The UK’s first green mosque: "The Cambridge Mosque", with lots of pictures