What I learned at high school

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to Nathan Hale High School students as part of their Climate Day of Action. Hopefully, the students learned a few things from my talk, The Climate Crisis and the Four Levels of Action (you can view my presentation at tinyurl.com/cdoa-4levels), but what I want to write about todayContinue reading “What I learned at high school”

Climate Action Now!

Most people think that contacting their representatives regarding climate change and pending legislation is too hard. A while back, I wrote about a web page I created on my other blog to make it easier at how-to-contact-your-leaders. While this is still a handy resource page for contacting your elected leaders, an offshoot of the ClimateContinue reading “Climate Action Now!”

Eat for the Planet Seminar

What activity do each of us perform at least three (often more) times daily and has a significant impact on our health, carbon footprint, happiness, and identity, as well as the welfare of animals with which we share this planet? If you guessed eating, you are right. Suzanna and I are hosting a meetup, EatContinue reading “Eat for the Planet Seminar”

Liberty vs. Responsibility

When I started my first job out of graduate school, I remember thinking that I had finally arrived at adulthood. I had a great job, a healthy salary, and no more classes. I recall at the time, realizing that I could now do almost anything I wanted because I was no longer a poor gradContinue reading “Liberty vs. Responsibility”

Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. For week four of my resolution series, our last, I want to focus on talking about and advocating for change. As I have mentioned before in this column, climate activist Will Grant encourages us to act for change on four levels: (1) individual, (2) family and friends,Continue reading “Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change”

Resolve to Reduce Energy Usage

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. Why not make a resolution that can improve yourself while also lowering your carbon footprint? For our second week of resolutions, I thought that I would talk about energy usage. Throughout our lives we consume energy in many different ways. At home, we heat and cool ourContinue reading “Resolve to Reduce Energy Usage”

Throwing stones at ourselves

In a new study published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, the authors attribute 38% of all heat-related deaths in the 732 locations in 43 countries studied between 1991 and 2018 to climate change. And this increase in deaths was seen on every continent. This is yet more evidence that the human tollContinue reading “Throwing stones at ourselves”

How long do we have?

Last week, I had the honor to speak to Nathan Hale High School students about climate change as part of Nathan Hale’s 2021 Climate Day of Action, where about a dozen speakers, some who were students and some, like myself, were not, spoke about climate change. My talk, which was based on Climate Reality ProjectContinue reading “How long do we have?”

Just…start

When dealing with the climate crisis, you may be paralyzed with inaction since the problem seems so “intractable and hopeless.” It isn’t. In fact, the climate crisis is waiting for you; it’s calling your name; it needs your help; you just need to start.  The Nigerian poet, Ijeoma Umebinyuo, wrote: Start now. Start where youContinue reading “Just…start”

Countdown on Climate Change

TED is a conference that features short but powerful talks from scientists, entertainers, teachers, and other thought leaders. Those giving TED talks have included luminaries such as Bill and Melinda Gates, Madeleine Albright, Bono, and many notable speakers.  Countdown is a new global initiative from TED to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The CountdownContinue reading “Countdown on Climate Change”