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Wisdom from Carl Sagan

Wisdom from Carl Sagan

    Two quick things for you this week.   First - Hallelujah! Seriously, what a relief. I hope you have celebrated and found some moments of peace 🙂 More than 78 million Americans stood up and voted to get Trump out of power. (Of course, Trump is still...

Dear Tomorrow – letters to loved ones in 2050

Dear Tomorrow – letters to loved ones in 2050

  I've got something a bit different for you this week. But first things first. A friendly reminder that the 2020 US election ends in 5 days. Your vote matters. And just as important, you are a trusted messenger for your friends, family, and colleagues. Get the...

“The Climate Voters Are Coming”

“The Climate Voters Are Coming”

    Need some good news? I know I do. Which is why I was thrilled to read this article by Nathaniel Stinnett: "The Climate Voters Are Coming". In 2016, only 2% of US voters said climate change was the issue they cared about most. In 2018, that number more than...

The *Most Important* Action of the Year

The *Most Important* Action of the Year

  I hope you are well or coping to the best of your abilities in these trying times. As Benjamin Franklin walked out of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Elizabeth Powel asked him, "Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarch?" He replied: "A...

The *Most Important* Action of the Year

Democracy itself is on the ballot this November

  I would regret keeping my mouth shut on this...part of me already regrets keeping it shut for this long. The United States of America I am terrified of what's happening in the US right now - of the road we're on and continue to head down. My country is...

Latest climate crisis fueled disasters

Latest climate crisis fueled disasters

  Wildfires send California into a state of emergency "It’s been an apocalyptic few days, even by California standards." - Julia Wick As if the historic heatwave, rolling blackouts for hundreds of thousands (because of the heatwave), and the ongoing pandemic weren't...

Key Takeaways from “The Drawdown Review 2020”

Key Takeaways from “The Drawdown Review 2020”

    Project Drawdown is the world's leading resource for climate solutions. Their mission is to help the world reach "Drawdown" - as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. For those who don't know, "Drawdown is the future point in time when levels of...

Biden’s New Climate Plan

Biden’s New Climate Plan

  So, he wasn't my first choice...or second, third, or fourth for that matter, but Joe Biden is now the guy for people prioritizing climate action. And his climate plan just got way better. This is, in no small part, thanks to climate activists (like the Sunrise...

Back to Basics: Truths and Life Intentions

Back to Basics: Truths and Life Intentions

Believe it or not, I've put more time into crafting the following 200 words than anything else I've ever written. I wrote my "Truths and Life Intentions" a few years ago as a way to decide what matters most to me. It changes ever so slightly over time as I grow and...

Our 100th newsletter!

Our 100th newsletter!

  Exciting updates on Crowdsourcing Sustainability Turns out this is Crowdsourcing Sustainability's 100th newsletter. And I'm not sure what to think about it other than, "really? wow". But I would like to take the chance to thank you all SO much for reading, for your...

Quick Thoughts on This Moment & a Video

Quick Thoughts on This Moment & a Video

We're living through a critical moment in time. You can feel it. COVID-19 and a policeman murdering George Floyd have shaken the US to its core. It is impossible for nearly anyone to continue ignoring the country's massive inequalities and injustices. White people are...

Environmental, Climate, and Racial Justice

Environmental, Climate, and Racial Justice

  This moment feels different. Despite the dystopic response from the federal government and many police across the country, it feels like we're in the midst of what could be the beginning of a great turning point in the US towards justice. I know about 1/3 of people...

What on EARTH?! (throwback-style for our 2-year anniversary!)

What on EARTH?! (throwback-style for our 2-year anniversary!)

  It turns out I missed the two year birthday of this newsletter (it debuted in April 2018!). So I decided to do a throwback (of sorts) this week to the original "What on EARTH?!" structure. For those who don't know, it was my way of using an acronym to balance the...

Why Green Stimulus is a No-Brainer

Why Green Stimulus is a No-Brainer

  Governments are spending trillions of dollars on rescue packages right now. Many trillions more will be spent on recovery packages in the coming year to stimulate the economy. Because these are "once in a generation" investments, where they get invested will largely...

“We Can’t Tackle Climate Change Without You”

“We Can’t Tackle Climate Change Without You”

  This week I just want to recommend Mary Annaïse Heglar's recent article, "We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You". It was written to encourage people - to help them find their unique path of climate action. But the insights could easily be applied to addressing...

Climate Grief = Love (5 Minute Podcast)

Climate Grief = Love (5 Minute Podcast)

  Mixing it up a bit today with a quick 5-minute podcast episode called "Climate Grief = Love". Never done this before so let me know what you think! To be honest, I recorded this in December to capture my thoughts while out on a walk...never thought I'd share it with...

Coronavirus: Staying home = Saving lives

Coronavirus: Staying home = Saving lives

I typically write to help reverse global warming. I do this because I believe informing and inspiring people to act is the best way I can help to save and improve lives. But I'm going to step out of my lane slightly for a second because we're facing a global pandemic...

Latest Effects Of Global Warming & Some Very Good News

Latest Effects Of Global Warming & Some Very Good News

  So...yeah. Things are really bad. Global warming is ramping up everywhere. 1. Antarctica had T-shirt weather In February of 2020 it was 69.35°F (20.75°C)...in Antarctica. That's T-shirt weather. Context: it usually doesn't get above 50°F (10°C). This smashes the old...

Best Climate and Sustainability Newsletters

Best Climate and Sustainability Newsletters

The climate emergency is not just another issue — it’s an era. “Everyone needs to be educated on climate change because climate change and our response to it is going to change the world over the next 25 years as much as the internet did in the last 25 years.” — Joe...

Inspiring stories and connecting the community!

Inspiring stories and connecting the community!

    Storytime! There are so many wonderful and impressive people who get this newsletter. Every now and then someone shares a story about what a recent newsletter led to in their lives or the great things they're working on. Here are some I particularly like: Deb,...

Local climate events and orgs for my MA folks!

Local climate events and orgs for my MA folks!

    The Crowdsourcing Sustainability newsletter goes out to 875+ people now from 50+ countries, but every now and then I'll send a bonus one just for my friends in Mass 🙂 (170 of us now!) I wanted to share some local climate groups you may like - specifically...

You are not crazy. You are not alone.

You are not crazy. You are not alone.

  You are not alone. You are not crazy. What's happening is insane. This is a passage from journalist Wen Stephenson's "What We're Fighting for Now is Each Other": "The window in which to prevent the worst scenarios is closing before our eyes. And the fossil-fuel...

Get your friends to join the newsletter!

Get your friends to join the newsletter!

Today is my birthday. Or as I like to put it, I just finished my 28th lap around the sun! I want to thank you all for helping to make 27 as special as it was. Your heartfelt notes, questions, collaboration opportunities, encouragement, and even just contributing to...

Some fun. Some perspective. Some

Some fun. Some perspective. Some <3

      Happy Friday! This is a pretty epic scene from Extinction Rebellion's protest last week. Watching it brightened my day. Hope it does the same for you 🙂 (Did you notice the song selection by the way? I missed it the first time.) Two things to keep in mind...

Greta’s speech, climate strikes, and the UN

Greta’s speech, climate strikes, and the UN

    I hope you've had a great week so far! If you read nothing else in this newsletter, please do watch... Greta's speech to the United Nations It is powerful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAJsdgTPJpU This is raw emotion from a 16-year-old's rational,...

This is the Best Article I’ve Read in Months

This is the Best Article I’ve Read in Months

  There aren't many people who have been following, writing, and thinking about climate change longer than Bill McKibben. He nails this article. Here's how it starts: "Let’s imagine for a moment that we’ve reached the middle of the century. It’s 2050, and we have...

Our 100th newsletter!

Masterplan for Crowdsourcing Sustainability

  I hope you've had a great week so far! First, real quick - in case you missed last week's newsletter, here's everything you need to know about the global climate strikes that start on Friday, September 20th. They are going to be huge. Two things today: Big...

Trees are CO2

Trees are CO2

    Trees are made out of thin air. Literally. I'm guessing most of you were like me and had either never really thought about this before or assumed the substance of a tree came from the soil. But nearly all the mass of a tree comes from the air. A tree's mass...

Land is warming nearly *twice as fast* as the global average

Land is warming nearly *twice as fast* as the global average

I just discovered this in the IPCC's latest report on land and agriculture and was shocked I'd never heard it before. I did understand that the ocean takes longer to heat up (like how it takes time to boil a pot of water). But I didn't realize just how different land...

Plastic vs trees, Greenland melting, and debate highlights

Plastic vs trees, Greenland melting, and debate highlights

  Hope you're having a great week so far! And staying cool! Did you know that June was the hottest June on record? And July was the hottest month ever recorded? I was on a family vacation for part of this week and haven't had much time to work. When I did, it...

Some fun. Some perspective. Some

It Only Takes 3.5% of a Population for Change

    It Only Takes 3.5% of a Population to (nonviolently) Force Political Change This is known as the '3.5% rule' and it's based on exhaustive research that looked at 323 campaigns from 1900 to 2006. And from 2000 to 2006, nonviolent campaigns were successful nearly...

Air pollution is in our hearts

Air pollution is in our hearts

Billions of air pollution particles were just found in the hearts of city dwellers my age. This makes my blood boil. The climate crisis aside for a second - this is so basic. We should not allow dangerous pollutants into our hearts. You know, those things that keep us...

Class Of Zero

Class Of Zero

  I wanted to share this incredibly powerful video I recently came across about 350 valedictorians who gave the same, one-minute speech at graduation this year. In the video, you’ll hear directly from the students and founder of the new movement, called “Class of...

The Carbon Bubble

The Carbon Bubble

Today I’ll share two stories (that are absolutely terrifying) because I believe they’re so important that they’ll ultimately accelerate the time it takes for the planetary crisis to become the central concern of our society. I’ll also mention an enormous disruption to...

“I don’t care how green you are.”​

“I don’t care how green you are.”​

    The following is the concluding section from a recent article by Mary Annaïse Heglar, "I work in the environmental movement. I don't care if you recycle". By and large, she captures how I feel about the climate movement and the attitude we need to adopt....

Confucius Quote and List of Best Articles

Confucius Quote and List of Best Articles

  I try to remind myself of the following message regularly: "We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one." - Confucius And it still strikes a chord every time I hear it. In fact, I am just going to leave it at that today (I can't...

Loss of Biodiversity and Jay Inslee’s Climate Plan

Loss of Biodiversity and Jay Inslee’s Climate Plan

  Two things for you today. A dose of despair/reality-check followed by a genuinely exciting development: A look at just how dramatically our current system has been annihilating life on Earth. US Presidential candidate Jay Inslee is slowly unveiling an amazing...

Top 5 Actions to Eliminate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Top 5 Actions to Eliminate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  A few weeks ago I told you what you need to know about our sea level rise situation. I just added an analogy to it because I like putting things in perspective - so these monumental numbers actually mean something to us. I wanted to start this week by sharing...

Local climate events and orgs for my MA folks!

How YOU Can Help Stop Climate Change

    Hope you've had a great week so far! Back in April I encouraged you to sign up for the "Let's Save the Planet" web series so you could get tips on how to be more sustainable from various experts including myself. Below is my interview with my new friend Gail,...

Greta Thunberg’s Speeches

Greta Thunberg’s Speeches

    Happy Friday! Just two things today: 1. Green New Deal Tour In Cities Across the US The Sunrise Movement is laying out a "Road to the Green New Deal" by hosting town halls over the next few weeks. I went to the opener in Boston last Thursday (and met up with...

Kindergarteners and Climate Migrants

Kindergarteners and Climate Migrants

    Hope you've had a great week so far! Okay, hmmm. Let's start with... Kindergarteners and Climate Migrants Last week I spoke at my neighbor's kindergarten class (the same room I was in 21 years ago actually - kind of surreal). They were adorable, engaged, and...

Green New Deal and Global Warming Interviews and Our Planet

Green New Deal and Global Warming Interviews and Our Planet

  I hope you've had a great week so far - finally feels like Spring here in Boston! ...kind of whacky weather recently, but what else is new? Three things for you this week:   1. Did you catch AOC's recent interview on the Green New Deal? The Green New Deal...