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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...

Masterplan for Crowdsourcing Sustainability

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...

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...

Climate change wreaking havoc and climate action wisdom

Climate change wreaking havoc and climate action wisdom

    I hope you've had a great week so far! Just a couple of things today.   Climate change wreaking havoc As I'm writing this, my thoughts and wishes go out to the millions of people who are suffering in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe after...

Local climate events and orgs for my MA folks!

Global school strikes and Dalai Lama quote

  The following quote is a big part of how I try to live my life:   “We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you...