Lifestyle Tension: Young people in the U.S. are significantly more likely to say that “what is good for me is often not good for the environment” (57% under 30, 43% over 30) and nearly two times as many youth strongly agree vs over 30 (26% to 14…
Young people are also suffering from a block in the older environmentalists worldview. Older environmentalists tend to dismiss a lot of viable solutions and demonize them. Nuclear energy comes to mind as a prime example.
It may be that young people need to push back on some of the limitations…
…n order to care enough about it to change their behavior — or demand change from our institutions — guilt can quickly backfire. Especially if you’re asking people to give something up without offering anything in return.
The concept of "backfiring" - "having the opposite effect to what was intended" would have value in ordinary circumstances but makes no sense in this context.
Right now, we face the threat of climate change, which means the goal is rapid decarbonization and full transformation of everything at scale. Most…
…ddicts never tried drugs, and the executives were happy to stay put, and the kids never got asthma? So why do our efforts skew so heavily toward reaction rather than prevention?
Great post! I like the "Upstream-Downstream" distinction. I've also heard this called the Preventable Problem Paradox https://medium.com/@shreyashere/why-our-leaders-fail-us-and-then-save-us-the-preventable-problem-paradox-872614ec3293 , illustrated with a Superman clip.
There are a lot of people clamoring to “reopen America” and “let the virus go everywhere and be done with it.”
This is based on economic fears, that a broken economy will result in more death and illness than the pandemic.
Good news: Our beloved, mostly phony economy is way…
Update, July 17, 2020 — Looking back on this post I wrote back in the early days of Covid. Good for all of us, professionals took over. But now, apparently Trump Admin has stripped CDC of Coronavirus Data, which has implications. See also this.
March 19, 2020: Brace yourselves. We…
Quick question: what is your favorite environmental quote in Persian?
I want to make some T-shirts that promote environmentalism,* and also teach language. But the quote that comes to mind for me isn’t one that people would associate with environmentalism.
It happens to be the one I’ve heard a thousand…
So you want to be part of the global Climate Strike, but don’t know what to put on your sign? Join the “Show us your First Gigawatt Down” movement! This sign pairs perfectly with any other sign out there.
It has come to my attention that Trump and those evangelicals (a surprisingly large percentage!) that enable him are Hell bent on destroying the lives of immigrants and refugees, among other things.