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Climate-Defensive Parenting: Because Babies are Lousy Activists

Of the many things I love about parents, I love this above all: there’s no fucking around. Parents have a galloping urge to protect and nurture at all costs. Children unlock something superhuman in us. Hence we have mothers dead lifting Chevys and wrestling polar bears. If Lucifer himself approached Continue Reading →

Posted September 28, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 2 Comments on Climate-Defensive Parenting: Because Babies are Lousy Activists

How to Buy Climate Change and Peak Oil Insurance

Everyone knows that if you want to hedge risk, you buy insurance. Sadly, Geico doesn’t offer policies for climate change and peak oil yet. But that’s ok – there’s still a way to insure yourself. It’s not complicated. The policy consists of 6 straightforward parts: Learn how to grow some Continue Reading →

Posted May 06, 2011 in Random Thoughts | No Comments on How to Buy Climate Change and Peak Oil Insurance

Government Chicken, Government Egg

I spend my days wringing my soft, manicured hands about climate change and peak oil, and I wish someone would hurry up and act already before we all take to mixed martial arts to decide who gets dinner (a scenario in which I wouldn’t eat much). Traditionally, federal government fixes Continue Reading →

Posted April 25, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 4 Comments on Government Chicken, Government Egg

Your Life Isn’t What You Think It Is

Here’s an exercise: Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing on the moon, right now, gazing at the Earth from a quarter million miles away. Everything you’ve ever known is held in a thin pocket of air on the surface of that blue and white marble, hanging in the immensity Continue Reading →

Posted April 15, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 4 Comments on Your Life Isn’t What You Think It Is

The Biggest Risk Posed by Climage Change (is Not What We Think)

  The biggest risk posed by climate change isn’t sea level rise, drought, food shortage, extinction, mass migration, or disease, though we face all of that. The biggest risk is our failure to imagine a better world and commit to fighting for it. It’s our failure to live according to Continue Reading →

Posted April 07, 2011 in Random Thoughts | No Comments on The Biggest Risk Posed by Climage Change (is Not What We Think)

Why Trimming Your Carbon Footprint and Talking About it is Way More Impactful Than You Think

Though my convictions tend to buckle and die under the weight of a thousand caveats, once in a while I have a one which gets stronger in time. Like this: One of the most effective things you can do to fight climate change is to cut your carbon footprint and Continue Reading →

Posted April 06, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 9 Comments on Why Trimming Your Carbon Footprint and Talking About it is Way More Impactful Than You Think

What’s wrong with us?

The “Lungs of the Earth” may be dying. Everyone I know is going to get up tomorrow and eat, work, and piss like this isn’t happening. Like we aren’t driving off a cliff. We’re pretending ourselves straight into cataclysm and it’s breaking my heart.

Posted March 30, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 5 Comments on What’s wrong with us?

Why I’m Leaning Away From Civil Disobedience as a Response to Climate Change

Civil disobedience is a touchy topic. I doubt I’ve got one friend willing to engage in it to fight climate change or anything else. Yet it’s driven some of history’s most dramatic social transformations, so it’s hard to avoid thinking about it in view of the transformation we now need. Continue Reading →

Posted March 14, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 5 Comments on Why I’m Leaning Away From Civil Disobedience as a Response to Climate Change

Voluntary Footprint Cuts: Because Waiting for New Laws is Like Playing Russian Roulette and Occasionally Adding Bullets

Many of us believe that individual change is meaningless, and that what’s really needed are new laws. Well, maybe. But consider this.

Posted March 03, 2011 in Random Thoughts | No Comments on Voluntary Footprint Cuts: Because Waiting for New Laws is Like Playing Russian Roulette and Occasionally Adding Bullets

Climate Change is a Craportunity. Chevron faces an Opportastrophe.

In which the Climate Pirate invents some new words to help us discuss climate change.

Posted January 21, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 7 Comments on Climate Change is a Craportunity. Chevron faces an Opportastrophe.

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