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“I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.”

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We’re living through some weird times. History textbooks could devote entire chapters just to 2020 and 2021. But history has a way of repeating itself, as they say. Others say history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. And even in this strange year, you can add another inevitability to death and taxes:

Tom Brady.

At age 43, in his 22nd NFL season, Brady’s back in the Super Bowl. Again. For the tenth time.

When he began playing pro football, I was in kindergarten. A lot has changed in my life since then. Yet it seems like nothing has changed for…

“Life is a reality to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”

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Once upon a time, a traveler asked a shepherd “what kind of weather are we going to have today?” The traveler wanted to know what to expect; who wants foul weather to derail their travels, right?

The shepherd muttered: “the kind of weather I like.” Confused, the traveler responded: “How do you know it will be the weather you like?” Here, the shepherd taught the traveler an unexpected lesson. “Having found out, sir, I cannot always get what I like, I have learned always to like what I get. …

Expanding my analysis beyond America, with a sobering conclusion.

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Recently, I analyzed where exactly I could escape climate change within the United States. I picked three northerly regions and ultimately settled on the Upper Midwest as the best place to ride out the climate apocalypse we may face if the status quo persists.

ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine recently analyzed data from the Rhodium Group on how climate change will transform the United States.

You can find that handy analysis here. Its conclusions dovetail with mine.

But many of you wanted a more global perspective. So this time, instead of restricting myself to the United States, I’m…

Climate change isn’t your fault, and you won’t solve it.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Particularly in America, there’s a curious cultural veneration of the individual as the main agent of influence and change rather than the community. This is of course rooted in our history, or at least the whitewashed history we’re taught in school and then subconsciously carry in our conceptions of the world.

We defeated a tyrannical monarchy as a big underdog. Then, we fulfilled our Manifest Destiny and conquered the West, bulldozing our way across the mountains and prairies toward the ocean.

I’m simplifying here, but the point is, centuries of deeply embedded cultural norms reflect themselves in…

You should care more about consuming consciously than not having kids or scorning others who do.

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Does the name ‘Malthus’ ring a bell?

In 1798, Thomas Malthus warned of an impending ecological trap driven by overpopulation. As he saw it, exponential population growth would override arithmetic growth in agricultural yields. He foresaw too many mouths to feed and not enough food to feed them. This became known as the Malthusian trap, and the Malthus philosophy has been the subject of vigorous debate ever since.

Six years after Malthus introduced his theory, the world population reached one billion. And 216 years after that milestone, we’re now hurtling toward a population of eight billion.

The overpopulation Malthus expected…

Innovative indoor climate solutions bring a host of positive externalities.

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Air quality has always been important, especially as humans have increasingly congregated in urban areas. In modern times, most of the focus was on outdoor air quality. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on indoor air quality. As cities shut down when the pandemic began over a year ago, outdoor air quality improved noticeably in urban areas like Delhi, Los Angeles, and Venice. Mountains normally obscured by smog were visible in clear daylight. …

Mitch McConnell just reiterated what Democrats should’ve known by now — they can either go it alone or go nowhere

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Sometimes, politics isn’t as complicated as it seems.

These days, the sky is blue, the grass is green, and Mitch McConnell is being Grand Ol’ Mitch again.

He just said something that reflects his political and governing philosophy to a tee. He reiterated that 100% of his focus is on stopping this new administration. Not 50%. Not 90%. 100%.

We’re still in the midst of the pandemic. Americans, including a disproportionate share of McConnell’s constituents in Kentucky, are hurting. They’re looking to their government for help. And yet the most powerful Republican in elected office doesn’t want to help them…

“Only time, whatever that may be, will tell.”

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“Only time, whatever that may be, will tell.” — Stephen Hawking

In the 1960s, environmental consciousness became mainstream in America. Environmental concerns had escalated throughout the 1960s (mostly in response to the effects of industrial pollution). From Silent Spring to the infamous burning of the Cuyahoga River, Americans grew increasingly worried about the deleterious impacts of industrial activity that had boomed since World War II.

On January 28, 1969, those priorities shifted toward the consequences of oil drilling. A blowout occurred in the Dos Cuadras Offshore Oil Field (belonging to Union Oil) six miles off the coast of Santa Barbara…

I spoke with a 16-year-old climate activist from the Bay Area who leads a youth activist organization that wants to educate the public and inspire climate action on the biggest challenge of our time.

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I often question whether I can have a real impact in the climate movement and, if so, how I should go about doing that. Is it fair for me, a white male with a huge ecological footprint and no lack of privilege, to even open my mouth and lecture other people about what they should be doing?

That’s why I love connecting with climate activists who have resolved those sorts of dilemmas and gotten to work.

I recently spoke with the co-founder and leader of Climate NOW, a youth climate activist organization based in California. Sarah Goody is a 16-year-old…

Just as Churchill argued democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others, we have no choice but to fight against climate change and win at all costs.

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Winston Churchill could sell hot chocolate in the desert.

When he became Prime Minister in May 1940, Great Britain was deep in the ugly depths of the Second World War. When Churchill spoke to the House of Commons asking for their support during such trying times, he uttered a few simple words that hinted at his eventual success as the leader of Britain’s war effort.

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”

That speech became the first of many Churchill came to be known by. The saying “blood, sweat, and tears” is derived from it. …

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