More than a Drop in the Bucket

By: John A. Lanier

As this bucket fills, it shows humanity “using up” its carbon budget. What struck me most is how fast the rate of change has accelerated in the last few decades.

You’d think that it would be difficult to make a bucket cool. It’s as basic as a household item comes. A bucket is generally a boring solid color, made of a simple material with only a handle to spice it up, all with the sole purpose of merely holding stuff. In a ranked hierarchy of cool household items, I bet most of us would slot the bucket after the screwdriver, stepstool, air filter, and cutting board.

Yet allow me to explain why your dismissive prejudice of the humble bucket is flat out wrong. Buckets ARE cool, and as evidence I give you three examples.

Exhibit A – The Ice Bucket Challenge

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