Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

By: John A. Lanier

What we rarely hear about is how coffee comes with an environmental cost. Now, your mind may immediately go to the billions of single-use coffee cups discarded each year, and that is definitely a problem. But specifically, I want to talk about the carbon footprint of drinking coffee itself.

I turned 10 years old in 1996. That was a good year. Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta meant that I was lucky to experience a local Olympics. That was also the year that Tiger Woods became a professional golfer. The Nintendo 64 launched that year, and any of my friends who got one immediately moved up a rank or two in my book. Braveheart beat out Apollo 13 for the best picture Oscar. And it was also the year in which Starbucks opened its 1,000th store.

By the end of 1997, Starbucks had 1,412 stores. Then 3,501 by the end of 2000. In 2003, they hit 7,225. By the end of 2006, the year in which I turned 20 years old, Starbucks had 12,440 stores globally. So basically, I came of age in the decade in which Starbucks took over the world.

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Back to School, Hypothetically Speaking

By: John A. Lanier

If I had to do it all over again, I would want an education that directly prepared me for solving the climate crisis.

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One Good Deed

By: John A. Lanier

When we decide not to purchase an item we would otherwise want, or when we choose an option that has a long lifespan rather than being disposable in the short or medium term, multiple good things happen.

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Not-So-Happy Reading

By: John A. Lanier

We need as many people as possible to truly understand the climate crisis and its causes in order to solve it. So I would like to challenge you to actually sit down and read what the climate scientists wrote.

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Net Positive: Leaving the World Better Than You Found It

Guest Blog by Jeff Gowdy

The business world has seen environmental action start with compliance, then to “beyond compliance,” stretch goals, measuring sustainability, measuring net zero, and now to “net positive.”

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Eyes Ahead

By: John A. Lanier

I sense that, more and more, people are becoming aware of the value that diversity brings. We need ALL voices at the table, because we ALL have a role to play in healing the earth and in becoming a more just species.

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In the Now

By: John A. Lanier

Gravity isn’t something that preserves the status quo - it’s constantly trying to create change, to make things go faster. I feel like a similar force, even if not quantifiable, is acting upon human societies right now.

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Looking Back

By: John A. Lanier

Ray, I know you’re looking down on us from above, and I hope we are making you proud. Thank you for the gifts you have given to us as a family, and for the legacy you have entrusted to us.

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Life Creates Conditions Conducive to Life

By: John A. Lanier

No matter how much we might foul her, nature will continue her laborious work to clean herself, to renew herself, and to become more resilient. And most amazingly of all, she doesn’t hold a grudge against our rebellious little species.

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Thirsty Lands

By: John A. Lanier

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the western part of the United States that is feeling thirsty right now. The combination of high temperatures and less rain than usual has been brutal, and the scariest part is that there is no end in sight.

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