The Climate Talk

By: John A. Lanier

For my part, I want to be proactive in talking to my kids about climate change. I want to teach them the science for sure, but I also want them to feel like our family is already making a difference.

I have no idea the age of my youngest reader, so I will tread lightly in this post. I want to talk about jolly old Saint Nick, and how parents first talk to their kids about how Santa Claus is…incredibly magical and capable of so many supernatural things. Go with me here.

I wonder what the most common questions are from kids when they realize that Santa Claus is…really that amazing. Things like:

-  “Mom, can Reindeer really fly?” Yes Jimmy, they’re magic!

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Giving a Better Gift (Reblog)

By: John A. Lanier

There is so much that is good about this time of year. That said, sometimes the holidays can turn into forced consumerism, and that isn’t good. So please give to others, but give mindfully.

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Socratic Wisdom

By: John A. Lanier

I don’t know how to plan a climate conference. And for that reason, I am so grateful to all those who made the Georgia Climate Conference earlier this month such a huge success!

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The Climate-Circular Economy Nexus

By: John A. Lanier

These dire facts are why the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Materials Economy conducted this study. They wanted to show that scaling the circular economy is a necessary condition to reversing global warming, and they are right.

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At Full Strength

By: John A. Lanier

Ellen, Andrew, and their team are true visionaries in the circular economy movement. Spend some time digging into their work and I promise you’ll come away wiser for it.

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Wendell Berry, “A Vision”

Memory, native to this valley, will spread over it like a grove, and memory will grow into legend, legend into song, song into sacrament.

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Real-Life Tetris

By: John A. Lanier

Recycling is a “last resort” circular economy practice. A bouncy chair that still works has more value as a bouncy chair than as recycled plastic and textiles.

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Seven Down, Many More to Go

By: John A. Lanier

RayDay meant something to this child. I can’t tell you with certainty what he did that day, but I know that it was good and wholesome. I also know that his experience brought him closer to nature.

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A New World Record

By: John A. Lanier

This was a country with 30% forest cover in 1900, but only 4% today. They will benefit tremendously from restoring their natural ecosystems, and we all benefit from the carbon dioxide that these trees will sequester.

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The Time Traveler's Car Part II

By: John A. Lanier

Lilium’s design produced something technically impressive and elegantly beautiful. That is nature’s way, and it shows what’s possible when we turn to the natural world for instruction and inspiration.

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