The World’s Most Polluted Island

By: John A. Lanier

My friend Brett Howell helped lead an expedition to clean up what is considered, by one metric, to be the most polluted island in the world. It’s called Henderson Island, and it’s worth every bit of your time to read his story.

Credit for Photo Above: Iain McGregor/The Guardian

I’m kind of taking this week off – but only because I really want you to spend time reading someone else’s story. I’m inspired to share it this week because my wife and I just got back from a beach trip, and she did her part to clean up the beach where we were, (photo at right shows what she cleaned up). She’s a saint.

If you want to hear about a truly awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping beach cleanup story though, well here you go. My friend Brett Howell helped lead an expedition to clean up what is considered, by one metric, to be the most polluted island in the world. It’s called Henderson Island, and it’s worth every bit of your time to read his story. Enjoy!

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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.

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Who Are They?

By: John A. Lanier

I love Hannon Armstrong’s simple and direct investment thesis: “We will earn better risk-adjusted returns by investing on the right side of the climate change line.”

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Happiest of Holidays Continued

By: John A. Lanier

I want to share a TED Talk that has been particularly influential on my thinking. I hope you enjoy and find it as inspiring as I did!

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Happiest of Holidays

By: John A. Lanier

May the earth and her beauty grant you strength, especially with a new year right around the corner. Cheers friends!

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Tip of the Market Cap

By: John A. Lanier

It’s also a big deal that BlackRock became a Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in October this year. In doing so, BlackRock signaled to the broader investment community, and to the entire corporate world, that it believes in creating the circular economy.

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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.

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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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