A Beer From The Future

By: John A. Lanier

The folks at New Belgium are brewers that care about the issue of our generation, and they are using their one particular skill to ask others to do more. I support that just as I support any artist who uses their art for climate or any athlete who uses their sport for climate.

Photo Credit: New Belgium Brewing

Several months ago, I wrote a blog called “OK Doomer” that took climate doomerism to task. I remain generally opposed to messages about climate catastrophe that are meant only to inspire fear. I think we are most likely to solve the climate crisis by being realistic about climate downsides while emphasizing a positive vision for the future. That said, I’m making an exception to my opposition for one particular doomer campaign, because…well…it’s brilliant. And it involves beer.

New Belgium Brewing has long walked the sustainability talk, and they’ve recently focused on climate change as an issue. They’ve made their iconic Fat Tire beer certified carbon neutral (a first for a beer in the U.S.) and they have a goal of being carbon neutral as a business by 2030. In many respects, they have an inclusive and positive climate vision for themselves, for which I salute them.

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Making Magic

By: John A. Lanier

Much like the oxygen and erosion control that trees offer to other organisms in their habitats, The Ray is helping to give life to other ideas. This was on display just this past week in the form of an exciting announcement from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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Non-Fungible Tokens

By: John A. Lanier

NFTs are incredibly energy intensive. It’s all tied to the way that blockchain works – basically lots of computers have to work very hard to ensure any digital asset’s authenticity can be proven.

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Earth Day 2030: A Success Story Driven by Climate Solutions

By: John A. Lanier

Hop in and hold on. Join us on a time travel journey to Earth Day 2030!

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An Electric Analogy

By: John A. Lanier

That said, I’m a believer that we need to understand the fundamentals of something to change it. If we want to champion more renewable electricity, I think we should understand the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour, if only so that we have more credibility on the topic.

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Guest Blog - Environmental Justice and the Soul of America: A Conversation with Rev. Gerald Durley

Reprinted from Drawdown Georgia's Blog

“Dr. King told us that we had to look at the soul of America. And in my estimation, the soul of America is the environment, because if you destroy the soul, then nothing else exists. If you destroy the air, if you destroy the water, if you destroy the wildlife, if you destroy the plants - that's the soul of America.” --The Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley

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A Round Red Rug

By: John A. Lanier

Genuinely, I’m quite excited to be a part of the TEDxAtlanta lineup. The theme is “Begin at the Beginning,” and I’ll be speaking about how Drawdown Georgia is a first-of-its-kind approach to reversing global warming.

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Calling All Generalists

By: John A. Lanier

I’ve come to realize just how multidisciplinary sustainability is, and to actually solve our environmental challenges, we need to become generalists.

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Climate Solutions 101

By: John A. Lanier

Just this week, Project Drawdown unveiled Climate Solutions 101, a six-part video series explaining the potential we have to reverse global warming. You better believe I will be binging these videos this week!

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Fun With Blocks

By: John A. Lanier

With photovoltaics, wildflowers under the panels, sheep grazing the grass, bee hives, and a female technician, the design is incredibly well thought-out. For my two cents, I think it looks amazing!

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