The Long Game: Facing Reality in the Environmental Century

170907084916-01-golf-wildfire-trnd-super-teaseGolfing while the mountains burn. Photo from Beacon Rock Golf Course.
Personally, I Would Rate the Likelihood of Staying Under Two Degrees of Warming As Under 10 Percent. – Michael Oppenheimer 2017
Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.  – Thomas Merton

Under a concrete sky on 5 November 2014, Michele and I awoke to realize that Paul LePage had been re-elected as governor of Maine. Once again, Mainers had split their votes three ways and LePage was elected without a plurality to another four-year term. Continue reading “The Long Game: Facing Reality in the Environmental Century”

Report from the sustainability meetings in LA: Why sustainability is THE mission

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is holding its annual meeting in the City of Angels this week.  Jesse Pyles and I flew out to represent Unity College, and to network with principals from other institutions that share the goal of bringing sustainability to higher education.  Without too much hubris, I believe that Jesse and I make a good team.  He brings an understanding of state of the art operational sustainability, while I am an advocate for the integration of Sustainability Science throughout the curriculum. Jesse’s workshop for other sustainability coordinators was well attended and a smashing success.  You may not know it, but Jesse is a rockstar among his peers.

In contrast, it seems that I have a steeper hill to climb.   Continue reading “Report from the sustainability meetings in LA: Why sustainability is THE mission”

Why leadership matters for sustainability

Recently a friend of mine asked me to help her answer the challenging question of why an individual or family should adopt the principles of sustainability in their lifestyle.  Her response has always been, “Because it is the right thing to do.” Continue reading “Why leadership matters for sustainability”