Rule 1: Be critical I want to be happy and hopeful. That’s why I stopped looking at the “news”, basically don’t use social media (no facebook, no twitter, 15 minutes of youtube and instagram max.) and try and read good news. But when you are critical, you dig and you uncover things. And often, they … Read moreHow to try and not get climate change depression
Cooling the planet The water cycle is one of the main drivers of the greenhouse effect. I talked about this previously in my article on climate change and the generation question. Where I quoted a NASA study attributing 50% of the greenhouse effect to water vapour (25% to clouds, 20% to CO2). This is due … Read moreAre trees bad for the climate?
A book review: The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann (2018) Summary: The book describes the lives and perspectives of two American researchers as archetypes of different ways to view the future. Those who believe in a future through growth and technology (what we would later call “techno-optimism”): the Wizards; and those who … Read moreWizards and Prophets
In the context of the lifetimes of trees or even the planet, human lives are very short. Even doubling our life expectancy in the last 100 years (world average 1900: 31y, 2014: 71.5y) has done little to change the role that the limitation of our time on this earth plays in our lives. Most of … Read moreDesigning with Time
This is part 2 in my series on climate change. Find part 1 here: The Generational question _________ Very broadly speaking, the surface of the planet consists of land and ocean. Water in the ocean is salt water (plus ice, which is not salty). Land consists of all kinds of different rocks, biology and freshwater … Read moreThe role of soil and water in climate change
This is part one on a series on climate change and different adaptive and regenerative strategies. Climate change and the many challenges it will bring is a very complex and multifaceted topic. As most people should know by now, it’s caused by an abundance of certain gases in the atmosphere that insulate the planet a … Read moreDon’t hate your parents- climate change and the generation question