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UofT’s Responsible Investing Charter is evil.

Do you remember what it was like to live in a world that wasn’t threatened by environmental oblivion?  I will turn forty this year.  In the late nineties, when I started in undergrad at U of T, global warming was on my radar, I was careful about my consumption and voted with the planet in … Continue reading UofT’s Responsible Investing Charter is evil.

Better living before, during and after a pandemic

This short essay will make two related points.  First, that getting pleasure from our experience is a craft and one that we can get better at.  And, second, that we as a society should focus on meeting basic needs and then allow people to increase their pleasure by practicing the craft of getting more out … Continue reading Better living before, during and after a pandemic

This is what an emergency looks like…

Do you remember way back in January 2020 when the coronavirus was just another news story?  For years, experts have been making urgent calls about the possibility of a global pandemic.  But these scientific warnings, not unlike climate science, only popped up briefly on our collective radar before being swallowed up by the cacophony of … Continue reading This is what an emergency looks like…

Climate Challenge 10: Staycation

PANDEMIC OR NOT, STAYCATIONS ARE SUPERIOR Our family has been doing staycations and short train rides for years in order to reduce our emissions.  Now that Corona Virus is on everyone's mind, we expect a lot of people will also be giving staycations a go.  Here's the thing -- you might not go back, because … Continue reading Climate Challenge 10: Staycation

On individual changes – Dr. Nate Charach

There are many conflicting reports about what actually makes a difference in our climate crisis. On one side of the spectrum we hear people advocate that we should stop flying, stop eating meat and bicycle more. On the other side of the spectrum there are people who state that lobbying politicians is really all that … Continue reading On individual changes – Dr. Nate Charach