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A few of the things I'm working on now

Climate Ad Project

In August 2020, I gathered a team of writers and producers dedicated to creating simple, impactful climate ads for the general public. I’m excited about this project and I think it could make a big difference. Stay tuned.

Book #2

My second book: coming soon. It focuses on the youth perspective, but it’s written with the goal of providing activists of all ages with emotional, factual, and visionary tools to encourage and empower. It provides a detailed roadmap for navigating intense climate emotions, gives a clear and extremely concise overview of the science (my trademark), and provides a positive vision for where humanity needs to go from here. My hope is that this will end up being more than just a book, and that other media can grow organically around it, perhaps within K-12 curricula.

I’m currently writing and searching for the right literary agent. If you are an agent who might be interested in this project, or you may have a referral, please contact me

Earth Hero (app)

I co-founded Earth Hero, a non-profit team of about 20 volunteers creating a smart phone app that will help users shift the culture away from fossil fuels and toward a massive climate mobilization. It track users’ greenhouse gas emissions and helps them to reduce those emissions, but it’s much more than that. It also helps them engage politically, and to create digital communities to inspire and support direct action, climate advocacy, and climate-appropriate living. 

Earth Hero is available for download now, but it’s also always a work in progress, and we could use your help! We are especially interested in Swift and Java developers and UI designers. If you’d like to pitch in, please contact me. 

The Climate Truth Show

I’m starting a webcast called The Climate Truth Show. I’ll provide a brief update on the latest physical and political climate news (and my opinions) and then interview guests. I will also do questions and answers at the end of every show. I’m initially planning to do a show every other week.

The show will highlight climate truth in a political context, and will be broadcast over platforms of the Movement for a People’s Party, a new US third party challenging the corporate duopoly.

Is it crazy to support a 3rd US political party? Maybe… but perhaps it’s less crazy than expecting the corporate duopoly to take the kind of climate action we need.

Stay tuned.

Articles, talks, and media

I average approximately a talk or interview per day. I speak to reporters and frequently appear on podcasts based in media outlets around the world. My goal is simple: to alert the public that we’re in a climate emergency. I also write articles when I have the time and energy.

Here’s an example LA Times op-ed, and here’s a NYT article that leads with a quote from me.

Unfortunately, I get too many requests now to fulfill all of them, and I’ve given up trying to keep my media page up to date. If you know of ways I can get my message to larger numbers of people, please contact me.

SchoolsForFuture

When my sons decided to start climate striking in front of their school in the morning during drop off, I noticed more kids joining them, parents honking and encouraging them, and parents with younger kids having conversations about “what the big kids” were doing and why. I realized this was a way to climate-activate a school, and I wondered if climate-activated schools could then catalyze meaningful climate action within their communities.

Working with Greta’s team and FridaysForFuture, I formulated SchoolsForFuture and was about to roll it out when COVID hit. Unsure of how to proceed without that critical face-to-face energy, I’ve put this on a back burner for now.

NoFlyClimateSci.org

Climate advocates are much more effective when they “walk the talk” by burning less fossil fuel in their own lives. For me, this meant #FlyingLess. I haven’t flown since 2012, because flying feels wrong to me. Burning any fossil fuel feels wrong, but flying creates such huge emissions. The stories at noflyclimatesci.org inspire me, and the site generates significant media attention and has been instrumental in shifting society to greater climate urgency, thereby paving the way for democracies to enact systems change.

If you are #FlyingLess, please tell your story at noflyclimatesci.org! We are a small group of volunteers, and we’d welcome your help. If you’d like to help the site grow, please contact me.

FridaysForFuture_USA

Greta Thunberg inspired my sons, Zane and Braird, to school strike for climate. Their first strikes were in December 2018, and they were among the first few climate strikers in the US. As their dad, I wanted to connect to other parents of school striking kids. I knew Greta’s mom Malena before Greta became famous through our mutual interest in the #FlyingLess movement, so I connected with her and then with parents of strikers in North America. We support our kids in organizing FridaysForFuture_USA.

 

The school strikers’ action is reasonable given the best available science. I’ve organized two open letters in support of the school striking youth, including this open letter from the world’s scholars

 

Climate Cafes

When we truly accept the reality of climate breakdown and let it into our emotional selves, we might feel grief, or rage, or terror, or a complex mix of emotions. However, if we don’t do this, it means we’re holding Climate Truth at arms length, which means we’re still in denial at some level, which means we won’t be doing everything we can to stop climate destruction. Acceptance is the key to action, but acceptance takes courage.

Climate Cafes are a way to meet with other climate freaks and express our emotions. I hope this might lead to greater community, greater acceptance, and greater action. We are in this together. ClimateCafes.org provides simple guidelines for holding a Climate Cafe in your community. Like all my projects, we could use your help – please contact me!

Storytelling Climate

I’ve been talking to writers, producers, documentarians, actors, financiers and others to see how we can be more effective at communicating climate breakdown. I mean, I live in Los Angeles, and Hollywood is a tremendous resource – and just like everyone else, people in film and TV are starting to climate freak. They have the storytelling skills and platform, and I have the science… let’s talk!

One team I’m a part of is working on short educational films for kids, especially high school kids. Another team is seeking to get realistic climate stories – Climate Truth – into high-profile TV shows and films. More on all this, soon… 

Caltech/JPL brain trust for California

I’m part of an informal group of about a dozen Caltech and JPL scientists, economists, and engineers meeting about once a month to advise CA Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair of the Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy. This has been on temporary hold due to COVID but we’re trying to start it back up over zoom.

Self care: Soccer, Earthy stuff

I play soccer every Sunday in a league composed entirely of AYSO coaches and referees. At least I did before COVID. I love composting, and gardening, and fruit trees and find this work therapeutic. Yes, I still compost my poop (and it’s actually an amazing practice that more people should do – read about it here). And I’m always looking for ways to live well and with less fossil fuel – which to me is also a kind of self care. I’ve stopped feral beekeeping because I’ve decided it’s not safe enough in a small yard, and I miss it deeply.

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