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Ecocentricity Blog: An Electric Analogy

By: John A. Lanier
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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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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.

Ecocentricity Blog: Calling All Generalists

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

Ecocentricity Blog: I Called Bank

By: John A. Lanier
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Where and how banks choose to loan their deposits determines what happens in this world of ours. Which houses get built, what colleges we go to, which jobs get created with a corporate relocation – all are enabled by the access to financing that banks offer. But banks don’t have to be a part of our environmental problems. If they choose, they can be part of our environmental solutions.

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Where and how banks choose to loan their deposits determines what happens in this world of ours. Which houses get built, what colleges we go to, which jobs get created with a corporate relocation – all are enabled by the access to financing that banks offer. But banks don’t have to be a part of our environmental problems. If they choose, they can be part of our environmental solutions.

Ecocentricity Blog: Who's Your Favorite Chemist?

By: John A. Lanier
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Where humans often use toxic substances in our chemistry, the natural world’s chemistry is overwhelmingly benign. Where humans use heat and strong forces to create chemical bonds, nature self-assembles at ambient temperatures. Where many human chemical feedstocks rely on global mining supply chains, nature has figured out how to use whatever it has right where it is.

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Where humans often use toxic substances in our chemistry, the natural world’s chemistry is overwhelmingly benign. Where humans use heat and strong forces to create chemical bonds, nature self-assembles at ambient temperatures. Where many human chemical feedstocks rely on global mining supply chains, nature has figured out how to use whatever it has right where it is.

Ecocentricity Blog: Cultural Roots

By: John A. Lanier
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This week's Ecocentricity Blog meets at the intersection of culture, food, music and environment.

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This week's Ecocentricity Blog meets at the intersection of culture, food, music and environment.

Ecocentricity Blog: Poetry for the Planet

By: John A. Lanier
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It’s going to be a short post today, mainly because I want to lift up the work of someone else. A friend of mine sent me a 2018 Youtube video of a young poet reciting a poem she wrote about climate action (thanks Deron!). The poet’s name is Amanda Gorman, and though I hadn’t heard of her previously, I think I should have. She’s tremendously talented and already accomplished in her 22 years, and her star is only rising higher. She has been invited to share a poem at the Biden Inauguration, which will make her the youngest inaugural poet for a president in American history.

Ecocentricity Blog: A Forgotten Relationship

By: John A. Lanier
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When you imagine yourself as an ancestor, it’s an invitation to remember a relationship that is often forgotten – the family of our future. Whether you are aware of it or not, right now you are living a relationship with your descendants. 

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When you imagine yourself as an ancestor, it’s an invitation to remember a relationship that is often forgotten – the family of our future. Whether you are aware of it or not, right now you are living a relationship with your descendants. 

Ecocentricity Blog: Eggshells

By: John A. Lanier
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Looking ahead, I choose to do so with hope and a commitment to action. As a species living on Spaceship Earth, we desperately need both, and I firmly believe they will be the keys to redeeming this past year.

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Looking ahead, I choose to do so with hope and a commitment to action. As a species living on Spaceship Earth, we desperately need both, and I firmly believe they will be the keys to redeeming this past year.

Ecocentricity Blog: The Problems With Palm Oil

By: John A. Lanier
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With high international demand for a low-price commodity material produced in the developing world, the palm oil industry sprung up without corresponding procedures and oversight to limit abuses.

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With high international demand for a low-price commodity material produced in the developing world, the palm oil industry sprung up without corresponding procedures and oversight to limit abuses.

Ecocentricity Blog: Supply and Demand

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Emerging market countries are likely to provide supply-side interventions into their auto markets. Whether the issue is energy independence, air quality, or cost savings, transitioning to electric vehicles makes good sense.

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Emerging market countries are likely to provide supply-side interventions into their auto markets. Whether the issue is energy independence, air quality, or cost savings, transitioning to electric vehicles makes good sense.

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