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German Crew Member Explains Why Her Country is Tops in Recycling

POSTED: Bob Leonard 10.05.2020 no comments


Crew member Yvonne Koppen was born and raised in Germany and has lived in the United States, France and Spain. She understands the struggle of settling in a new home and is happy to share simple tips and tricks on how things are done in her home country, to help expats get their German experience […]


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Adventures in Solar Cooking Applesauce

POSTED: Jon Biemer 09.22.2020 no comments


As crewmembers on Spaceship Earth it is good to actually try some of the things we hear and talk about. So it is that I finally engaged the craft of solar cooking here in Portland, Oregon. Natalia, my solar cooking friend in California, says start with something simple, like applesauce.   August 27, 2020. Motivated […]


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Precedent for the Next Green New Deal

POSTED: Jon Biemer 08.10.2020 no comments


by Jon Biemer   There is talk of a Green New Deal. Pundits complain that it is merely a wish list of social, environmental and economic proposals. That it lacks substance. That it is going to be expensive. But there is ample precedence we can make it happen.     The Original New Deal   […]


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Allies On Our Earth Walk

POSTED: Jon Biemer 07.13.2020 no comments


What if set you out to change the world – and mostly it is you who changes?   From April 1st to June 30th this year (three months) my wife, Willow, and I pilgrimaged in place on what we called Our Earth Walk. My intention, as I wrote in my April 5th blog, was “to […]


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Business Reboot – Positioning for the Next Crisis

POSTED: Bob Leonard 04.21.2020 no comments


Post COVID-19, businesses must reboot, and that presents a golden opportunity to position for success and prepare for the mother of all crises already on our doorstep – our climate crisis. The world is never going to be the same as it was.   Addressing our climate crisis will be costly for business, but the […]


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Interconnected and Interdependent – a New Normal

POSTED: Bob Leonard 04.14.2020 no comments


“If man chooses oblivion, he can go right on leaving his fate to his political leaders. If he chooses Utopia, he must initiate an enormous education program… immediately.” – R. Buckminster Fuller   We have to stop focusing on artificial dualities and past battles and move forward at every level. How do we categorize ourselves? […]


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Our Earth Walk

POSTED: Jon Biemer 04.06.2020 no comments


This is a unique time. COVID-19, as the coronavirus is formally called, has the whole world’s attention – as a health and an economic crisis. People are being asked or ordered to stay home. This is in addition to our shared experience of Climate Change. Remember that? And, this month, April, is the 50th anniversary […]


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A Look Inside Ocean Plastics Recycling

POSTED: Bob Leonard 03.17.2020 no comments


There have been several articles published lately about our broken recycling systems and how we might fix them. I knew about the manufacturing and consumer portions of the cycle, but little about the supply chain, wholesale and retail portions. So I decided to find out.   I interviewed Bill Davis, founder of BeachNecessities.com, an online […]


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Our Climate Crisis Demands Cooperation and Collaboration

POSTED: Bob Leonard 03.10.2020 no comments


Climate is an unusually broad topic — the causes, impacts and solutions require expertise across vastly different subjects. We tend to solve problems in a linear, hierarchical, siloed fashion. We disassemble complex systems into discrete modules that are easier to understand. That leads to specialization and a separation between disciplines. If we examine the problems […]


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Recycling is a Sham

POSTED: Bob Leonard 03.03.2020 no comments


The things we are separating and putting into recycling bins are probably not being recycled. Recycling validates waste and it is a faux solution to the complex waste crisis we have designed ourselves into.   Systems Thinking recognizes that everything is interconnected. Solve a complex problem with a simple solution, and we inevitably cause other […]


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