How do we live a greener life?

Question: How do we live a greener life?

Carl Pope: Well collectively we should just be doing a lot more collectively. We will solve these problems much faster as a “we” than as a “me”. So basically anything we can get people to do together I’m in favor of. Because the more we bring people together, the more they’re gonna find out what they have in common, the more they’re gonna find out what we can do about these problems. So having more “we” is the most important thing “we” can do. Individually I think the key thing is to understand or try to understand that when I do something it has a consequence. And that the consequence . . . try to understand that we’re part of a long connection of causation. Now the fact is you actually can’t do it. If you got up . . . If you got up tomorrow morning, what’s the first thing you do when you leave your house in the morning?

So when you brush your teeth, a little thought exercise. Try while you’re brushing your teeth to think about all of the consequences that flow from the act of brushing your teeth. Where did the metal in the tube come from? Where did the plastic come from? How did the toothpaste get to be white? How was it brought to you? What happened to the workers who made it? Where did the water come from? How was it stored? How was it transported? Where is it going? The electrons that light your face so you don’t just, like, make a mess of yourself, how did that happen? Try to think of all the chains of causation that you’re a part of. You will not be able to do it. If we could all, twice a day, put ourselves through that exercise I think we would be less certain and therefore probably wiser. We would understand that we should tread more gently.


Recorded on: September 27, 2007.

Tread a little bit more gently, Carl Pope advises.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

Greg L via Wikipedia
Surprising Science
  • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
Keep reading Show less