I inherited this philosophy from my father who lived through the Great Depression. For a time I worked with him in his small construction business. He never threw anything away nor did he buy any new tool to replace an old one unless we had fixed it multiple times and there was just no hope of saving it again. He also struggled with adopting to new or better ways to improve productivity. The way he had always done it was the best way. Continue reading →
Teachable moments are those times when people really need the information so are ready to listen to what you have to say.
In my past life I did research and education on odors from livestock facilities. The times that my teaching efforts were most effective was when a new farm was being proposed and the citizens of the county were opposing the facility due to odor complaints. This resulted in the farmer, concerned citizens, and county board coming to me for information, and paying attention to what I said. A teachable moment.
So this past week’s severe heat and storms throughout much of the United States makes for a great teachable moment for adapting to a changing climate. One option for organizing your teaching might be the following: Continue reading →
I love how people use the phrase “It is not a threat, it is an opportunity” to frame things that are obviously a threat.
This came up a couple of times last week at the third annual Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference. The intention was good and I understand where the “opportunities” are, but climate change is also a big threat. Continue reading →
Every time there is a big weather event, like the current rainfall and flooding in South Carolina, I am reminded that human civilization is at the mercy of mother nature. (I also think of man vs nature and nature winning when I am battling the weeds in my garden : )Continue reading →