#135 | The Sustainable City: The Future Of Urban Living w/ Steven Cohen

In this episode, I speak with Steven Cohen — former executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, a professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and the author of ‘The Sustainable City,' 

Steven, in this interview, provides an overview of the broader trends in sustainable technological development, particularly within the context of the ongoing urbanization of human life, with “54 per cent of the world’s population liv[ing] in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050.”☨ Steven provides an overview of these technological trends regarding their application in city planning within major urban areas around the world. Steven details the increasing efficiency of battery storage, the evolution of solar and wind power, and the rise and growing prominence of the electric automobile — and ties these evolving technologies to the ongoing development and planning of “sustainable cities.” Toward the end of the interview, Steven provides a nuanced perspective on the ongoing policy decisions by the Trump Administration, under the former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, to deregulate environmental protections enforced by the EPA, and how these decisions will ultimately play out into the near future. 

In this interview, I attempted to challenge some of the underlying assumptions presented in Steven’s work, regarding the notion that sustainability can really be achieved within the socio-economic paradigm we exist within — a system that demands infinite growth in order to function. I don’t really know how successful I was in this regard, but I greatly appreciate Steven’s input and perspective in this episode.

Steven Cohen is the former executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and a professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is the director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy and the Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia. His books include ‘The Sustainable City,’ ‘Understanding Environmental Policy,’ ‘Sustainability Management,’ and ‘The Effective Public Manager.’ He has written numerous articles on public management, sustainability management, and environmental policy. Dr. Cohen also writes a weekly blog for the Earth Institute’s ‘State of the Planet’ website.✧

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✧ Sources: http://bit.ly/2LriR7C / http://bit.ly/2LDvdsP

Episode Notes:

- Learn more and purchase Steven’s book ‘The Sustainable City’ at Columbia University Press: http://bit.ly/2LDvdsP

- Learn more about Steven and his work at The Earth Institute: http://bit.ly/2LriR7C

- Visit Steven’s frequently updated blog ‘State of the Planet’: http://bit.ly/2LIe6px

- Steven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevenACohen

- The song featured in this episode is “Sincerely, Future Pollution” by Timber Timbre from the album Sincerely, Future Pollution. 

#109 | Designing Regenerative Cultures: An Incomplete Conversation w/ Daniel Christian Wahl

This is a segment of my incompletely recorded conversation with Daniel Christian Wahl. Unfortunately, due to some technical issues with the recording of this episode, a significant chunk of our conversation was lost and unsalvageable. Daniel asked that I release what was recorded, and here is the finished result. I thank Daniel for sharing his insights with me, and I appreciate his kindness.

Daniel Christian Wahl is an educator, speaker, strategic advisor, and the author of ‘Designing Regenerative Cultures’. Originally trained as a biologist and zoologist at the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, Santa Cruz, Daniel also holds an MSc in Holistic Science (Schumacher College, 2002) and a PhD in Natural Design (University of Dundee, 2006).*

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Episode Notes:

- Learn more about sustainable and regenerative cultures from Daniel's book 'Designing Regenerative Cultures' at his Medium page: https://goo.gl/V76ckw

- Pick up Daniel's book "Designing Regenerative Cultures": http://a.co/0O2142M

- Follow updates from Daniel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrDCWahl

#101 | Bright Green Lies: Dispelling The Myths Of Sustainable Energy w/ Derrick Jensen

In this episode, Derrick Jensen discusses his current project "Bright Green Lies," a book that exposes the misconceptions and deceptions surrounding "renewal" energy sources (solar, wind, bio-fuels, etc.), and how the underlying ethos of the global environmentalist movement has been hijacked by the "green" energy faction of the industrial economy. Derrick strips these "bright green lies" bare, and asks for activists in the environmental movement to pledge their loyalty to the living earth itself, and not to human industrial civilization and the culture that attempts to rationalize and excuse industrial civilization's excesses, pushing this planet's living systems to the brink of irreversible collapse.  

Derrick Jensen is an environmental activist and author of well over a dozen books, including Endgame, The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older That Words, The Myth of Human Supremacy, as well countless articles and essays that address a more radical understanding of human civilization and it's impact on the living planet we all share. 

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Derrick and his work at his website: http://www.derrickjensen.org

- Derrick is the host of the radio show "Resistance Radio," a weekly released show on Derrick's website: https://goo.gl/dsQhBM

- You can also listen to the show on the Deep Green Resistance YouTube page: https://goo.gl/YpW8Zq

- The song featured in this episode is "Center Your Love" by Machinedrum from the album Vapor City.