human insights with james coxJun 15, 2020
Dealing with Fires and Heat Due to Climate Change: A chat w Mitch Wagener
This summer has been monumental as the effects of the climate crisis has affected millions of people around the globe. Fires raging from Greece and Europe, to Canada, to more recently Maui have destroyed cities and lives. Mitch Wagener is a professor of ecology at WCSU and shares his insights into the challenges we face going forward. If you want to reach Mitch you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity, Pride, and Love: a chat with Josh Miller
Josh Miller is a selfproclaimed queer activist. He is the CEO and co-founder of IDEAS xLab. Josh works with businesses to create positive environments for gender fluid employees. We talk about the importance of diversity in both our personal and business lives. By fate and coincidence we recorded this conversation on the first day of Pride month, 2023. Enjoy
Moving Divestment Forward in Universities: a chat with Isaac Slevin
Isaac Slevin is a sophmore at Brown University and a leader in the effort to divest from fossil fuels through Sunrise Brown. We discuss their successes over the past few years, but also the challenges that continue as fossil fuel interests adjust to calls for divestment. A great conversation that shows we have a great deal of work to do on many levels.
Improving Tofu, Driving Massive Change: a chat with David W. Jones
David W. Jones is co-founder of Thrilling Foods, a company based in Portland, Oregon, that is changing how consumers are relating to tofu. Jones has developed a patented process to add flavor to tofu that is changing peoples perceptions and tastes. Specifically he has developed a vegan form of bacon that many consider superior in taste to the animal products. The end result is a consumer experience that is enjoyable, delicious, good for your health, and good for the planet.
A great conversation that will open minds and drive real change.
The Growth of Veganism as a Sign of Hope: a chat with Light and Angel Flinn
What is the meaning of Veganism? Today we chat with Light who began his vegan journey 50 years ago. He and Angel share their insights into the importance and relevance of Veganism in the modern world. Light is the founder of GentleWorld.org, a vegan restaurant, and an several educational centers. As Ram Dass and Ghandi would say, "his life is his message".
This is a great podcast of hope and positive change we can all embrace.
Building Reuse and Recycling into the Economy; a chat with Damon Carson
The economy over the past hundred years has been built on the idea of disposable goods and unlimited resources. We are quickly realizing that we need to be more efficient and aware in how we act. The planet demands we change our behavior. Today I chat with Damon Carson of RepurposedMaterials about his work in helping businesses connect to and use repurposed materials in the work they do. It helps reduce waste, it reduces duplication and energy consumption, it lowers costs (which in this inflationary environment is key...).
Ecoactivism and the Age of Climate Change: A Chat with Ted Glick
Ted Glick has been a long time climate activist... We talk about his work in raising awareness and what individuals can do to make a change. Climate change requires immense effort to drive real change. Time demands we all play a role in designing and creating the future.
What can you do? What will you do??
Carbon Sequestration as a Climate Fraud: a chat with Karen Feridun
Karen Feridun is a Pennsylvania climate and fracking activist. We discuss activities by fossil fuel companies at a clean energy forum, particularly carbon capture and sequestration and hydrogen. We also look at the impact fracking has had on the people of PA.
Redesigning Capitalism: a chat w Kate Gaertner
Kate Gaertner is the founder of Triple Win Advisory. Kate helps businesses examine their business model and redesign their products and processes to become more sustainable. Our conversation looks at what it would take to "redesign capitalism"
Cleaning Up Ocean Plastic: a chat w Kieran Kelly
Kieran Kelly is the CEO of Ocean Integrity. He shares his story as a fisherman who choose to make a difference for the planet. The pollution of the ocean has many dimensions... Plastics affects many levels of life. The larger pieces of plastic breakdown into microplastics, fish are crowded out of their native environs; it affects everyone... Kieran shares his journey and experience.
Fossil Fuel Money Influence In Universities: a chat with Ed Carlevale
Ed Carlevale has been reporting on the influence fossil fuel companies are having on Universities such as MIT. He connects the dots of influence and money, and shares with us the impact that is having on the institution, professors and researchers. If the climate crisis is to be solved, universities need to play a major role in driving change. Unfortunately that may not be the case...
Climate Restoration; How Do We Do It? a chat w Peter Fiekowsky
Peter Fiekowsky has a new book out titled "Climate Restoration: The Only Future That Will Sustain the Human Race". Today we discuss his book and drill down into the concepts and science behind reducing CO2 and methane in the atmosphere in order to address the climate crisis and avert extinction. Peter shares insights that turn the tables on the climate debate.
The solutions discussed require much more attention and support.
Color and Change: a chat w Sheral Sly
Sheral Sly is an artist who is exploring creativity and purpose in the second half of life. She shares her experiences in developing her own creative process. In the past month, she changed things up injecting bright color into her creations. A brilliant story of evolution, creativity and life.
Labor in America: a chat w Bob Funk
Bob Funk is the Secretary-Treasurer of LaborLab. LaborLab is a nonprofit watchdog organization that tracks, monitors, and reports on the union-busting industry. "Informed workers are empowered workers"
Bob shares his experience and insights as a union organizer on the struggle of workers to organize today, and the obsticles they face from corporations and politicians. In an age when then very relationship workers have to work is changing, with the Gig economy, stagflation, artificial intelligence, and a second guilded age, it is crucial for people to understand their rights and join the fight to defend them.
This is a must listen...
The Art of Living Boldly in the Second Half of Life: a chat w Nancy Candea
Nancy Candea is a yoga therapist and teacher. She recently wrote a book titled "Present: the art of living boldly in the second half of life". Today we discuss her advice on how we can live our best quality life in our later years. While she writes directly to women, this is a lesson we all must embrace. Great conversation... learn more about her at nancycandea.com
Surviving Cancer... "I Surrender. I Trust. I Love.": a chat w Amanda Mikesell
Amanda Mikesell is a spiritual soul that over the past year has had to face and fight a diagnosis of aggresive breast cancer. She has shared her journey on FB over the past year; every struggle, every joy. Today we discuss her journey and the path forward. It is a rivoting, loving discussion that can't be missed.
Living Vegan: a chat w Mariquita Solis
Mariquita Solis is a vegan lifestyle coach. Much of her work revolves around helping people live as vegans in society that sees things differently.
An Evolving Global Order: a chat w Neil Pitts
Neil Pitts, author of "Postmodernity and Creation of the Anthropocene"; We discuss how the Russian invasion of Ukraine will shape the evolution of global politics in the years to come. What is the role of the UN? How does climate change affect this evolution? After the discussion he explains, "what it was that I was really trying to say - and it's generally that the structure of geopolitics is holding us back in so many ways, including important issues like the environment, but only a change in the age itself is going to enable a new type of politics to appear - so, it would be a good idea for everyone to get onto this now, as it could otherwise take much longer for the climate change action we need to occur, along with a whole range of social issues. I don't really understand how people can shout in the street 'we want change, we want action' without really understanding what it is that is actually holding governments back. What is holding them back is the state of politics means it's like a turn-based board game, where one country moves forward a bit, then another will only take action if they take action, etc. We need to get into the frame of mind that it's a new human age, and we can do it, regardless of what everyone else is doing, because that's how people now behave in our present time. To move the world forward from the Postmodern/ Cold War mentality."
"$70,000 in student loans were forgiven!": a chat w Dorothy Browne
Dorothy Browne, works for a non-profit and has struggled for years paying on student loan debt. She recently found out that her debt was forgiven! It's a life changing event... to learn more about how to apply for student loan forgiveness check out https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/pslfwaiver.shtml
Dorothy shares her experience in the hope that others benefit and take advantage of the program.
History, Post-Modern Civilization and Climate: a chat with Neil Pitts
Neil Pitts is the author of "Postmodernity and the Creation of the Anthropocene" published in November 2021. Neil examines 3 historical periods and tries to draw insights on what the lessons learned mean for where human civilization is headed, esp given climate change. Our discussion is an exciting and abstract one, but also very meaningful in terms of clarifying the impact of historical experience. You can find his book here or on Amazon.
Nutrition, Health, and Buddhism: a chat w Jason Demchok
Jason Demchok is a nutritional consultant who shares his journey through a variety of diets. He connects some of the science of nutrition with its impact on human health. We also draw in the role of Buddhism and spirituality. It's a valuable discussion to help us all kick start and embrace healthy living. Check out his website at http://theoptimizedbeing.com/
Living a Sustainable Life: a chat w Dale Stubbart
Dale Stubbart is a sustainable lifestyle coach for individuals and businesses. He shares his experiences in the struggle we all face daily in living a lifestyle the honors the planet and fosters happiness within. This is no small challenge within a capitalist system based on dollars and limitations. Give a listen and explore what a sustainable life means for you...
A New World View: a chat w Kollibri Terre Sonnenblume
Kollibri describes himself as "an Anti-Civ Primativist". We discuss his book of essays titled 'From Outside'; he writes about a variety of issues from the environment, to society, to media, to agriculture, to history, to consciousness... added together these essays create a new holistic view of the world.
Check out Kollibri's work at https://macskamoksha.com/
This is a great conversation that is at its core, optimistic. Enjoy!
How Do We Fight Rising Sea Levels?: a chat w Adrian Santiago Tate
Adrian Santiago Tate is founder and CEO of High Tide, a firm which collects data around coastal areas in the US with the goal of managing sea level rise. Adrian shares his background and experience on a subject of increasing importance. Recent scientific reports have indicated an acceleration in the collapse of the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica.
On Art and Creativity: A Chat w Sheral Sly
Sheral Sly is an artist and late bloomer creative who is doing what she loves. She shares her experiences and insights on art, fostering creativity and how to live a fulfilling life.
You can find her at www.artbysheral.com
Spiking Energy Prices and the Sustainable Transition: a chat w Carey King
Carey King is a researcher building out an economic model that describes the relationship of energy to the economy and society. Understanding this relationship can help smooth the transition to sustainability. Today we discuss the recent spike in energy prices in Europe, China and the US and how it fits into a larger narrative around a sustainable transition to tackle climate change. Check out his book "The Economic Superorganism"
Nov 22nd... a JFK Remembrance: a chat w Kathleen Cooper-Loher
Kathleen Cooper-Loher was a young girl when JFK was president. She shares her recollections and we discuss the legacy of JFK. 58 years after his assassination, the loss still hurts... How did JFK affect your life, your outlook?
Human Trafficking and Climate Change: a chat w Andrew Wallis
Andrew Wallis is the founder of Unseen UK, an organization that has been fighting human trafficking on many levels. We discuss how climate change, and the economic and social disorder it brings, will drive human trafficking to even higher levels. It is an eye opening and sobering conversation. HT is not just a global issue, but it is also very local... this concerns everyone.
Using Doughnut Economics for Sustainable Outcomes: a chat w Erinch Sahan
Erinch Sahan is an economist, analyst, and researcher with Doughnut Economics Action Lab the UK. Today we discuss the concept of "Doughnut Economics" and how it can help build a sustainable future. As economic systems experience trauma, space is created for new ideas to reshape the economic future... Doughnut Economics focuses on reshaping the perspective to improve human lives and live within our environmental envelope. This is a great conversation that will open a few minds.
A New Dimension to Crypto driving the Climate Crisis: a chat w Yvonne Taylor
Yvonne Taylor is an activist fighting fracking in NY state and the founder of Seneca Lake Guardians. She shares her experience and the new challenge she is facing... crypto miners buying and running formally closed coal power plants. China recently banned crypto mining due to its drain on the power grid. Those miners are now setting up shop in the US and this will have long term implications to our success or failure in reducing CO2 emissions and surviving the climate crisis.
Innovation as a Tool for Growth and "Degrowth": a chat w Karl Burkart
Karl Burkart is the co-founder and Deputy Director of One Earth, a non-profit focused on fostering the technologies to reshape the economy into a more sustainable and resilient one. He shares decades of experience in the messaging around the climate crisis and the need to embrace a more positive view to counter "doomism". With world leaders meeting in Glasgow to discuss policies at COP26, this is very timely.
Permaculture as a Comprehensive Way of Life: a chat w Pat Simmons Jr.
Pat Simmons Jr. is trained in permaculture and the growing of food, but as we chat we discuss larger issues that affect permaculture... ethics, organization, relationships... without a holistic approach to permaculture success is limited. It's a great conversation that really digs into some deep issues that go largely unaddressed...
How to Escape Abusive Relationships: a chat w Lisa Hawkins
Lisa Hawkins is a relationship coach and today we discuss the nature of abusive relationships and how to escape a bad situation. It's a complex dynamic that keeps people in an abusive relationship. Lisa offers great advice to those struggling and recovering from such relationships.
The Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuels: a chat w Elaine Tanner
Elaine Tanner is a longtime activist and leader of Friends of Environmental Justice. She recently participated in a week of protests by diverse groups at the White House to urge the current administration to follow through on climate promises made during the campaign. The protests resulted in over 600 arrests but was largely ignored by the media. Elaine shares her experiences that motivate her activism.
Dealing with Climate Grief: A Chat w Betsy Rosenberg
Betsy Rosenberg has spent 25 years in the media, raising awareness of environmental issues and the climate crisis. Currently she is working on a network called GreenTV.com to promote environmental education and empowerment. We discuss the role media plays in the fight to address climate change and the struggle to deal with "climate despair". This is the first of many conversations :)
Climate Change--Reality and Politics
Today I chat with Richard Whiteford, long time climate activist and presenter, educating groups around the world. Richard shares his insights on the current state of the climate and the challenges we face. We delve into the reality and political obstacles to progress. This is the first of many conversations. You can learn more about Richard's work at savebioshpere.wordpress.com
Slaughterhouse : a chat w Gail Eisnitz
Gail Eisnitz has spent her life as an investigative journalist and activist on behalf of sentient animals. In 1997 she wrote a remarkable book titled "Slaughterhouse" that laid bare the cruelty and brutality of the animal agriculture industry. The stories she shares are troubling and haunting...
From Amazon, "Slaughterhouse is the first book of its kind to explore the impact that unprecedented changes in the meatpacking industry over the last twenty-five years - particularly industry consolidation, increased line speeds, and deregulation - have had on workers, animals, and consumers. It is also the first time ever that workers have spoken publicly about what's really taking place behind the closed doors of America's slaughterhouses."
This podcast will stay with you...
Potatoes, Health, and Big Ag: a chat w Jeff Braggs
Jeff Braggs has spent a lifetime growing potatoes and working in agriculture. His father used rotational and regenerative techniques in the early 20th century, and Jeff watched as family farms disappeared and Big Ag took over and began heavy use of chemicals, fertilizers, and poisons. He shares his life experience to help use better understand how diet connects to health.
Divorce, COVID, and Economic Stress: a chat w Karen McMahon
Karen McMahon is a relationship coach and founder of "Journey Beyond Divorce". We discuss the dynamics of relationships and divorce, especially with the stresses of COVID and financial troubles. She offers valuable insights and strategies for people at every stage of life... young couples, newlyweds, married couples, those who are seperating or getting divorced, and those who are divorced seeking new relationships. She knows her stuff, and brings empathy, compassion and insight to each individual situation... Check out Journey Beyond Divorce here...
EVs, Sustainability, and Economic Change: a chat w Peter Gruber
Peter Gruber is the founder and CEO of Gruber Motors. Gruber Motors specializes in repairing and maintaining Tesla Roadsters. Peter offers a unique perspective on how the economy is evolving to support EVs and sustainability. Learn more about Gruber Motors here.
Fostering Permaculture Now: a chat w Jenny Pell
Jenny Pell has spent a lifetime fostering permaculture in a variety of settings and locations. She is hired by home and property owners to incorporate permaculture into their landscape design. Recently, she has assisted in the creation of "food islands" on Maui, incorporating permaculture with healthy living and alleviation of hunger during the pandemic. She offers valuable insights that we can all take to heart and utilize.
Visit Jenny's website at www.permaculturenow.org
B Corps and Changing Capitalism: a chat w Nathan Stuck
Nathan Stuck, is an entrepreneur, coach and lecturer. He has seen the negative side of corp america first hand, and chosen to pursue a different, better path. Nathan shares his unique insights into the value of oganizing businesses as B Corps, and the effect that can have on the economy and society. This is the first of many conversations with Nathan... connect to Nathan on Linked In
Shifting the Emphasis to Trauma in Mental Health Treatment: a chat w Mat Costanzo
Mat Costanzo is a trained therapist and researcher. He recently wrote a paper on shifting the focus of how we deal with issues like PTSD, depression and anxiety from a medication focused approach, to one based on identifying the original trauma in order to create real healing. He writes, "clinics continue to view mental illnesses as biomedical conditions that can be best addressed with pharmacological treatments." He continues, "this is naive in light of the complexity of the conditions to be treated...". He proposes, "a shift toward an emphasis on contextual factors, that a trauma-based diagnostic and treatment model, would improve diagnostic accuracy and outcomes."
PTSD, depression and anxiety are issues that affect millions of Americans. This would represent a massive change in policy and I believe improve outcomes dramaticly.
The Emotional Journey to Degrowth: a chat w Barbara Williams
Barbara Williams is a climate activist in the UK. We discuss her awakening to the climate crisis, her work with Extintion Rebellion, and the need to address not just the rise in CO2, but the ecological collapse that is currently taking place. The solution lies in a completely new approach to organizing the economy based on Degrowth. Great conversation, one of many more I expect. Check out her website here
Building Entrepreneurship and Financial Independence: a chat w Emily Grass
Emily Grass is a business and marketing coach, especially for wellpreneurs. Today we discuss the state of entrepreneurship and strategies to develop small business going forward, especially in the shadow of COVID. Entrepreneurs need to carry a different mindset than 9-5 employees. Its crucial to understand the risks and challenges, in order to obtain the rewards and benefits. A great conversation.
What is a B Corp and What Does It Mean For Sustainability: a chat w Jen Cantero
Jen Cantero is a sustainability consultant who helps companies become B Corps. B Corps is a third-party rating that evaluates a company's performance on how it affects people, planet, and profits. This is a great conversation that brings together the importance of sustainability and efficiency in companies and expands the conversation in measurable ways.
Issues Around Conscious Dating: a chat w Lisa Hawkins
Today I chat with Lisa Hawkins, a relationship coach, about "conscious dating"... How do we connect in relationships while maintaining a spiritual journey. We discuss a myriad of issues that resonate with a lot of us "older people" who are working on our relationships. To learn more about Lisa go to consciouslyawakecounseling.com
The Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet: a chat w Kathleen Cooper-Loher
Today I chat with Kathleen Cooper-Loher, a retired trauma nurse, about the medical and health benefits of a plant-based diet. Specifically, we discuss the work of Dr Michael Greger who is an advocate for plant-based. Greger brings together the scientific studies from over 50 years of intitutional research. Cooper and I discuss the lack of education in the medical community and the risks that poses to patients.
Your future self will thank you for listening to this show ;)
Promoting Permaculture, Improving the Planet: a chat w Lars Schijff
Lars Schijff is the founder of the Permenant Culture Project. He shares his journey and some of the lessons learned that reveal the importance of Permaculture as a transformational tool for the planet. This is a set of lessons that everyone can benefit from.
Give a listen :)
Plant-Based Coconut Shrimp... Amazing! : a chat w Monica Talbert
After sampling their coconut shrimp, scallops, and crabcake, I was stunned and happy. Today we chat with Monica Talbert, co-founder and CEO of the Plant-Based Seafood Company. We discuss how they developed such an amazing taste that is so sustainable. We also examine the food revolution we are currently experiencing and what it means for society.
give a listen and turn on the oven :)