Our guest this week is Peter Kalmus who is, among many things, a physicist, a climate scientist, a gardener, a beekeeper, a cyclist and the father of two boys. In our conversation he discusses his “Be-Cycling” response to climate change. Through a series of lifestyle changes he has reduced his personal CO2 emissions from 20 tonnes a year–which is about the US national average–to two tonnes. And he says he’s had a great time doing it. During the podcast he also touches on:
- His transition from astrophysics to climate science and why he made the switch.
- The carbon footprint of climate science.
- Not giving climate skeptics any more airtime.
- The disconnect between evidence and action.
- Techo-fixes vs. “pulling back.”
- Figuring out your carbon footprint.
- Avoiding flying.
- The carbon footprint of food.
- Becoming a vegetarian.
- Dumpster diving.
- Growing food.
- RIPE Altadena.
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