Are oil and gas companies legally responsible for the harm caused by climate change? That is the question presented in a lawsuit filed in January 2018 by the City of New York against BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell. According to the lawsuit, those companies are the five largest, investor-owned producers of … Continue reading Making the Oil and Gas Companies Pay for the Harm Caused by Climate Change
My younger son became a vegetarian 15 +years ago. His “aha” moment came when he concluded there was no ethical difference between his unwillingness to slaughter a cow, and purchasing its T-bone at the market. We've known quite a few vegetarians before and after Seth’s decision to become one. Being vegetarian is a lot easier, … Continue reading Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG)Funds: Their Time Has Come
The book and the movie The Big Short documented how a tiny number of investors recognized that sub-prime mortgages and derivatives were headed for a financial train wreck and made a fortune by selling them short. This happened at a time when these assets were the darling of the investment world and when the vast … Continue reading The Big Climate Short
For lots of years I made the trek to Albany to advocate on a number of important issues – Domestic Violence, Rape, Early Childhood Education, Community Schools. For the last year I’ve made Climate Change my priority. The cause I lobbied for on Tuesday was Divestment of Fossil Fuels, specifically from the NYS Pension Fund. … Continue reading I ♥ New York Advocacy Day in Albany with Divest NY
I grew up in a "co-op" called Valentine Gardens in South Yonkers (NY). This affordable housing complex featured simple ways to build community - like patios where the adults got some fresh air and chatted while the kids jumped rope, played hand-ball or traded baseball cards a few steps away. Down a steep staircase was … Continue reading The Cherry Bumps Are Coming!
If you’re not familiar with the lingo, maximizer and satisficer are words coined by Barry Schwartz (a top rated TED talk lecturer and author of The Paradox of Choice). Maximizers have a high bar when it comes to making decisions. They need to cover all the bases. If you are a maximizer, you bring intensity and commitment to … Continue reading Are You a Maximizer, Satisficer or a New-Fangled Hybrid?