Let's stop talking about climate change

Let's stop talking about climate change

And start talking about deforestation.

Climate change has been a topic of debate in politics, media, and pop culture. There isn’t a day that I don’t see a post on Medium about climate change. It’s amazing that finally, it seems like there is active discussion about the imminent threats facing humanity.

As important as climate change is - it’s extremely concerning that we don’t talk nearly enough about other threats facing our planet. Massive deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ocean pollution, bee colony collapse, air pollution. The list goes on. 

Why WOW Air's sudden collapse is a good thing for Iceland

Why WOW Air's sudden collapse is a good thing for Iceland

I flew WOW just two days before the airline suddenly went out of business. Spare the fact that they don’t give out plain water free of charge, I don’t have anything bad to say about the airline itself. In fact, I was quite pleased with their new planes and the purple colors of everything from seats, to lights and carpeting. But despite what most media articles say, WOW’s demise will be a very good thing for Iceland in the long run.

Under the Desert Sky

Under the Desert Sky

At the center of the fight for public lands, lies the most stark, and arguably the most beautiful landscape in the continental United States - Utah.

Many think of the desert as wasteland - a place of death, nothingness. That is far from the truth - sure, there may be few trees, few lakes, and seemingly little wildlife in the desert. But when we look closer, we find that the desert is teeming with life, diversity, beauty.

Weekend in Montreal: Marché Jean-Talon / Jardins de lumière

Weekend in Montreal: Marché Jean-Talon / Jardins de lumière

Outdoor adventures are my favorite, but it’s nice to wander around a beautiful city like Montréal once in a while, especially when special events are taking place.

Every autumn, Montréal hosts “Jardins de lumière” or “Gardens of Light”. For two months, September through the end of October, part of the Montréal botanical garden becomes illuminated with lanterns and various Chinese mythology characters. The show is amazingly beautiful.

Making progress when corporate politics are strong.

Great ideas often fail.

When you’re working for a large corporation, that notion might be very familiar. It’s often hard to push through your ideas, to implement real change, to transform the organization for the better.

For every yes, there are a dozen no’s, for every win, there’s a dozen losses.

I’ve come to understand over the years, the only real way to make transformative change at a large corporation where politics run deep is to be willing to make compromises and to give up your ideas to someone else, someone who can implement them.

Making Compromises

Sometimes we have a vision for a product. To you, that vision might be a no-brainer, a clear path forward, a path that has crazy ROI in the long run.

Most of us have a tendency to take the all or nothing way. If my idea can’t be implemented, it’s a loss. If only we could shift our attitudes towards compromise, we could win so much.

The thought of compromising away 3/4 of your idea, meeting somewhere not-so-in-the-middle might seem disappointing, but it’s a way to make progress. If you have an idea and there is opposition and friction, be willing to accept losses and move on with whatever wins you can extract from that idea. 1/4 of a great idea is better than 0/4 of that great idea.

Giving Up Your Ideas

Sometimes a great idea in your hands might not be actionable, but if it’s pitched to someone in a higher position of authority, or someone in the spotlight, it might go a long way. Having the willingness to pitch your idea to the right set of people, and letting them take credit for the win is crucial in some circumstances when making compromises is simply not enough.