Author Archives: Dr Bob Rich

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.

The power of NOW

I am currently running my online positive psychology course, “Coping with Climate and COVID Anxiety,” and my wonderful co-leader Merran has asked for help with mindfulness meditation. So, here is the relevant chapter from one of my writing projects, which … Continue reading

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Pre-op guided imagery

A dear young friend is preparing for major surgery. She already does an hour’s meditation a day, so I recommended that she incorporate the script below into her routine, going through it as many times as possible before the operation. … Continue reading

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Less stuff—more joy

This is the motto of an organisation that’s new to me: Take the Jump. The jump is from the consumerism that has consumed the planet to… the lifestyle my wife Jolanda and I have been living since 1978. Do check … Continue reading

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Sucking out the CO2: an inspiring story

We just have to put less in the way of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but even if we completely stopped this minute, what we have already released will cook us. So, there is a desperate need to reduce the … Continue reading

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The second American civil war

My friends and I have noted that we are sliding toward this disaster for years. Here is a respected scholar and CIA analyst who sets out the facts. This brief review in The New Yorker is a must-read if you … Continue reading

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Why should wonderful Followers miss out?

I have just sent out the notice about Bobbing Around Volume 21 Number 7 to my newsletter subscribers, with this cover note: Dear [put your name in here], This is to let you know that the first Bobbing Around of … Continue reading

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Bobbing Around Volume 21 Number 7

The Glasgow Climate Pact, for all its restrained and diplomatic language, looks like a suicide pact. George Monbiot As we approach the centenary of the introduction of ‘Gross Domestic Product’ (GDP), it’s time to acknowledge that this anachronistic atrocity should … Continue reading

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I am now a fan of Tom Murphy

Tom is an astrophysicist, with impressive credentials, and in this chatty and powerful essay, he has made me into his fan. He covers several related matters, passing from one to another in a logical way. The start is the tribal … Continue reading

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The more you give the more you grow: how you should run a business

In 2015, I reported on Dan Price, a Seattle businessman who reduced his salary from nearly a million dollars a year to $70,000, and raised the salaries of all his employees to the same amount. Since then, his business has … Continue reading

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Carbon dioxide is good for us!

I have a neighbour who has on a previous occasion tried to convince me of the wonderful qualities and safety of Roundup. This morning, he was on my doorstep with a written missive, a response to my in-your-face Greenie signs: … Continue reading

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