That’s Not Funny! A Panel On Environmental Comedy

Igor Heifetz ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

That's Not Funny! A Panel On Environmental Comedy

Apr 16, 2014 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Guyot Hall Room 10

How many environmentalists does it take to screw in a light bulb? That’s not funny!—but why so serious? Join 3 irreverent environmentalists for a rollicking, knee-slapping, 83%-funny discussion of why environmentalism isn’t funny—and why it so desperately (seriously!) needs to acquire a sense of humor. Saving the planet optional. Performances included.

Yoram Bauman is “the world’s first and only stand-up economist,” and performs regularly at colleges and corporate events. He has shared the stage with economist Robin Williams and comic Paul Krugman, and has appeared in TIME and on PBS and NPR. An environmental economist (really) with a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, he is co-author of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics, the forthcoming Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, and the 1998 book Tax Shift—with Alan Durning of Sightline Institute—which helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia.

Nathanael Johnson is a journalist who lives all-naturally in the Bay Area with his wife and daughter. His first book—All Natural: A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier—is also a quest for the world’s longest subtitle. He has contributed to Harper’s, New York, Conservation, NPR, and This American Life. He labored at a small-town newspaper in Idaho before studying with Michael Pollan at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He writes the sporadically funny  “Thought for Food” column at, and tweets @SavorTooth.

Jenny Price is a public writer, artist, and environmental historian, as well as the very funny 2014 Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University. She writes the Green Me Up, JJ not-really advice column, and is the author of Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.” and Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America. A co-founder of the LA Urban Rangers, she has created interactive and naturally very funny public projects on the concrete L.A. River and on the just as inaccessible Malibu beaches. She is working on a new book, Stop Saving the Planet!–& Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists.

(The event is part of PEI’s “What Arts & Humanities Are Good For” series.)