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How We Can Create a More Sustainable World | Chris Patton

How We Can Create a More Sustainable World | Chris Patton

We’ve entered into a challenging new world, that’s clear to see. Not only for each of us individually but also as a collective. “Sustainability” is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment. But what if we already had the power to turn things around and enforce more sustainable practices, right now, today?

Welcome to the Darin Olien Show.

If you don’t think that superheroes exist, you haven’t met Chris Patton.

In this episode, I chat with one of my greatest friends, Chris Patton. Don’t worry about trying to Google search this guy, because the likelihood of you finding anything on him is pretty slim. You’re not going to find a website, you won’t come across any interviews, or even a hint of him talking about what he does – but I promise, his story is heroic and totally epic.

Chris comes from the Pacific Northwest in Washington State, and up until the mid-’90s, he lived a relatively normal life. He closed sales at a car lot for a time, before switching directions to work in banking. His life was comfortable and secure.

It wasn’t until he received an urgent fax from a friend living in West Africa that his world took a skidding turn. It set him on a course towards monumental life shifts involving millions of dollars, death-defying escapes, and ground-breaking scientific discoveries. 

This conversation is off the charts in terms of twists and turns. We dive into Chris’s whirlwind life, from gold and diamonds, getting shot and stabbed by militia and becoming a prisoner of war, to phantom movie stardom and rooting out the answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions on sustainable living. This saga has it all. 

For the last decade, Chris has been one of the senior science advisors for the UN on Green Technology. He’s been advising the African Union for over 15 years, as well as sitting on various international economic advisory councils.

Chris has done more than most people could do in four lifetimes. He has an enviable dedication and vigor towards saving us as a species. That’s probably why he and I mesh so well. 

In this episode: 
  • How have you been adapting to this new world?
  • Who is Chris? The unknown origin story
  • From rumors that he was dead to a blockbuster movie
  • How a sock full of smuggled diamonds led him to the International Tesla Society
  • Why we have the technology to be more sustainable and solve the energy crisis, but nothing is being done
  • The frustration of technological stalemate
  • Why “popular” science means nothing in the real world
  • How some of the planet’s greatest creators get taken advantage of
  • Why scientists should turn up the heat
  • The early days of invention
  • This week’s Fatal Convenience™- Hand Sanitizer 

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  • Aaron R
    Posted at 18:27h, 15 July

    Enjoyed this podcast Darin. I’ve long been fascinated with alternative energy. I was accepted into the University of Hawaii school of architecture program. My focus was on building sustainable architecture. Love that stuff. Would be nice to see some links that Chris would suggest we look at and examine to quickly get to real examples of some of the ideas he was talking about. Could you update the blog with some of these?

    Found you through the Netflix show you are doing with Zack. We’ve been enjoying that!

  • Maurizio Frigo
    Posted at 12:03h, 21 July

    Just discovered and listened to your first two Podcasts. Enjoyed listening and looking forward to discover more knowledge with the next. There is a lot of real positivity to connect with.

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  • Sally C.
    Posted at 22:05h, 16 September

    It would be nice to pass on your wisdom on Fatal Convenience™- Hand Sanitizer to family and friends but I can’t find any text or a link. I wonder could you work on ways we can share future important Fatal Convenience™? Also a fan of Barukas! Congratulations for finally getting the attention you deserve long over due.

  • Joan Niemi Evers
    Posted at 05:34h, 19 September

    Hello! I just listened to this podcast and echo Sally’s comment. I want to share it with my children’s school. Thanks!