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If I had Jeff Bezos’ Money

At this moment in time, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, is the richest man in the world.  According to Forbes, Bezos alone has a net worth of $131 billion… that’s billion with a B. Let’s put that in perspective. A hundred billion is 1,000 million times 100.  If you spent $10 million every passing day, it […]

David Suzuki Is Right: Neoliberal Economics Are ‘Pretend Science’

How a National Post column attacking environmental activist misses the mark. This opinion piece was first published by The Tyee and is republished here with permission from the author and publisher. In a recent article in the National Post, University of Alberta economist Andrew Leach roundly criticizes geneticist and eco-activist David Suzuki — about to be awarded an […]

The Connection Between Environment, Conflict and Security

This article was originally published by Planet Experts. The original post is available here. There are two directions the connection between conflict and the environment can take that influence security.  The degradation of the environment can cause conflict and a reduction in security; or conflict can destroy the resources and services provided by the environment, […]

Pessimism on the Food Front

Introduction Virtually all trends, biophysical and socioeconomic, suggest that levels of hunger, already high, will only increase as the human population grows and its life-support systems are degraded. Steps that might ameliorate the situation are, unhappily, nowhere in sight. Is it likely humanity will satisfactorily feed 11 billion people around the end of this century? […]

A New Nature: Discussion of The Theoretical Individual

Geoffrey Holland speaks with Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison about their latest book, The Theoretical Individual Geoffrey Holland: You write that the myth of the human individual is etymologically, psychologically, and emotionally ingrained in who we are, yet every minute this myth is violated by humans.   What is this myth of the individual? […]

How the rich can save the poor and themselves: lessons from the global warming

Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich delivered this special address during the International Conference on Global Warming and Climate Change: Perspectives from developing countries, which took place 21-23 February 1989 in New Delhi. ABSTRACT: Humanity faces an imposing array of environmental problems on a worldwide scale, including catastrophic loss of biotic diversity (especially because of […]

Unprecedented Crime: Review

This review was first published by Resilience.org on February 16, 2018. The original article can be found here. It is republished with permission from the author. Seldom are missed books truly missed opportunities — but nothing could possibly be worse than missing an opportunity that could have saved your life, and those of your family […]

Why our obsession with GDP ignores harm done to welfare and the world

One of the first things economics students learn about is Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP is also a central concept in many political debates, including Brexit. Will it rise? Will it fall? What effect will this have on our lives? Gross Domestic Product measures the total value of goods produced and services provided in a […]

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Solar Energy

This article was originally published by Planet Experts. It can be found here. More articles from Planet Experts can be found through their RSS feed. The global energy economy is rapidly transitioning to sustainable energy [sources] and those that stand still will soon be left behind. Too much information about the cost of transitioning to a renewable energy [source] […]

What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse?

Fifteen thousand scientists have issued a dire warning to humanity about impending collapse but virtually no-one takes notice. Ultimately, our global systems, which are designed for perpetual growth, need to be fundamentally restructured to avoid the worst-case outcome. For a moment, the most important news in the entire world flashed across the media like a […]

Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide – and that’s not good

One day last March I talked with Juliana and Elisa, a mother and daughter who farmed just outside the city of Huánuco, Peru. Although they had only one acre of land in this mountainous landscape, they grew dozens of local varieties of potatoes and corn, along with other crops. And they knew each of their […]

We Were Warned: A Great Grandfather’s Perspective

This article was originally published by Planet Experts. It can be found here. More articles from Planet Experts can be found through their RSS feed. A significant portion of humanity believes the planet will continue to provide its fruits indefinitely. An even larger portion doesn’t care — they are understandably too occupied with life’s daily burdens. […]

Racial Inequality and Boundaries of Analysis

We’re all familiar with the popular understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement, or at least the popular, progressive understanding. You might also be aware of the populace that thinks the group is composed of Muslim terrorists trying to institute Sharia Law, but hopefully you’ve seen past that out-group-biased, tribalist rhetoric to see BLM for […]

Humanianity: From authoritarian ethics to rational ethics based upon the HUEP

We hear more and more frequently that our species is affecting our planet (nonliving and living things, including ourselves) in ways that are highly dangerous to our species, and life in general. These negative effects are the outcomes of things that we do, individually and as groups. The list of these dangerous activities and their […]

Confronting Our Global Growth Obsession

This article was originally published via Transition Earth, it can be found here. A longer version of this article was written for the online magazine, ReImagining, published by the Chicago Wisdom Project. Lately it seems as if the entire world is veering wildly off course. From climate change to species extinctions to rising inequality, many people – not to mention […]

Age of the Nuclear Moron

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A […]

Why We Don’t Need Coercive Population Control

In his recent post on this blog, “When and How Will Growth Cease?,” Jason G. Brent argues that humanity should immediately begin discussion and debate about the merits of implementing coercive population control policies on a global scale. Although Brent’s position overlaps with one that my co-authors and I have defended elsewhere, his argument fails […]

The Future Is What We Make of It—But What Will That Be?

Imagine a satellite being launched into orbit, but its controls aren’t working too well. If the trajectory gets too steep, it will break through Earth’s gravity field and soar into outer space. If it accelerates too rapidly, atmospheric resistance will cause it to come crashing down in a fiery ball. Only if everything is managed […]

Rizoma Field School: Practicing Resilience in a Latin American Context

I was sitting in grad school class and my mind was seven thousand miles away – thinking of a plot of land I bought with my husband in Uruguay, hoping for a future there. As I daydreamed, the discussion in my Environmental Sociology class turned to risk society theory[i]. The theory goes that our global […]

The Human Ecological Predicament: Wages of Self-Delusion

Techno-industrial society is in dangerous ecological overshoot—the human ecological footprint is at least 60% larger than the planet can support sustainably (Wackernagel et al. 2002; Rees 2013; WWF 2016). The global economy is using even renewable and replenishable resources faster than ecosystems can regenerate and filling waste sinks beyond nature’s capacity to assimilate (Steffen et […]

Listening to Extinction: Rachmaninoff, science, and a moral call to action

It is impossible to hear the silence of vanished birdsong. We can’t see the absence of rainbow fish in bleached coral reefs. The bodies of extinct frogs don’t pile up around our knees. So we have to engage our imaginations every way we can, to understand that human activities are driving the Earth into a […]

Is Human Sustainability Possible? | A Review of Roy Morrison’s Sustainability Sutra

A Review of Roy Morrison’s book, Sustainability Sutra: An Ecological Investigation In my Foreword to Roy Morrison’s new book Sustainability Sutra (SelectBooks, Inc., New York, 2017) [full disclosure, Roy is a friend and close colleague] I urged everyone to read this important new work, “a treatise of earnest and telling sobriety, informed by brilliant reasoning […]

What the River Knows: Siem Reap, Cambodia

This article was originally published by National Geographic’s Water Currents. The original can be found here. Siem Reap, Cambodia–As I flow through the town of Siem Reap, Cambodia, I am slow moving and bucolic-looking most of the year, with green parks and benches for people to sit and watch me flow by. But sometimes during rainy […]

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