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Watching the World Slip Away Kathleen Dean Moore makes the Wall of Fame today with this essay in the September 1 edition of High Country News.  “This one is soft. That means it’s sick.’ My grandson is 3 years old, and already he knows the signs of starfish wasting syndrome. He gives the sea star a last poke with his forefinger and stands to gaze around the intertidal cove.” The co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril has given us a poignant, heart-felt lament. She tugs at our heartstrings, not with a sermon, but by sharing her profound sadness. “Just last year, this...
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Economic Anxiety Creates Sustainability Predicament Ben White’s analysis in POLITICO’s Morning Money last week, Economic Anxiety Dominates 2014, is on the Wall of Fame today because it reports accurately on the sad (for our children’s future) state of affairs in U.S. politics. I have a problem with White’s report, but we’ll get to that shortly. I had to go with Wall of Fame because, as we approach the November 4 elections here in the U.S., the premise of the piece is on the money: “…the outcome on Election Day could suggest that voters are disgusted with anyone in power and hungry for real, concrete plans to...
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Nature: "You Treat Me Like Dirt" I’m excited to share with you today a series of videos that are quite impressive. These are the cornerstones of a new Nature is Speaking campaign from Conservation International. The campaign “aims to raise awareness that people need nature in order to survive.” The organization’s Humanifesto states: “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” The website itself is elegant and impressive. In this series of short films, “nature reveals serious misgivings about the way humans are treating the Earth.” They are beautifully produced. The writing, cinematography and music are superb. Penélope Cruz, Harrison Ford, Edward Norton, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, and Kevin...
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Oh, the Woes of Global Growth! Global Growth Woes Threaten to Beset U.S. Economy. This Wall Street Journal report earns a spot on the Wall of Shame as a textbook example of pro-growth bias in the media. It’s evident writers Josh Zumbrun and Nick Timiraos were suckled on the Kool-Aid of growth worship: “The specter of deflation in Europe and a slowdown in China and other emerging markets are threatening to hobble the U.S. economy at a time when the world could use a reliable growth engine.” It’s easy to think the world needs a “growth engine” when you don’t slow down and consider what year-over-year economic...
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Overpopulation and the Ostrich Factor Having begun the week with a very poor example of reporting on the population issue, it is a pleasure today to congratulate Transition Voice for publishing this commentary by Richard Reese. Overpopulation and population growth are not topics routinely seen in communication from the Transition movement. I see its presence in Transition Voice as evidence the “population taboo” is slowly breaking down. In Overpopulation and the Ostrich Factor Reese reviews the 1998 Garret Hardin book, The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia, and offers his own perspective: “We are constantly reminded that perpetual growth is the purpose of life. Grow or die! Our...
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