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We Made This The scale of the human enterprise on planet Earth is so vast, so significant, that you can watch it from space. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video worth – what, 10,000? Our thanks go out to news website Vox.com for publishing 5 Human Activities You Can See from Space. This generated widespread mention by news organizations and aggregators. This is just one small glimpse of why scientists are likely to officially declare we are in a new epoch, the Anthropocene (a period in which many geologically significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activities). Don’t let...
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California Dreaming of Water for Infinite Growth The California water crisis offers a textbook example of how destructive and irrational is our obsession with economic growth. Erik Alm gets a nod today for writing what I’ve been thinking. I frequently highlight The Daly News from the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) as outstanding writing about growth issues. Last week the publication did not disappoint. “…What will it take to catalyze the shift to an economic state that respects our natural boundaries? Perhaps the catalyst could be a life-altering dearth of a critical resource that, until recently, most of us in the United States have taken...
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St. George Ranks High for Unsustainability The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lands on our Wall of Shame today for a celebration of all things unsustainable in Is Silicon Valley’s Future In St. George, Utah? “St. George is a formidable urban center on its own. This is reflected in the latest population figures released for the St. George metropolitan area, which…ranked among the fastest-growing areas in the country.” Until we get over “ranking” cities for population growth (and putting the fastest growing at the TOP of the rankings), we will be stuck in the 20th century settle-the-wild-frontier mindset that population growth is something to pursue and celebrate. Not a...
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Alperovitz: Out-of-the-Box Thinking I’m glad to give a nod today to Orion Magazine for devoting  space to The Next System Project, an initiative to “think boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic difficulties facing the United States,” launched March 31 by thought leaders Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speth. Orion editor Scott Gast helped readers learn about the project in Five Questions for Gar Alperovitz. Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as an historian, political economist, activist, writer and government official. He is widely published, and definitely smarter than the average economist. Gus Speth’s career has been no less distinguished –...
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Can California Innovate Past Laws of Sustainability? California’s fresh water crisis gets plenty of media attention these days. The End of California? seems worthy of our attention because of its optimism. New York Times contributor Timothy Egan has written well about this subject. His work might just as easily land on our Wall of Fame. But today I do want to put a spotlight on what I’m dropping into a very large file-drawer labeled “techno-optimism.” “California will survive. It’s not going to blow away. The economy, now on a robust rebound, is not going to collapse. There won’t be a Tom Joad load of S.U.V.s headed north. Rains, and snow...
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