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Dave Gardner

Dave Gardner

Dave is the director of the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. Dave is also president of Citizen-Powered Media, a non-profit working to find the cure to our society's growth addiction. Growth Bias Busted is one of the projects of Citizen-Powered Media's ongoing GrowthBusters public education program.

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Our Values are Killing Us It’s a pleasure today to honor a commentary byTrevor Hancock, a professor and senior scholar at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Health and Social Policy. Hancock is leading a project for the Canadian Public Health Association which will culminate in a report on global change and public health. Western Canada’s Times Colonist published this commentary by Hancock, one of a series. Read the first here. The working group’s discussion paper, Addressing the Ecological Determinants of Health, is also available. This piece importantly does not zero in on global climate change as THE big threat facing the human race. Hancock lists...
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Candidate Dares Oppose Growth Subsidies It’s a pleasure to honor Mercer Island City Council candidate Salim Nice for not tiptoeing around the link between population and sustainability. In Salim Nice Files for Council Election in Position No. 3, reporter Katie Metzger paraphrases the candidate with a statement we just don’t see in most mainstream news reports: “As of 2010, Mercer Island was the 10th most densely populated island in the continental United States behind other notable islands, such as Manhattan, Staten and Long Island, Nice stated, begging the question of how many people the Island can sustain without degrading the quality of life.” We salute Nice...
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Profit from Doom I wasn’t sure whether to put this report from Money Morning on the Wall of Shame or Wall of Fame: How Massive Population Growth Will Make Property Prices and Infrastructure Explode I’m glad to see Australia’s first ever Australian Infrastructure Audit get some press, and glad to see the projected “massive population growth” get attention. Beyond that, however, this report views the audit and the population news through the usual myopic lens of “what’s in it for me?” “Not all population growth related investment opportunities depend on the upcoming infrastructure plan. There are lots of stocks that are already set to profit...
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Meaningful Definition of Sustainability Wins the Week George Plumb’s commentary, True Sustainability in VTDigger, was voted top example this week of accurate media coverage of growth issues. I think the remarkably good definition of sustainability Plumb included (courtesy of the Vermont Chapter of Sierra Club), put it over the top. Find our praise at Victim of Abuse: Sustainability....
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Pro-Growth Spin on the Anthropocene Gets a Drubbing Today we give a shout-out to Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism, for heaping some well-deserved scorn on the work of the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) in Hijacking the Anthropocene. “…their literature consistently couples a professed concern for the environment with rejection of actual pro-environmental policies, on the grounds that new technology, growth and capitalism are the only solution to all environmental concerns.” BTI’s Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus give us plenty of material to disappoint, but in this essay, Angus focuses on just one shortcoming of their work: “…its attempt to hijack the Anthropocene, to misrepresent one of the most...
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