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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.
Population Growth in Overdeveloped World Disrupts Climate In a week of disappointing media coverage of growth issues, we had one shining star. The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board kissed the population taboo goodbye with: Why We Need to Address Population Growth's Effects on Global Warming This editorial really soared with its acknowledgement that population growth in the over-developed world IS a problem. It’s a huge contributor to climate change (and a host of other global ecosystem crises). We genuinely thank the LA Times for this breath of fresh, honest dialogue about overpopulation....
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Fed Upbeat on Pace of Planet Liquidation An announcement yesterday from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board had the usual pro-growth perspective, and Reuters dutifully spread the cultural programming that keeps the growth myth alive, with:  Fed Upbeat on U.S. Economy, Cites Strong Job Gains This line from the story pretty well sums up the tone and belief system of both the Fed and Reuters reporters Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider: "Economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace,’ the Fed said in a statement that marked an upgrade to its prior assessment of a ‘moderate pace’ of growth." Throughout this story, we find the usual evidence of...
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Los Angeles Times Earns High Honors on Population We congratulate the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board today for publishing an editorial Sunday about one of the easiest climate stabilization strategies: Why We Need to Address Population Growth's Effects on Global Warming It’s so simple, yet a journalist, media organization or world leader must possess Purple Heart levels of courage to speak this truth.  “Sensitive subject or not, the reality is that unsustainable human population growth is a potential disaster for efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.” Of course, human overpopulation is the leading cause of several global crises besides climate change, but climate change alone is a serious enough...
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Planetary Destruction Begins at Home The Gaston Gazette’s Eric Wildstein probably grew up like most of us, reading and hearing about the joys of population and economic growth. Even if he learned that human activity on the planet is disrupting the climate, extinguishing species and liquidating natural resources, that was never considered when his hometown or state celebrated topping some list of the fastest-growing. Somehow the growth of a city, county or state has nothing to do with the overshoot of global human population. So I must resist the urge to label as clueless his recent Gazette story about population growth in North Carolina, and Gaston...
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More Chinese Babies Needed to Save the Sneaker 40 years ago China wised up and realized no good was coming from its ride on the hockey-stick shaped curve of exponential population growth. Not everyone is thrilled about that nation’s solution. China’s one-child policy has been derided as oppressive, and there is no doubt its implementation left much to be desired. However, the reasoning behind the policy was quite sound. It is particularly troubling, therefore, to find growth boosters and birth-dearthers coming out of the woodwork to cry out for Chinese women to begin pumping out workers. None of these boosters is asking for more beautiful children, who will grow...
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