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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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Scientists: No Joy in Quest for Quickie A nod to Joe Bish at the Population Media Center for pointing out to us the deluge of media coverage over the past few days regarding an interesting study just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I started out with the intention of putting all the news coverage on the Wall of Shame today, for zeroing in on a sensational statement that made an easy headline: "Our work reveals that effective family planning and reproduction education worldwide have great potential to constrain the size of the human population and alleviate pressure on resource availability over the longer term….Our...
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Death-Cab for Singapore Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) adorns our Wall of Shame this morning for demonstrating it is completely clueless about the value of calculating ecological footprint, and certainly about the meaning of the word "sustainabiity." In a news release last week the Ministry defended its poor ranking in WWF’s recently released 2014 Living Planet Report. The report ranked Singapore 7th highest global footprint per capita (the U.S. ranked 8th). This apparently rankled the bureaucrats at MEWR. On October 7 an editorial in The Real Singapore underscored the unsustainability of Singapore’s footprint. The headline alone hurt MEWR’s feelings: WWF: IF EVERYONE...
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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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Mother Nature vs. Human Nature Two stories tied this week in the voting –  one for best on the Wall of Fame and one for worst on the Wall of Shame. Pro-growth media bias run amok was on display in Korea JoongAng Daily’s Drastically Declining Birthrate Raises Serious Fears. UN population projections show world population approaching a peak early next century. That is too little, too late, so we don’t need growth-addicted nations desperately trying to stop the progress of declining birth rates. We don’t need reporters reporting on the addiction and its lunacy as if it were perfectly normal. Some beautiful short films and a...
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