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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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Good News: Stock Market Meltdown When the system shakes, the pro-growth mindset of journalists seems less about bias than it is about the cold, harsh reality that our economy is built to run on growth. The global stock market plummet is offering up instructive examples of our system’s desperate dependence on growth.   US Stocks Tumble on Global Slowdown Fears was illustrated at Yahoo! News by photos of Asian investors suffering angst, presumably over the state of their own investments. But the angst extends much farther. “Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its...
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Destroy the Planet - American as Apple Pie We’ve grown used to having “more” year after year. In the U.S., we’ve been riding high on the exploitation of what was, a few hundred years ago, an entire continent of untapped resources. So we've come to expect rising incomes and a materially bigger standard of living with each passing year. We believe we’re entitled to it. We’ve been calling it “The American Dream.” Forty years into overshoot, as the rubber band begins to snap us back to living within our means on planet Earth, no doubt many people will be slow to accept the reality of what it takes for 7...
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Civic Pursuit of Endless Growth a Classic Ponzi Scheme A column in the Dallas Observer serves as the perfect follow-up to Darcie’s critique yesterday of the media’s tendency to anoint our fastest-growing cities as “leading the pack” or even “best places to live.” In Dallas' Pursuit of Endless Growth is a Pyramid Scheme Bound to Collapse, Jim Schutze dares to tell the truth about this Holy Grail of civic growth. Schutze shares with us a very wise observation from Charles Marohn, who describes himself as a “recovering engineer.” Marohn has worked for both cities and real estate developers, so he has a pretty good understanding of the score. He explains what most civic...
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Ultimate Green Act We give a shout-out today to Alexander Nathanson, who wrote an excellent essay published in the Vermont Digger on July 17: Why ‘Going Green’ is Not Enough Nathanson, an Environmental Policy major at Champlain College, reminds us we are in climate crisis and we are not yet responding to the degree warranted. “While ‘going green’ certainly can help reduce a family’s carbon output, the fact is this simply is not enough to reverse anything considering the rapid climate changes of recent.” To be clear, he isn’t suggesting we not bother with the typical “green” behaviors. “We as individuals simply cannot give...
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2 All-Beef Patties for 11 Billion This headline and “news” story shocked me: US Agriculture Is Ready for World's Growth A fair amount of media attention has been devoted to the challenge of feeding the world of 11 billion foreseen in UN mid-range population scenarios, but this is the first time I’ve seen a news story, or even an opinion piece, claiming we can not only feed 4 billion more than we have on the planet, but we can feed them steak! “The growth in the world’s population and economies has led to the world to need more food, which puts the agriculture industry in a good place,...
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