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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.
HuffPost and Daily Beast Deliver Winning Writing on Population Growth Two women tied for most appreciated, exemplary writing about growth issues this week. Yesterday’s Wall of Fame honoree, Stephanie Feldstein of the Center for Biological Diversity, delivered with Do We Really Need Another Walmart More Than We Need Wildlife? for Huffington Post. This outstanding piece opened some eyes about how regional population growth encourages companies like Wal-Mart to roll back not just prices, but critical habitat for threatened species.  “We can still avoid this dystopian future. We need to address population growth -- the Southeast's population growth rate over the past 60 years is 40 percent larger than the rest of the...
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WHY Do We Really Need Another Wal-Mart? I have to confess I have a very strong personal affinity for the folks at the Center for Biological Diversity. They put all other environmental NGOs to shame by prominently including population growth among the chief causes of what they are trying to protect, and ending population growth among the chief solutions. So I’m way too easy. The Wall of Fame is theirs at the drop of a hat. Today’s Famer, though, offers an outstanding opportunity to point out what wasn’t said by CBD Population and Sustainability Director Stephanie Feldstein in this recent Huffington Post piece. I’ll get to that, but first,...
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Earth Overshoot Day: Media Coverage Underwhelms Earth Overshoot Day came and went yesterday with very little fanfare. Considering the very serious ramifications of humanity being in overshoot, it should have been the lead story on every newscast and in every newspaper. Since that was not the case, I have no choice but to put the world’s news media on the Wall of Shame, en masse. “Global Footprint Network tracks humanity’s demand on the planet (Ecological Footprint) against nature’s biocapacity, i.e., its ability to replenish the planet’s resources and absorb waste, including CO2. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s Footprint in a given year exceeds what...
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Pope Francis Is Wrong About My Child-Free Life Amanda Marcotte took on Pope Francis in this smart piece published in June by The Daily Beast. I like it and want to recommend it because it vigorously defends the choice not to reproduce AND includes a reason that should be mentioned more often: “the world needs more people who choose pets over kids.” One shouldn’t have to defend the choice, but for now we have to put up with that, while we work this silly notion that reproducing is a woman’s prime directive out of our system. Pope Francis apparently needs some coaching on this, and Marcotte steps up: “Pope Francis...
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Reich: Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism I’ve shamed Robert Reich a few times at Growth Bias Busted for expressing views that seem to value immigrants as economic pawns rather than human beings, and keep the U.S. hooked on both economic and population growth. It’s a pleasure today to honor a recent Reich commentary on the Wall of Fame. I know he is a man with good intentions, and they shine through in The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism. “…managers, employees, and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called “Market Basket” have joined together to oppose the board of director’s decision earlier in the year to oust...
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