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Lynsey Jones

Lynsey Jones

Lynsey worked as an Associate Producer for the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth and continues her work with Citizen-Powered Media today. She believes that, with continued support, Growth Bias Busted can have a huge impact on journalism concerning environmental, social, and economic issues. She lives in Austin, Texas by way of Berkeley, CA.

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Monbiot Writes Top Story This week our top voted story comes from George Monbiot and his piece, The Impossibility of Growth. And you can read our original thoughts on it here. If you missed it, take the time to check out both. This article has been all over social media since May 27th. That's the kind of piece we're wanting to find and fame. Something that people are understanding and relating to and sharing. Monbiot describes how we became a growth obsessed society and just why that is unsustainable, impractical, and impossible. It's something that we all need to look at very closely, not to...
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Scientists Vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – Urge Investment in 'Circular Economy' Any article that opens with, “According to a new peer-reviewed scientific report…” has my undivided attention. This isn’t the first time Dr. Nafeez Ahmed has been honored on our Wall of Fame, and we sure do love a returning champion. (You may remember a post from March where he was famed). His latest piece for the Guardian, Scientists Vindicate ‘Limits to Growth’ – Urge Investment in ‘Circular Economy’, is a spot-on, refreshing bit of journalism. The study he is referring to is “the 33rd report to the Club of Rome…and includes contributions from a wide range of senior scientists across relevant...
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The Impossibility of Growth George Monbiot is no stranger to the Wall of Fame but this latest piece from his website is just epic. The Impossibility of Growth obviously caught our eye and those of many other organizations. The article has been making the rounds via social media and we couldn’t be more pleased. But we also wanted to give it more attention and bring it to you in case you missed it. The opening two paragraphs hit the reader like a hammer. He turns to Jeremy Grantham for a quick calculation to demonstrate what a steady growth rate of possessions since 3030BC would look...
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Happy Birthday Growth Bias Busted! We can hardly believe that it’s been a full year since we started bringing you stories on Growth Bias Busted. And what a year it has been. There has been no shortage of biased reporting out there confirming our obsession with growth. And equally, we’ve been able to acknowledge many enlightened articles along the way as well. You have shared and nominated many stories and we thank you for your continued participation. The site only works when people get involved!  So today we bring you the Top 5 Stories since May 30, 2013. This is based on how many votes, how...
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Debate Continues to Rage Over How Much of a Population the Earth Can Sustain I don’t think I’ve read a piece from the South China Morning Post or from Martin Williams but this one is definitely worth your time.  It is one of the few even-keeled and easy articles on population out there. And while I’m pretty convinced that people need to accept that catastrophe is imminent in our current state of growth, I appreciate that Williams is offering up different perspectives. Ultimately landing on needing a huge change in policy and outlook. But this is a very digestible piece for anyone that addresses many of the issues people have when they are confronted with...
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