Michaela Kobsa-Mark

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  Imagine a world in which we measure a peoples' success by the Happy Planet Index (HPI). HPI "combines life expectancy data and peoples' self-reported life satisfaction, and divides this aggregate number by ecological footprint". Just take a minute to imagine how different our world and our priorities would be. Rob Dietz, whose piece was recently published in USA Today's Op Ed section, envisions such a world. Not only is his article inspirational, but it also considers a real Earth, i.e. one that is constrained by environmental factors. The religion behind GDP, on the other hand, still believes in a world that can accommodate endless growth. Besides being ungrounded environmentally, GDP also...
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Is a change of narrative what we need to address our out of control growth?  Suzanne York's newest post for www.howmany.org argues for this. York summarizes a conference in which a speaker stated that:" “Sustainability, caring for others and equality defined what it meant to be human for hundreds of thousands of years.” Her concept of humanity jarred me as it is different from the values of endless profit and self interest that define our common narrative of capitalism. Maybe a narrative change is not as tangible as legislation, however, it seems to be high time that we re-align humanity's narrative with the science of ecological systems and the greater human past. ...
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This story was voted the top felony this week.                                                         The Washington Times's opinion piece on Obama's African developmental policy is riddled with illogical assumptions. Sadly, these assumptions boil down to a way of thinking in developed areas that is unquestioned within the mainstream.  The article speaks of how "Mr. Obama’s power base on the left will only embrace inefficient, pre-industrial power sources", windmills, for example, while neglecting power plants. The anonymous author makes Obama out to be a sustainability saint. In fact, had the...
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"The perpetual growth of GDP is not a policy choice – it is a systemic requirement to service interest-bearing debt, and a prescription for economic and environmental collapse." Lewis Verduyn courageously breaks down what economic "growth" entails. Verduyn brings up the "elephant in the room" issues of limited resources, income inequality, austerity measures within neoliberalism, and much more. One of the most compelling segments in the article was a simple distinction between "quantitative growth that expands resource extraction and material consumption, and qualitative development that improves efficiency and reduces environmental and social impacts." Our current growth paradigm, which Verduyn illustrates in relation to increasing levels of debt, undoubtedly falls within the former category. Make sure to read this...
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As the Trayvon Martin trial and Edward Snowden drama slowly lose airtime, you may have noticed a new media buzz  accumulating around China's slowing growth rate. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal gives light to the infatuation mainstream media exhibits toward growth. A quick search of this article revealed thirty instances of the words "grow" and "growth". As I read through this article, the terms "grow", "growth", and the statistics that accompanied them blurred into a grey fog. What do these terms and numbers mean? Far too often in mainstream media, the term "economic growth" relates to the macro, measured in GDP and along the interests of those who...
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Despite Germany's renowned emphasis on sustainability, it is important to question the importance of this in relation to its economy. Nicholas Kulish and Chris Cottrell's article in the New York Times World Section exemplifies the emphasis on the latter over the former. Environmentally and sustainably speaking, the decrease in Germany's population is something all nations should be striving for. However, Kulish and Cottrell skim over the importance of this to focus on the fears of "shrinking numbers of taxpayers" and how "future smaller generations will repay German debts". In prohibiting GMO foods, decomissioning power plants, and among other ventures, meeting stringent renewable energy quotas, Germany has created a reputation for sacrificing...
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