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Go All the Way if You're Going Green Samuel Alexander, Research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne, makes the Wall of Fame today, with a bullet. Kudos also to The Conversation (an impressive independent news and commentary website) for publishing his essay:  If Everyone Lived in an ‘Ecovillage’, the Earth Would Still be in Trouble I share Alexander’s curiosity and his desire to get to the truth about how we need to behave and organize society to that future generations have a shot at living decent lives on this one planet we have. “Even after five or six decades of the modern environmental movement,...
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Pope's Absurd Population Position Most media coverage of the encyclical released by the Vatican last week has focused on the pope’s call for action to address climate change and poverty. Some coverage, however, has zeroed in on the encyclical’s take on population. The Population Institute’s Robert Walker writes impressively from an informed perspective on population issues at Huffington Post, so I was anxious to read his take. In The Papal Encyclical: Taking Umbrage, Walker expresses a view shared by many sustainable population advocates. “While I heartily applaud his call to action on climate change, I was struck, and personally so, when he writes that, ‘Instead...
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Most GOP Candidates Laughable on Climate Change Encyclical Pope Francis has put addressing climate change front and center in the news media over the last several days. Apparently there is no other leader on the world stage with enough clout to rivet attention on maintaining a livable planet. Elected leaders would have to band together and agree to put planet first, economy second, to generate as much buzz. Like that is going to happen. Today I honor on the Wall of Fame the most entertaining media coverage of the release of the new encyclical on climate change: Frustrated Republicans Argue Pope Should Leave Science To Scientists Who Deny Climate...
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BBC: How Many Earths do We Need? Today the Vatican releases the much-anticipated final draft encyclical on the environment. We’re going to watch the media coverage and analysis over the coming days; I’m sure some of this will find its way to our Wall of Fame or Wall of Shame next week. Today I want to thank the BBC’s Charlotte McDonald for writing How Many Earths do We Need? This piece in BBC Magazine is a companion to an episode of BBC Radio’s More or Less program, and examines the origin of this widely quoted scientific fact: “It has been suggested that if everyone on the planet consumed as...
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Most Loving Decision a Parent Can Make Today has been declared International Anti-Procreation Day, by a group whose evidence of existence is limited to Facebook, The Advocacy for Anti-Procreation. This is only the third year the day has been observed, but it clearly isn’t catching on in a big way. I believe that’s because of all the emotional baggage attached to baby-making. I can tell you from experience that drawing attention to the importance of choosing a small family makes many people uncomfortable. Not one to give up easily, today I honor on the Wall of Fame a piece published in Slate two years ago: Why One Child is...
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Honoring the Choice Not to Reproduce Today we move on, after beating a dead horse to death (the New York Times’ slick propaganda piece designed to convince us to keep calm as we crash human civilization). We’ll stick with the population topic one more day, however, as we honor this commentary: 7 Appeals To Moms From Women Without Children In her commentary at Huffington Post, blogger Hélène Tragos Stelian shares some useful information about conversing with childfree women: “What was the etiquette around engaging with childless women? Was it ok to talk about my kids? Could I ask about their circumstances? And could I even use the...
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