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Joe Barry of the Irish Independent is not optimistic. But he’s not necessarily wrong either. “Despite all the warnings of global warming and imminent disaster, it is unlikely that we will change our ways until a real catastrophe actually occurs.” It’s sad but true. And this isn’t to say that real catastrophes aren’t happening right now but our natural human myopia apparently is making it difficult to connect the dots and see the big picture. Barry blames our refusal to adjust our way of living for our inability to accept our role in climate change and therefore do anything about it. Shoot, we can’t even talk about what the root of...
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One of the unfortunate things about the Internet is it makes it possible for people who don’t think things through completely to write half-witted columns and make it appear they have done their research and know what they’re talking about. I’m not saying that’s the case with Ryan Cooper at The Week; you draw your own conclusion. Oh hell, that’s exactly what I’m saying about Cooper. This should be titled, "What some 'journalists' get wrong when they don't think the population/consumption issue through." There are so many holes in the reasoning behind What Liberals Get Wrong About Having Kids, that Swiss cheese is getting an inferiority complex. Exhibit One: “In a...
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“For a certain bandwidth of the population, public discourse on particular topics is often taboo, whether it be sex, money, or religion. If the issue is overpopulation, that bandwidth is exceedingly wide.” But according to Mason Riddle of the Bloomington Star Tribune, John Schuerman is challenging this through art. His exhibition “Fruitful and Multiplying: The Overpopulation Exhibit” opened this month at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center. Read Riddle's piece here and hear Schuerman explain the exhibit below. The exhibit features original pieces by Schuerman and 12 other local artists, all addressing “consequences and outcomes of overpopulation” in various ways. He believes that art has a unique advantage when it comes...
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This extract of a speech by Australian shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh was published as an op-ed in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph last month. Having “populate and prosper” in the headline guaranteed it a spot on our Wall of Shame. When I saw it, I knew it was the work of global growth profiteer Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp owns 142 newspapers in Australia alone. Growth-pushers use the phrase “grow and prosper” quite often, but the Murdoch press in Australia is never too embarrassed to carry the mythology one step further with such over-the-top headlines for its editorials prescribing population growth. I do have to give Leigh a tiny bit of credit for...
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A couple days ago GrowthBusters launched a special youtube video for Earth Day. I Heart Spaceship Earth isn't just an awesome mock inflight safety briefing, it's an inspirational instruction manual on how to treat our only planet with respect. Our own Meral Sarper wrote about it on Growth Bias Busted yesterday and you voted it to be the top story of the week. We couldn't agree more! We might be biased. But still. The idea for the video came to Dave Gardner after reading Buckminster Fuller liken the planet to a spaceship. One that is finite, one-of-a-kind, and in need of proper maintenance. Then the idea eventually blossomed into this... Good...

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" 'Spaceship Earth' was coined by Buckminster Fuller to describe our planet. We are living on what he likened to a very large spaceship. It is finite. It's floating in space. And we must depend on it for everything we need to live. If we foul it up or run out of something we can't run next door or call for take-out. We haven't been taking good enough care of our spaceship; it's clear from the news and the scientific reports. It's time we get our act together to avoid a crash. Fasten your seatbelt, watch the passenger safety briefing, share it widely, and then get busy taking good care...
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