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    A Wall of Fame dedication goes to the Story of Stuff Project* for their recent Story of Solutions video. In this short 10-minute cartoon narrated by Annie Leonard, instead of just giving the listener the depressing facts about impact of our current consumer addiction, she introduces the concept of being "the game changer." “…what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?” Taking it quite literally, this video displays the outdated game of consumerism as illustrated by game characters crazily building...
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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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