Pro-Growth Bias is reflected in the media by the stories and words chosen, which hint and often trumpet that economic, population, and consumption growth is good and essential. We're here to expose the bias and encourage more balanced and thoughtful journalism. Here you can vote, discuss, and even post stories exemplifying the bias.
PBS isn’t known for tackling the subject of overpopulation head-on. I admit, the subject is – for ridiculous reasons – controversial. So I really want to offer thanks and encouragement to PBS NewsHour science reporter Nsikan Akpan for this piece on the NewsHour website:
As a Scientist, is the Pope Dodging the Biggest Contributor to Climate Change?
Pope Francis made a lot of news lately, both with his U.S. visit and with summer’s publication of a new encyclical, Laudato Si: Our Care for our Common Home. Francis received a lot of praise for highlighting what the moral compass tells us about...
Today, amid all the popeapalooza owing to Pope Francis’ U.S. visit, we find a reason to congratulate Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent of the UK Guardian. While many environmentalists praise this pope for taking up the call for serious action on the climate change front, Goldenberg notes:
“One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as ‘raving nonsense’ the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control.”
There are plenty of scientists who understand that moving from an expanding to a contracting world population is...
How about a good song to inspire us all to be better stewards of the one planet we have to work with? I thought I’d share Love Song to Earth with you today just to put a little sunshine in your life.
The gorgeous images in this video, directed by Jerry Cope and Casey Culver, remind us what a wonderful place the Earth is. Vocal performances by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie and Colbie Caillat add to the emotional appeal. The lyrics are actually quite honest:
“If we continue there’ll only be emptiness.”
That’s pretty serious....
During U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Alaska, he addressed the Glacier Conference. I’m putting the spotlight on that climate change address today, and doing so on the Wall of Shame because of the ironic juxtaposition of remarks. On the one hand, the President seems to understand the severity of the climate change problem:
“…we’re here today to discuss a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other -- and that’s the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate…. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought.”
We give a shout-out today to Alexander Nathanson, who wrote an excellent essay published in the Vermont Digger on July 17:
Why ‘Going Green’ is Not Enough
Nathanson, an Environmental Policy major at Champlain College, reminds us we are in climate crisis and we are not yet responding to the degree warranted.
“While ‘going green’ certainly can help reduce a family’s carbon output, the fact is this simply is not enough to reverse anything considering the rapid climate changes of recent.”
To be clear, he isn’t suggesting we not bother with the typical “green” behaviors.
“We as individuals simply cannot give...