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.
It’s a pleasure today to honor a commentary byTrevor Hancock, a professor and senior scholar at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Health and Social Policy. Hancock is leading a project for the Canadian Public Health Association which will culminate in a report on global change and public health.
Western Canada’s Times Colonist published this commentary by Hancock, one of a series. Read the first here. The working group’s discussion paper, Addressing the Ecological Determinants of Health, is also available.
This piece importantly does not zero in on global climate change as THE big threat facing the human race. Hancock lists...
China’s economic growth rate has dwarfed the rest of the world for three decades. It has pollution to match. Could this nation prove to be an exemplar of sustainable economic and environmental policy? Today I salute Chandran Nair, and Huffington Post, for raising these un-reported issues in:
Is China Finally Discovering the Limits to Growth?
Nair, founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow, raises some interesting points about changes planned by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his ‘Four Comprehensives,’ list of political goals for China.
“If reviving "moderate prosperity" 35 years after Deng means more than just admitting that China's...
Why do we need our economy to grow? This is a question never asked in mainstream media – and rarely asked anywhere. Matt Phillips chose a different question in a piece for Quartz:
Women are Going to Save Japan
His first paragraph guaranteed this report a place on our Wall of Shame:
"Why do economies grow?
It’s a simple recipe, actually.
Add rising labor productivity—total output per worker—to an increase in the number of people working, or some combination of the two. Shake vigorously. Voilà.
But it’s easier said than done, especially for countries like Japan where populations are stagnant or...
The California water crisis offers a textbook example of how destructive and irrational is our obsession with economic growth. Erik Alm gets a nod today for writing what I’ve been thinking. I frequently highlight The Daly News from the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) as outstanding writing about growth issues. Last week the publication did not disappoint.
“…What will it take to catalyze the shift to an economic state that respects our natural boundaries? Perhaps the catalyst could be a life-altering dearth of a critical resource that, until recently, most of us in the United States have taken...
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lands on our Wall of Shame today for a celebration of all things unsustainable in Is Silicon Valley’s Future In St. George, Utah?
“St. George is a formidable urban center on its own. This is reflected in the latest population figures released for the St. George metropolitan area, which…ranked among the fastest-growing areas in the country.”
Until we get over “ranking” cities for population growth (and putting the fastest growing at the TOP of the rankings), we will be stuck in the 20th century settle-the-wild-frontier mindset that population growth is something to pursue and celebrate. Not a...