Citizen Action Monitor

“Capitalism” — an elusive concept that appears in numerous varieties, says Tim Jackson

Whatever its definition, the question remains: Are any of these varieties of capitalism possible without growth? No 2076 Posted by fw, October 16, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

October 16, 2017

The profit motive, entwined with consumer demand, lock us into an ‘Iron Cage’ of consumerism

“It is entirely fanciful to suppose that ‘deep’ emission and resource cuts can be achieved without confronting the structure of market economies.” No 2075 Posted by fw, October 14, 2017 … Continue reading

October 14, 2017

Trump’s rejection of climate change creates a “malignant normality”, it becomes the rule …

“… because what a president does tends to normalize potentially bad, evil or destructive behavior.” No 2074 Posted by fw, October 13, 2017 “… now we have visual evidence in … Continue reading

October 13, 2017

Canada’s Commissioner of Environment flunks feds on climate change performance

Federal government clear on desire, big on promises, short on action. No 2073 Posted by fw, October 12, 2017 “The federal government has been clear in its desire for action … Continue reading

October 12, 2017

“Simple arithmetic reveals stark choices,” forewarns ecological economist Tim Jackson

If we are committed to combat the climate crisis, our current direction is entirely wrong. No 2072 Posted by fw, October 10, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

October 10, 2017

Could relative decoupling proceed fast enough to achieve real reductions in emissions?

Jackson turns to arithmetic for an answer and finds an economy in 2100 completely different than the one we have now. No 2071 Posted by fw, October 9, 2017 To … Continue reading

October 9, 2017

There’s no historical evidence of absolute decoupling of GDP from resource use between 1990-2008

On the contrary, studies show that material consumption and economic output are very strongly coupled. No 2070 Posted by fw, October 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

October 6, 2017

From an historical perspective, Tim Jackson finds no reliable, conclusive evidence for relative decoupling

The world’s input amount of material and energy resources used in production is not declining as fast as the increase in global growth of the economy. No 2069 Posted by … Continue reading

October 5, 2017

Group of Canadian organizations “champions” implementation of government climate change document

My letter to CEO of Climate Action Network Canada challenges the group’s enthusiastic endorsement of the Pan-Canadian Framework. No 2068 Posted by fw, October 4, 2017 “Based on my selective … Continue reading

October 4, 2017

“I would carpet bomb them.” – Young Israeli’s solution for conflict with Palestinians

Shocking comments from “everyday Israelis” interviewed in Jerusalem by Abby Martin. No 2067 Posted by fw, October 3, 2017 “ “Many of the people Martin speaks to repeat familiar themes … Continue reading

October 3, 2017

“I called the Crash of 2008, I’m calling the Crash of 2018” – Dr. Nafeez Ahmed

Nafeez draws on new research to warn world faces an oil crunch, which will trigger another financial crisis. No 2066 Posted by fw, October 2, 2017 “New scientific research suggests … Continue reading

October 2, 2017

Canada’s environmental NGOs slammed – They need a “kick in the butt,” says activist

Disorganized, strategically ineffective, ill-prepared, disconnected, too Canadian-polite, not on an “at war” footing, and more. No 2065 Posted by fw, October 2, 2017 “Scientists say that if the world is … Continue reading

October 2, 2017

The appeal to decoupling as an escape from the dilemma of growth is “far from convincing,” says Tim Jackson

Which is not to suggest that decoupling economic activity from rising carbon emissions is not vital. No 2064 Posted by fw, September 30, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

September 30, 2017

Do we need economic growth to keep the economy stable?

Why is the conventional answer to this question always the same: “Yes. There is no alternative.” No 2063 Posted by fw, September 29, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

September 29, 2017

Is economic growth essential for higher life expectancy, lower child mortality and education access?

Jackson’s analysis reveals a complex relationship between economic growth and essential benefits for human flourishing. No 2062 Posted by fw, September 28, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

September 28, 2017

Inspirational voices fire up People’s Congress of Resistance inaugural meeting in Washington DC

Meeting draws together grassroots leaders unified by a revolutionary vision. No 2061 Posted by fw, September 24, 2017 “People say to me all the time, you can’t bring together the … Continue reading

September 24, 2017

What drives our insatiable consumer desire for more long after our material needs are met?

It turns out, says Tim Jackson, “that material things matter to us in non-material ways”. No 2060 Posted by fw, September 23, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

September 23, 2017

Growth of renewables hasn’t stopped rise in CO2 emissions, says Canadian expert

Rapid expansion of renewables no reason to be hopeful about curbing climate crisis. No 2059 Posted by fw, September 21, 2017 “I read lots of articles these days pointing to … Continue reading

September 21, 2017

Chapter 4 of “Prosperity without Growth” — Tim Jackson finds himself on the horns of a dilemma.

“The Dilemma of Growth” — Growth looks ecologically unsustainable; Yet it appears essential for lasting prosperity. No 2058 Posted by fw, September 20, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

September 20, 2017