Citizen Action Monitor

“Governments and institutions do whatever they can to keep access to energy growing” – Nate Hagens (22)

No institution, no government worldwide is planning for less than 2% growth in the next 50 years. Growth is the plan, the game is the plan. No 2305 Posted by … Continue reading

June 18, 2018

Our industrial enterprise causes unseen, micro-level, socio-enviro impacts – Nate Hagens (21) 

We focus on the seen – but the unseen currently tells a worrying story. No 2304 Posted by fw, June 17, 2018 To access links to all other posts in this series, click … Continue reading

June 17, 2018

Human civilization has neglected our fellow animals of Earth’s wildlife community – Nate Hagens (20)

We simply don’t see the impact on them of the rapid, explosive expansion of human civilization. No 2303 Posted by fw, June 16, 2018 To access links to all other … Continue reading

June 16, 2018

In our quest for ‘treasure’, our capitalist economy has plundered Earth’s ‘riches’ – Nate Hagens (19)

Only when converted into ‘treasure’ are ‘riches’ said to have ‘value’, and governments plan to continue the plunder. No 2302 Posted by fw, June 15, 2018 To access links to … Continue reading

June 15, 2018

Our current market system puts no price on harmful external socio-ecological impacts – Nate Hagens (18)

Trade-off — There’s a case to be made for pricing ecological externalities — but we’d be poorer, work harder, be less comfortable. No 2301 Posted by fw, June 14, 2018 … Continue reading

June 14, 2018

Genes vs Culture — There is strong evidence for a genetic component in human behavior – Nate Hagens (17)

A big hope for this century is that our culture will move towards something more sane, more rational, more humane. No 2300 Posted by fw, June 14, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 14, 2018

We really care about ourselves first, then our in-groups, and “them” least of all — Nate Hagens (16)

Me vs Us, Us vs Them — Name your global crisis, we’re already witnessing human behaviour at its most selfish. No 2299 Posted by fw, June 13, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 13, 2018

Once our basic needs are met, wanting more things will not increase our life satisfaction — Nate Hagens (15)

Forget “shop ‘til-you-drop” — It really is the simple things in life that sustain our ongoing feelings of contentment and wellbeing. No 2298 Posted by fw, June 13, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 13, 2018

Brain chemical makes feeling of wanting a thing much stronger than having it — Nate Hagens (14)

Anticipation of reward increases level of dopamine-driving desire, but with possession, dopamine level declines. No 2297 Posted by fw, June 12, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 12, 2018

Once our absolute basic needs are met, we start to compare ourselves relative to others — Nate Hagens (13)

And in a culture that values income, status, and ranking, comparisons of relative success can create problems. No 2296 Posted by fw, June 11, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 11, 2018

How “supernormal stimuli” can cause today’s chronic problems, such as obesity and war – Nate Hagens (12)

Once-helpful, “normal” urges are being hijacked by today’s alluring temptations, from candy to porn to lethal weapons. No 2295 Posted by fw, June 10, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 10, 2018

As biological creatures with finite lifespans, we care more about Now than the Future – Nate Hagens (11)

That’s a problem because most of our societal, cultural, environmental challenges are in the Future. No 2294 Posted by fw, June 9, 2018 To access links to all other posts … Continue reading

June 9, 2018

Our beliefs are so powerful that we cling to them even in the face of undeniable facts – Nate Hagens (10)

“We evolved to be wrong. And we have a lot of blind spots about our physical world.” No 2293 Posted by fw, June 8, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 8, 2018

We routinely seek experiences that trigger the same feelings our successful ancestors had – Nate Hagens (9)

There are proximate or ‘surface’ explanations for our behavior, but there are also ‘ultimate’ explanations based on our ancestral past. No 2292 Posted by fw, June 7, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 7, 2018

Humans are part of the animal kingdom, of the mammal and ape lineage – Nate Hagens (8)

Our behavioral repertoire is amazing, yet still constrained and informed by our animal heritage. No 2291 Posted by fw, June 6, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 6, 2018

Fossil fuels, NOT economic theories, caused the past 150-years of rapid economic growth – Nate Hagens (7)

We’re beginning to see that the theories don’t offer much predictive reliability for a coming global economy. No 2290 Posted by fw, June 5, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 5, 2018

“We can’t go to 100% renewable energy and live like we do now.” – Nate Hagens (6)

The ability of a technology to provide ‘joules’ is different than its ability to contribute to ‘work’ for society. No 2289 Posted by fw, June 4, 2018 To access links … Continue reading

June 4, 2018

Recent trends show more net energy being used to find/extract from gross energy stocks – Nate Hagens (5)

The impact will be higher costs, lower benefits, tougher choices for people and economies. No 2288 Posted by fw, June 3, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 3, 2018

Representations of what we think we own, including money, are created from thin air – Nate Hagens (4)

What we really own is rooted in this one-time pulse of highly concentrated ores and energies. No 2287 Posted by fw, June 2, 2018 To access links to all other … Continue reading

June 2, 2018