Citizen Action Monitor

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 In Chapter 3, Redefining Prosperity, of … Continue reading

September 20, 2017

World so addicted to fossil fuels, future global carbon emissions will continue to increase

Projected 16% increase in CO2 emissions by 2040 (from 2015 levels) risks putting us over Paris 2°C limit. No 2057 Posted by fw, September 19, 2017 ********** The chances of … Continue reading

September 19, 2017

On the Road to Extinction

Maybe it’s not all about us. No 2056 Posted by fw, September 18, 2017 This article is reposted with author Elizabeth West’s permission and under her original title and subtitle. … Continue reading

September 18, 2017

The demand for perpetual economic growth, and the madness it provokes, leads to environmental collapse

Environmental destruction is not a by-product of endless consumption – it’s a necessary element. No 2055 Posted by fw, September 17, 2017 “Environmental collapse does not progress by neat increments. … Continue reading

September 17, 2017

Half of Canada’s monitored species (451 of 903) are in decline, with average decline of 83%

“Federal government departments charged with protecting and recovering species repeatedly cut their species-at-risk funding.” No 2054 Posted by fw, September 16, 2017 “When WWF International and the Zoological Society of … Continue reading

September 16, 2017

All major industrialized countries failing to meet their Paris pledges to cut greenhouse-gas emissions

Paris Accord allowed governments to set vague and unaccountable pledges. No 2053 Posted by fw, September 15, 2017 “Beyond US President Donald Trump’s decision in June to withdraw the United … Continue reading

September 15, 2017

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions should take precedence over economic growth,” says David Suzuki

Despite adoption of energy-efficient, low carbon sources, economic growth will likely cancel out these advances. No 2052 Posted by fw, September 14, 2017 “The Pan-Canadian Framework marks the first time Canada’s first … Continue reading

September 14, 2017

47 years of work on sustainability and “We’re worse off now,” says Jorgen Randers

“What went wrong?” asks this Norwegian professor of climate strategy. No 2051 Posted by fw, September 14, 2017 “Jorgen Randers’ speech at the Summer School at the Club of Rome … Continue reading

September 14, 2017

In defining what it means to prosper, capabilities for flourishing offer a good starting point, provided …

… The capabilities to flourish are “bounded within certain inevitable limits.” No 2050 Posted by fw, September 13, 2017 To put in context the synopsis of the 4th and final … Continue reading

September 13, 2017

Solar and wind could scale up to 100% without collapse of global economy or wrecking climate system

The key to energy transition – take large fraction of today’s investments in fossil fuels and invest in solar energy. No 2049 Posted by fw, September 12, 2017 “ … … Continue reading

September 12, 2017

Attempts to equate prosperity with happiness and life satisfaction fail to measure up

“To equate prosperity with happiness goes against our experience of what it means to live well.” No 2048 Posted by fw, September 10, 2017 In the preceding synopsis of Section … Continue reading

September 10, 2017

Jackson weighs suitability of ‘opulence’ and ‘utility’ as measures of societal prosperity

He finds both problematic. No 2047 Posted by fw, September 8, 2017 In today’s post, a synopsis of Section 2, Chapter 3 of Tim Jackson’s book Prosperity without Growth, Jackson … Continue reading

September 8, 2017

Mayor De Blasio tweets Trump — Don’t mess with New York City’s 30,000 DACA recipients

De Blasio, and other progressive city leaders, are leading a nationwide revolt against neoliberal policies. No 2046 Posted by fw, September 7, 2017 “The city of New York announced Tuesday … Continue reading

September 7, 2017

“The prevailing vision of prosperity as a continually expanding material paradise has come unravelled”

What’s needed now is wisdom-based vision of prosperity that nurtures human flourishing. No 2045 Posted by fw, September 6, 2017 To recap, I am in the process of writing a … Continue reading

September 6, 2017

Climate-driven severe weather catastrophes happening worldwide – Are you worried yet?

In Ontario, local governments are bearing brunt of financial burden from severe weather events. No 2044 Posted by fw, September 5, 2017 “Houston, we have a problem, and so do … Continue reading

September 5, 2017

Who to blame for a drowned Houston and a drenched Windsor?

There’s more than enough blame to go around. — My letter to the editor of the Windsor Star. No 2043 Posted by fw, August 30, 2017 Today I sent a … Continue reading

August 30, 2017

What if a low-growth, no-growth economy became the new normal?

Tim Jackson reviews the evidence for a return to “secular stagnation.” No 2042 Posted by fw, August 28, 2017 As Jackson explained in Section 1 of Chapter 2, the “Introduction”, government … Continue reading

August 28, 2017

We learned nothing! — After 2008 disaster, it was back to business-as-usual, as-fast-as-possible

Circumstances may have changed, but the goal remained the same — renewed economic growth. No 2041 Posted by fw, August 27, 2017 As Jackson explained in Section 1 of Chapter 2, … Continue reading

August 27, 2017

Q: What led the world to the brink of economic disaster in 2008? — A: The unrelenting drive for economic growth

Pursuit of growth drove loosening of regulations, proliferation of financial derivatives, and massive expansion of public debt and private credit in decades before and during the crisis. No 2040 Posted … Continue reading

August 26, 2017