Citizen Action Monitor

Is it time to put limits on what CEOs earn vs what lowest paid employees get? – Nate Hagens (25/?)

A lot of people see that with unlimited growth, things aren’t working as they used to and they’re upset. No 2308 Posted by fw, June 20, 2018 To access links … Continue reading

June 20, 2018

Rules from finance and economics constrained 20th century aspirations – Nate Hagens (24/?)

Look for rules from natural sciences and ecology to play a more prominent role in this century. No 2307 Posted by fw, June 19, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 19, 2018

Our culture asks very narrow-boundary questions when challenges are wide-boundary — Nate Hagens (22/?)

Our culture fails to recognize that even local, narrow-boundary concerns may be related  to, if not rooted in, serious wide-boundary issues. No 2306 Posted by fw, June 19, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 19, 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

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

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

“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

Everything’s going wild, people don’t agree on what to do, are not highly motivated to act – Nate Hagens (1/?)

Hagens is going to tell us a story, a story that is complex, threatening, scary, abstract, and in the future. No 2225 Posted by fw, May 30, 2018 To access … Continue reading

May 30, 2018

Paris’ new eco-village a model of a low-carbon community for other cities to emulate

Layout encourages walking, mass transit, limited space for cars, resulting in improved air quality. No 2224 Posted by fw, May 28, 2018 “Every so often an environmentally friendly building gives … Continue reading

May 28, 2018

Ten years after the crisis, economic growth for advanced economies is slowly slipping away, says Tim Jackson

“Attempts to prop up an ailing capitalism have increased inequality, hindered ecological innovation and undermined stability.” No 2223 Posted by fw, May 26, 2018 “If there’s one thing that might … Continue reading

May 26, 2018

79 articles expose risks of trusting Ottawa’s handling of the economy/environment/climate file

Read ‘em and weep! — broken promises, lies, question-dodging, blaming, ignorance, cooking the books, and much, much more. No 2222 Posted by fw, May 23, 2018 Yesterday’s post questioned the … Continue reading

May 23, 2018

Are Ottawa’s ideas about the economy, environment and climate dangerously ill-informed?

Contributions by two leading experts on the unrealistic expectation of perpetual GDP growth suggests the Liberals don’t know what they’re talking about. No 2221 Posted by fw, May 22, 2018 … Continue reading

May 22, 2018

We have an economy based on energy, but we think we have an economy based on money — Nate Hagens (3/5)

In the US, the cost of extracting oil has gone up almost 400% since 2000, and they’re wasting most of it. No 2218 Posted by fw, May 15, 2018 “And … Continue reading

May 15, 2018

Most people don’t understand that fossil fuel energy ‘underpins’ modern economies — Nate Hagens (2/5)

The biggest flaw in economic theory is that there’s no accounting of the creation and pollution costs of energy. No 2217 Posted by fw, May 14, 2018 “Energy does all … Continue reading

May 14, 2018

For 90% of people in the developed world, income growth ended a decade ago — Nate Hagens (1/5)

Growing the economy is incompatible with mitigating climate change, despite what Trudeau keeps saying. No 2216 Posted by fw, May 11, 2018 (NOTE — This is a second revision of … Continue reading

May 11, 2018