Citizen Action Monitor

It’s past time for us to shift away from consumer desires towards “an alternative hedonism”

An alternative hedonism leading to a more ecologically sustainable, satisfying, happier life. No 2089 Posted by fw, November 3, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 3, 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

“Prosperity Without Growth?” – Tim Jackson on how a report started a conversation whose time had come

Why Number 10 Downing Street ironically “went ballistic” when the report landed on the PM’s desk. No 2010 Posted by fw, July 18, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

July 18, 2017

Prof Bill Rees is back, advocating planned de-growth toward a quasi steady state economy

“Perversely, the world community prescribes still greater material growth as the only feasible solution!” No 2009 Posted by fw, July 17, 2017 “Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, … Continue reading

July 17, 2017

“We have to design our economies to live within ecological limits and resource constraints” – Tim Jackson

“Start with the idea of what prosperity is and then ask questions about what kind of economy you need to get there.” No 2007 Posted by fw, July 15, 2017 … Continue reading

July 15, 2017

Sixty years of environmental action and humanity remains in ecological overshoot

It’s time to accept that tinkering around the edges of consumer capitalism is utterly inadequate. No 2005 Posted by fw, July 11, 2017 “According to the most recent data from the Global … Continue reading

July 11, 2017

Endless economic growth endangers our future

Celebrated ecological economist Tim Jackson talks about the need to envision a post-growth economy. No 1999 Posted by fw, July 5, 2017 “When the UK Sustainable Development Commission, on which I served, … Continue reading

July 5, 2017

We are consuming ourselves to death under the banner of limitless economic growth

Rethinking economic growth in an age of environmental limits to growth cannot be avoided — Will change be by design or disaster? No 1938 Posted by fw, April 19, 2017 “What … Continue reading

April 19, 2017

WOW! A showcase of Quebec’s “Social Economy”, which now accounts for 8-10 percent of its GDP

The goal of social ownership is “a sustainable, democratic economy with a market—instead of a market economy.” No 1920 Posted by fw, March 27, 2017 “Welcome to everyday life in Quebec, … Continue reading

March 27, 2017

The Transition Movement: building alternative, resilient communities from the bottom up, worldwide

Transitioners are warm, open-hearted, welcoming, tolerant, caring, generous, with a positive vision of the future. No 1911 Posted by fw, March 15, 2017 “Transition communities are re-imagining and re-designing the vital … Continue reading

March 15, 2017

Introduction to the Waterloo Region Cohousing Ecovillage — for folks seeking sustainable community living

The plan is to build 30 homes combining the advantage of privacy and shared common facilities. No 1862 Posted by fw, January 3, 2017 The Waterloo, Ontario cohousing project is now … Continue reading

January 3, 2017

What a post growth economy might look like

The challenge we face is that our existing institutions are so busy pursuing growth that they’re not thinking of alternatives. No 1695 Posted by fw, June 7, 2016 “I think the … Continue reading

June 7, 2016

If we continue with a growth-based economic system, we will be flirting with collapse

Canadian prof makes a compelling case for transition to a steady state, no-growth economy. No 1694 Posted by fw, June 6, 2016 “I had the privilege recently of speaking with Peter … Continue reading

June 6, 2016

Puzzled about the difference between CO2 emissions and CO2 levels? — You’re not alone

Confusion leads people to a mistaken belief that CO2 levels in the atmosphere can be stabilized if new emissions are flat. No 1649 Posted by fw, April 24, 2016 On March … Continue reading

April 24, 2016

Our fossil fuel driven economic growth system is reaching limits, but in a way few understand

If we don’t understand the problem, there’s a risk the whole system will collapse, and renewables won’t save us. No 1636 Posted by fw, April 8, 2016 “People hate to think … Continue reading

April 8, 2016

Here’s a refreshing vision of an economic model that serves the common good

Unlike the TPP model that primarily serves the avarice of the 1% No 1578 Posted by fw, January 27, 2016 “UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said recently “we have … Continue reading

January 27, 2016

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 4

Degrowth, a steady-state solution is not new; it’s been around for at least 150 years. So, if we’re so smart, why hasn’t it penetrated the public policy domain? No 1553 … Continue reading

December 31, 2015

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 3

Rejecting degrowth, continuing on a path of business as usual, is asking for deep trouble. No 1552 Posted by fw, December 30, 2015 “So, I would argue that if we … Continue reading

December 30, 2015

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 2

We are now in a state of overshoot, outpacing earth’s regenerative capacity, hurtling toward societal collapse No 1551 Posted by fw, December 29, 2015 “We are now, however, in a … Continue reading

December 29, 2015