Citizen Action Monitor

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

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

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

SHOCKER – Our only hope for a sustainable future is to return to a low-energy, low consumption, pre-1973 lifestyle

On closer inspection, many of the “great renewable energy successes” don’t look so great after all No 1195 Posted by fw, November 20, 2014 “Renewable energy is growing faster than ever … Continue reading

November 20, 2014

Black Friday’s celebration of hyper-consumerism is suicidal, destroying our livable climate

And the sooner we realize there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves, the sooner we can get busy saving ourselves No 921 Posted by fw, December 01, 2013 “The … Continue reading

December 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Barbara Kingsolver on borders between the haves and the have-nots

No 32, Posted by fw, July 5, 2010 Barbara Kingsolver is so much more than a novelist. She’s a citizen activist. Her activism is indelibly etched in her breathtaking, at … Continue reading

July 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 10/13: Myth of perpetual economic growth in a finite world

No 27, Posted by fw, June 19, 2010 In Pt 9, Rees produced evidence of human over-exploitation of the world’s fishery, leading to the collapse of the cod industry. And … Continue reading

June 19, 2010 · Leave a comment