Citizen Action Monitor

To avert dangerous global climate change, we must downscale economies of rich nations 4-6% per year

Costa Rica proves its high level of wellbeing, minimal ecological impact, has little to do with GDP growth. No 2093 Posted by fw, November 08, 2017 “In the coming decades, … Continue reading

November 8, 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 will grow our economy while reducing emissions,” says PM Trudeau. Really?

Simplistic neoliberal beliefs like this may be popular and win votes but they’re short-sighted and dangerous. Here’s why. No 1996 Posted by fw, June 30, 2017 ***** “We will grow our … Continue reading

June 30, 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

The end of capitalism: Part 3

US and China tinker with capitalism but there’s no fix. Welcome to the brave new world of “fictitious capital” where anything goes. No 1703 Posted by fw, June 15, 2016 “Three … Continue reading

June 15, 2016

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

Michael Geist proposes Plan B, a bi-lateral trade option, as a preferred alternative to TPP

Ecological economist Bill Rees has another option, call it Plan C, Degrowth, that I think should not be overlooked. No 1682 Posted by fw, May 25. 2016 First, Michael’s Plan B … Continue reading

May 25, 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

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 1

Earth, we have a problem: Human consumption is overwhelming the replacement and reproductive capacities of nature No 1550 Posted by fw, December 28, 2015 “So, we have a situation in … Continue reading

December 28, 2015

Is climate movement in denial? — Renewables cannot sustain our Western growth-based consumer lifestyles

Alternative growth in the South requires degrowth in the North No 1351 Posted by fw, May 30, 2015 “To be able to successfully develop a different type of growth, the … Continue reading

May 30, 2015

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 3

Part 3 – Rees outlines how world leaders should react if confronted with a major global catastrophe No 1078 Posted by fw, June 19, 2014 In Part 1, Rees reviewed … Continue reading

June 19, 2014

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 2

Part 2 – Rees makes the case for “steady-state sustainability” with justice No 1077 Posted by fw, June 18, 2014 In the preceding post, Part 1, Rees reviewed what he … Continue reading

June 18, 2014