Citizen Action Monitor

George Monbiot champions wealth taxes on ultra-rich as best way to prevent environmental collapse

Why do we tolerate the massive environmental impacts of the very rich? Most of our dysfunctions are caused by pandering to the rich. — No 2797 by fw, November 14, … Continue reading

November 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Unrelenting economic growth on a finite planet is laying waste to entire living systems

Meanwhile, governments everywhere are talking about “supercharging our economy.” — No 2784 by fw, October 5, 2021— “There is a box labelled ‘climate’, in which politicians discuss the climate crisis. … Continue reading

October 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

Universities are hosting research that helps advertisers hack our minds, claims George Monbiot

Universities in the Netherlands and US are researching ways advertisers can counter your efforts to resist ads. No 2411 Posted by fw, January 6, 2019 “A major industry seeks to … Continue reading

January 6, 2019

Current political, economic, social systems have failed us – Is revitalization of the commons a possible solution?

George Monbiot invites readers to explore a wide range of potential solutions, beginning with the commons. No 1857 Posted by fw, December 27, 2016 “In the first of a series of … Continue reading

December 27, 2016

“Democracy cannot work as it is meant to; human nature does not allow it.”

The presumption that voters make informed political decisions is a myth. No 1856 Posted by fw, December 26, 2016 “’Democracy for Realists’, published earlier this year by the social science professors … Continue reading

December 26, 2016

Celebrity culture: harmless fun or corporate mind control?

Corporations use celebrities as masks to connect with consumers, occupy their minds. No 1852 Posted by fw, December 22, 2016 “Celebrity is not harmless fun – it’s the lieutenant of exploitation. … Continue reading

December 22, 2016

Corporate globalization has crushed democratic choice, says George Monbiot

The power that once belonged to those of us living in a democracy is slipping away to places out of our reach. No 1847 Posted by fw, December 16, 2016 “…under … Continue reading

December 16, 2016

Indonesia ablaze — the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century, ignored by media

This ‘ecopalypse’ is currently producing more CO2 than the US economy. No 1496 Posted by fw, October 31, 2015 “A great tract of the Earth is on fire. It looks as … Continue reading

October 31, 2015

Why UN climate negotiation process repeatedly fails to achieve meaningful progress on climate change

George Monbiot proposes a 3-step solution, a key part of which is negotiating a global budget for the extraction of fossil fuels from existing reserves No 1279 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

March 12, 2015

Political shifts are shaking Europe. And in the UK, the emerging Greens seek nothing less than political transformation

“If people voted for what they want, the Greens would be the party of government”, says George Monbiot What in the world is going on? More nascent signs of the … Continue reading

January 29, 2015

Why will no one answer the obvious question about a proposed, secretive EU-US trade deal?

The question is — Why do corporations need a separate Investor-State Dispute Settlement system? No 1232 Posted by fw, January 16, 2015 “The UK government, like that of the US … Continue reading

January 16, 2015

Massive public uprising forces EU and British government to address concerns about proposed trade treaty

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between EU and US would grant corporations power to sue governments No 1183 Posted by fw, November 5, 2014 “Why should they [corporations] be allowed … Continue reading

November 5, 2014

Why are democracies sliding ever further to the right, into selfishness?

Extrinsic values “ensure that nations slide ever further into selfishness, and ever further to the right” No 1073 Posted by fw, June 11, 2014 “We are not born with our … Continue reading

June 11, 2014

By now, it should be clear that governments, media, and most businesses don’t intend to avert climate catastrophes

“When people say we should adapt to climate change, do they have any idea what that means?” asks George Monbiot No 1025 Posted by fw, April 3, 2014 “When our … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

SHOCKER — Governments shaft citizens – Secret sellout to corporations in monstrous assault on democracy

New trade rules surrender control to corporations to sue governments, overrule parliaments, undermine citizen rights No 903­­ Posted by fw, November 5, 2013 “Investor-state rules could be used to smash … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Up Yours” — governments greet IPCC report with continuing promotion of fossil fuel industries

“IPCC’s reports attract denial in all its forms” No 864 Posted by fw, September 29, 2013 “…all governments collaborate in the disaster they publicly bemoan. They sagely agree with the … Continue reading

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

US, and other UN Security Council members, pursue own corrupt interests at cost of peace and global justice

Focusing primarily on US, George Monbiot lays out evidence of 67 years of LIES and treaty violations No 851 Posted by fw, September 10, 2013 “For 67 years successive US … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Three reasons to keep fighting despite the great failure of collective leadership at the Earth Summit

The leaders who attended Rio+20 have just pledged to pursue “sustained growth”, the primary cause of the biosphere’s losses No 513 Posted by fw, June 27, 2012 “That we have … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment