Citizen Action Monitor

MUST READ – Dr. Nate Hagens’ masterly synthesis of the Big Picture implications of the coronavirus crisis

Prof. Hagens’ overview captures the complexity of our deadly predicament, a systems synthesis unmatched by other commentators. No 2607 Posted by fw, March 29, 2020 — To access links to … Continue reading

March 29, 2020

Humanity has become “a mindless, energy-hungry, CO2-emitting Superorganism,” says Dr. Nate Hagens

To avoid facing the consequences of global growth constraints, we’re now pursuing economic growth in increasingly risky, unsustainable ways. No 2595 Posted by fw, March 1, 2020 To access links … Continue reading

March 1, 2020

The Big Picture — 6 hours, 34 videos later, we’re at the end of the beginning. — What To Do Now?

Yes, we’re part of an energy-eating global superorganism, but you still have our own volition, creativity, and ability to impact the future in outsized ways. No 2564 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

December 28, 2019

The Big Picture – What will happen after we hit the limits to expansive economic growth?

Can we knowingly plan an escape from a trending downward spiral of economic growth followed by decline? No 2563 Posted by fw, December 28, 2019 (Set 3: The Big Picture … Continue reading

December 28, 2019

The Big Picture – Hagens sees the rapid decline of the natural world as a crisis as big as climate change

“There’s no easy way to present this next topic,” warns Hagens, his students insisting he not candy-coat the story. No 2560 Posted by fw, December 19, 2019 – (Set 3: … Continue reading

December 19, 2019

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens identifies dire impacts to Earth’s environment, as “externalities” to price system

Unaware Earth’s environment is a complex adaptive system, apocalyptic climate scenarios exaggerate climate impacts, underestimate economic risks. No 2559 Posted by fw, December 17, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big … Continue reading

December 17, 2019

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens explains why we fail to grasp The Big Picture of the human predicament

For starters, we don’t think too much about how we think – We’re self-blind, and systems blind. No 2557 Posted by fw, December 13, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big … Continue reading

December 13, 2019

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens shares with his students his personal vision of a future worth having

An understanding of “The Big Picture” gives us the potential to steer students towards desired future outcomes.   No 2556 Posted by fw, December 12, 2019 – (Set 3: The … Continue reading

December 12, 2019

Choose your climate crisis solution – Green New deal or Business as Usual? Both will doom us

Some choice! — BAU promises a magical future, while GND’s energy goals are delusional. No 2515 Posted by fw, September 1, 2019 “The stories we tell ourselves become the reality … Continue reading

September 1, 2019

Why do Trump supporters cheer for a man who is publicly known to be a racist and congenital liar?

Attribute it to their need to conform to fellow supporters’ core belief that he speaks for them. So much for critical, independent thinking. No 2509 Posted by fw, August 22, … Continue reading

August 22, 2019

“Humans didn’t evolve to see and understand reality in the true sense”

“But why would evolution produce creatures that can’t recognize the truth?” No 2508 Posted by fw, August 20, 2019 To access links to other posts by Nate Hagens about The … Continue reading

August 20, 2019

Dopamine isn’t “bad”; it’s our culture’s high-stimulation temptations that we must be wary of

The problem is a glut of our culture’s trivial pursuits have the potential to overwhelm life-enriching ventures and harm the environment. No 2507 Posted by fw, August 18, 2019 To … Continue reading

August 18, 2019

How dopamine complicates our efforts to transition to sustainable energy and economic pathways

Dopamine, the brain’s chemical messenger, drives our relentless, consumptive, “wanting” behavior. No 2506 Posted by fw, August 17, 2019 To access links to other posts by Nate Hagens about The … Continue reading

August 17, 2019

From fossil fuels to renewables – Dr. Nate Hagens’ “informed reality” of the daunting challenge ahead

Promises of 100% renewables by 2050 misrepresent the reality of current fossil fuel energy facts, says Hagens. No 2502 Posted by fw, August 7, 2019 To access links to other … Continue reading

August 7, 2019

The nature of our human predicament told in 34 videos uploaded to You Tube by Dr. Nate Hagens

Available here — An organized list of Hagens’ embedded videos for easy access and viewing. No 2501 Posted by fw, August 6, 2019 To access links to other posts by … Continue reading

August 6, 2019

The Great Simplification coming next decade with 30% drop in capitalist economies, says Dr. Nate Hagens

Globally, we’re turning into an energy-squandering superorganism, like some energy-hungry, blind, purposeless amoeba. No 2480 Posted by fw, June 10, 2019 To access links to other posts by Nate Hagens … Continue reading

June 10, 2019

The big question facing students is how to construct a lifestyle given life’s growing complexity – Nate Hagens

Transcript of a wide-ranging, 32-minute interview with this dedicated prof who teaches his students to understand reality as it really is. No 2395 Posted by fw, November 16, 2018 To … Continue reading

November 16, 2018

David Suzuki’s blunt warning about the consequences of global warming

Stalling solutions and continuing fossil fuel addiction will only make the inevitable that much worse. No 2336 Posted by fw, July 19, 2018 “Over the past few months, heat records have … Continue reading

July 19, 2018

Future lethal heat waves predicted for 50% of world population, including parts of Ontario, Quebec

BREAKING – Southern Quebec death toll at 21, and more expected, as heat wave continues. No 2328 Posted by fw, July 5, 2018 BREAKING — Death toll rises to 21 … Continue reading

July 5, 2018