Citizen Action Monitor

Climate change poses huge risks for humanity and our planet; ironically, we are part of the problem

There are no direct ways of solving climate change given the rise of a gluttonous human superorganism  expecting simple goals aligned with economic growth. — No 2775 by fw, September … Continue reading

September 6, 2021

Humanity is on a “death march to extinction” warn authors of new book, “Bright Green Lies”

The mainstream environmental movement has been telling us “lies and fantasies” about how to solve the climate crisis — No 2773 by fw, August 30, 2021— In today’s repost, Chris … Continue reading

August 30, 2021

Why is it that what we think we know for sure just ain’t so? Nate Hagens explains

We engage mostly in common talk that just doesn’t capture the entangled reality of our modern complex societies. — No 2770 by fw, August 19, 2021 — “Our minds deal … Continue reading

August 19, 2021

We live in a world of islands of expertise separated by oceans of misinformation and confusion

“Collective coordination of our upcoming challenges will not be possible without first having collective sense-making”: Nate Hagens — No 2734 Posted by fw, June 5, 2021 — “I think we’ve … Continue reading

June 5, 2021

The fate of civilization is in our hands, says Hagens, “We must bend and not break.”

To avoid the ghastliest consequences for ourselves and the environment, we must sequentially navigate the descent from a growth-driven economic system. — No 2715 Posted by fw, March 2, 2021— … Continue reading

March 2, 2021

What to tell our children? Tell them that you have to love something in order to save it.

Young people, seeing the human predicament and choosing to live and consume differently, are two core pieces of a solution. — No 2714 Posted by fw, March 1, 2021— BACKGROUND … Continue reading

March 1, 2021

Solving “ghastly” environmental crises will require convincing highest level politicians

Nate Hagens reveals the three things top US politicians are focused on, and suggests how to approach the challenge. — No 2713 Posted by fw, February 28, 2021— BACKGROUND 1/ … Continue reading

February 28, 2021

“In my analysis, I think we’re headed for a financial recalibration.” — Nate Hagens

We need to plan for a smaller economy, but decision makers see growing the economy as the solution. — No 2712 Posted by fw, February 22, 2021— BACKGROUND 1/ In … Continue reading

February 22, 2021

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 – Our global civilization of billions behaves as a superorganism, always awake, always hungry

It functions as an energy dissipating structure, consuming every single good or service in our global economic system. No 2562 Posted by fw, December 24, 2019 (Set 3: The Big … Continue reading

December 24, 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