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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

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

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

Renewable energy – Hope or hype?

“Renewable alternatives are simply not in the cards,” says Canadian ecological economist, Bill Rees No 1549 Posted by fw, December 27, 2015 “So, renewable alternatives are simply not in the … Continue reading

December 27, 2015

Towards a more economically secure, ecologically stable, and socially equitable future

Canadian ecologist William Rees details the essentials of a Global Survival Plan No 1318 Posted by fw, April 24, 2015 “We are engaged in a genuine paradigm shift—the abandonment of … Continue reading

April 24, 2015

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 5 of 5

Part 5 – Rees gifts us a new way forward, but in his Epilogue he doesn’t seem to hold out much hope for our survival — “We are our own … Continue reading

June 21, 2014

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

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 1

In Part 1, Rees summarizes the most pressing global challenges we face – climate change, ecological overshoot, and rising inequality No 1076 Posted by fw, June 17, 2014 William Rees … Continue reading

June 17, 2014

Transcript of William Rees’ 2010 lecture “Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable?”

No 633 Posted by fw, December 13, 2012 Thanks to Alex Smith, host of Radio Ecoshock, for providing a transcript of William Rees’ April 15, 2010 popular lecture: Is Humanity … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

William Rees is back with an update to his hugely popular 2010 lecture “Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable?”

If you really want to understand why it’s so damn difficult to transition from the mess we’ve created to the path of global sustainability, watch Professor Rees’ updated video presentation. … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Roadmap to Survival 2100 by Prof. Wm. Rees

Introduction to the kinds of policies implicit in a Survival 2100–type project No 510 Posted by fw, June 25, 2012 “…sustainability does, indeed, demand what many scientists (and even politicians) … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

William Rees: We need a mass social movement but time is not on our side

No 285 Posted by fw, September 22, 2011 “So unfortunately we seem to be stuck between having to recognize that new information isn’t the way to get people to move, and having … Continue reading

September 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

“Is humanity inherently unsustainable?”: Link to full transcript and mp3 audio of Prof Rees’ lecture

No 130 Posted March 7, 2011 This is an important update to my 13-part series on Univ of British Columbia Biology / Ecology Professor William Rees’ lecture, Is humanity inherently … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 13/13: We must create a new global cultural narrative

No 30, Posted by fw, June 23, 2010 In Pt 12, Rees cited evidence to show no positive continuing relationship between rising incomes and health indicators such as felt happiness, … Continue reading

June 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 12/13: Trapped in a consumer cycle of unhappiness

No 29, Posted by fw, June 22, 2010 In Pt 11, Rees contended that if the developing world is to have its fair share of the earth’s finite resources, those … Continue reading

June 22, 2010 · Leave a comment