Citizen Action Monitor

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

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 11/13: Myth shattered — Economic growth does NOT reduce world poverty

No 28, Posted by fw, June 21, 2010 In Pt 10 Rees offered some examples of the cultural myth of perpetual growth and its horrific consequences. In Pt 11, below, … Continue reading

June 21, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 10/13: Myth of perpetual economic growth in a finite world

No 27, Posted by fw, June 19, 2010 In Pt 9, Rees produced evidence of human over-exploitation of the world’s fishery, leading to the collapse of the cod industry. And … Continue reading

June 19, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 9/13: Case study of collapse by resource over-exploitation

No 26, Posted by fw, June 18, 2010 In Pt 8, Rees traced the link between the explosive growth of human population in the past 150 years to the discovery … Continue reading

June 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 8/13: Oil triggers population explosion

No 25, Posted by fw, June 15, 2010 Continuing his talk on the impact of humans on the planet, in Pt 7, Dr William Rees explained how two biological tendencies … Continue reading

June 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 7/13: Over-populating. Over-consuming. Over-eating.

No 24, Posted by fw, June 15, 2010 In Pt 6 of my Bill Rees’ blog series, the professor provided evidence to affirm that humanity is inherently unsustainable. We have, … Continue reading

June 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 4/13: It’s our brain, stupid

No 21, Posted by fw, June 13, 2010 Continuing with excerpts from the You Tube video Part 2, which you can watch below at the end of this post or … Continue reading

June 13, 2010 · Leave a comment

Is Humanity Inherently Unsustainable? Pt 3/13: Heading towards a 4°C world

No 20, Posted by fw, June 13, 2010 The following selected excerpts from Professor Rees address to a World Federalists’ Meeting in Vancouver on April 15, 2010, are from Parts 1 … Continue reading

June 13, 2010 · Leave a comment