The Return of ‘Limits to Growth’?

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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. It’s shocking, but a mainstream media outlet has actually mentioned the idea of limits to growth and limits of nature.  The New York Times, no less, has run a front-page story on the drought in California, invoking the concept of limits, in an article titled “California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth.” The drought, now in its fourth year, has prompted the state government to announce measures to reduce water consumption.  That in itself isn’t Read more

Partial Advice is No Advice At All

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Guest Post by Karen I. Shragg Ed.d. A new global analysis by University of Minnesota ecologists David Tilman and Michael Clark provides some interesting food for thought. Their study says over the next 35 years the populations of the world will try to emulate the western diet in their journey towards development. According to their analysis, this will inspire everything to go south. The climate change effect of the spread of the typical American meat-based diet will make us collectively sicker Read more

Free Screening of GrowthBusters on Black Friday 2014

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This Friday, the 28th of November, is Black Friday, what’s become a national holiday celebrating consumption. As much of the rest of the world strives to emulate the over-consuming ways of the U.S., the Black Friday shopping tradition is spreading around the world. Especially in the U.S., all eyes are on how much money shoppers spend on the day after Thanksgiving (and even on the eve of Thanksgiving now, as retailers try to wring every penny they can from our wallets). If we “consumers” do Read more

Movie Stars Think Small is Beautiful, Too

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Voters in Malibu, California are deciding in tomorrow’s election whether to wrest control over the quality of their community from a system that has been failing them. While this kind of battle is near and dear to my heart as a GrowthBuster, I might not have learned about it were it not for the star power involved in the struggle. The photo below is from this New York Times story. The star power is not the main story here, but it does have some relevance I’ll get into. In one corner we have Read more

World Population Day 2014: I’ll Have What She’s Having

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Two months ago today, South Park producer/animation director Eric Stough –addressing the 2014 graduating class at University of Colorado – offered some life-saving advice (at 13:48 in this video): “In less than two hours you’ll walk through those gates with your hard earned diploma and it’s time to think about work, getting a job, climbing the corporate ladder, looking forward to raises, maybe buying a house with a partner and having a baby or two, and for Earth’s sake keep it to tw Read more

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