Our oil addiction, like all addictions, became a physical trap, and shaped our ways of life to fit its temporary needs. Needing to consume ever more of the remaining affordable oil supplies also has pollution effects that will permanently disrupt the earth’s climate. We do it to achieve an evidently false image of “economic stability”.
Dan Ariely gave a recent talk on some of his new “Predictably Irrational” research. It stimulated my thinking to ask, using his approach, “What beliefs do people not dare check?”. The example below suggests that is a problem for the green movement, regarding why it has been ineffective in slowing the growth of economic impacts. Dan
Deep ecology is a natural philosophy that recognizes the nature and its parts as living systems that have their own worth, independent of the services they provide for humans. It was named by and perhaps best described in the work of Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss. As a practical approach to life it involves systems thinking, to
Leland, Thanks for forwarding Christine Harper’s (Bloomberg Jan 31) notes on “The lonliest man in Davos…” reporting from the meeting of the World Economic Forum. It all sounds like the very same script pulled from the drawer at every stage of history, as the next greater ecological or financial bubble emerges, people running about madly
The published article that followed from this is A decisive moment for Investing in Sustainability, published in New European Economy in Apr 2011. Back when I saw this particular event emerging I told people “We’ll definitely notice this one”. There’s much more to come people still don’t expect at all. _________ John, your new post on
Brian Lehrer on WNYC radio asked that question “What happens after the revolution?” to discuss the experience of people that might apply to the amazing events in Egypt and the Arab world, and what follows. I’m a scientist who studies the revolutions in natural systems that nature uses to create everything. You discover causes later, and
New graphics and update for Concept$.htm __________ The ideal investment …. for people think of investment only for the money is one that assures that putting money in will let you take more out, and let you add that gain to your investments over and over and over. One can only imagine that to be sustainable,