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Tag : Resource depletion (34)

Earth Overshoot Day 2018

GrowthBusters / 25 July 2018

Did you know we are in overshoot? What does that mean, and what should we do about it? August 1, 2018 is Earth Overshoot Day. Data collected and analyzed by the Global Footprint Network tells us this is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature begins to exceed what Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate in the entire year. If it falls anytime before December 31, it means we’re using more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate – through activity like overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb.

Changemakers: Embracing hope, taking action …

New Society Publishers

With every news report, the world seems to be careening off the rails. It’s all too easy to slip into despair waiting for co-opted, self-serving governments to act.

The antidote to fear and despair is hope and action. We each hold the power to make personal changes that can drive local changes and cascade into large-scale social transformation.

This is the guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now. The first section explores the idea of transformative change — what it is, what difference it makes, and how it is connected to learning.

The second section explores powerful new stories of everyday people who have challenged traditional understandings of food, shelter, energy, transportation, waste, and economics, and transformed aspects of their lives, their communities, and wider society.

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Stuart Scott on WeDontHaveTime.org

UPFSI / 31 May 2018

This was a small part of the 4 hour, no-fly climate conference called WeDontHaveTime.org. A three minute summary of the event is also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WiDE17Imlo

Nate Hagens asks: Where are we going?

Great Simplification / 30 April 2018

After gaining a Masters degree in Finance at U of Chicago and then 10 years of work as an investment banker on Wall Street, Nate Hagens had some insight that changed his life direction. His next step was a PhD in Natural Resources from U of Vermont. This is his 9th Earth Day talk.

Green growth explained

TheRulesOrg / 26 March 2018

Green Growth is the big plan to deal with environmental damage while still growing the global economy. Can we trust it?

The curse of energy efficiency

The Tyee / Andrew Nikiforuk / 26 February 2018

Energy efficiency is a technological illusion that secures and sustains what is arguably a one-way freeway to resource depletion and atmospheric chaos. Contrary to Carr’s fairy tale notions, energy efficiency actually encourages the use of more energy and more resources. As such it merely sustains the dangerous status quo, albeit one illuminated by lots of energy-efficient digital signage.

Even Canadian government reports unwittingly acknowledge the starkness of the problem while calling for more efficiency. A 2013 study on energy trends, for example, lamented that “Canada was producing economic values more efficiently” but each household was using “a greater number of energy‐consuming goods and services per capita than in 1990.”

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

— Transition U.S.
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