Lets talk about growth and improvement. As I outlined in this post, sooner or later (and most likely sooner) the world economy is going to have to stop growing. At the moment our progress is pretty much entirely measured by economic growth… But as they say, you can’t stop progress! And I’m not suggesting for … Continue reading
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Supply & Demand and Demand & Supply
People like shifting blame. There’s a famous psychological study that suggests that the more people witness a victim in distress, the less likely any one onlooker is to do anything. This is because everyone’s thinking ‘’someone else will do something’’. Hmm… Dangerous. A similar thing happens on a much broader scale with all sorts of … Continue reading
Happy Earth Day!
Today it’s the 22nd April 2012, and it’s Earth Day. Take a moment to really try and truly appreciate the Earth. Isn’t it amazing? Think of the diversity, the intelligence, the beauty. I think it’s awesome how many different forms life takes. Think of dandelion seeds blowing in the wind, fungus on a tree, a polar … Continue reading
On Environmental Hypocrisy and why it’s a Silly Notion
I really hate it when people discard other people’s efforts and label them as a hypocrite when they’re just doing their best. As you may guess, I’m talking specifically about people’s efforts to live a greener and more sustainable life. All too often I hear people saying stuff like ‘’Oh yeah, he’s such a hypocrite. … Continue reading
We’re Natural Too You Know!
Whether it’s ‘’exploiting nature’’ or ‘’getting closer to nature’’, the problem’s the same: we aren’t recognizing that we ourselves are a part of the natural world. It’s easy to see why this assumption has come about… We’re so different to our Earthly cousins that the fact we’re animals too can easily be overlooked. I mean… … Continue reading
Be happy! But how? To some lucky souls happiness is the default condition, to others it’s an elusive goal to work towards. Yesterday I saw a wonderful card enscripted with the words ”Happiness is the way, not the destination”. Wise words indeed, but the New Economics Foundation (nef) go into a little more detail on … Continue reading
Real Wealth and All That
Above image happily kidnapped from ‘Essence of Life’ facebook page. My friend posted this picture-quote on her facebook wall the other day and I thought it was brilliant. So I’m sharing it with you! (At least partially because today is too much of a lazy Sunday for me to write one of the articles brewing … Continue reading
We made it to the future!
So… Welcome to 2012. I think the phrase “may you live in interesting times” is appropriate here. I have a feeling this year is going to be filled with many surprising turns of events. Some good, and some bad. Of course the very word “2012” now makes everyone think of ancient Mayan calendars and the end of the world. I’m … Continue reading
On Wealth and Money
I think a major problem with our current global economic system is that we have confused money with wealth. This is something that came up in The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy and I think it couldn’t be more true. Allow me to quote: They have failed to follow the fundamental truth that money is not … Continue reading
Article on the “7 Ages of Transition”
Just a quick note to say take a look at this article on the Transition Culture website. I’m posting this because I’ve been thinking a lot recently about youth involvement with transition and the environmental movement as a whole, so found this article very relevent, with some interesting discussion following it as well. I’ve also … Continue reading
Mutants, Pop Culture & Evolution
I have this theory that the evolution of the human species is a constant and dynamic process, happening as we speak. We are not the finished product of thousands of years of natural selection, but are changing faster than we ever have before. Although in physical form we evolve very slowly, in action and in … Continue reading
Look at the Sky
Look at the sky. Doesn’t it fill you with over-whelming human-ness? You fully realise how Earth-bound you are, looking up at the heavens. Yes, we’ve been to the Moon. That was a very big achievement and it’s not exactly like we go there everyday. Moreover, the spacemen that went up there allegedly came back with … Continue reading