Concern about overpopulation is a red herring; consumption’s the problem

Posted on Mar 28, 2014
Concern about overpopulation is a red herring; consumption’s the problem

Population stability or decline is not an environmental panacea if it is accompanied by continued growth in consumption This article first appeared in The Guardian, on March 28, 2014, and has been translated into Turkish. More than half the world’s population now lives in countries where the fertility rate – the average number of babies […]

Let’s be honest: real sustainability may not make business sense

Posted on Jan 22, 2014
Let’s be honest: real sustainability may not make business sense

Wouldn’t it be nice if the best business decision were aligned with the best ecological decision? Some people say that often it already is, and that if corporations would only wake up and see it, the opposition between profit and planet would diminish. The business case for sustainability draws on several core arguments. Pro-environmental practices […]

Vivienne Westwood is right: we need a law against ecocide

Posted on Jan 16, 2014
Vivienne Westwood is right: we need a law against ecocide

There is a Spanish translation of this essay.   The economic and legal system rewards corporations that bulldoze, stripmine and burn. A new law against ecocide could halt this destruction. First published in The Guardian, 1.16.2014

We Can’t Grow Ourselves out of Debt

Posted on Sep 3, 2012
We Can’t Grow Ourselves out of Debt

You can find a French translation of this essay here.   Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s pledge at Jackson Hole last Friday to “promote a stronger economic recovery” through “additional policy accommodation” has drawn criticism from economists, liberal and conservative, who question whether the Fed has the wherewithal to stimulate economic growth. What we actually […]

Why Rio +20 Failed

Posted on Jun 26, 2012

A Croatian translation of this article is available.   You know folks, I’m a bit worried about my 16-year-old son, Jimi. When he was 13, he grew three inches. When he was 14, he grew five inches. When he was 15 his growth slowed to three inches, and no matter how much I feed him, […]

A Coal Pile in the Ballroom

Posted on Apr 19, 2012
A Coal Pile in the Ballroom

Economic growth turns social reciprocity and gift relationships (two components of GNH) into paid services. It converts pristine ecosystems into sources of timber or minerals. It converts silence into noise, starry skies into urban lights, kitchen gardens into supermarket purchases, mom’s cooking into fast food takeout. It replaces the village storyteller with the TV cartoon, […]