Sustainable Development: Something New or More of the Same?

Posted on Sep 22, 2015
Sustainable Development: Something New or More of the Same?

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post You can find a Chinese translation of the article here.   Two years ago when he was 14, my son Matthew grew six inches. Last year he only grew two inches, and this year he has only grown half an inch. Should I be worried? Of course […]

Development in the Ecological Age

Posted on May 28, 2014
Development in the Ecological Age

Republished from Kosmos Journal   Do you live in a developed nation or a developing nation? If your nation has an extensive system of roads, rail and airports, if it is fully electrified, if it is mostly urban and suburban, if modern medicine is widespread, if literacy and education are near-universal, if most people are […]

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 […]

Imperialism and Ceremony in Bali

Posted on Mar 2, 2014
Imperialism and Ceremony in Bali

After participating in a fire ceremony in Ubud, Bali, I had a few conversations with local people to clarify my feelings about rituals, tourism, and cultural imperialism. On the one hand, the ceremony had an undeniable authenticity and power that affected me deeply. On the other hand, I am grieved by the conversion of traditional […]

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

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, […]

Money: A New Beginning (Part 1)

Posted on Sep 7, 2008
Money: A New Beginning (Part 1)

This essay has been translated into Spanish. An irremediable structural flaw lies at the base of our civilization. I call it Separation, and it has generated all the converging crises — economic, health, ecological, and political — of our day. It manifests as separation from each other in the dissolution of community, separation from nature […]