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Technology Underpins the Fourth Wave of Environmentalism

POSTED: Bob Leonard 10.29.2019 no comments


I’m not referring to technologies like solar and wind power and others most often associated with the challenge of climate change. The technologies I’m referring to are less visible, which is ironic because the value they bring is to make crucial information visible and actionable.   The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the term the World […]


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Climate Protest Movements Aren’t Going Away

POSTED: Sean Munger 10.21.2019 no comments


A few weeks ago, on September 27, 2019, Judith Collins, a Member of Parliament from New Zealand, told a news show that she thought youth activists protesting governments’ inaction on climate change would “grow out of it” and that “every generation has its thing.” In the meantime, Extinction Rebellion, the most visible climate protest movement, marched […]


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Educating Children About Climate Change

POSTED: Bob Leonard 10.08.2019 no comments


“If man chooses Oblivion, he can go right on leaving his fate to his political leaders. If he chooses Utopia, he must initiate an enormous education program… immediately, if not sooner.” – R. Buckminster Fuller   Older children – tweens and teenagers – are well aware of the climate crisis and the work being done […]


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Over-Population and Climate Change

POSTED: Bob Leonard 10.01.2019 no comments


“Those who fail to see that population growth and climate change are two sides of the same coin are either ignorant or hiding from the truth. These two huge environmental problems are inseparable and to discuss one while ignoring the other is irrational.” – James Lovelock, scientist and environmentalist   This is a taboo subject, […]


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Growth Economies and Our Climate Crisis

POSTED: Bob Leonard 09.24.2019 no comments


As I write this, Greta Thunberg is addressing the United Nations. Her comment is the perfect intro to this post. “Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”   ‘Fairy tales of […]


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Climate Change is Speeding Up the Future

POSTED: Sean Munger 09.16.2019 no comments


The effects of climate change are moving ever faster. It’s now a cliché, almost a punch line, to observe that the one thing no climate scientist has ever said is, “Gee, that took longer to happen than I thought it would.” Daily we encounter new reports of warming accelerating, more greenhouse gases accumulating, ice-melt increasing […]


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Sufficiency: Enough is Enough

POSTED: Bob Leonard 09.10.2019 no comments


Our society lives in an Extract/Make/Sell… Buy/Use/Discard paradigm. 70% of U.S GDP is consumer-driven. This results in a dreadful amount of waste, and we are using up the planet’s resources faster than it can regenerate them.     Unsurprisingly, we are drowning in stuff. Despite the average home doubling in size over the past generation […]


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Accounting for Natural Capital

POSTED: Bob Leonard 09.03.2019 no comments


  I make an effort to buy green. Not only because I want to use nature-friendly products, but because I felt I was voting with my dollars… that my purchases were influencing the manufacturers. I’ve learned that it isn’t as simple as that. The problem is that most of those products still support our linear, […]


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Massive Opportunity on the Horizon

POSTED: Bob Leonard 08.27.2019 no comments


  I’m sensing a pattern… not quite a zeitgeist, but I think it’s heading in that direction. Everything that’s happening now… with the climate, and income inequality, and rising authoritarian populism and all the rest; I think it’s a call to action. I think we are being given an opportunity. An opportunity to step up […]


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Happy 50th Anniversary, Earthrise!

POSTED: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 12.27.2018 no comments


  photo: William Anders, Apollo 8, December 24, 1968 Apollo 8 crew: Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders   There are three NASA photographs that seem central in shaping and reshaping our consciousness, philosophy and reality regarding our interactions with each other, with other species, and with the planet as well as our role in […]


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