Category Archives: Environmental Fundamentalism

Response to Climate Skeptics

Organizations around the world are adapting to climate change, lending credibility to climate science. These organizations buy, study, and use the best available science to inform their multi-billion dollar decisions and strategies. They not only have access to all the … Continue reading

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The Future & 10 Billion

Warning: uncertain times ahead!   The Future and 10 Billion belong to spurts of literature that periodically erupt, spewing warnings that the end is near and that sustainable development is not possible; classics of this genre include Malthus’ Principle of Population, … Continue reading

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Why is the shrill wing of environmentalism so negative?

Some so-called environmentalists remind me of the Tea Party: every response to any government initiatives “No!”  “Bad!” “Don’t!” Zach Beauchamp’s 5 Reasons Why 2013 Was The Best Year In Human History  uses five mega-trends to suggest humanity’s positive trajectory, and … Continue reading

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

The 2050 trends create daunting obstacles to our sustainable development. They also present wondrous opportunities.  Steven Pinker’s bestseller, The Better Angles of our Nature, provides one of those needed boosts of optimism that inspires us to focus on the opportunities … Continue reading

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Dan Brown’s Inferno

The world is not running out of villains, so why do accomplished authors like Dan Brown resort to bashing sustainable development to create them? Michael Crichton, of Jurassic Park and ER fame, succumbed to the same temptation in his last … Continue reading

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Feed the Good Wolf

A wise father told his young son about the long struggle most people face throughout their lives.   “My son it is a battle between two wolves. One is an evil wolf: anger, envy, greed, lies, false pride, and defensiveness. … Continue reading

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What I Believe

While climbing an observation tower leading towards the canopy of a Brazilian rainforest, Christoph (of Hotspot Tours) asked for an update to my Rebound Romantic philosophy published years ago in Infinite Nature. Here is the jeito-inspired update. I begin at … Continue reading

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Towards which future should we aim?

Kloor’s recent blast about the schism in environmentalism echoes Nordhaus and Shellenberger‘s claim that environmentalism was dead or should die.  These reoccurring tussles over the purpose of environmentalism stumble over a familiar tension: sustainable development versus environmental protection. We can … Continue reading

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Beyond Bio-Blitzs

When we share ideas about creating our future, two story-lines dominate. One is characterized by profit, work, discipline, achievement, productivity, efficiency, industry, and growth.  It goes by the name of Economic Development.  The other is characterized by protection, appreciation, wildness, … Continue reading

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Congress Saves Pizza for School Lunch But Can’t Save the Country from Climate Chaos

US Congress, regrettably, seems unable to do much these days.  It is so completely captured by corporate interests that private profit trump public interests.  The profits of food industries, for example, outweigh the health concerns of overweight children and the … Continue reading

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