Category Archives: Landcare

Learning Sustainability By Doing Sustainability

Adaptive management, also called collaborative adaptive management (CAM), has deep roots in the sustainabilty professions reaching back at least to Aldo Leopold’s emphasis on community, ecology, and prudence. CAM reflects a shift in worldview from arrogance, control, and technocracy to … Continue reading

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Fairness

Visualize yourself conducting an experiment.  You are standing in a room with two chimpanzees.  Using sign language you ask them to walk to the table and bring you a plastic token. Both understand and comply.  They’ve done it before, many … Continue reading

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Sustainable Consumption? Voting with Dollars Will Not Lead to Sustainable Development

Consumer citizenship[1] encourages us to use our pocketbooks to shape our politics.  Buying free-trade coffee promotes fair labor practices.  Drinking organic milk protects farms and waterways.  Purchasing certified wood and fish sustains forests and fisheries.[2]  Or so we hope. Can … Continue reading

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Eating Florescent Lights

I have no idea if this dance competition video is real or simulated. I have regrets about sensationalizing it.  But what the heck.  It helps me make a point.  I admit, however, that I  have yet to watch the whole … Continue reading

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Careful Regulation is a Wise Investment

Harming others for personal profit is not just morally wrong, it also costs money and jobs.  Environmental regulations promote justice and efficiency.  They put the costs of pollution on the books of those who pollute, rather than distributing those costs … Continue reading

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Which Future Do We Want? One Created by Care or Efficiency?

A future full of opportunity and hope, a future where our children will flourish, a future inspiring the sacrifice required for its attainment, a future where human and biological diversities thrive, a future of health and prosperity and peace…isn’t that … Continue reading

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Landcare 3: The Will to Act

[Part 3 of 3: see 1 and 2] The challenges we confront are immense, but not insurmountable.  Alternative paths leading towards solutions exist.  Landcare is safest and most rewarding of these paths, but it will be difficult steer our culture … Continue reading

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Landcare 2: Paths Towards Sustainability

[Part 2 of 3: see 1 and 3] It is becoming increasingly difficult to deny our situation is desperate.  Serious observers of trending conditions, even the optimists, now sound like Chicken Littles, pointing to perfect storm forming on the horizon: … Continue reading

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Landcare 1: The Problem

[Part 1 of 3: see 2 and 3] Why don’t Americans debate landcare with the same passion as we debate healthcare?  We should.  Both are critical to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Healthcare understandably feels more immediate: we … Continue reading

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