Reforming Environmentalism

Let the market decide

I figured they’d make good decisions for me, since they had money on the line and wanted to see their investment appreciate. - Kenneth Michael Merrill, “KmikeyM”

SHOULD WE SPEAK FROM THE HEAD OR THE HEART?

In the mid-Sixties, Stuart Brand campaigned NASA to release a satellite image of the earth from space. He believed that the perspective on earth would impact people’s environmental consciousness. An image doesn’t preach, but offers its viewer the opportunity of interpretation.

Longing for Informed Discussions on Real Solutions

There are plenty of wars left to be won but, environmental activists can take a moment to pat themselves on the back: in just a few short years pipelines have gone from being a non-issue to front-page news. And the big players in the pipeline industry are NOT happy about it.

Haidt on Culture War Rhetoric: Follow the Sacredness

This New York Times op-ed from moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt brilliantly unpacks the political narratives embedded in recent rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans. Haidt warns that demonizing opponents stirs up tribal reactions that can stand in the way of real solutions.

Collective Insights from IDEO: Small's Big Potential & Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility

In a spirit of open collaboration, IDEO created their Patterns series to capture and share some of the common insights and exceptional success stories they see bubbling up across projects and out in the world. By tapping into collective intelligence, they have created a platform for "elevating insights to the level of cultural impact."

Monbiot on Liberal Constipation & New Research on the Stupidity of the Right

In a recent lament on the sorry state of party politics, Monbiot offers a scathing portrait of liberals, arguing that "today's progressives stand back and watch, hands over their mouths, as the social vivisectionists of the right slice up a living society to see if its componen

Lenihan on the Need for Governments to Harness the Power of the Public

In a recent interview with The Hill Times, vice-president of engagement at Canada’s Public Policy Forum in Ottawa and author of Rescuing Policy: The Case For Public Engagement, Don Lenihan discusses the growing complexity of public policy issues and need for governments to respond with greater citizen engagement. 

Has Environmentalism Died? Posted by Jim Hoggan

The Breakthrough Institute's, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, recently revised their 2004 essay "Death of Environmentalism" with the more uplifting "The Long Death of Environmentalism". I do not necessarily agree with their essay, but the authors raise some uncomfortable issues that need to be discussed.

"Here comes the Sun" - Paul Krugman (reposted from NYT)

"Let’s face it: a large part of our political class, including essentially the entire G.O.P., is deeply invested in an energy sector dominated by fossil fuels, and actively hostile to alternatives. This political class will do everything it can to ensure subsidies for the extraction and use of fossil fuels, directly with taxpayers’ money and indirectly by letting the industry off the hook for environmental costs, while ridiculing technologies like solar."

How to stop global warming - even if you don't believe in it!

Meg Bostrom, co-founder of the Topos Partnership, explains in her Washington Post editorial of November 14th why we should stop debating 'if' global warming is happening and focus on the many energy related bipartisan initiatives already on the table.

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