Tag Archives: sustainability

  • Blog

    Increasing Our Gardening Resilience

    by Galpin

    Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8:28 PM

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    Thoughts on increasing our gardening resilience By: George Galpin It feels like the world is moving faster and faster in directions I never would have thought possible just a couple of years ago. We knew resilience was important, but now it has become essential, critical to our well being and perhaps even survival. I am…

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  • Blog

    Welcome To Easter Island

    We're making the same mistakes with our essential resources
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, October 2, 2020, 7:55 PM

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    The recent US presidential debates were nearly completely devoid of sense.  What were they even saying?  Was any of it important to our future?  How did any of their words get us closer to a vision for sustainable future?

    Of course, the answer is that virtually nothing in the debates had anything to do with a future based on careful resource stewardship.

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  • Blog

    A Perfectly Sustainable World Is Within Our Grasp

    No technological breakthroughs needed
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, June 19, 2020, 8:15 PM

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    Before you read this article, if you haven’t yet, please take our new survey. With national lockdowns easing and creating concerns for a surge in new covid-19 cases, and tens of millions (in the US alone) finding themselves out of work, we’re being asked by the world for an update on how households and businesses…

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  • Blog

    Making Sense Of An Increasingly Insensible World

    Creating purpose and fulfillment within a failing system
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, June 13, 2020, 3:12 AM

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    What the heck is going on?

    I hear this a lot these days. Developments are happening too quickly to process for many folks, creating a persisting cloud of confusion.

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  • Podcast

    William Rees: What’s Driving The Planet’s Accelerating Species Collapse?

    Spoiler alert: It's us
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:23 PM

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    Today's podcast guest is bioecologist and ecological economist Dr. William Rees, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. Rees is best known for his development of the "ecological footprint" concept as a way to measure the demand a particular population places on the environmental resources it needs to survive.

    Since the beginning of modern agriculture (around 1800), human activity has increased demand on planetary resources at an exponential rate. More energy has been expended — and more resources consumed — in the past 40 years than in all of human existence beforehand. That is placing a greater and greater strain on ecosystems that are now dangerously depleted.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with Dr. William Rees (67m:45s).

     

     

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  • Podcast

    Tim Jackson: The High Price Of Growth

    A finite planet cannot sustain infinite economic growth
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:31 PM

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    Modern society is addicted to and engineered for perpetual economic growth.

    Now, a fourth-grader can tell you that nothing can grow forever, especially if you have finite resources. But that simple realization is eluding today's central planners, despite multiplying evidence that growth is becoming harder and harder to come by.

    This week's podcast guest is Professor Tim Jackson, sustainability advisor for the UK government, professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey and Director of CUSP. Tim is also a full member of the Club of Rome.

    He explains why the exponential growth rates of today's economies, and their associated rates of resource extraction/consumption, will not be able to continue for much longer — and why a pursuit of "prosperity" (defined much more broadly than simple consumerism) is a much healthier goal for humanity.

     

     

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    Who’s Going To Eat The Losses?

    The only question that matters regarding today's markets
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, September 9, 2017, 3:25 AM

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    Younger generations that are being asked (goaded?) to step into an increasingly flawed future begin to resist. Which is completely understandable. They have nothing to gain if the status quo continues.

    At the same time, the older generations mostly just settle into a stubborn insistence that everything will be fine if everyone will just do more of precisely what got us into the mess in the first place. Younger people should step up to make sure Medicare/Social Security/pensions remain fully funded, and buy the financial assets and homes of downsizing seniors at top dollar. The boomers have everything to lose if the status quo changes.

    What happens when a culture’s dominant narratives are not just unsatisfactory, but entirely unworkable? 

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  • Podcast

    Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

    What history predicts about our future prospects
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 26, 2017, 3:20 AM

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    By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of The Collapse Of Complex Societies (free book download here).

    Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on — an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. 

    He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their energy subsidies reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. That is what we are going to be talking about today, especially in regards to where our culture is today, the risks it faces, and whether or not we might already be past the tipping point towards collapse but just don’t know it yet.

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  • Blog
    Finca Las Nubes

    An Opportunity To Live Resiliently

    A sustainable community seeks a few good members
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, December 25, 2014, 8:54 PM

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    After watching the Crash Course, who among us hasn't felt insecure with where we live?

    The idea of a sustainable community has a powerful allure. Imagine a resource-rich property mapped out with a plan for sustainable self-sufficiency, populated with a community of like-minded folks that already "get" the importance of cultivating resilience….  Sounds pretty good, right?

    But what exactly is a "sustainable community" anyways? How do you find one? What's it like to live there? How do you know if it's all going to work out in the long run?

     

     

     

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