Posts Tagged ‘consumption’

So You Want to Learn About the Economy…

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 22nd, 2013

By Sarah Parkinson

Resources for understanding our financial system and our economic alternatives I’ve learned a lot about the economy since the Donella Meadows Institute launched its Sustainable Economies program earlier this year. I’ve learned about problems with fractional reserve banking and our traditional economic model, and I’ve learned about alternatives like public banks, complementary currencies, and cooperative ownership models. But perhaps the piece [...]

Let’s Take Back Christmas: Donella Meadows on the Holiday Season

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: December 14th, 2012

Donella Meadows enjoyed many of the same things during the holidays that so many of us look forward to–time with family and loved ones, good music and good company, giving and sharing, warmth and light. As she wrote to her friends in December 1996, “I’m looking forward to it, the slowdown, the quietness.  I light white candles and play beautiful [...]

Growing Cities: Filmmaker Dan Susman Discusses Urban Agriculture

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: August 31st, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

Dan Susman Dan Susman’s first experience with farming was growing giant pumpkins in his backyard as a kid. Since those early days, the Omaha, NE native has always known that growing food was something essential. Now, after graduating from Dartmouth College with degrees in Ecology and Environmental Studies, Dan has dedicated himself to tackling the problems of our national food system. With [...]

The Story of Change

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 18th, 2012

By Annie Leonard

I used to think the truth would set us free. Like many who care about the environment, I spent years thinking that information would lead to change. If only people realize the mess our planet is in, I thought, things will change. So I wrote reports, gave speeches, even testified before Congress. I’ve come to see that we have two parts [...]

Living Planet Report 2012 Released

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 11th, 2012

Living Planet Report 2012 The Living Planet Report 2012 was released this past month by the World Wildlife Fund in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London. The report, published biennially, surveys the Earth’s health and the state of its natural resources. Results show that human consumption of resources has outpaced their supply at an ever-increasing rate since the 1970s. [...]

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