Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 7th, 2014
Three weeks ago I joined more than three hundred thousand people at the People’s Climate March in NYC. As we anxiously waited to start marching, a wave of silence spread from person to person up 60 blocks from the front of the crowd. Our thoughts went out to people from the Andes, arctic regions, and island nations who already have [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 29th, 2014
During the second annual New Economy Week, communities across Vermont will celebrate new approaches to food, energy, business, and finance that strive for wellbeing over growth.
Vermont has emerged as a national leader in the New Economy movement, a people-driven approach to achieving prosperous communities, successful businesses, and healthy environments. Whereas the traditional economy strives for profits and material growth, the [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 1st, 2014
“People are not hungry in this rich country because there is too little food or money or organization. They are hungry because food, money, and organizations are not used for the purpose of once-and-for-all ending hunger. What is lacking is public commitment, or as some call it, political will.”
–Donella Meadows, 1986, Hands Across White River Junction
Kylie gleaning carrots with Willing [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 8th, 2014
Challenging the Existing Paradigm—
The message of Limits to Growth is disarmingly simple: we cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet. Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil, mineral resources, and more will not be able to continuously satisfy the needs of a rapidly expanding global population and its increasing material demands.
Dennis Meadows addresses the audience at an [...]
Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: March 11th, 2014
“When we hear that the Gross National Product has grown, instead of cheering, we should ask exactly what has grown, for whom, at what cost, and at whose expense. Even better, we should work to develop indicators of national progress that reflect more accurately our real value and our real welfare.” —Donella Meadows, 1988
Elizabeth Courtney, author of Greening Vermont, takes [...]