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Is Sustainability Still Possible?

Is Sustainability Still Possible?

Is Sustainability Still Possible? The conversation continues at sustainabilitypossible.org.

On to a New Year!

On to a New Year!

Wrapping up the year, the Transforming Cultures blog, and sharing my thanks!

Reflections from the Degrowth Conference

Reflections from the Degrowth Conference

Venice hosted the recent international degrowth conference, which only makes sense as either the global economy degrows or Venice goes under.

The Story of Change!

The Story of Change!

The new Story of Stuff Project film “The Story of Change” is out! And reminds us that we can’t consume our way to a sustainable society, but we’ll need to flex our citizen muscles and take political action.

Chinese Against Conquering Nature

Chinese Against Conquering Nature

Are Chinese environmentalists “waking the green tiger” or just protesting brown issues?

Visiting the Great Ecotopia Beyond

Visiting the Great Ecotopia Beyond

Let’s offer thanks to the Earth for lending us the wisdom and passion of Ernest Callenbach.

Bikes, E-Waste, Petlessness! Oh My! Reflections from Portland

Bikes, E-Waste, Petlessness! Oh My! Reflections from Portland

I spent the past week in Portland sharing the Transforming Cultures message and saw some great sustainability initiatives and some scary trends as well.

A New We, Found in Community

A New We, Found in Community

A New We–a recently released documentary on Ecovillages in Europe–will surely inspire you and offer some new ideas on how we can live sustainably, and in community.

Ten Highlights and Ten Thousand Thanks from Twenty Ten

Ten Highlights and Ten Thousand Thanks from Twenty Ten

With 2010 coming to a close, I want to pause to thank all those who helped make State of the World 2010 and its 14 translations a big success, and to reflect on 10 amazing moments from the year.

Buy Nothing This Holiday Season

More than 200 million Americans shopped over Thanksgiving Weekend, spending more in a day on average than 1 billion people worldwide earn in a year. If you haven’t started your shopping yet, please don’t buy a thing. The Earth can’t afford the interest payments. Read on for tips on how to make it easier to buck cultural expectations to buy nothing.

The Number Left Out: Bringing Population into the Climate Conversation

The Number Left Out: Bringing Population into the Climate Conversation

Numbers swirl around climate change.

The relative silence isn’t hard to understand. Population is almost always awkward to talk about. It’s fraught with sensitivity about who has how many children and whether that is anyone else’s business. It’s freighted with sexuality, contraception, abortion, immigration, gender bias, and other buttons too hot to press into conversation. Yet two aspects of population’s connection to climate change cry out for greater attention—and conversation.

The Story of…Sending E-waste to Electronics CEOs’ Homes

The Story of…Sending E-waste to Electronics CEOs’ Homes

Annie Leonard’s newest Story of Stuff Project video just came out—a decent critique of the electronics industry. But here’s the highlight: at one point she jokingly suggests sending all of our closeted electronic junk to the CEOs of the companies that manufactured the stuff. But joking aside, I say let’s do it! And let’s organize this effort now, so our packages arrive just in time for Christmas….

A Tale of a Modern-Day Robin Hood

A Tale of a Modern-Day Robin Hood

Once upon a time there was a man who discovered that he could easily steal hundreds of thousands of Euros from the kingdom and redistribute it to the poor and to those working to stop the exploitation of the land and the people. So Enric Duran took on that noble but dangerous quest, becoming an outlaw—a modern-day Robin Hood—stealing from the rich and giving it to the poor. The question is whether others will now follow in his footsteps.

Trend Spotting: The Emergence of CoCAFOs

Trend Spotting: The Emergence of CoCAFOs

There’s a budding trend in the coffee market: coffee made from beans that have worked their way through the bowels of a civet. If unchecked, this could lead to a whole new type of factory farm, the CoCAFO. But acting now might prevent this from ever brewing….

Boldly Going to the Next Frontier(Ville): Actual Farms and Homesteads

Boldly Going to the Next Frontier(Ville): Actual Farms and Homesteads

After finally trying FarmVille and the new FrontierVille, I was deeply saddened to imagine the millions of hours a day being squandered growing virtual corn and carrots. But there may be a silver lining: this addictive social game may cultivate a whole new generation of farmers, although only with a bit of help from the inventors of these games….

Nationalized Oil to Fund Climate Change Efforts

According to The New York Times, the US oil industry is being nationalized and the profits will fund climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Wow. What an amazing day.

Diverse Peoples Stand United for 350 in Historic Weekend

Diverse Peoples Stand United for 350 in Historic Weekend

On December 11-13, people around the world held vigils for the most pressing moral issue humanity faces: a changing climate.

Trick-or-Treating for Fairness

Trick-or-Treating for Fairness

Reverse Trick-or-Treating is a Halloween event that allows children to give back a treat with information about Fair Trade while raising awareness about child labor and poverty in the cocoa industry.

A New Kind of Fast

A New Kind of Fast

Muslims are fasting for Ramadan. In today’s consumer societies, there are ever more and varied opportunities to fast—from turning off your TV to giving up your car. What kind of fasting are you doing?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The garbage in the Pacific Gyre is now being explored by a research expedition to see its potential use for recycling and its impact on the marine life. This event draws our attention to our consumption habits that have led to existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Earth Days

The upcoming documentary, Earth Days, details the rise of the modern US environmental movement, and then its weakening over the 80s and 90s, challenging viewers to help the movement rise up once again if we are to “save the planet.”