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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!

Governments Promote Planned Obsolescence, Too

Governments Promote Planned Obsolescence, Too

Examples how governments have encouraged overconsumption through planned obsolescence.

Share Spray for All Your Community-Building Needs

Share Spray for All Your Community-Building Needs

Here’s a little lesson on how we don’t need magic to build community, we just have to see the world a bit differently.

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.

Life at (a cluttered, stuff-filled American) Home

Life at (a cluttered, stuff-filled American) Home

What do you get when a team of anthropologists team up to study the stuff found in the homes of 32 American families?

The Big Apple Takes on the Big Gulp

The Big Apple Takes on the Big Gulp

The mayor of New York is trying to dam the flow of sugary drinks into the city.

Youth Edition of Transforming Cultures Now Published!

Youth Edition of Transforming Cultures Now Published!

UNESCO Catalunya has just produced a youth edition of Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability in 4 languages. Check it out!

Big Brother in Africa

Big Brother in Africa

A reality TV shows concentrates Western consumerist propaganda and broadcasts it straight into the living rooms of the African consumer class.

The True Value of Saving Energy

The True Value of Saving Energy

Sometimes ads do more harm than good: like this energy saving ad that encourages consumerism.

Next Step Beyond Big Scary Labels: Scary Names

Next Step Beyond Big Scary Labels: Scary Names

The U.S. is finally catching up with the rest of the world with its new cigarette labels, and Australia is leaping ahead with its new very restrictive labels. But who will be the first to take the next bold step of legally changing the name of cigarettes to “cancer sticks?”

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.

Fe- The Future of Racing

Fe- The Future of Racing

Is a 35% fuel reduction by 2013 the best Formula One can do? Or could it, over the next 7 years, phase out F1 racing altogether, replacing these racers with solar racers and rebranding itself as Formula e-?

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.

What Would You Sacrifice for a Secure Future?

What Would You Sacrifice for a Secure Future?

Sacrifice has become a dirty word in environmental politics. But we sacrifice all the time. Two-thirds of Americans have sacrificed their waistlines and lifespans for cheap food and high profits for food companies, often without actively making this choice. Is there a way to reclaim the word to get people to start “sacrificing” to sustain a healthy relationship with Earth—or to at least stop sacrificing to the modern god of growth?

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….

 Ecovillages vs. Big Cities: What’s Better for the Planet?

Ecovillages vs. Big Cities: What’s Better for the Planet?

I was surprised when I first entered Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina during a recent weekend and immediately heard the rumbling sound of a tractor [...]

Buzz Marketing the Bottle Gourd

Buzz Marketing the Bottle Gourd

Cultural buzz marketing as a conservation tool. Highlights from the Biocultural Diversity Conservation Handbook.

U.S. Agency Releases “Cultural Pioneering” Guide

U.S. Agency Releases “Cultural Pioneering” Guide

A western group of U.S. Forest Service units—under the Department of Agriculture—recently adopted a set of Leadership for Sustainability principles to inform the purpose of [...]

To Tax or To Ban--That Is the Only Question

To Tax or To Ban–That Is the Only Question

Erik Assadourian of Worldwatch Institute debates with James Taylor of the Heartland Institute about whether to ban plastic bags. Can you guess which Erik took?

School’s Out for the Summer…

Just in time for the summer: the State of the World 2010 Discussion Guide. Download your free copy today and beat the heat by keeping your brain filled with cool new thoughts….