Wrapping up the year, the Transforming Cultures blog, and sharing my thanks!
Examples how governments have encouraged overconsumption through planned obsolescence.
Venice hosted the recent international degrowth conference, which only makes sense as either the global economy degrows or Venice goes under.
Degrowth is coming, whether we want it or not. But for the entrepreneurial, here are some ways to profit from the transition.
The mayor of New York is trying to dam the flow of sugary drinks into the city.
Eat Vitamin Donuts, Save Sugar, Garden More, Eat More Fish. These are just a few of the recommendations of the U.S. government over the past century. One they forgot: don’t take money from food companies.
How many more people would take the bus or metro if these services included a “Frequent Rider” reward program, redeemable for cash or goods? How many more people would abandon their car for the bus if every bus ticket was also a lottery ticket, potentially worth thousands of dollars? Citizens of some forward-thinking cities are starting to find out.
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?”
The Millennium Consumption Goals are moving forward—and thanks to all the great comments we received, they’re getting more nuanced too!
Recently I came across a Reuters article in Mother Nature Network that discussed the benefits of a new “green credit card” in South Korea. I have to admit it sounds exciting, but the cynic in me also has to respond.
Will the new FTC Green Guides help to rein in greenwashing? They certainly have potential. The question remains, however, whether they have teeth?
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.
Eventually, the Global Consumer Economy will self-destruct, as all Ponzi schemes do. But before then, there’s still plenty of room for growth (as long as new joiners don’t ask too many questions). This is especially true in rapidly developing countries like Brazil. In fact, Brazil seems like a great place to grow the consumer dream, whether in the country’s urban jungles or the deepest reaches of the Amazon forests.
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….
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?
New York City landlords are starting to ban smoking in their apartment buildings, further raising the barrier to the activity and possibly helping to reduce city smoking rates even more.
A battle is being waged over how we wipe our behinds. Who will win?