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Governments Promote Planned Obsolescence, Too

Governments Promote Planned Obsolescence, Too

Examples how governments have encouraged overconsumption through planned obsolescence.

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.

Finding Ways to Sell Degrowth--and Profit in the Process

Finding Ways to Sell Degrowth–and Profit in the Process

Degrowth is coming, whether we want it or not. But for the entrepreneurial, here are some ways to profit from the transition.

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.

Chinese Against Conquering Nature

Chinese Against Conquering Nature

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

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.

Uncle Sam Says Garden…and Eat Vitamin Donuts

Uncle Sam Says Garden…and Eat Vitamin Donuts

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.

CDC Is Hungry for Braaaainsss

CDC Is Hungry for Braaaainsss

Zombies are now promoting the CDC’s disaster preparedness guide. But not as well as they could be. Here are a few tips for the CDC’s newest henchmen to reach even more eyes, hearts, minds, and of course, brains of the American people.

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.

USPS: The U.S. Pot-selling Service?

USPS: The U.S. Pot-selling Service?

Which makes more sense? Redesigning the U.S. Postal Service’s fee structures–perhaps in a way that reduces total junk mail deliveries–or making the institution into one more vehicle to sell Americans more unhealthy, unsustainable, unnecessary consumer goods?

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.

Time to Raise Rates on Junk Mail

Time to Raise Rates on Junk Mail

Recently, facing a serious budget deficit, the U.S. Postal Service proposed increasing its delivery rates. But the newly-created Affordable Mail Alliance (AMA) has announced its opposition to raising rates. Why? Because that’ll cost the alliance more to bombard Americans with their billions of pieces of junk mail. I say let’s raise the rates on junk mail, effectively taxing this ecologically destructive form of spamming. Not only will mail recipients and America’s environment benefit but the Postal Service will be able to balance its budget on the backs of the junk mail industry. Sounds like a perfect solution to me.

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 [...]

Travel Smart and Live Smarter

Focusing on renewable energy and ecologically-friendly transportation is only part of the job as the world’s cities work towards a sustainable future. TravelSmart can help out with the rest.