Sustainable Consumption in Poland: an Oxymoron?

I recently spent two weeks in Poland, the country from which I emigrated at age 20, long before anyone could imagine the Solidarity movement and the demise of the soviet bloc. I have visited Poland several times since the disintegration of the soviet bloc, watching the remarkable changes taking place. During the first decade of Read more about Sustainable Consumption in Poland: an Oxymoron?[…]

Very interesting commentary on de-constructing Degrowth by Nicholas Ashford

I attended the 5th Degrowth Conference in Budapest in early September 2016 (http://budapest.degrowth.org/). Hundreds of people attended the conference and Budapest itself held a “Degrowth Week” which brought many more people into the city. In some ways, it was an important contrast to the 2nd Conference (held in Barcelona in 2010). The conference was populated by several Read more about Very interesting commentary on de-constructing Degrowth by Nicholas Ashford[…]

Teaching About Sustainable Consumption: Reflections on Consumption Logging

At times, instructors of sustainable consumption struggle to disrupt students’ deep-seated notions of consumption as an individualized phenomenon. When offering their views on why we face an over-consumption problem, many students argue it is because of human greed and selfishness. This belief is potentially problematic because students may then neglect to observe ways that institutions, Read more about Teaching About Sustainable Consumption: Reflections on Consumption Logging[…]

Article on Climate Change and the Election

Despite increasing global attention and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, climate change has become a contested political issue in the U.S. While Donald Trump has referred to climate change as a hoax, indigenous and environmental activists have mobilized to stop pipelines like Keystone XL and Dakota Access. Yet, why has climate change become politicized Read more about Article on Climate Change and the Election[…]

SCORAI opinions on “Is It Time to Abandon GDP”?

Reactions of the SCORAI community to Project Syndicate: Is It Time to Abandon GDP? Richard Rosen Maurie, thanks for this article on GDP.  Needless-to-say these problems with GDP as an index of anything useful also points out the problems with saying one is in favor of “no growth” or negative growth — in what?   — Rich Read more about SCORAI opinions on “Is It Time to Abandon GDP”?[…]