Community and Connections: SCORAI 2017 Workshop

Community and Connections: Report on Day 2 of SCORAI 2017 Workshop: Bridging Research, Action, and Policy Ethan Goffman The second day of Bridging Research, Action, and Policy was more circuitous and variegated than Day 1, although the discussion did wend its way toward the main theme of connecting research and action on sustainable consumption. Religion Read more about Community and Connections: SCORAI 2017 Workshop[…]

Bridging Research Action Policy

Report on Day 1 of Bridging Research Action Policy, the SCORAI 2017 Workshop Ethan Goffman What is the relationship between theory, as generated in a university, and practice, both through policy and activism? This was the overarching first-day theme of the Sustainable Consumption: Bridging Research and Action and Policy workshop. The discussion made clear that Read more about Bridging Research Action Policy[…]

Halina Brown: Sustainable Consumption Up Close and Personal

Most of my friends are concerned about climate change and support the idea of appropriate government interventions. That is probably true for many SCORAI listserv subscribers. But how often do we engage with these friends in conversations about sustainable consumption? In my case: rarely. I do not do it because I do not want to Read more about Halina Brown: Sustainable Consumption Up Close and Personal[…]

Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China

Since last summer I have been writing about the relentless upward creep of household consumption (and carbon footprint) with growing household income. The question that preoccupies me is this: can income and private consumption be decoupled? In my view this is one of the most important challenges for the SCORAI community: the researchers, activists and Read more about Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China[…]

Nature’s Laws No Longer Apply…

by Chris Clugston and shared by William Rees on the SCORAI mailing list. …because we Homo sapiens have become “exemptional”! The vast majority of industrialized humanity presumes without thought or question that our industrial lifestyle paradigm – the way of life that we in the industrialized world consider “normal” – will persist indefinitely. While seldom Read more about Nature’s Laws No Longer Apply…[…]

Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”

It is much harder to change consumption patterns that have already been established than to find ways to keep them from increasing. This is why I think that the growing middle class in the post-soviet Europe presents an opportunity to promote sustainable lifestyles. On the one hand, these are well educated people whose basic needs Read more about Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”[…]