Millennium Consumption Goals—Part 2

The Millennium Consumption Goals are moving forward—and thanks to all the great comments we received, they’re getting more nuanced too!

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Policy

Political Ecology and the Anecdote of the Jar

Governments the world over have been imagined in different forms. In some cases, a society's governing structure has been seen as a benevolent patriarch, a contract among equals, a custodian of what is or a shepherd that will lead us to the future. What would be the result if we thought of politi...

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Tags: Collective, Ecology, Environmental, Interdependence, Policy

Are plastic bags necessary?

Last year, the Seattle City Council voted yes for Referendum 1, a proposal to impose a twenty cent fee on people who choose to put their items in paper or plastic bags. What are your views regarding Referendum 1? Do you think your area should pass a similar resolution? Are taxes and fines the bes...

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Tags: Fine, Local, Plastic, Plastic bags, Policy, Seattle, Waste

Should your city enact a fine for not recycling properly?

Treehugger has been following San Francisco's move to reprimand those who don't recycle--with a stiff fine. City officials are now about to make recycling and composting mandatory for each and every San Franciscan. And if they don't comply? They can say hello to a $500 fine—it's the first time i...

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Tags: Fine, Law, Policy, Recycle, Trash, Waste

The Human Side of Green

Grist's recent post Can human rights be the climate movement’s moral guide? touches on some questions that have come up before in this blog: How do you reach people on a personal level with the urgency about climate change? How can the green movement itself keep in touch with the human costs of...

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Tags: Advertising, Human rights, Marketing, Policy

Globalization, Food, and Piracy

A recent post by Mother Jones asked Somali Pirates=Environmental Avengers? The roots of these modern-day pirates, the article suggests, may lie in the shocking levels of pollution endured by Somali coast-dwellers. Not only is European pollution ending up on shore, but European ships are looting t...

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Tags: Africa, Food, Piracy, Policy, Scarcity, Shortage, Somalia

The Green Revolution Will (not?) Be Televised

This blog has been following the debate on language within the green movement--how to communicate the urgency to act without turning people off? A recent NYT article, Seeking to Save the Planet, With a Thesaurus, The problem with global warming, some environmentalists believe, is “global warming...

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Tags: Advertising, Green movement, Messaging, Policy, Public awareness, Un

NYT: Rich-Poor Divide Still Stalls Climate Accord

Developing nations demanded that the US and other developed countries cut their carbon emissions by more than 70% by 2020, according to the New York Times' Dot Earth blog. Developed countries have a historical debt – a historical responsibility. The more they pay now they less they pay later -- ...

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Tags: Class, Developing, Global warming, Human rights, Policy, Poor, Resources, Rich

A Little Optimism May Help Us Go A Long Way

New Dream board member Liz Barratt-Brown had a great post in the NRDC Switchboard blog yesterday. In No Substitute for Optimism she takes us from the first Earth Days (and subsequent policy shifts) up through technological hubris and to the present day. Now, when we can--and should--know the diff...

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Tags: Board, Change, Hubris, Liz, Optimism, Policy

Should Not Recycling Correctly Become a Crime?

This via Everyday Trash. Living in Sweden, one gets used to recycling. “To not recycle” is one of the things you just don’t_do, should you want to be able to blend in with your average crowd of people. We take it very seriously. A few years ago, municipal authorities brought a 77-year old woman ...

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Tags: Community, Crime, Europe, Policy


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