“If we never look at the consequences of our behavior, we can always maintain the illusion of our competence" Dietrich Dörner
May 23, 2013 Conservation International Blog - .
-▶ THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB
More consumers, higher consumption and more material intensity, coupled with diminishing supplies of natural capital, add up to a planet that is dangerously overspent and veering towards ecological bankruptcy in the not-too-distant future. China and the United States — the two largest consuming nations with combined GDPs comprising one-third of global Gross Domestic Product — find themselves at the center of a potential catastrophe, in which human demand outspends Earth’s supplies.... http://blog.conservation.org/2013/05/a-sustainable-future-relies-on-us-china-collaboration/
allAfrica, January 07, 2014
▶ AFRICA: OUR MODERN, WESTERN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM IS DESTROYING THE EARTH AND OUR HEALTH.
Today our food comes from across the world. More importantly, it is often produced in highly destructive ways, at the lowest possible cost.
Consequently our food production system is responsible for accelerating the rate of destruction of the very ecosystems we are reliant upon in order to maintain our delicate global environmental equilibrium.
We cut and clear the lungs of the world, our tropical rainforests, to feed livestock or grow dishonestly named "biofuels". We bulldoze natural filtration systems and the nurseries for life like wetlands and mangrove swamps to produce luxury foods for obese populations. http://allafrica.com/stories/201401071158.html?viewall=1
European Environment Agency (EEA), March 15, 2012
- ▶ UNSUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION: THE MOTHER OF ALL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES? http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/unsustainable-consumption-2013-the-mother
-▶ ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SUFFERING FROM AFFLUENZA? HOW TO BREAK FREE FROM THE OVER-CONSUMPTION MINDSET http://articles.healthrealizations.com/AskDrSoram/2013/12/30/Are-You-and-Your-Family-Suffering-From-Affluenza.aspx?
Huff Post Tech, August 27, 2012
-▶ THE AGE OF CONTINUOUS CONSUMPTION: THE BATTLE TO CONTROL THE BUY CENTER IN YOUR BRAIN http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bianca-bosker/the-age-of-continuous-consumption_b_1833454.html
The Guardian, George Monbiot, November 26, 2013
-▶THE MORE MONEY WE HAVE, THE LESS WE CARE ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF OUR CONSUMPTION http://www.alternet.org/environment/more-money-we-have-less-we-care-about-impacts-our-consumption
Mongabay, December 10, 2013
-▶ AVERAGE AMERICAN CONSUMES 50,000 POUNDS OF RAW MATERIALS ANNUALLY FOR THE STUFF THEY BUY http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1210-dimitrova-raw-materials.html
-▶ THE RESPONSIBLE ETHICS OF A NEW ECONOMY OR "SUSTAINABLE" "GREEN" WASHING? http://sco.lt/5o1IBt
PBS Nature Full Episode
MONETIZING THE COMMONS: THE DEPLETION OF NATURE
"THE MYSTERY OF THE EELS"
A Billion Dollar Industry as Population Plunges
130,000 Tons of Eeels Consumed in Japan Alone Each Year: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/the-mystery-of-eels/preview/8239/
July 18, 2013 Marc Gunther
-▶ THE END OF CONSUMER CULTURE AS WE KNOW IT http://www.marcgunther.com/the-end-of-consumer-culture-as-we-know-it/
May 27, 2013 Truthout
-▶ CONSUMERISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/16582-consumerism-and-its-discontents
▶ WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD COMPANIES CREATING LEGACY OF DESTRUCTION http://sco.lt/8UBscT
▶ THE ECONOMY OF ENOUGH : A BETTER PLAN THAN "ENDLESS GROWTH" The Economy of Enough : A Better Plan Than 'Endless Growth' http://sco.lt/7f68zR
November 29, 2013 BBC Smart Planet
-▶ THE HIGH COST OF OUR THROWAWAY CULTURE http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20121129-the-cost-of-our-throwaway-culture
17 January 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business
▶ NEW ECONOMIC MODEL NEEDED, NOT RELENTLESS CONSUMER DEMAND http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/new-economic-model-not-consumer-demand-capitalism
August 22, 2013 Yes Magazine
-▶ANNIE LEONARD: HOW BE MORE THAN A MINDFUL CONSUMER (Annie Leonard "Story of Stuff")
The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can't just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power... http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-human-cost-of-stuff/annie-leonard-more-than-a-mindful-consumer
-▶ CONSUMING OUR KIDS:
HEY, ADVERTISERS, LEAVE OUR DEFENSELESS KIDS ALONE
-▶ COMPANIES MUST STEP UP TO INCLUDE SOCIAL GOALS IN CORPORATE DECISIONS http://sco.lt/5Far6P
-▶ SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL/SOCIETAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/8wC8LB
▶ TRANSFORMING BUSINESS FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD - THE END OF GDP GROWTH - HERE COMES ECO-ECONOMICS http://sco.lt/96N2C9
May 17, 2013 Harvard Business Review
▶ WHAT VALUE CREATION WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/what_value_creation_will_look_like_in_the_future.html
▶ INNOVATION FOR A COMPLEX WORLD = PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING OF HUMANITY http://sco.lt/5Z51bV
▶ BUSINESS SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/4hj6q9
▶ WHY ARE AMERICANS SO EASY TO MANIPULATE AND CONTROL? http://sco.lt/6bdyU5
June 3, 2013 Global Alliance for The Rights of Nature
▶ SHORT CIRCUIT REPORT - THE TRUE COST OF OUR ELECTRONIC GADGETS http://therightsofnature.org/useful/short-circuit-report-the-true-cost-of-our-electronic-gadgets/
August 13, 2013 Share The world's Resources
▶ SCENES FROM THE GREAT TRANSITION
The whole edifice of contemporary civilization rises on a foundation of compelling human values. The prevailing pretransition ethos—consumerism, individualism, and anthropocentrism—has given way to another triad: quality of life, human solidarity, and ecocentrism. These values spring from a sense of, a yearning for, wholeness at all levels: self, species, and biosphere....
HuffingtonPostGreen, November 22, 2013
-▶ UNILEVER AND PROJECT SUNLIGHT: NEW AWAKENING OR FALSE DAWN? http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jon-alexander/unilever-and-project-sunl_b_4321444.html
May 28, 2013 Scientific America
-▶ THE EMERGING FIELD OF HUMAN MACROECOLOGY : Macroecology considers the human species as functioning within the constraints of the natural world, rather than being uniquely divorced from natural resource limitations. This conceptual approach cuts across disciplines ranging from physics and ecology to anthropology and economics (Burnside et al. 2012), creating the opportunity for unprecedented synergy between fields... http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/05/28/the-emerging-field-of-human-macroecology/
▶ HOW A SENSE OF SACRED CAN HELP SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS: RESTORING VALUES http://sco.lt/8YAnKb
▶ A CULTURE SEPARATED FROM NATURE CANNOT SURVIVE: BANKRUPTING NATURE http://sco.lt/7HFVYH
▶ THE NEW COOPERATIVE WAY TO A FLOURISHING FUTURE: SELF-SUFFICIENT COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/7HwFWb
HOW BIG FOOD HOOKED US
▶***WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD COMPANIES CREATING A LEGACY OF DESTRUCTION http://sco.lt/7lyDg1
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▶***** "CONSUMED" Watch Free Documentary Online
Possibly the most unthinkable story of the last million years is the rise of the modern human culture. The cities we populate and the lives that we lead.
It is the environment that our children will inherit. But after a century of exponential growth in population and consumerism people are questioning the nature of modern life.
▶ ***** "CONSUMING KIDS" THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF CHILDHOOD - FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE" http://sco.lt/6Qs0p7
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▶ ***** THE CENTURY OF THE SELF Watch Free Documentary Online http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the-self/
The documentary describes the impact of Freud’s theories on the perception of the human mind, and the ways public relations agencies and politicians have used this during the last 100 years for their engineering of consent. Among the main characters are Freud himself and his nephew Edward Bernays, who was the first to use psychological techniques in advertising. He is often seen as the father of the public relations industry... http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the-self/
▶ WHERE IS CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY? CONSUMERISM AND PALM OIL ECOCIDE - BBC VIDEO http://sco.lt/9Bgz9l
▶ VIA: AL JAZEERA "WITNESS" Expose "GREEN" DEATH OF THE FORESTS (:45min)
"Green" is an unusual and very timely Award-Winning film. It is a hard hitting portrayal of the causes and consequences of deforestation in Indonesia and the devastating impact of the rush to fulfill unbridled consumerism. It contains no narrative or dialogue and yet helps us emotionally understand the complex corporate commodity chains thru logging, land-clearing and palm oil plantations. NOTE: This film contains some upsetting scenes about loss of life from forest destruction... http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2012/03/201231483446653151.html
▶ +++ REMEMBERING 'GREEN' - AN ORANGUTAN'S JOURNEY - Winner of Best Short Documentary - A 2013 MUST AGENDA http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3926142290/remembering-green-an-orangutan-s-journey-winner-of-best-short-documentary-a-2013-must-agenda
OFFICIAL FILM WEBSITE: http://www.greenthefilm.com/
OUR OCEANS ARE DROWNING IN PLASTIC
******MIDWAY - a short film by Chris Jordan -
Do We Have The Courage?
▶ LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: TOWARD A NEW GLOBAL ETHOS http://sco.lt/6FzKSX
May 28, 2013 Common Dreams - Robert Reich
▶ BEWARE CAPITALIST TOOLS http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/28-3
▶ AT THE LIMITS OF THE MARKET: WHY CAPITALISM WON'T AND CAN'T SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE, Part 1 http://sco.lt/5Qy6cL
▶ "WE HAVE FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MIDNIGHT" UN CHIEF SCIENTIST URGES ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/7r58s5