Creating an Ecological Society: Under capitalism, people are at the service of the economy, as workers and consumers of goods and services. In contrast, the economy of an ecological society will be at the service of humanity and its needs

How does capitalism impede the development of an ecological society?  By its very nature capitalism operates in ways that harm people and the broader environment. The purpose of capitalism is to produce something (a good or a service) using hired labor, raw materials and machinery and sell it for more than the production cost. The motivating and driving force of the …

Energy Democracy Scorecard

REGENERATIVE ENERGY SYSTEMS Key Principles: Renewable (source), De-commodified (use v. exchange), Sustainable (eco-focused), Resilient (distributed), Shared (commons/ownership) Category Data Source Extractive (0) Transactional (1) Transitional (2) Energy Democracy (3) Renewable Energy Generation System Ask to see your City’s Energy Portfolio Achieved by buying and selling RECs, control maintained by utilities 80% of renewable energy on grid is through RECs, with …

Jason Hickel: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions

Today, some 4.3 billion people — more than 60 percent of the world’s population — live in debilitating poverty, struggling to survive on less than the equivalent of $5 per day (which is the mean average of all the national poverty lines in the Global South). Half do not have access to enough food. And these numbers have been growing …

Marx and Engels’ radical environmentalism

June 4, 2013 International Socialist Review columnist Phil Gasper challenges the myth that Marxism has nothing useful to say about the environment–with help from the old man himself. At the socialistworker.org AT THE demonstration in Washington, D.C., in February to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built to transport tar sands oil from Western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, members of …

Environmental issues are anything determining environmental outcomes. What is the next system, new political economy devoted to sustaining human and natural communities?

April 2nd, 2018, NextSystem.org, Ted Howard’s remarks to the Environmental Funders Network in Cambridge, England, on February 2nd, 2018. Good afternoon. I want to begin by thanking the conference organizers for extending an invitation to address you during your important annual deliberations. I come before you today not as an expert on environmental matters, but as someone who has devoted his …

Glyphosate clouds contaminating even more distant fields now, and all popular beer and wine brands tested

By Zen Honeycutt, March 2018 The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Moms Across America released test …

People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework

V I S I O N The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality. We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, …

How green is your vehicle or EV? Considering waste, reuse, and recycling too

GM chief Mary Barra delivered a speech on electric vehicles at the CERAweek energy conference, and while she was doing that, CleanTechnica spent some time on the phone with another interesting person at the company, GM’s Manager of Global Waste Reduction John Bradburn. Barra made the case for electric vehicles from a zero emissions standpoint, Bradburn added a layer of zero waste …

Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements: Science, policy and challenges to global processes in a troubled world

Sept 10-12, Puebla, Mexico – Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements: Science, policy and challenges to global processes in a troubled world – http://15th-isee2018.uam.mx/program.html For more than a quarter century since the ISEE was founded the international community has developed a substantial corpus of law and agreements that recognize our collective responsibility to attend to our serious global environmental problems while recognizing …

Towards natural capital accounting in the Netherlands

5 Jan 2018 Read the full UN Environment Program article here Companies, government officials and other stakeholders in the Netherlands are piloting approaches to more accurately measure their dependence and impact on natural capital. in 2016 they began developing a system of National Natural Capital Accounts… By Joop van Bodegraven, policy adviser on nature conservation for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, …