Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

Denver EEE (Ethics, Economics, Environment) Forum

MAY 2019:Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part Two: Bridging the Divides through Storytelling — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC APRIL 2019: Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part One: Understanding How Worldviews Divide Us/Using Our Collective Knowledge to Map the Divides — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC MARCH 2019: Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming in Colorado — *Daniel Palic, Natural Resources Conservation Service—USDA and Marcus McCauley, McCauley …

Reconsidering and Reconceiving Corporate Responsibility

The problem with the dominant conception today—shareholder pri­macy and wealth maximization—is that “directors are encouraged, through legal duty and self-protection, to demonstrate their allegiance to stockholder interests, which (as has been observed) is most effectively accomplished by attention to the bottom line. This behavior leads to an unremitting focus on the short term.”[120] By the turn of the twentieth cen­tury, corporations …

Over half of nation’s children are at serious risk from the economic impacts of coronavirus on their families. 135-140 million people in the US were poor or low-income in 2018 and 40 million are children, facing hunger, homelessness, and more unless protective economic measures are taken immediately

Marketwatch, March 2020 Is coronavirus dangerous for kids? Yes — but not for the reasons you may think. Youth appears to be a protective factor from the coronavirus. Although younger folks can still transmit it to older people, symptoms are milder to nonexistent in young people who contract the disease. But that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t a huge threat to children and …

Love all Creation. The whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the plants. Love the animals. Love everything.

Another way of opposing the extractive economy… How Russian Orthodox writer Dostoyevsky puts it in Brothers Karamazov: Love all Creation. The whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, and every ray of light. Love the plants. Love the animals. Love everything.If you love everything you will perceive the Divine Mystery in all things. Once you perceive …

Financial Times: “most participants in the climate debate ‘pretend to care, pretend to act, or both’ with the result that ‘despite decades of talk, trends in emissions remain in the wrong direction’”

Last chance for the climate transition by Martin Wolf, Financial Times, Feb 19 2020 The FT’s chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, offers his view on what is required to cut emissions from the global economy by 2050. He says most participants in the climate debate “pretend to care, pretend to act, or both” with the result that “despite decades of …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …

Create Life-Centered Corporations: A corporation exists only when a government has issued a charter. There is no legitimate reason for any democratically accountable government to issue a corporate charter other than to serve a public purpose.

By David Korten, December 2019. Forum: Corporations in the Crosshairs: From Reform to Redesign, Tellus Institute. Allen White’s paper has started much needed and long overdue discussion on the growing power of corporations and the essential need to deal with their abuse of that power. We live in a world in extreme crisis. By the estimates of the Global Footprint Network, the human species …