Do we consume too much? If there is only so much food, timber, petroleum, and other material to go around, the more we consume, the less there is available for others. Plus, the ever-expanding global economy cannot be sustained on a finite planet. As populations increase and economies expand, natural resources are being depleted; prices are rising; and humanity - especially the poor and future generations at all income levels - will suffer as a result.
VISIONARIES / INNOVATORS
There are tens of thousands of individuals and groups that make up the largest movement for positive change on earth, but few have heard of it. This movement is like nature herself, organizing from the bottom up in every city, state region, and country across the globe. Watch for posts that feature visionaries and innovators working to heal and restore our planet by using existing technologies that mimic nature and dare to reimagine our relationship to the world and one another.
Watch Mark explain artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking that honors the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. Continue Reading
Coal, oil, and gas predominated the 20th century as sources of fuel, and allowed human productivity to increase exponentially. But this came with a high price. Extraction, burning, and storage of toxic wastes that are byproducts of these processes are destroying our planet. Most often, they take place near rural communities or people of color, without regard to impacts on health or quality of life. A just transition away from fossil fuels is not one of convenience, but one of moral and ecological necessity.
COAL ... NOT CLEAN, NOT CHEAP
Our global reliance on coal for industrial purposes and to generate electricity for households and businesses cannot be understated. But the real costs of this fossil fuel on human health, communities and our planet remain hidden, perpetuating myths about the importance of this coal to our economy and jobs. Learn about theses costs, and how they are externalized to the public by corporations, and explore real alternatives that are safe, clean, renewable, and the REAL jobs generators.