Can Climate Advocates Innovate?

September 1, 2015 by Justin Guay

Innovation and Environmental Advocacy

When it comes to climate change we are winning battles but losing the war. If we want to change our trajectory and solve a problem as complex as this, breakthrough innovation - in technology, business, governance, finance, and civil society - is essential.[read more]

The Environment and the 2016 Elections

August 11, 2015 by Steven Cohen

It's the summer of 2015 and we have already been subjected to a Republican reality show disguised as a political debate. It is too early to know what will happen in next year's elections but obviously not too soon to start thinking about the coming election cycle.[read more]

Environmental Law Progress In China

April 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

We take it for granted in the United States that citizens can involve themselves in the environmental review of proposed projects, either on their own or with the help of environmental organizations. This has not been true in China, but things may be changing for the better.[read more]

White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

April 20, 2015 by Peter Dykstra

Green Movements and Public Relations

With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days, it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?[read more]

The Divestment Distraction and a Positive Vision of Sustainability

March 17, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Actions like stopping a pipeline or fossil fuel divestment come from a view of environmental protection as damage control. While prevention is necessary, we also need sustainability to incorporate a positive vision and a set of lifestyle choices that reduce damage while delivering a high quality of life.[read more]

The Growing Level of Environmental Awareness

December 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While it is far from universal, more and more people understand that we need to sustainably manage our planet's resources and ecosystems. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum over the course of the past decade.[read more]


Beyond Environmentalism: Marching toward Climatism

November 4, 2014 by Christopher Sellers

The People’s Climate March signaled that what we have long called environmentalism has shaken itself out of grassroots torpor. And in so doing, it may well have already become something else altogether; a new movement--shall we call it climatism?[read more]

The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability

July 1, 2014 by Steven Cohen

People like to breathe. Rich, poor, Tea Party Republicans, progressive Democrats, old, young, Americans, people from other countries, all are united in the biological necessities of being human. The political support for environmental protection is derived from this fundamental fact.[read more]

Environmentalism: It's the Climate, Not the Oil Spill

October 22, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

Sorry, folks, but if you care about the environment – the planet for that matter – your strategy to stop oil pipelines is futile if its only focus is oil spills on land and sea. You may stop one or two poorly conceived projects, but you won’t stop industry expansion.[read more]

Nuclear Fission Can Help Solve George Monbiot’s Environmentalist Dilemma

May 16, 2011 by Rod Adams

George Monbiot has recently published some thought provoking articles about the dilemmas facing people who are focused on protecting the natural environment. Those articles have made me think hard about trying to share my own thoughts on the matter, perhaps offering a way of overcoming at least some of the challenges.One of my favorite...[read more]

Environmentalism explained (part 2)

September 5, 2010 by David Levy

Here is part 2, continued from the last post. This part focuses on corporate, or reform environmentalism. Apologies for the academic style, but it’s all part of the job! Reform environmentalism, a third paradigm, is a more pragmatic approach that recognizes the limits of natural systems and attempts to address them within the...[read more]

From Counterculture To Cyberculture: The Life And Times Of Stewart Brand

March 12, 2010 by Big Gav

This post was prompted by my reading Fred Turner's book "From Counterculture To Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism", which looks at the influence Bucky Fuller had on a range of people, in particular Stewart Brand, who helped create first the hippie counterculture and the back to the...[read more]

Let’s talk (carefully) about climate and population

November 18, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Have you heard that we’re getting new neighbors? Demographers expect that the number of people living on earth—now about 6.8 billion—will grow to between 8 and 11 billion by 2050. Whether population tops out at the high or the low end of those projections will have a huge impact on climate change. So population control is again claiming...[read more]

What’s Areva trying to hide?

October 16, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Take a look at the full-page ad from Areva below. Notice the symbols: American flag, people at work doing who knows what. Notice the words that stand out: American clean-energy solutions, thousands of American jobs. So what two words are missing from the ad? In case you can’t read the text, here it is: AREVA is America’s largest...[read more]

Nuclear Nonsense: Amory Lovins On Stewart Brand

October 15, 2009 by Big Gav

Grist has an article from Amory Lovins on Stewart Brand's new book "Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto" - Stewart Brand’s nuclear enthusiasm falls short on facts and logic. I like Brand and usually agree with him, but I'm with Amory on this one.Supporting technical details and citations for this post can be found here: “...[read more]