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Are you confused whether climate change legislation will hurt the economy? Check this out:The usual hysteria: a gas tax, a gas tax, the sky is going to fall | Laurie Johnson’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC http://ping.fm/r3E6e

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How the Oil Spill Is Recharging the Environmental Movement — New York Magazine http://ping.fm/aF5tN

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Birth of Conservation International | Examining the relationship between jobs and conservation http://ping.fm/o1UXW

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HUMANS! http://ping.fm/A5dUj

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Many of us work on our private wealth, but what about our public wealth? http://ping.fm/wVA8i

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The New Era of Sustainability Calls for CEO Action, not Talk | Business | GreenBiz.com http://ping.fm/VEgYf

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A friend of mine who I deeply respect sent me the website “Dark Mountain Project” to check out. http://www.dark-mountain.net/ I read their “Manifesto” and don’t completely agree with what they write here or completely understand what the point is. “A fall is coming” – Seems more like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Good writing, but doesn’t say much except gloom and doom. I prefer to work on sustainable solutions for society rather than rant on about the impending downfall and how it will be a good thing.

Ecological Economics is an area that is starting to bring our industrial system back in line with our ecology. Capitalism hasn’t absorbed the sustainability revolution; it is being transformed by it. Population growth is a big problem in the world that is causing much of the damage. Does the author prefer to ignore the plight of the hungry and impoverished and await the downfall of capitalism while billions die? Why not work within the system and try to change it? Women’s rights and education can go a long way in this area. The more educated women are along with access to birth control, the fewer children they have. In developed countries the population would actually be shrinking if not for immigration and nevertheless, it is in some places.

As for the developed nations, we can focus on preserving and restoring our natural capital, creating closed-loop industrial systems where nothing is wasted or thrown away, and moving away from oil and creating an economy that runs on 100% renewable energy. We can make our cities more dense and livable and tear down the suburbs to replant forests and farms. We can make our society sustainable! Overtime the population will start to shrink and we can restore nature.

In short, there is a lot we can do other than read well written, but unsubstantiated doom and gloom rhetoric. Try blogs like www.worldchanging.com or www.triplepundit.com for inspiration. For a critical analysis of the different future scenarios check out the Tellus Institute’s report “Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead.”

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