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Naomi Klein

"In The Shock Doctrine, journalist Klein trains her sharp investigator's eye upon the flaws of neoliberal economics. This meticulously researched alternative history, ranging from economist Milton Friedman's "University of Chicago Boys" to George W. Bush, brings Klein's argument into the present. Using stirring reportage, she shows the ways that disasters… allow governments and multinationals to take advantage of citizen shock and implement corporate-friendly policies… "


Thomas Pynchon
Gravity's Rainbow

The World is a closed thing, cyclical, resonant, eternally-returning, is to be delivered into a system whose only aim is to violate the Cycle. Taking and not giving back, demanding that "productivity" and "earnings" keep on increasing with time, the System removing from the rest of the World these vast quantities of energy to keep its own tiny desperate fraction showing a profit: and not only most of humanity -- most of the World, animal, vegetable, and mineral, is laid waste in the process. The System may or may not understand that it's only buying time. And that time is an artificial resource to being with, of no value to anyone or anything but the System, which must sooner or later crash to its death, when its addiction to energy has become more than the rest of the World can supply, dragging with it innocent souls all along the chain of life.

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Thomas Pynchon, 1973.


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Review: Killing the Hidden Waters

Water use, misuse and culture are interlinked and must be approached as symptoms of the same disease." read more

Review: The Glen Canyon Reader

"An anthology that gathers the literature on a pivotal ecological and political failure is a necessary preventative learning tool…" read more

Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

"We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain. " read more

The Slow Column

Americans work more than anyone else in the industrialized world. According to the U.N.'s International Labor Organization, we work 250 hours, or five weeks, more than the Brits, and a whopping 500 hours, or 12 and a half weeks, more than the Germans read more

What Separates Us From The Apes?

"Each one of us can make an enormous difference by making ethical choices, if we exercise this power as individuals we will change the world... perhaps that is the next level of consciousness we will discover... " read more

Inspiration, Patience and Grief

…"The salmon have not given up… how can we?" read more

Lives per Gallon

The true cost of America's addiction to oil: massive healthcare costs to combat air pollution effecting millions and the military cost of defending oil supplies. read more

We Need to Become the Media

"The main stream media is never going to cover what is life affirming and hope filled, because what is life affirming and hope filled makes us very bad consumers… " read more

The Long Emergency

Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century: A five-part video exploration with this author, lecturer, and de facto cultural historian. read more

Honor The Earth

"We, the indigeous people of the Americas, have stood to protect the earth throughout history… " read more

Reconnecting Human Naure

Julia talks about humanity's disconnect from nature and how we are part of nature's system… read more

Earth Democracy

"We are voting every moment by the way we live our lives, this is the place of democracy and freedom" read more

Living Democracy

"the most important problem in the world today is not global climate chaos or violence, it is people's feeling of powerlessness…" read more

Leadership in Politics

"We have good reason to be hopeful. When average citizens arm themselves with good infomation and take action… they can make change." read more

Full Access To Information

"We need media that would connect people; that would be a tool for peace and for international resolution of conflict; that would help people from any given country to escape from the vice-grip of propaganda" read more

The Organic Revolution

"science has been serving the interests of big business for too long. It must now be reclaimed for public good." read more

Corporate Social Responsibility?

As the year draws to its close we pay tribute to the late Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, who passed away in early September. In this exclusive clip, filmed in 2006, she discusses the challenges facing corporate social responsibility. read more

The Tragedy of Suburbia

Kunstler, an outspoken critic of suburban sprawl, believes the end of the fossil fuels era will soon force a return to smaller-scale, agrarian communities. read more

A World of Solutions

"Let's become the leaders ourselves, find the solutions that work, and implement them…" read more

Kemmis

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"Our Economy Is Like A Cancer"

"In our economy everything has to grow continuously… nothing grows continuously except for cancer… we have an ideology which is like a huge cancer on society. read more

Interview with Gore Vidal

Everybody with an IQ above room temperature is on to the con act of our media. They are obeying bigger, richer interests than informing the public -- " read more

Interview with Amy Goodman

"a media that celebrates dissent, that is a sanctuary of dissent – because that's what will make this country healthy, and that's what will make us safer" read more

The Idea of a Local Economy

A total economy is an unrestrained taking of profits from the disintegration of nations, communities, households, landscapes, and ecosystems. " read more

Galtung's List

A world expert in conflict resolution, discusses what he believes to be the main challenges currently facing mankind. read more

We Need Action

"We need to understand that earth, air, and water are not limitless resources…" read more

The Real Wealth of Nations

We have been almost brainwashed into thinking we are here to serve the economy, right? But the economy should be there to help us develop our highest potential-to help us find a way of making a living that works for all. read more

The Awesome Power of Memes

Dennett unleashes a dazzling sequence of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of "memes" -- a term coined by Richard Dawkins for mental concepts that are literally alive and capable of spreading from brain to brain. read more

"Take Serious Care Of This Planet"

“Earth, from the stars, in the empty space, from a distance, looks beautiful,” he continues. “But on this planet there are a lot of man-made problems. Unnecessary problems. But despite these problems, there is no other home we can live in …" read more

Global Warming

"When you go to Western Europe, people there live completely elegant lives… and do it on half the energy that America uses per capita. They place more value on community. They spend less time working and more time living." read more

The Sustainability End Game

Sustainability addresses the ways in which businesses might produce products and services more responsibly and ethically. It requires today’s corporations to look beyond remediation and compliance. read more

Stolen Worlds

"Understanding that we never lost the battle of ideas, that we only lost a series of dirty wars, is key to building the confidence that we lack to ignite the passionate intensity that we need." read more

Identity and Violence

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is widely recognized for his ability to join economics and philosophy, reflected in his work through ethics and a sense of common humanity. In this Hitchcock Lecture from UC Berkeley he explores the violence of illusion. read more

Resilience Thinking

Resilience…you may not have heard much about it, but you're going to hear that word a lot in the future. read more

Courage in a Culture of Fear

"The metaphor of a "network" is not just a metaphor… it is a reality" read more

Social Effects of Peak Oil

How will rising oil prices affect low- and middle-class lives? Sociologist and professor Rowan Wolf sees at-risk populations growing while government services and class divides are increasingly strained. read more

Slow is Beautiful

Slow is Beautiful analyzes the subtle consumer, political and corporate forces stamping the joy from our existence and provides a vision of a more fulfilling life through the rediscovery of caring community, unhurried leisure, and life affirming read more

The Trance of Empire

David Korten implores us to replace the old control stories with new ones affirming life values of cooperation, community, and interdependence. read more

Are We Being Change?… Really

"I want us to get radical. I want us choir members to make even the hardest decisions while holding the Earth in mind." read more

The Shock Doctrine

Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades… read more

Standing Up to Corporate Power

If there is to be a human future, we must bring ourselves into balanced relationship with one another and the Earth. This requires building economies with heart. read more

Transition Towns

The founder of a growing movement shows us around 'Transition Town Totnes' in Devon and talks about peak oil, the origin of the Transition Towns concept and how to help your community develop an 'energy descent plan' and prepare to 'power down.' read more

Building Miles

While green building from the point of energy efficiency is becoming more commonplace, we need to consider the issue of building miles. We need to ask, how far have building materials travelled? read more

Going Local: Community Choice Energy

A fast-moving 18-minute briefing on Community Choice Energy, showing how local communities are using their collective purchasing power to dramatically accelerate the shift to renewable energy and efficiency. read more

Moral Imagination

"the point of my kind of writing is to empower the powerless, to give voice to people who have no voice, but also to educate readers in what I call the moral imagination. And that is the ability to understand the world from other people's points of view." read more

Transition & Resilience

Actualizing local responses to the new realities. read more

The Future With Less Oil

Thinking big and thinking long term. Quensland's doing it! Queensland's newly appointed Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation talks with GPM about his robust new portfolio (with double the previous environmental budget) read more

Transforming a Community

From an initial "Think Local First" program, they have expanded to business peer mentoring, and support for local food producers, sustainable buildings, and green energy. An astounding sixty percent of their community are aware of … read more

Action on Climate Change

The Energy & Climate Program discuss the rationale, aggressive plans, and activities for city-wide energy self-reliance and greenhouse gas reduction. Tools include energy efficiency in buildings, transit alternatives, alternative vehicle fuels, … read more

Civilization’s Century

Over-population and resource depletion are forces that could well unleash catastrophe. Mitigating this will take time and a great deal of effort. But things are changing and there is reason for hope. read more

Despair and Empowerment

Our psychological response is often overlooked. Feeling powerless, many people stay in denial. But if we acknowledge our feelings, we can find empowerment arising from our hopelessness. read more

The End of America

Talk by Naomi Wolf author of "The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot" given October 11, 2007 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus. read more

Disaster Capitalism

After 9/11 the Bush Administration launched a new economy, driven by the notion of an endless war against an undefined notion of evil. read more

Biofuels = Disaster

Biofuel Boom: Greenwashing and Crimes Against Humanity read more

Australia: Model for Change

As Australia goes to the polls, Phillip Adams says solutions to the climate crisis requires global unity read more

The Weather Makers

How Man is Changing The Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth. He wants to mobilize the social and political will to address this problem before it is too late. read more

Giving a Green Christmas

Organic Levi's?… You got it! and more… read more

Economics 101 Circa 2007

Are we at the top of a huge market bubble? University of Chicago MBA and Former Wall Street investments manager has his concerns… read more

Latest Climate Change News

New science points to abrupt climate change. Real science elaborates our situation. read more

Water!

Water is the most important human rights and ecological issue in the world. read more

New Years Resolution! "Overcome Denial"

Canadian leaders discuss the current energy supply and demand balance, the imminent need to redefine local governance, & imminent mass migration read more

Abrupt Climate Change Is Upon Us

"… our contract with Gaia is not about human rights alone, but includes human obligations. " read more

"Ripening The Time For Change"

Professor Ehrlich takes a fresh look at the global problems of overpopulation, overconsumption, and political and economic inequity. Speech Perth Australia, Nov 26th 2007 read more

The Clean Tech Boom

founder of UK Green movement, ex-Director of Friends of Earth, Chair of UK Sustainable Development Commission speech at Vancouver May 2, 2007 (58 min); followed by round-table Q and A read more

Addiction and Economic Demand

how our brains trick us to want more than we need. Nate is a former Wall Street investments manager and has an MBA from University of Chicago. read more

Nature, Complexity & Governance

We need to see nature as a complex system… we must overcome our tendency to look at issues in categories … read more

What Can One Person Do?

She's back!, telling us other ways one person can make a difference - from fresh water to humanure. Her focus on water includes educating herself on where it comes from, effects of pollution and climate change, and conservation read more

Economics 2.0

Decisions economist's are recommending are often destructive of natural, human and social well being… read more

The Fetish of Economic Growth

Max-Neef reminds us that while measurement is essential, we must not be led to believe that only those things which can be measured have value. read more

Response Ability = Adaption

Extreme climate change discussed in depth by the Climate Institute's chief scientist Dr. Michael MacCracken, author James Howard Kunstler, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ross Gelbspan, & Nefiz Ahmed. read more

Urban Democracy = Public Spaces

. Public spaces give the citizen a place to be social and to relax. More importantly, they provide a space for freedom of speech and protest – a vital component of any healthy democracy. read more

End of the Age of Oil • Parts 1 & 2

Vancouver's Simon Fraser University's Urban Studies Program hosts this colorful urban critic. read more

Climate Code Red • PDF+Audio

The Case for a Sustainability Emergency.” The report reviews disturbing new data and scientific understanding of climate change, explains why existing institutions have failed to respond adequately to the problem, and outlines an appropriate response. read more

Beyond Sustainability

the need to move beyond the lulling hope that 'green tech' breakthroughs will allow world-wide 'sustainable consumption' to the recognition that dwindling oil supplies inevitably mean a mandatory 'energy descent' for human civilization across the planet. read more

Climate Code Red • Part Two

Climate policy is characterised by the habituation of low expectations and a culture of failure. There is an urgent need to understand global warming and the tipping points for dangerous impacts that we have already crossed as a sustainability emergency read more

Climate Laws That Work

Author, scientist, policy modeler Mark Jaccard says 20 years of climate failure is enough. read more

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The Things We Do in the Wild

Meditations on the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area read more

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New Visions In Photography

Chris' astounding images are taken while he soars above the New Mexico landscape in his ultra-light aircraft. read more

Activism In Literature

"Artists need to be activists. A writer's job is to create in defense of the globe," igniting a "revolutionary consciousness" in the process. John's mission is to be a revolutionary. His writing illustrates an undying dedication to that mission. read more

Stewardship

Taos based environmental groups join the student activists from Yaxche School to protect the Valle Vidal from destruction by Coal Bed Methane drilling. read more

The simpleChangeAwards

simpleChangeAwards are given to persons and organizations who have demonstrated passion, commitment, and effectiveness in their arena of activism. They provide inspiration for other activists, groups, and communities to aspire to… read more