Awareness Raising

Al Gore Global Warming in 10 min

There is an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We need to go far, quickly.

Al Gore makes the point on global warming.

How will global warming affect my world?  UNEP

A simplified guide to the IPCC’s “Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”

Download the pdf

Too big too fail? Is it the end of power and control?

Ideologies and fundamentalists have created the miasma in which we are now mired. Look around, says environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken, solutions are being found and created all ’round us.

Is GDP An Obsolete Measure of Progress? Time Online

An article by Judith D. Schwartz 

Since last summer the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has gone up — indeed, it grew at a surprising 5.7% rate in the 4th quarter — seeming to confirm what we’ve been hearing: the recession is officially over. But wait — foreclosure and unemployment rates remain high, and food banks are seeing record demand. Could it be that the GDP, that gold standard of economic data, might not be the best way to gauge a nation’s relative prosperity? … [Read more….]

Watch – it starts like a really boring video, but wait … this will probably turn out to be the most important you’ll ever seen.

2 million views for an old codger giving a lecture about arithmetic… ? What’s going on? Watch and see what Albert Bartlett has to say about the greatest shortcoming of our time … a collective illusion like we have seldom created in our common history!

Measuring Real Progress by Ron Colman published in the Oxford Leadership Journal

All of us— politicians, economists, journalists,  and the general public—have been completely hooked on the illusion that equates economic growth with well-being and prosperity.

This was not the intention of those who created the GDP. Simon Kuznets, its principal architect, warned 40 years ago: The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income…. Goals for “more” growth should specify of what and for what.

Quoted from the article:

“Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered  community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…. The Gross National Product includes air pollution and advertising for cigarettes, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage.

It counts special locks for our doors, and jails for the  people who break them. The GNP includes the destruction of the redwoods and the death of Lake Superior. It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads.

And if the GNP includes all this, there is much that it does not comprehend. It does not allow for the health of our families, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of our streets alike. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, or the intelligence of our public debate, or the integrity of our public officials.

The GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

Robert F Kennedy

Money as a debt

Paul Grignon’s 47-minute animated presentation of “Money as Debt” tells in very simple and effective graphic terms what money is and how it is being created. A painless but hard-hitting educational tool for those concerned with the present unsustainable monetary system in Canada, the United States and most of the global economy.

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index on TED talk

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index …, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

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