Monthly Archives: December 2007

Libraries of Hope

Rebecca Solnit has shared her Secret Library of Hope with the world. It is made up of books that tell the inspiring stories of peoples’ movements for peace, justice, and the environment. Throughout history, and around the globe, hope, and resistance to oppression, springs up eternally. Some days it it helpful to have a reminder of that. Even if you and your friends cannot buy and share (or persuade a public library to buy) these books, I am sure there would be a lot of useful inspiration to be found on the web by searching for reviews of the books or by author name. Start your own library of hope and share it with your friends.

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Virtuous green politics and political conflict

“The dueling loops of the political powerplace”? It sounds more like a recent episode of Dr Who. Nevertheless, if we can get past that title, there are some very intriguing nuggets to be found in Jack Harich’s paper, which can be found here.

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Networks, identity, conflict: the ingredients of environmental movement success

I’ve noticed myself using the term ‘environmental movement’ lately. But the existence of organisations interested in environmental issues does not necessarily imply the existence of a ‘movement’. So what characteristics do distinguish the environmental movement? And what can we learn about the movement by considering how these characteristics are expressed?

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How much crushed rock do you get through in a year?

How much crushed rock you get through in a year?

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post autistic economics review No.44, 9 December 2007

Issue No.44 of the post autistic economics review (available free at http://www.paecon.net) has a lot to offer. With six interesting articles, plus opinion pieces, I’m tempted to call it a ‘Bumper Christmas Edition’ 🙂 Here’s a taste:

In ‘Economics for a warming world’, Frank Ackerman critiques conventional economic theory, and looks at the features of climate change as a public policy problem, in order to argue that ‘new assumptions and analyses are needed in economics in order to comprehend and respond to the problem of climate change’ (Ackerman, p.2). He concludes with recommendations for a revised approach to public policy: Continue reading

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Beyond “the holy grail” – a quick look at the (New Zealand) Economic Development Indicators 2007 report.

The (New Zealand) Economic Development Indicators 2007 Report was released recently (link is for the summary document).

Sadly, in addressing the report, Government Minister Pete Hodgson, the New Zealand Herald, and the Opposition National Party all seem to have bought into the “Keeping up with the Joneses” mentality rather than looking seriously at the underlying issues. Continue reading

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UN Secretary-General serves up a great big green herring

What appears to be a revolutionary call for a global economic transformation has been published by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. In the Washington Post he urges world leaders meeting in Bali for the Climate Change Conference “to open the door to the age of green economics and green development.”

He also writes: “First came the Industrial Revolution, then the technology revolution, then our modern era of globalization. We stand at the threshold of another great change: the age of green economics.”

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