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Human identity and environmental challenges

Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity – Tom Crompton & Tim Kasser (WWF-UK, 2009)

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” (definition by Albert Einstein)

This excellent report argues that much environmental  campaigning has been ineffective because it is focused on changing organisations and behaviours – and fails to engage with the critical role of human identity – how we understand ourselves as human beings.

There is a concise overview document (8 pages of body text) as well as the book-length full report – both available for download at the link above.  For those for whom even that is too long, some brief notes follow as a taster that will hopefully motivate you to go and read it yourself  🙂

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Help us fight draconian ‘Guilt by association’ internet law

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. is against this unjust law - help us

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Peak Oil and Oil Prices

Oil prices in recent times rose dizzyingly to all-time highs. In an intuitive way, the experience seemed to many to validate the notion of Peak-Oil. Then along came the credit-crunch and the global-financial-crisis, and oil prices have plunged dramatically. Does that mean Peak Oil is no longer a problem?

Well no. Peak oil is a consequence of geological realities, and oil prices are a manifestation of market forces. In themselves, rising oil prices didn’t ‘prove Peak Oil’ and falling oil prices don’t ‘disprove Peak Oil’.

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